Interview

Have boots, will travel

Grzegorz Krychowiak explains the wanderlust that keeps him on the move

INTERVIEW Piotr Koźmiński

“The score at the moment is, I think, 63, 64,” says Grzegorz Krychowiak. No, not a one-sided match nor even a game of tennis. The Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder has a bucket list of 100 places he wants to visit and, aged 30, he’s already almost two-thirds of the way through his dream destinations.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and his wife Célia in Kamchatka (top); Kamchatka in eastern Russia (left); Machu Picchu (right)

“I don’t know how it started but maybe with football because I travelled a lot when I was young. I moved when I was 12 years old to Szczecin, then to Gdynia,” explains the globetrotting Polish international, who was born in Gryfice in northwest Poland. “Then, I moved to Bordeaux for football. I discovered new places, new people, new cultures. I was happy to see that. Now, when I can, I travel around the world to see new places. And I’m always really excited when I do.”

Extensive travel on an almost weekly basis is the lot of a top-class footballer, but taking a trip for business or pleasure are very different things. Usually, the only souvenirs from the return journey from airport to stadium via the team hotel are an opponent’s shirt and snatches of a city through the windows of the team bus. On his own time, Krychowiak looks to take away a lot more from his travelling and, as a trip to the remote eastern Russian region of Kamchatka suggests, we are not talking fridge magnets.

“The score at the moment is, I think, 63, 64,” says Grzegorz Krychowiak. No, not a one-sided match nor even a game of tennis. The Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder has a bucket list of 100 places he wants to visit and, aged 30, he’s already almost two-thirds of the way through his dream destinations.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and his wife Célia in Kamchatka (top); Kamchatka in eastern Russia (left); Machu Picchu (right)

“I don’t know how it started but maybe with football because I travelled a lot when I was young. I moved when I was 12 years old to Szczecin, then to Gdynia,” explains the globetrotting Polish international, who was born in Gryfice in northwest Poland. “Then, I moved to Bordeaux for football. I discovered new places, new people, new cultures. I was happy to see that. Now, when I can, I travel around the world to see new places. And I’m always really excited when I do.”

Extensive travel on an almost weekly basis is the lot of a top-class footballer, but taking a trip for business or pleasure are very different things. Usually, the only souvenirs from the return journey from airport to stadium via the team hotel are an opponent’s shirt and snatches of a city through the windows of the team bus. On his own time, Krychowiak looks to take away a lot more from his travelling and, as a trip to the remote eastern Russian region of Kamchatka suggests, we are not talking fridge magnets.

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“Everyone I spoke to said it was a great place, but none had been there. It’s like an eight-hour flight; it’s far from Moscow so it’s not easy to go there. It was something new for me. I come from a small city… but you go, you walk and you see all these bears. So, for me it was like: ‘Wow, how is this possible?’”

“YOU GO, YOU WALK AND YOU SEE ALL THESE BEARS. IT WAS LIKE: ‘WOW, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?’”


Wildlife– and not the wild life of the sun-seeking footballer-on-holiday stereotype – also featured heavily in one of Krychowiak’s favourite trips. “The place that everyone needs to go is on safari, because it’s natural,” he says of a visit to South Africa. “It’s not a big city, it’s not like beautiful Paris or New York. It’s something different.

“I’ve never seen that in my life, live animals five metres in front of you. You don’t have Wi-Fi, there is no communication. But it’s a fantastic place. Everyone needs to go once in their life. I know it’s difficult, it’s expensive, but if you can, you need to go.”

“The score at the moment is, I think, 63, 64,” says Grzegorz Krychowiak. No, not a one-sided match nor even a game of tennis. The Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder has a bucket list of 100 places he wants to visit and, aged 30, he’s already almost two-thirds of the way through his dream destinations.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and his wife Célia in Kamchatka (top); Kamchatka in eastern Russia (left); Machu Picchu (right)

“I don’t know how it started but maybe with football because I travelled a lot when I was young. I moved when I was 12 years old to Szczecin, then to Gdynia,” explains the globetrotting Polish international, who was born in Gryfice in northwest Poland. “Then, I moved to Bordeaux for football. I discovered new places, new people, new cultures. I was happy to see that. Now, when I can, I travel around the world to see new places. And I’m always really excited when I do.”

Extensive travel on an almost weekly basis is the lot of a top-class footballer, but taking a trip for business or pleasure are very different things. Usually, the only souvenirs from the return journey from airport to stadium via the team hotel are an opponent’s shirt and snatches of a city through the windows of the team bus. On his own time, Krychowiak looks to take away a lot more from his travelling and, as a trip to the remote eastern Russian region of Kamchatka suggests, we are not talking fridge magnets.

