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EXCLUSIVE: Vassiljev continues in Poland!

Angelo PalmeriComment

Kostantin Vassiljev’s good performances at Piast Gliwice earned him appreciation in Poland’s Ekstraklasa and today a new contract at a new club shall be signed:
Jagiellonia Byalistok.

The Estonian international reached North-Eastern Poland to sign a contract with the local club and according to our sources it shall be an agreement for 2 years.

It will be Vassiljev’s 5th foreign club after ND Lendava 1903 (SLO), FC Koper (SLO), Amkar Perm (RUS) and Piast Gliwice.

Jagiellonia Byalistok finished the regular season 2014-15 at the third place behind later Champions Lech Poznan and title-holders Legia Warsaw. In the title-fight final stage, they collected the same points as Lech (16) who won the title on the back of the gap collected during regular season (17 points ahead of Jagiellonia).

Thanks to the their position, Jagiellonia earned Europa League access from the first qualifying round as seeded team. A circumstance that might see Vassiljev and ‘Jaga’ taking on one of the three Estonian clubs, all unseeded: Sillamäe Kalev, FC Flora and Nõmme Kalju.

It will be Jagiellonia third participation to the European competitions after Europa League in 2010-11 and 2011-12 both ended with being eliminated by Aris FC (GRE) and FC Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ). With the first leg set for the 2nd of July, Jagiellonia will start soon the preparation for their long season.

Jagiellonia was founded in 1920 and has returned to Polish top-flight since 2007. The ‘Stadion Miejski’ (picture above) can contain 22,386 people after the major redevelopment completed in 2014.

The third place achieved last season it is the highest positioning ever since the club has never risen a Polish title in their 95-year history. They can boast one national cup (2010) and one Supercup in the same year after beating then-Champions Lech Poznan (1-0).

Kostja will have to choose a number for himself, however the 21 will not be available since the club withdraw it in honour of former striker Tomasz Frankowski.

Probierz briefing club legend, Frankowski ( 

Probierz briefing club legend, Frankowski ( 

The coach of the team is 42-year-old Michal Probierz, the one who brought the only two pieces of silverware before wandering around Poland and spending one season in Greece (Aris FC).

He was Sergei Pareiko’s coach for a short period in season 2012 at Wisla Krakow before being sacked for lack of results. He returned to Jagiellonia at the start of past season bringing his old club from 11th place of  2013-14 back to European football.

Byalistok is a 300,000 people city and the last one of Poland before the Via Baltica, the motorway connecting the Baltic states. The distance by car from Tallinn is about 800km requiring a 10-hour drive approximately.

Kostja’s home games will definitely  be ‘behind the corner’.

There are others Estonian national team players whose contracts ends in June.

Above all, Henrik Ojamaa on loan at Sarpsborg 08 (NOR) and Frank Liivak on a temporary accomodation at Alcobendas Sport (SPA).