Fans of Polish football had cause to celebrate today, as the Poland Football Association revealed that – thanks to lobbying from fans – the crowned eagle will be returning to the new Nike Poland Home shirt 2012-2013.
The shirts, which will be used by the host nation of the Euro 2012 Championships, were revealed by Nike just over two weeks ago to out cry from fans.
Traditionally, a white, crowned Eagle has always adorned Polish sports teams as a symbol of national pride and patriotism; but the PZPN had left it off this year’s Poland Home shirt 2012-2013 in favour the more modern-looking PZPN crest.
Fan reaction, though, couldn’t have disagreed more with the choice by the ruling body; the crowds at recent friendlies chanted ‘Where is the eagle! Where is the eagle!’ when the team made its first appearance in the new shirts.
‘I apologise to football fans,’ said PZPN president Grzegorz Lato. ‘To justify it, I’ll say that only he who does nothing makes no mistakes.’
Fan pressure seems to be a recurring theme over the last month or so, with FIFA having to compromise over the English national team’s Remembrance Day poppy only as recently as a fortnight ago.
We can only give kudos to both the PZPN and Nike for reacting to such outcry so quickly.