Poland

Euro 2012 Teams: Poland
  • Poland - Euro 2012Poland
  • Manager: Franciszek Smuda
  • Best Finish: Group Phase 2008
  • No of Appearances: 1

General Information

Co-hosts Poland will be participating in only their second European Championship this summer and the White and Reds will be determined to improve upon their poor showing at Euro 2008.

 

Franciszek Smuda’s charges have been dealt a decent chance of making headway alongside Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic in Group A; however they will have to be at the top of their game and make full use of home advantage.

 

Poland have not had much joy on the international stage in recent years, nevertheless they have impressed at World Cup’s in the past and will be looking to restore national pride this time around.

Chances

Poland’s opening group fixture and tournament curtain raiser with Greece at the National Stadium in Warsaw will be a momentous occasion.

 

And Smuda’s side will feel that they have to bag a victory to gain the initiative with tough fixtures against Russia and the Czech Republic to come.

 

Should Poland oblige, they will have every chance of progressing but based on their recent international record it is easy to envisage them falling short.

 

The home advantage will of course help, however Poland’s squad lacks the quality of their forthcoming opponents and it will take something special to bridge that gap.

Key Player: Robert Lewandowski

The Polish squad is short in terms of world class talent but Lewandowski comes close. The Borussia Dortmund marksman is only 23 and has already made a huge impression for the national team. His presence up front and goal scoring ability makes him a threat to even the most solid of defences.

TitanBet Prediction

4th in Group Phase - It may seem a little harsh to write off the co-hosts however it would have been difficult backing them to qualify had they not been staging the tournament.

Players such as Lewandowski and Obraniak should make some kind of an impact but Poland’s overall lack of quality leaves them vulnerable to Russia and the Czech Republic.

Home advantage would be a major boost to any side but Smuda’s men must exceed all expectations to put themselves into contention for the quarters and the home Polish contingent are likely to be left disappointed.

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