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For their first foray into international football Poland took a Cracovia dominated XI to meet Hungary at the Hungária körúti Stadion. Indeed there is some speculatiuon that the fixture only came about because of the influence of the Cracovia coach, Jesza Poszony. As Imre Pozsonyi (he was also known as Emérico Pozsonyi) he had played in  what was 
retrospectively designated as Hungary's very first international in 1902. 
Poszony was made coach of the new Polish national squad. Following a series of trials,  an initial cohort of 33 was reduced to a squad of 16 for the first match.  Eventually 13 players made the arduous 36 hour train journey to Budapest. The team was selected by Józef  Szkolnikowski, President of the Polish FA.

GK
Jan Loth
KS Polonia

FB
Ludwick Gintel
KS Cracovia

FB
Artur Marczewski 

KS Polonia

HB
Zdzisław Styczeń 

KS Cracovia

HB
Stanisław Cikowski 

KS Cracovia

HB
Tadeusz Synowiec   c
KS Cracovia

F
Stanisław Mielech 
KS Cracovia

F
Wacław Kuchar 
LKS Pogon Lwów

F
Józef Kałuża 
KS Cracovia

F
Marian Einbacher 
KS Warta

F
Leon Sperling 
KS Cracovia


The 2 reserves were : Stefan Loth - (KS Polonia) & Mieczysław Batsch - (LKS Pogon Lwów) 

For Hungary this was the 80th international . 
 The hosts won 1-0 with an 18th minute goal from Jenő Szabó. Hungary missed a penalty and Jan Loth put in an impressive performance. It was a creditable result for Poland.




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