Poland have always been considered as eternal underdogs when it comes to international tournaments. Having produced some good footballers over the year, Poland however have only managed to reach the third place twice in FIFA World Cups (1974 and 1982) and till Quarter Final stage in the last Euros eventually losing to the title winners Portugal on penalties. Their last world cup campaign also turned out to be a disappointing one with them finishing in the bottom of the group stage.
Euro 2020 Poland Preview
They will be hoping to banish their disappointments this summer with their Star man Robert Lewandowski leading from the front as Paulo Sosa’s men look to take on Slovakia in their opening fixture on 14th June 2021 and eventually facing Spain and Sweden in the group ‘E’
Goalkeepers: Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna).
Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Paweł Dawidowicz (Verona), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Michał Helik (Barnsley), Tomasz Kedziora (Dynamo Kiev), Kamil Piątkowski (Rakow Czestochowa), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Lech Poznan), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow).
Midfielders: Przemysław Frankowski (Chicago Fire), Kamil Jozwiak (Derby), Mateusz Klich (Leeds), Kacper Kozlowski (Pogoń Szczecin), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moscow), Karol Linetty (Torino), Jakub Moder (Brighton), Przemysław Płacheta (Norwich), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli).
Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Marseille), Karol Swiderski (PAOK), Jakub Swierczok (Piast Gliwice).
|14th June||Poland Vs Slovakia||21:30||St Petersburg, Russia|
|20th June||Spain Vs Poland||12:30||Estadio De La Cartuja, Seville|
|23rd June||Poland Vs Sweden||21:30||St Petersburg, Russia|
EURO 2020 KEY PLAYERS FOR POLAND
The current team of Poland consists of some interesting mix of talented and prospectful players who when guided in the right path posses the ability to take on strong teams, The team comes with quite a number of rookies along with players with serious European pedigree, looking to start their campaign with a fighting spirit, However the key players of the Polish national Team are quite evident.
An absolute no brainer, the talismanic player of the Poland National team is Robert Lewandowski. Probably the greatest player the country ever produced Lewandowski is already the top scorer of his nation with 66 goals in 118 matches. His exploits with his club Bayern Munich are also second to none, as he is the record scorer of the German club scoring over 40 plus goals in his past 5 seasons making him arguably the best striker in the world, let alone in Europe. The peak of his scoring spree reached last season as he scored 41 league goals in a season breaking the record previously held by legendary Gerd Muller for Bayern Munich. Speaking of trophies, the 32 year old has probably won every trophy out there at the club level with the highlight being the treble winner in 2020. Poland’s European campaign is totally dependent on their captain, who is expected to show is class yet another time on an international level
Poland has an interesting choice between two world-class goalkeepers, Szczesny and Fabianski but the main choice would be Szczesny for the manager. Wojciech has been the primary goalkeeper for the Italian Giants Juventus and has an experience playing top level matches both at the league and European level. With the legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon eventually taking the backstage in his glorious goalkeeping career, Szczesny has come up to be an important asset to Juventus, continuously performing at big stages. Not to forget he was also a goalkeeper for the premier league club Arsenal having spent most part of his professional and youth career there. These ample amount of experience is what is going to be a crucial factor in Poland’s run for the European title.
Other important players who are expected to perform for Poland are Arkadiusz Milik, Piotr Zielinski , Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jan Bednarek etc
POLAND’S HISTORY IN EUROS
|2008||Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt||Group Stage elimination|
|2012||National Stadium, Warsaw||Group Stage elimination|
|2016||Stade Velodrome, Marseille||Quarter Finals|
POLAND’S CHANCES IN EURO 2020
Poland after a disappointing campaign in the world cup 2018 seemed to be down on spirits for quite some time, but things started taking positive turn as the polish performed really well in the Euro Qualifiers topping their group with a whopping 25 points of 30 possible, They claimed eight victories over their course of qualification and looked in good shape. However their success was flipped on their head when their manager Zbigniew Boniek was sacked, following a breakdown in relationship with Lewandowski, Paulo Sosa was eventually appointed as his successor,with the manager getting only a couple of international breaks to get acquainted with his players. The 50 year old would be looking to utilize their main player Lewandowski to the fullest , as Poland looks to get qualified from their group stages being a runner up to Spain with a decent chance, Sweden may come as a surprise to the Eagles and they have to play their cards accordingly. Round of 16 onward is what going to a real challenge for the Polish as they are set to face the masters of the game and the task is only going to be uphill.
Poland Prediction for Euro 2020:
Poland has been drawn in group ‘E’ along with Spain ,Slovakia, and Sweden. They would have to show a really powerful performance in their group stages as they are set to face the two time Euro Champions on their path, and also Sweden may come up tricky with their talented young players. However it is expected that Poland would qualify the group stage comfortable being the runner up and if they do so they would be facing the 2nd position team from group D which could likely be Croatia, hence spicing up the round of 16 onwards campaign, very well. Can Lewandowski finally, lead his Poland team to a good run this Summer, or maybe even win it to add an international feather in his cap? We have to get hooked on to their campaign to know.
Final Prediction: Knocked out in round of 16