Team guide: Poland

Poland fans
Colourful Poland fans. Photo: PA

Head coach: Franciszek Smuda

Pedigree: When Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland qualified for Euro 2008, it was their first ever appearance at a European Championship finals. But the Poles failed to set the tournament alight, crashing out at the group stage with one draw (1-1 against Austria) and two defeats (against Germany and Croatia) to their name.

Euro 2012 chances: Home advantage should give the Poles a significant boost, perhaps enough of a lift to see them sneak out of Group A as runners-up or even winners, but it's difficult to see a workmanlike squad making much progress beyond that. Friendly draws at home against Germany and Portugal this season at least suggest they won't be overawed on their own turf.

Key man: Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is fast developing into a world-class stopper. The Arsenal man will have to have a fine tournament for Poland to thrive.

Euro 2012 group fixtures: v Greece (8 June, Warsaw), v Russia (12 June, Warsaw), v Czech Republic (16 June, Wroclaw).


Goalkeepers: Grzegorz Sandomierski (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal), Przemyslaw Tyton (PSV Eindhoven)

Defenders: Sebastian Boenisch (Werder Breman), Marcin Kaminski (Lech Poznan), Damien Perquis (Sochaux), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Legia Warsaw), Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (Lech Poznan).

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Dariusz Dudka (Auxerre), Kamil Grosicki (Sivasspor), Adam Matuszczyk (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor), Rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan), Ludovic Obraniak (Bordeaux), Eugen Polanski (Mainz), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Rafal Wolski (Legia Warsaw).

Forwards: Pawel Brozek (Celtic), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Sobiech (Hannover).

Jakub Blaszczykowski
Poland skipper Jakub Blaszczykowski with his wife Agata. Credit: PA

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