Have boots, will travel
Interview

Have boots, will travel

Grzegorz Krychowiak explains the wanderlust that keeps him on the move

INTERVIEW Piotr Koźmiński

“The score at the moment is, I think, 63, 64,” says Grzegorz Krychowiak. No, not a one-sided match nor even a game of tennis. The Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder has a bucket list of 100 places he wants to visit and, aged 30, he’s already almost two-thirds of the way through his dream destinations.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and his wife Célia in Kamchatka (top); Kamchatka in eastern Russia (left); Machu Picchu (right)

“I don’t know how it started but maybe with football because I travelled a lot when I was young. I moved when I was 12 years old to Szczecin, then to Gdynia,” explains the globetrotting Polish international, who was born in Gryfice in northwest Poland. “Then, I moved to Bordeaux for football. I discovered new places, new people, new cultures. I was happy to see that. Now, when I can, I travel around the world to see new places. And I’m always really excited when I do.”

Extensive travel on an almost weekly basis is the lot of a top-class footballer, but taking a trip for business or pleasure are very different things. Usually, the only souvenirs from the return journey from airport to stadium via the team hotel are an opponent’s shirt and snatches of a city through the windows of the team bus. On his own time, Krychowiak looks to take away a lot more from his travelling and, as a trip to the remote eastern Russian region of Kamchatka suggests, we are not talking fridge magnets.

Penalty Pedigree

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“The score at the moment is, I think, 63, 64,” says Grzegorz Krychowiak. No, not a one-sided match nor even a game of tennis. The Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder has a bucket list of 100 places he wants to visit and, aged 30, he’s already almost two-thirds of the way through his dream destinations.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and his wife Célia in Kamchatka (top); Kamchatka in eastern Russia (left); Machu Picchu (right)

“I don’t know how it started but maybe with football because I travelled a lot when I was young. I moved when I was 12 years old to Szczecin, then to Gdynia,” explains the globetrotting Polish international, who was born in Gryfice in northwest Poland. “Then, I moved to Bordeaux for football. I discovered new places, new people, new cultures. I was happy to see that. Now, when I can, I travel around the world to see new places. And I’m always really excited when I do.”

Extensive travel on an almost weekly basis is the lot of a top-class footballer, but taking a trip for business or pleasure are very different things. Usually, the only souvenirs from the return journey from airport to stadium via the team hotel are an opponent’s shirt and snatches of a city through the windows of the team bus. On his own time, Krychowiak looks to take away a lot more from his travelling and, as a trip to the remote eastern Russian region of Kamchatka suggests, we are not talking fridge magnets.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

“Everyone I spoke to said it was a great place, but none had been there. It’s like an eight-hour flight; it’s far from Moscow so it’s not easy to go there. It was something new for me. I come from a small city… but you go, you walk and you see all these bears. So, for me it was like: ‘Wow, how is this possible?’”

“YOU GO, YOU WALK AND YOU SEE ALL THESE BEARS. IT WAS LIKE: ‘WOW, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?’”


Wildlife– and not the wild life of the sun-seeking footballer-on-holiday stereotype – also featured heavily in one of Krychowiak’s favourite trips. “The place that everyone needs to go is on safari, because it’s natural,” he says of a visit to South Africa. “It’s not a big city, it’s not like beautiful Paris or New York. It’s something different.

“I’ve never seen that in my life, live animals five metres in front of you. You don’t have Wi-Fi, there is no communication. But it’s a fantastic place. Everyone needs to go once in their life. I know it’s difficult, it’s expensive, but if you can, you need to go.”

“The score at the moment is, I think, 63, 64,” says Grzegorz Krychowiak. No, not a one-sided match nor even a game of tennis. The Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder has a bucket list of 100 places he wants to visit and, aged 30, he’s already almost two-thirds of the way through his dream destinations.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and his wife Célia in Kamchatka (top); Kamchatka in eastern Russia (left); Machu Picchu (right)

“I don’t know how it started but maybe with football because I travelled a lot when I was young. I moved when I was 12 years old to Szczecin, then to Gdynia,” explains the globetrotting Polish international, who was born in Gryfice in northwest Poland. “Then, I moved to Bordeaux for football. I discovered new places, new people, new cultures. I was happy to see that. Now, when I can, I travel around the world to see new places. And I’m always really excited when I do.”

Extensive travel on an almost weekly basis is the lot of a top-class footballer, but taking a trip for business or pleasure are very different things. Usually, the only souvenirs from the return journey from airport to stadium via the team hotel are an opponent’s shirt and snatches of a city through the windows of the team bus. On his own time, Krychowiak looks to take away a lot more from his travelling and, as a trip to the remote eastern Russian region of Kamchatka suggests, we are not talking fridge magnets.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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