Kraków, Poland – Who said loyalty didn’t exist in football? Poland and Borussia Dortmund legend Jakub Błaszczykowski has rejoined his boyhood club Wisła Kraków without pay to help revive the Polish side facing bankruptcy.
On top of not receiving a salary, “Kuba” will also assist the club financially and donate around 300.000 euros of his own money to help pay for outstanding wages and give the hierarchy time to negotiate a possible takeover.
Jakub Błaszczykowski, who came through the ranks at Wisła Kraków before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2007, had been without a club for a month after former club Wolfsburg mutually agreed to terminate his contract. Twice named Polish Football of the Year, in 2008 and 2010, he is the most capped player for Poland, with 104 appearances, and captained the national team as they co-hosted Euro in 2012.
On Twitter, his former club Borussia Dortmund, with whom the Polish winger won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup, paid respect to the player and saluted his loyalty.
Despite being one of the most successful Polish football clubs in recent years, winning eight league championships since 1999, Wisła Kraków, who have the joint-second most Polish league titles in history, are facing an uncertain future due to financial difficulties. The club has now been left “in a state of financial limbo” after a proposed takeover by a French-Cambodian businessman collapsed at the turn of the year. According to Footballski, the new investors had to settle the club’s debt before December 28, but the man in question, Vanna Ly, had supposedly lost his credit card… By December 31, the man was nowhere to be found.
Currently eighth in the Polish league, 13 points off the top, Wisła Kraków, who has not won the league since 2011, will be hoping Błaszczykowski can help matters on the pitch as well as off it.