Legendary goalkeeper Dudek loves Poland

SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 14: Jerzy Dudek of Liverpool in action during The Castlewood Group Battle Of The Reds 2015 between Liverpool and Manchester United at National Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 14: Jerzy Dudek of Liverpool in action during The Castlewood Group Battle Of The Reds 2015 between Liverpool and Manchester United at National Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid stopper loves his country and is excited for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup to be played there.

The 2019 edition of the FIFA U20 World Cup is set to play this summer in Poland.

And for former Liverpool and Real Madrid goalkeeper, Jerzy Dudek, his country is beautiful and will be a great platform to showcase new young talents.

“Whenever I say this, it sums Poland up: I’ve lived in Rotterdam, Liverpool, and Madrid; after my career, I could’ve lived anywhere in the world. But where do I live? In Krakow! Poland is beautiful and unique,” he told the FIFA official website.

“We enjoy four seasons; the people are amazing and the country is flourishing. I know people looking in from the outside are subjected to stereotypes: Poland is just one of those countries in Eastern Europe, etc.”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 19: Grzegorz Krychowiak of Poland celebrates with teammates Dawid Kownacki, and Kamil Grosicki after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Poland and Senegal at Spartak Stadium on June 19, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Krychowiak remembers how it feels playing at the U20 World Cup

He was surrounded by stars like Sergio Aguero, David Luiz, Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, etc when he played in the 2007 edition in Canada.

He explained: “But when they come here, they’re swept off their feet. That’s happened to a lot of my friends from abroad. None of them left disappointed, not one! I think it’ll be the same for those coming to watch the U-20 World Cup.”

“It’d be really nice if we found somebody to emulate me! But, of course, every keeper has their own character, their own personality. It must suit the player and their personality, someone who wants to make their mark.”

“I always say that during a penalty shoot-out, the goalkeeper has the upper hand because the pressure is on the taker,” he said.

“And if there’s something you can do to give yourself an edge, then it makes sense to do it. The ‘Dudek Dance’ really helped me. If it helps someone at Poland 2019, then that would be great.”

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