Optimism surrounds Poland’s national team heading into the European Championship. Despite not having reached the knockout stages of any major tournament since 1986, Poland entered Euro 2016 with high expectations. Especially following a pair of disappointing performances at the 2008 and 2012 Euros when Poland failed to make it out of the group stage. Poland is looking to return to the glory days of the 70s when the national team knocked off Brazil at the 1974 World Cup to claim third place at the tournament.
Eight years later, Poland once again captured bronze after defeating France at the 1982 World Cup. Known on the world stage as the White Eagles, Poland’s first international game was played in 1921 — a 1-0 defeat against Hungary. The Polish squad has also captured three Olympic medals; most notably at the 1972 Games in Munich when they took home gold.
Current captain Robert Lewandowski — one of the premier strikers in the world — sits fifth on Poland’s all-time goals list with 34 tallies. The Bayern Munich star is 14 goals behind all-time leader Wlodzimierz Lubanski. Retired defender Michael Zewlakow played for the national team from 1998 to 2011 and is the highest capped Polish player at 103.
Manager Adam Nawalka began his coaching career in the late 1990s and took the national job in 2013. Nawalka, who won 34 caps as a player, has moulded the club into what looks to be the strongest Polish team the country has seen in several years.
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Poland proved they can play against the world's best teams after it defeated Germany 2-0 during the qualifying stage.
You can view Poland's complete schedule for the tournament along with odds for each match in the table provided below.
Poland has a favorable matchup to open Euro 2016 as it will face Northern Ireland on June 12 before taking on Germany on June 16. Poland will close out group play on June 21 with another tough match against Ukraine.
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While Poland has fallen short of making it out of the group stage at any major competition over the last two decades, the White Eagles are proving they can compete with the world's best.
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Expectations are riding high for Poland, which rolled through Euro 2016 qualifying with six wins, three draws and a loss. Poland’s potent offence scored a staggering 33 goals during qualifying — led by Lewandowski, who netted 13 tallies of his own.
Lewandowski will need to continue his scoring touch at the European Championship if Poland has any chance of getting out of the group and making a magical run to the latter stages of the tournament.
"Every team has a leader, like Leo Messi in Argentina. In Poland, it's Lewandowski," former international great Zbigniew Boniek told standardmedia.co.uk in a recent interview. "He's simply fantastic."
However, other teams will try their best to neutralize the star forward, which means players such as Arkadiusz Milik will have to pick up some of the slack. Just 22-years-old, Milik is developing into a world-class forward and is a nice fall back for the Polish team should Lewandowski struggle.
Poland’s weakness may be at the centre-back position as the team conceded 10 goals during the qualifying stages. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will need to be in top form in order to keep Poland in games, especially against the powerhouse Germans.
Selected to compete in Group C — along with defending World Cup titleholders Germany as well as Ukraine and Northern Ireland — advancing to the knockout stage would be a great achievement for a Polish team that hasn't reached that stage at any major international competition in quite some time. According to Bovada, Poland is +500 favourites to sneak out of the group at Euro 2016.
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