After just one season with the Chicago Fire, Polish defender Krzysztof Król is leaving Major League Soccer and heading to Europe. He made his decision and here is how he explains his motivation, what he thinks about Major League Soccer and how Facebook changed his life.
What is your main reason for leaving Chicago Fire?
“My ultimate goal is to play for the Polish National team in the next European Championship tournament which will take place in my home country of Poland in June 2012. My one year here in Chicago, was a very good experience and I loved it here, but is clear to me that if I want to play for the Polish national team, I will have to play in Europe” – said Krzysztof Krol after his first season with the Fire
Do you have any particular European club or league in mind?
“I was in Chicago on loan from Polish club Jagiellonia Bialystok, and I still have a contract with them. A decision will have to be made with Jagiellonia about where I am going to play next season, but my preference at this moment is definitely Europe. I want to be in close range to Poland.”
Krzysztof Krol played 19 matches in MLS, 3 in Superliga, 1 in the US Open Cup, and also friendly matches against AC Milan and PSG. He was paid about $100,000 for the season.
Not many realized that before joining the Chicago Fire, and playing for Jagielonia, Krzysztof Król was practicing with the Real Madrid B team for 2.5 years.
When asked about his favorite moments with Chicago Fire he said, “I would have to say the games versus AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, and making sure that Pato or Ronaldinho doesn’t score a goal against us. That was definitely one of my highlights as Fire player.” –
What did you really like about MLS?
“All those new stadiums, and I have to say that the level of playing here is a lot higher than people in Europe think. I am lucky and fortunate to have the opportunity of playing for Fire, with great players such as Freddie Ljungberg, Brian McBride, and CJ Brown. It was an unforgettable experience for me and I am thankful for it.”
If someone in Europe will ask you about MLS, what are you going to say?
“MLS is very competitive league with very good level, with so many good players, nice stadiums and passionate fans” – said Krol, who also did not waste his off the field time in Chicago.
Krzysztof Krol is originally from a 22,000 population little mining town, Rydultowy, in Southern Poland, and when arrived in the Windy City, he did not know so many people in the US. However he learned very quickly what Facebook is for. After dating for just 7 weeks, Krzysztof Krol married supermodel and 2007 Playboy Cybergirl Patrycja Mikula.
You may wonder how they met. Newly acquired Fire defender called the phone number on Patrycja Mikula’s Facebook page in May even though he’d never met the Playboy model. Less than two months later, Krol and Mikula were saying “I do” in Chicago City Hall. Does this sound like the American Dream?
Would you consider at some point of your carrier coming back to MLS? – we asked Krol
“I got married here in the USA. My wife, Patrycja, she is Polish-American, and I am about to apply for a Green Card, so there is a good chance that one day I’ll be back in MLS. I love the United States, the lifestyle here, and there is nothing wrong with MLS. But I am 23 right now, and at this moment of my career Europe is giving me more opportunity to develop as player and get called up for the Poland National Team, which is my dream” – said Krzysztof Krol.
Facebook, may not help him fulfill this dream.
Polish NT head coach Franciszek Smuda, didn’t called him up when Poland played in Chicago against US last October.
“At this moment Sebastian Boenisch is our left back and he will play in EURO 2012, but I am not closing doors to anybody” – said Smuda when asked in Chicago why he didn’t call Krol up when Boenisch was injured. Smuda had different plans. Earlier he called Boenisch 5-6 times a week to naturalize and give a Polish passport to the former Germany Under-21 (13 games) defender, and now he is one of the top competitors with Krol for a national team spot.
“I am good enough to compete for a national team spot, and I don’t feel I am any worse than Boenisch” – that is how clear the message from Krzysztof Krol was.
Speaking about Krzysztof Krol’s dreams, he really knows how to make them come true. He already spent 30 months with Real Madrid with and around the best players on the world. He played for the Chicago Fire and married a supermodel.
For many, this already would be a dream come true, but not for the ambitious leftback Krzysztof Krol. He is clearly not done yet.
Well, with his habit of fulfilling dreams, we just wonder what is next for Krzysztof Krol?
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