Thursday 29 September 2016

Euro 2016 team-by-team guide: Everything you need to know Poland

Published 09/05/2016 | 17:52

Robert Lewandowski of Poland celebrates with his team mates after scoring
Robert Lewandowski of Poland celebrates with his team mates after scoring
Grzegorz Krychowiak celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Palmer gives us the lowdown on the Poland.

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Odds: 40/1

Group C fixtures

  • June 12th: Northern Ireland in Nice
  • June 16th: Germany in Saint-Denis
  • June 21st: Ukraine in Marseille

COACH: Adam Nawalka

A former Poland international who took control of the national team as head coach in October 2013, with his impact in evidence throughout the Euro 2016 qualifying push, which included a famous win against world champions Germany.

A disciplinarian who demands complete commitment from his players, his 4-2-3-1 line up relies heavily on the scoring talents of Robert Lewandowksi to give his side a cutting edge. Nawalka believes the group stage draw for his side’s adventure in France gives them real hopes to make progress.

STAR MAN: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

The leading scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D with a hugely impressive 13 goals, this magnificent marksman can make or break Poland’s Gallic adventure.

In fine scoring form once again with Bayern this season, there is speculation that he could be lured away from his current employers in the coming weeks and at the age of 27, he would be a wonderful prize for any club in world football to capture.

LOOK OUT FOR: Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax)

Lewandowski naturally steals all the headlines in the Poland team, but the support of this prolific marksman alongside him gives him the space to flourish.

Milik’s sparkling form with Ajax this season sends him into Euro 2016 in fine form and he will be charged with offering support to Poland’s main man from his deep lying attacking role. He also scored in the famous qualifying win against Germany in October 2014 and offered up six goals and six assists in total en-route to his nation’s automatic qualification.

WILD CARD: Kamil Gorsicki (Rennes)

A winger who offers a touch of unpredictability down the left side of the Polish midfield, he will be expected to provide the ammunition for the attacking duo of Lewandowksi and Milik.

Currently plying his trade in French football after a spell in Turkey, he took time to find his feet at international level, but has been a regular goal scorer in the last couple of years as Poland have started to find some form in the build-up to this summer’s finals in France.

VERDICT: Poland look to be favourites to make it through to their group, with game against Ukraine and Northern Ireland winnable for Nawalka’s side.

Their weak spot is clearly in the defensive line and that will block their ambitions of making it beyond the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

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