The national team coach of Anguilla, newly installed as the official worst team in the world, has something of a story. Born in Poland as Ryszard Orlowski, he fled his homeland in 1984 amidst the political repression of the communist era and escaped to Austria. Subsequently, he was granted refugee status in the United States and made a new life for himself – with a new, anglicised first name – in New York City and then Pennsylvania.
As a player, he was a striker in his native Poland but has become more renowned as a coach being part of a Polish-American duo helping Nepal to a famous win over India. ‘I am very happy and proud of this new chapter in my life,’ he said. ‘The country is surrounded by beautiful beaches, amazing weather, and best of all, friendly people. The Anguillan team is decent, but it needs improvement. This is why I was brought in as head coach. My job and responsibility is to bring this country’s football to the next level. I am always one to take a challenge head on and will not back down from achieving my goals. I create a very good atmosphere and relationship between the players and myself. In football this is very important.’ Continue reading