WC 2018: Poland

Group H

Despite this being their first appearance in the worlds biggest football tournament since Germany in 2006, Poland comes in ranked at number 10. Back in the 1970’s Poland was able to progress to the semi-finals twice but never a final. They have played a total of 7 times out of 17 campaigns and have a strong offensive unit. Their side is largely unchanged from the one that played in the finals at the EURO 2016, where they were pipped by Portugal.

Team Members

  • Wojciech Szczęsny - GC
  • Łukasz Fabiański - GC
  • Łukasz Skorupski - GC
  • Marcin Kamiński - Defender
  • Bartosz Bereszyński - Defender
  • Thiago Cionek - Defender
  • Łukasz Piszczek - Defender
  • Michał Pazdan - Defender
  • Tomasz Kędziora - Defender
  • Kamil Glik - Defender
  • Damian Kadzior - Midfielder
  • Rafał Wolski - Midfielder
  • Maciej Rybus - Midfielder
  • Piotr Zieliński - Midfielder
  • Paweł Wszołek - Midfielder
  • Jacek Góralski - Midfielder
  • Maciej Makuszewski - Midfielder
  • Jakub Błaszczykowski - Midfielder
  • Krzysztof Mączyński - Midfielder
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak - Midfielder
  • Kamil Grosicki - Midfielder
  • Robert Lewandowski - Forward
  • Mariusz Stępiński - Forward

Coach

Adam Nawalka

Nawalka is no stranger to football, having played for the Polish national side in the 1978 Cup. He was appointed coach in 2013 and has been an integral part of the working mechanics of the team. He is perhaps their most successful coach to date, taking them to their first European Championship Quarterfinal as well as their first Cup Appearance since 2006.

Past WC History

Poland first entered a team into the world’s greatest football tournament back in 1938. Their initial efforts saw them through to the first round where they achieved 11th place. They entered a team again in 1958 but failed to qualify. They eventually qualified again in 1974 where they made it through to the semi-finals picking up 3rd place. They qualified again in 1978 taking 5th place and again in 1982 where they matched their result with a 3rd place. In recent years, they have failed to qualify for Brazil in 2014 and South Africa in 2010.

Stats

  • Made their first WC appearance in 1938
  • 7 first-round appearances
  • 2 Semi-finals
  • 0 Finals
  • 0 Championships
  • Best Achievement – 3rd Place in 1974 and 1982

Kit

Poland comes into the Cup with a classic red jersey designed by Nike for their home kit. The Nike Swoosh appears on the right-hand side while the eagle from their coat of arms appears on the left. The Away kit flips the colours around with a plain white background with red insignia and a red collar trim.