[OFF THE POST/EURO 2008]
Poland's national team coach has apologized to the German people after two Polish tabloids "declared war" on Germany in their preview of the
nations' European Championship clash on Sunday. In photo montages, Super Express
depicted Poland's Dutch coach Leo Beenhakker
carrying the severed heads of German midfielder
and Coach Joachim Loew
turned Beenhakker into a sword-wielding warrior about to deliver a death blow to Ballack. Fakt
references to the Poles' defeat of the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410.
"We want to distance ourselves totally from these weird, dirty and sick people," Beenhakker
said of the tabloids. Marek Prawda
, Poland's ambassador to Berlin, said, "This shows an idiotic lack of taste."
The tabloids invoked Germany's World War II atrocities
against Poland. Fakt
is owned German media group Axel Springer.
Two of Germany's stars, Miroslav Klose
and Lukas Podolski
, are Polish born.