MEET PIOTR

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Piotr Czarnota

Piotr comes from Krakow, a city that is dominated by two teams: Wisla Krakow and Cracovia. However, he prefers to follow lower league football in Poland and instead supports his local club Zwierzyniecki KS. In recent years Piotr has become disaffected with mainstream football and is therefore is the man to follow for the coolest underground football news that traditional media fails to cover.

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Piotr comes from Krakow, a city that is dominated by two teams: Wisla Krakow and Cracovia. However, he prefers to follow lower league football in Poland and instead supports his local club Zwierzyniecki KS. He has become disaffected with mainstream football and therefore is the man to follow for the coolest underground football news that traditional media outlets don't tell.

My name is Piotr Czarnota, I live in Kraków, Poland. The city is a cultural melting pot, with great history, diversity, and interesting people everywhere. Ever since I moved here 17 years ago, I learned that people and places have great stories to tell – you just have to pay attention and listen. Searching for tales became one of my favorite pastimes.

In my life, I have been many things: a sound engineer, a DJ, a radio presenter [I still run shows at radiofonia.net, check it out!], a translator… Even though my occupations changed, my love of football remained strong throughout. Although the beginnings were tough [my first memories: Italy ’90, a total nightmare!], two years later, thanks to those amazing Euro-winning Danes, I realised that in football, everything was possible. That tournament in 1992 started to shape me into a football romantic I am today – always cheering for the underdog, always looking for the least obvious path, both in football and life.

Since I’m an army brat and my family changed cities like crazy when I was growing up, I never developed a strong connection with a specific Polish club, although I am fond of Granat Skarżysko, Błękitni Stargard, and Zwierzyniecki KS – all my local, boyhood romances. However, in 2008, my heart started beating faster, when I saw a small, fan-run club in the English Championship – Roberto Martinez’ Swansea City. They epitomized everything I love about the Game – overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles and rising from the ashes with complete fan involvement every step of the way, treating playmaking and scoring as an art form, and fiery passion of supporters who know their club is something more than just a bunch of overpaid athletes. A Pole finding his football love in Wales – 21st century can be amazing.

Still, I feel a bit uneasy with modern football – I miss the times where we were sharing amazing stories from on and off the pitch and didn’t concentrate on transfer fees, Cristiano’s new tattoo or Lionel’s dog’s name [it’s Toby, by the way]. Although I follow the Premier League almost religiously, I’m also interested in what’s happening in places I rarely hear about – that’s why in search of football tales, I’d rather go to Kazakhstan, Iceland or the English Conference than to Old Trafford; that’s also why I value Copa90’s stories – they peek behind the curtain and present the footballing world from a perspective one can rarely see nowadays. The giants have been analyzed in minute detail, which is why with Copa90, I hope to bring you stories from roads less travelled. Wouldn’t you rather hear those?

What is your favourite Copa90 video and why?

The piece about St Pauli, because it shows everything I love about fan culture. The commitment, the intensity, the grass-roots involvement of the fans in the shape of a club and most of all – true love of the sport. Also, whatever happened with Eli’s hair in that video deserves a story of its own.

What is the best football game you have seen and why?

Liverpool-Milan in Istanbul. I’ve never seen a team with such character as the Reds presented in the second half. Also, Jerzy Dudek 🙂 Best game I’ve seen from the stands: Germany-Italy at the EURO 2012, aka that one game Balotelli really shone on the pitch.

What is your favourite football snack?

Beer! The only thing you should be digesting at a game is the game itself.

Who is your footballing idol?

Slaven Bilić [charisma, results, and rock&roll!] and Zlatan [even more charisma, results, and rock&roll!]

 

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