Many of you may have heard that I became the main shareholder of the Polonia Warszawa football club. In the next few years I will spend millions of PLN hoping to save this legendary club – it is over 100 years old! I want to share with you why I decided to go on this crazy journey 😉
Polonia Warszawa was founded in 1911 – it’s the oldest football club in Warsaw, once it was the largest and strongest in the capital. When Polonia was at its finest, the club won the Polish Championship twice – in 1946 & 2000. After World War II Polonia openly supported the fight against PRL & Communism and the club was associated with Polish intelligentsia. Polonia Warszawa played an important role in the history of Polish football – members of the Club co-founded the Polish Football Association (PZPN) in 1919 & Ekstraklasa in 1927 (you can find out more about the history of Polonia Warszawa HERE).
So why did I decide to invest my money in quite a risky project, Polonia Warszawa revival, instead of buying shares of some well-prospecting company, or a villa in an exotic location for example? I have loved football since I was a kid and today it is still one of my greatest passions. When I was young I dreamt to manage a football club. I chose Polonia because Warszawa is the place I call home – I have been living here since 2006 and since 2016 I am a proud owner of Polish citizenship. Here is everything, which is important to me – my wife and 4 kids born in Warsaw, and everything I own – I have located my entire capital in Poland.
There are a million other ways I could have spent this money, but the thing is that I don’t care about expensive watches, posh cars or big yachts. Luxury does not make me happy – I only buy what I and my family need to live comfortably.
What I truly enjoy the most in life is launching crazy projects, working with passionate people, building great teams, learning new things and giving joy to people (like Polonia Warszawa fans and players). I love competition, fighting against rivals. I experience quite a lot of that in business. Dozens of competitors would like to win with my company Sii Poland, but with poor success so far! 😉 These emotions are even stronger in sport, especially football! So I am hoping to have a lot of fun with this Polonia Warszawa revival project.
My clear objective is to bring Polonia Warszawa back to Ekstraklasa over the next 10 years before June 2029. And my unrealistic dream is to win Polish Football Championships to represent Poland in the UEFA Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus Turin, FC Liverpool, or Real Madrid (in the 2030s)! But of course hard work comes first – now we need to fight to stay in the 3rd league, quickly advance to the 2nd league and put all our efforts to organize the club wisely. Soon I will share with you more details about my plans regarding managing this investment.
However, first I would like to present to you our new mission, 6 strategic objectives and 10 core values, which are the soul of Polonia Warszawa. They will apply not only to employees and players – I also would like our fans to adopt them.
We bring joy and give strong emotions to our fans, who share our values, and we build a positive Polonia Warszawa brand not only in Poland, but also all over the world!
6 strategic objectives
1. Financial stability: Our main objective is to maintain financial stability. Without it, we cannot pursue our mission, achieve our strategic goals, recruit good players and build a strong football team. In order to ensure financial stability of Polonia Warszawa, it is necessary for the Club to profit from activities supported by the fans, including the sales of tickets, gadgets and catering during match days.
2. Winning: We fight to get the best results and win against our rivals, whom we respect because they are an inspiration and motivation for us to work even harder and improve every day.
3. Increasing our fans community: We aim to broaden the number of fans and supporters of the Club.
4. Promoting our values: Our values are our moral compass – employees and players follow them every day. We are making every effort to have our fans adopt them because we want football to bring positive emotions and the stadium to be a safe place for everyone without exception.
5. Developing young people’s passion for sport: We develop the Polonia Warszawa Football Academy for all children and young people, regardless of their skills and material status. We teach them how to play football, pass on our values and develop a sporting attitude.
6. Building national pride in sport: Our long-term dream is to build the best Polish football team, of which the people from Warsaw and the whole country will be proud. We want Polonia Warszawa to compete against the best European teams and our Polonia brand to be known all over the world, which through great results and positive values will increase the recognition of our country abroad.
10 core values
1. Enthusiasm and positive energy – Can-do attitude is what defines us. Problems happen every day. We treat them as challenges always looking for new out-of-the-box solutions.
2. Fairness – We act according to fair play principles and treat all rivals fairly. Our achievements are purely based on how we perform on the pitch and how we manage the Club. This also applies to judges – we accept and do not question their decisions – they are authorities to us.
3. Fighting spirit and ambition – The status quo does not satisfy us – we are hungry for victory. We constantly strive to be better, and, above all, win against our rivals – competition is the main reason we love this sport! We set ourselves ambitious goals and pursue them restlessly. We are never fully satisfied with our performance and we constantly challenge ourselves to improve and achieve even better results. Thanks to our commitment and passion, we fight until the last drop of sweat.
4. Modesty and humility – We are ambitious and confident in our abilities, but, despite our success and great performance, we remain modest and humble. We are not afraid to admit mistakes and failures as we can learn a lot from them, and we are aware that we are not always right. We accept constructive criticism, which to us is as a means to learn & improve ourselves.
5. Pride – We want Polonia Warszawa to be spoken about with pride, with players proud to wear their “Black Shirts – Czarne Koszule”, fans proud to support the team and partners proud to cooperate with the Club.
6. Solidarity – Regardless of the circumstances, we stand together in both good and bad times. We celebrate together when we win and comfort each other when we lose. We don’t give up when we face a challenge, but instead we support each other.
7. Team spirit – A harmonious team is our greatest asset. We know it is impossible to win a match alone and that we can achieve much more as a team. We do not let our individual differences distract us from what we, as a team, aim for. Despite constructive conflicts between team members, we always look for compromise and put the benefit of the majority in front of individual interests. We are not afraid to part ways with troublemakers who have a negative influence on our joint performance. We believe it gives us an advantage and is the engine for further growth.
8. Tolerance, equality and respect – We accept all people, regardless of race, background, age, sexual orientation, religion, material status or the club they support. During Polonia’s matches, everyone is always welcome in the stands, which are supposed to be a safe place for everybody without exception. We also respect our rivals. We share sporting emotions with their fans driven by the same passion. We are strangers to hatred and aggression.
9. Transparency and courage – We believe that transparency is an essential part of any relation. We remain open and honest with everyone: fans, employees, players and partners, even if it is politically incorrect or may hurt someone. We are not afraid of challenges and risks, facing the consequences of our choices. We always have the courage to express our opinion. If it is justified, we make unpopular decisions, for example denying access to the stadium to fans who do not respect our values.
10. Trust and freedom – We have confidence in our fans, employees and players and delegate our decision power to lower hierarchical levels (trainer, team captain, etc.). Each person is different. We appreciate each player’s individuality & uniqueness. All fans have the right to criticize Polonia and express their opinion. But any criticism should be constructive, communicated in a friendly way, without violence and hatred.
Stay tuned for more details about this investment.
P.S. Let me know what you think about our mission, 6 strategic objectives & 10 core values! 😊