Silver Medalists of Poland


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The 17-man strong Olympic squad of POLAND line-up for a traditional team photograph prior to departing for Canada and the 1976 Summer Games hosted by Montreal :

back row : J. Tomaszewski, R. Ogaza, H. Wieczorek, K. Deyna, G. Lato, A. Szymanowski, A. Szarmach, P. Mowlik, W. Zmuda, H. Kasperczak

front row : H. Loska (asst), K. Gorski (trainer), L. Cmikiewicz, Z. Maszczyk, K. Kmiecik, J. Benigier, W. Rudy, H. Wawrowski, J. Gorgon, A. Strejlau (asst)
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Gold Medal Match
vs East Germany
July 31, 1976

POLAND
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GK — 1 – Jan TOMASZEWSKI ———— (LKS Lodz : 63 caps)
LB – 13 – Henryk WAWROWSKI ——- (Pogon Szczecin : 25 caps, 0 go)
SW — 5 – Wladyslaw ZMUDA ————- (Slask Wroclaw : 91 caps, 2 go)
CB – 14 – Henryk WIECZOREK ——— (Gornik Zabrze : 17 caps, 2 go)
RB —- 2 – Antoni SZYMANOWSKI —- (Wislaw Cracow : 82 caps, 1 go)
MF —- 6 – Zygmunt MASZCZYK ——– (Ruch Chorzow : 36 caps, 0 go)
MF —- 8 – Henryk KASPERCZAK —— (Stal Mielec : 61 caps, 5 go)
MF —- 9 – Kazimierz DEYNA ————- (Legia Warsaw : 97 caps, 41 go)
FW – 11 – Kazimierz KMICIEK ———- (Wislaw Cracow : 35 caps, 8 go)
FW – 10 – Andrzej SZARMACH ——— (Stal Mielec : 61 caps, 32 go)
FW —- 7 – Grzegorz LATO —————– (Stal Mielec : 100 caps, 45 go)

substitutes
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GK – 12 – Piotr MOWLIK —————— (Legia Warsaw : 21 caps)
for Tomaszewski – 19th min

unused subtitutes
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DF —- 3 – Jerzy GORGON —————— (Gornik Zabrze : 55 caps, 6 go)
DF —- 4 – Wojciech RUDY —————- (Zaglebie Sosnowiec : 40 caps, 1 go)
MF – 15 – Leslaw CMIKIEWICZ ——– (Legia Warsaw : 57 caps, 0 go)
MF – 16 – Jan BENIGIER —————— (Ruch Chorzow : 4 caps, 0 go)
FW – 17 – Roman OGAZA —————— (GKS Tychy : 21 caps, 6 go)

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GRZEGORZ LATO of Stal Mielec scored his third goal of the 1976 Summer Games for Poland in the Olympic Final opposite East Germany; the 26-year-old would-be three-time World Cup striker went on to shoot twenty more goals for the national side following the conclusion of the Montreal Games.
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Facing East Germany in the Final at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, POLAND were without two players, a pair of gold medalists from the 1972 Munich Games who were also veterans of the 3rd place campaign at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, who had started all four of the team’s matches previously at the 1976 Summer Games hosted by Canada.

Midfielder LESLAW CMIKIEWICZ, the 27-year-old from army club Legia Warsaw, had left the Olympic semifinal with Brazil in Toronto before even a half an hour had been completed. A bigger loss, both figuratively as well as literally, was felt in the heart of the defense with the omission of center back JERZY GORGON. The experience, alone, of the 27-year-old rearguard from Gornik Zabrze who would collect 55 caps and appear at two Summer Olympics in addition to two FIFA World Cups over the course of his career was difficult to compensate for.

Gorgon’s replacement for the Olympic Final in Montreal against the German Democratic Republic was his constituent at Gornik Zabrze, HENRYK WIECZOREK, the 26-year-old who only ever earned 17 caps for Poland; Wieczorek had been a member of the 22-man Polish World Cup squad in 1974 but did not appear in a single match in West Germany.

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