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Sunday 22 October 2017

Up to 10,000 Polish fans seeking tickets for Sunday's showdown

Polish fans pictured in Dublin ahead of Sunday's world cup qualifier between Republic of Ireland v Poland at the Aviva Stadium. Talbot Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Polish fans pictured in Dublin ahead of Sunday's world cup qualifier between Republic of Ireland v Poland at the Aviva Stadium. Talbot Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Polish fans have vowed to lift the roof off the Aviva stadium at the crunch Euro qualifier on Sunday.

Up to 10,000 Polish fans are on the hunt for tickets to the game - with many of the supporters coming from the Irish-Polish community.

Around 150,000 Poles now call Ireland their home, making them the largest ethic minority in the country.

The FAI has confirmed that it officially distributed 3,300 tickets to the Polish Football Association for sale.

The Herald caught up with some of the city's passionate fans, who are preparing to welcome their national team when they arrive tomorrow.

Adam Krawczyk has been living in Ireland for seven years and is an active member of a Polish supporters group.

"As a football supporter since I was a teenager, I was following the Polish team in Europe on many occasions", Mr Krawczyk said.

The supporters have managed to organise "a big surprise" for the Polish team, as the supporters will be joined by Mrs Ireland Universe Monika Walsh (inset), to greet them as they arrive in Dublin airport.

"We will welcome the team with bread and salt as is tradition. It means welcome home," Mr Krawczyk said.

Another fan, Adam Firych, has been living in Dublin for over 10 years, and says he expects a massive number of Polish at the game.

"There was an amazing atmosphere the last time our two sides met", Mr Firych said.

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