FIFA is all set, to begin with, new entries in this world cup. The stage is already prepared to welcome the new world champion this year. It seems to have a big tussle within the group H, where Senegal, Poland, Columbia, and Japan will lock horns. It looks like Columbia will take over, but Poland will not make it easy for them. So let’s take a look at Poland’s team profile.
WORLD CUP HISTORY:
Till the date, Poland appeared seven times in the World Cup, in which they secured third-place in 1974 and 1982. In recent times, Poland last qualified in 2006 world cup but that didn’t turn out to be a good year for them. Now Polish team has got another chance to snatch the title from the mammoths of the jungle.
Goalkeepers: Bartosz Białkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)
Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw)
Midfielders: Jakub Błaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdańsk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)
Strikers: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht)
Manager: Adam Nawalka
He is a retired Polish football player and now he has given an honorable job of managing the national team. The 60-year old, retired midfielder represented polish team for three consecutive years, where he appeared 34 times for the team and scored once in his career.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny
Defenders: Bartosz Bereszynski, Michal Pazdan, Kamil Glik, Lukasz Piszczek
Midfielders: Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Błaszczykowski
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Dawid Kownacki, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Arkadiusz Milik
Robert Lewandowski – Scored 16 goals in qualifying, including hat-tricks against Denmark, Romania and Armenia. He also showed his brilliance in Champions League for Bayern Munich against Real Madrid but it didn’t add much value to the performance.
INTERESTING TIDBIT: Poland has only scored in two of their last eight World Cup games which keep their fans a bit grounded. Let’s see if this world cup can make their dream turned into reality.
GROUP H-TV SCHEDULE
Tuesday, June 19
Colombia vs. Japan, 5:30 P.M. (Sony six)
Poland vs. Senegal, 8:30 PM (Sony six)
Sunday, June 24
Japan vs. Senegal, 8:30 P.M (Sony six)
Poland vs. Colombia, 11:30 P.M (Sony six)
Thursday, June 28
Japan vs. Poland, 7:30 P.M (Sony six)
Colombia vs. Senegal, 7:30 P.M (Sony six)
PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE WORLD CUP: