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YONKERS, BABY!

Among the U.S.'s 20th-century Polish diaspora (at least for a few years) was a professional soccer player named Adam Nawalka. A midfielder for Poland's 1978 World Cup team, which topped its first-round group but was bounced in a second-round group that included eventual champ Argentina, Nawalka spent the tail end of his playing days, in the late '80s, with the Polish--American Eagles, a semipro outfit in Yonkers, just north of New York City. Nawalka helped the Eagles win the '87 National Amateur Cup in St. Louis, and now, at 60, he manages Poland's national team. He'll have his own cheering section on the eastern shore of the Hudson River.