In 1976 Lech Łasko became a player in Hubert Jerzy Wagner’s team. At the Olympic Games in Montreal, the Polish national team won the gold medal. At that time, he was still taking his first steps in “big volleyball”, so in Canada he mainly played the role of a substitute. However, the following years brought further successes and, consequently, an increase in the position in the team. A few years after the success in Montreal, Lech Łasko was perceived as one of the leaders of the white and red team.
Until He won the European vice-championship four times with the national team. He also added cups won in club volleyball to the trophy case. He celebrated his greatest successes in the colors of Gwardia Opole – three Polish championships and two runner-up finishes. As it happens in sports, His son Michał followed his father’s path. However, he celebrated his successes with “Il Canto degli Italiani” playing in the background.
Like father Like Son. Only in different national colors
As his father emigrated to Italy after the end, Michał took his first steps in local clubs. The coaches quickly noticed his hidden talent, and Before he knew it, he was called up to the Italian national team. The attacker grew up on the Apennine Peninsula from the age of four, so he did not have to struggle with any moral dilemma when choosing the national colors.
My home is definitely in Italy. I lived in Poland for a short time. I know practically nothing about the history of the country. But at least I speak Polish
~ stated in one of the interviews for “La Gazzetta dello Sport”
The tall volleyball player stood out from the rest of the league In 2005, he was included in the national team, with which he immediately achieved great success. In the semi-final, the Italians defeated Serbia and Montenegro 3-2, and in the final they faced the title contenders – the Russians. After a devastating 5-set fight, the Italian team came out on top. Thus, she won the sixth European champion title in history.
– I grew up in an environment where volleyball was present almost all the time, because both my mother and father were associated with this discipline. Additionally, I was lucky to grow up close to someone who achieved success in sports. My dad was an example for me, but he never took me to training or encouraged me to play. On the contrary – he gave me maximum freedom in making decisions – the volleyball player revealed in an interview for “Dziennik Zachodni”.
Michał Łasko’s club career took him through Poland
It is possible that the player was subconsciously attracted to his father’s homeland. In 2011, he decided to return to the country where he was born. He then signed a contract with Jastrzębski Węgiel. Over the course of four seasons, Michał Łasko received the bronze medal in the Polish Championships twice. Jastrzębski Węgiel failed to win the Final Four of the Champions League in 2014, although Łasko worked on the pitch for two. He then became the highest scoring player in the finals.
He is remembered by fans primarily as a member of a powerful duo, which he formed in the national team together with another volleyball player born outside Italy – Ivan Zaytsev. “Cristiano Savani, Michal Lasko and Ivan Zaytsev are the strength of Italy” – was the title of one of the texts before the semi-final match between Poland and Italy during the European Championships in 2011, published by the Sport Interia portal. And unfortunately we were not wrong. The three mentioned above led Italy to victory. However, in the final, Łasko and company had to acknowledge the superiority of the Serbs.
Zaytsev was bombarded with service, and Łasko and Savani alternated in attack
~ we can read the account of that memorable defeat on the PZPS website
After four years in Jastrzębski Węgiel, the attacker had short stints in Chinese Sichuan Chengdu, Hydra Latina, and also in Russia, where he represented Ural Ufa. However, he did not play in any of these teams for more than a year.
Rich and long He decided to end his career in 2019. The last club on his volleyball path was Roma Volley. Michał Łasko went down in the history of Italian volleyball in golden letters. This is best evidenced by the one received in 2016 Order of Merit of the Italian Republicwhich is the highest award possible in this country.