Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has promised to copy the famous hair-style of a legendary Polish No 1 if his country get England in Friday's Euro 2012 draw.
In 1973, Sir Alf Ramsey's side failed to reach the World Cup Finals after a magnificent performance by Jan Tomaszewski in the deciding qualifying game at Wembley. The long-haired keeper had been ridiculed pre-match but his dazzling performance rebuffed a side that had won the tournament seven years earlier and were highly-rated at Mexico 1970.
Now Szczesny is the Polish national keeper and, not only is he looking forward to Friday's draw, he may change his looks on the back of it.
"I told the lads I'm going to grow long hair if we draw England," he said. "It would be fantastic. You might remember the goalkeeper who played against England in 1973. You should all remember him. So I'll grow the long hair and try to do the job as well as he did. I might have to wear a wig because there won't be enough time to grow it.
"This competition is massive because we are hosting it [with Ukraine]. The draw is big because we aren't the favourites and it will make a big impact on how we are going to do. I can't wait for it to start."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 1 Dec 2011