Wisła Struggles with Champions League Preparations

The club’s management hope to add Brazilian striker Nei to the squad over the next week, provided they can come to terms with CSKA Moscow on the EUR 1 million asking price. As to the rest, press are casting the efforts to fill the gaps in the squad as increasingly frantic – while they say Wisła’s likely rivals in qualifying have already spent an average of EUR 10-12 million on strengthening league-winning sides for the new campaign.

A shame, given Wisła have twice come within minutes of qualifying for the Champions League group stages in the last five years – the best effort by any Polish side since Widzew Łódź in the 1998 season.

Source: The New Warsaw Express reported on July 21, 2008