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Artur Lesniak is the new president of the Polish professional footballer union, PZP. He is the successor to Marek Pieta, who passed away in November.

Lesniak was chosen unanimously at an extraordinary general assembly, which took place at the PZP headquarter in Lodz.

The Polish union describes Lesniak as a sports enthusiast. The 41-year old has done work for the PZP in the past organizing campaigns, consulting and supporting the union in their relationships with local authorities and football fans.

Next to that Lesniak is a member-founder of the new Widzew Lodz football club, which was founded after the ‘original Widzew Lodz’ went bankrupt in 2015. The new club is currently playing in the lower leagues. Lesniak was also involved with the association of former players of Widzew Lodz. The club won four titles in the eighties and nineties.

Away from football, Lesniak is a businessman. “He is owner of a building company,” PZP spokesman Kacper Zielinski adds. “He is a great strategist, a visionary used to taking decisions and looking after his targets. Mr Lesniak is fully devoted to the game and understands professional football very well.”

One of Lesniak’s most important goals is strengthening the PZP’s relationship with key parties such as the football federation, the league and the government.

Zielinski: “We do fully believe, that together with the support and experience of Artur Leśniak, PZP will work prolifically on behalf of footballers.”

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