MAJOR HONOURS: European Champion: 2003; World Under-21 Champion: 2005; World Under-21 Team Cup Champion: 2005; World Cup Champion: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016; Polish Champion: 2014.CLUB HONOURS: League Championship winner: 2003 [Poole], 2004 [Poole], 2008 [Poole], 2010 [Coventry]; Knock-Out Cup winner: 2004 [Poole], 2012 [Poole]; Craven Shield winner: 2006 [Poole]; Pairs Championship winner: 2010 [Coventry].Many a saint has a fascinating life story and most are patrons for one thing or another, like St Christopher for travellers, St Barbara for miners and St David for the Welsh.
ABOUT POLANDPolitics: Poland was the first of the eastern European countries to overturn Communist rule in 1989Population: 39 million Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 77 years (women)Monetary unit: 1 zloty = 100 groszy Main exports: Machinery and transport equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals Average annual income: US ,200Prime minister: Leszek Miller became prime minister in a coalition government in October 2001Report by site-user, Christiaan van Lierop Read the letters page of any Polish newspaper at this time of year and it won't be long before you come across a letter from a disgruntled reader bemoaning the ever-increasing popularity of Valentine's Day here in Poland.
As "yours disgustedly, Warsaw" would have it, Valentine's Day is yet more proof of the extent to which young Poles have succumbed to western culture, running a close second to Halloween on our letter writer's holiday hate list.
This may seem a trifle odd until you realise that there is some method to this madness.
For you could argue that in so doing, the sender is not just giving away his or her name, but is also informing the addressee of his or her name day.
This would all be very well, if it wasn't for the fact that Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day to give it its full name, has in fact been celebrated in Poland for centuries.
As for that matter have many other saints' days you could care to mention.
CLUB HONOURS: League Championship winner: 2012 [Mildenhall]; Knock-Out Cup winner: 2012 [Mildenhall]; National Trophy winner: 2012 [Mildenhall], 2014 [Mildenhall].
DATE OF BIRTH: 9 November 1993, Droylsden, Tameside, Greater Manchester.
But just how the patron saint of epileptics, as he is still venerated in a handful of villages scattered across Poland, came to be associated with love and romance remains something of a mystery. Some say that St Valentine, a priest held prisoner in Rome in the third century, restored the sight of his prison guard's daughter, which allowed her to marry the man she loved.
Others stress that St Valentine wrote love letters to his sister, thus bringing about the tradition that we know in England.
Name days - called imieniny - are something of a big deal in Poland. Spend your first birthday in Poland and you could be forgiven for thinking that the Poles are a pretty heartless bunch really.