Wisła Gets Reinforcements from East and South
Wisła’s football side will return from the winter break having shuffled their personnel. A major development for the club is the departure of long-time players Paweł and Piotr Brożek, as the twins bid farewell to Poland to join their countyman and former Wisła defender Arkadiusz Głowacki with current Süper Lig leaders Trabzonspor.
The move reflects a recent trend of top Polish players relocating to Turkey, including Michał Żewłakow, Marcin Kuś, Mariusz Pawelek and, most recently, Kamil Grosicki; all of whom have made numerous appearances as Polish internationals.
To fill the void left at the front by the departure of the Brożek brothers, Wisła will be pinning its attacking hopes on 26-year-old forward Tsvetan Genkov, who came up with his hometown Lokomotiv Mezdra in Burgaria’s third league, from which he moved to Lokomotiv Sofia where he score 27 goals in 29 matches in his best year of 2006/07. Since 2008 Genkov has been under contract at Dynamo Moskva, who signed him for a transfer fee of 2.25 million Euros. Having scored only a disappointing 4 goals in his first season, he found himself on loan to his former Sofia club before signing with Wisła.
In the midfield, the White Star Army will be hoping to cheer on Belarussian Mikhail Sivakov, lately of Cagliari of Italy’s top-flight Seria A. At press time, Sivakov was in the city for tests and talks with Wisła negotiators.