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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.38CET
Poland finally qualified for a first UEFA European Championship final tournament in 2008 and were co-hosts four years later, finishing bottom of their group on both occasions.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.38CET

Poland team profile

Poland finally qualified for a first UEFA European Championship final tournament in 2008 and were co-hosts four years later, finishing bottom of their group on both occasions.

Best result: group stage 2008, 2012
Coach: Adam Nawałka
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Włodzimierz Lubański (48); current –  Robert Lewandowski (34)
Most appearances: all-time – Michał Żewłakow (102); current – Jakub Błaszczykowski (75)
Association formed: 1919
Nickname: Biało-czerwoni (White and reds)
Where they play: National Stadium, Warsaw

There had been a Polish presence at seven FIFA World Cups before the country finally qualified for a first UEFA European Championship final tournament, in 2008. As co-hosts for the 2012 event a second appearance quickly followed but, as on their debut in Austria, they failed to win a game and did not progress beyond the group stage. It was a different story in the 1970s and 1980s when, with world-class forwards Grzegorz Lato and Zbigniew Boniek to the fore, Poland reached four successive World Cups, collecting the bronze medals in West Germany in 1974 and again in Spain eight years later. Now the team possess another top-grade striker in Robert Lewandowski, who powered Poland to UEFA EURO 2016 with a record-equalling qualifying competition tally of 13 goals.

EURO pedigree
Overall: P106 W44 D30 L32 F167 A117
Final tournament: P6 W0 D3 L3 F3 A7
Qualifying: P100 W44 D27 L29 F164 A110

Poland's top five qualifying goals

Poland qualified for a UEFA European Championship at the 13th time of asking after topping their 2008 qualifying group featuring Portugal, Serbia and Belgium. Leo Beenhakker's side made a limited impression in Austria and Switzerland, managing a goal – from Roger Guerreiro – and a point as they finished bottom of their section. 

Poland doubled both tallies as co-hosts at UEFA EURO 2012 but, once again, ended propping up the group, and having claimed second place in their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying section behind Germany, they will hope for better in France. Before 2008 the closest the Biało-czerwoni had come to qualifying was in 1976 and 1980. In 1976 they missed out on goal difference to a Netherlands side that barred their path again four years later when they recovered from 2-0 down to beat East Germany and pip Poland by a point.

Memorable EURO matches
11/10/2014: Poland 2-0 Germany

Second-half goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila gave Poland a first win against their neighbours in 19 matches.

08/06/2012: Poland 1-1 Greece, UEFA EURO 2012, group stage
Robert Lewandowski gave the co-hosts a dream start in Warsaw – it was as good as it got.

12/06/2008: Austria 1-1 Poland, UEFA EURO 2008 group stage
Brazilian-born Roger Guerreiro scored Poland's first EURO finals goal to earn their first point.

Did you know?
Poland have drawn England in seven of their last 14 qualifying groups and have failed to win any of those 14 fixtures, losing all the away trips.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 04/12/15 15.12CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/04/2016 15:18 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Gibraltar0-7Poland
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)
01/08/2016 08:06:22
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Poland2-0Germany
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
01/08/2016 08:06:23
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Poland2-2Scotland
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia0-4Poland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
04/07/2016 09:38:26
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland2-2Switzerland
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) Stadium: Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
12/17/2015 16:31:09
26 March 2015 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland - Finland
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadion Miejski im. Henryka, Krakow (POL)
02/29/2016 09:45:51
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-1Poland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
01/08/2016 08:06:37
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Poland4-0Georgia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
16 June 2015 16 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland0-0Greece
Referee: not available
03/21/2016 10:42:45
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany3-1Poland
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
01/08/2016 08:06:33
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Poland8-1Gibraltar
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
01/08/2016 08:06:27
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Scotland2-2Poland
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO)
03/22/2016 11:58:27
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Poland2-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
01/08/2016 08:06:24
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland4-2Iceland
Referee: Padraig Sutton (IRL)
12/29/2015 10:57:38
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy - Poland
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
11/18/2015 12:25:09
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland3-1Czech Republic
Referee: Sandor Szabo (HUN)
12/29/2015 09:58:28
23 March 2016 23 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland1-0Serbia
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT) Stadium: Miejski, Międzychód (POL)
03/31/2016 13:36:04
26 March 2016 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland5-0Finland
Referee: not available Stadium: Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
03/31/2016 14:12:28
1 June 2016 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland
20.45
Netherlands
Referee: TBD Stadium: Arena Gdansk, Gdansk (POL)
05/11/2016 09:56:01
6 June 2016 06 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland
18.00
Lithuania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Miejski im. Henryka, Krakow (POL)
05/11/2016 10:03:19
PolandNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
05/25/2016 18:26:06
GermanyPoland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
05/27/2016 15:01:12
UkrainePoland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
05/25/2016 18:17:43
4 September 2016 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
KazakhstanPoland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
05/26/2016 06:29:08
8 October 2016 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
PolandDenmark
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
04/27/2016 11:08:21
11 October 2016 11 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
PolandArmenia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
04/27/2016 11:08:58
11 November 2016 11 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
RomaniaPoland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
05/03/2016 09:08:25
MontenegroPoland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:37:03
PolandRomania
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:37:03
DenmarkPoland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:03:01
PolandKazakhstan
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:11:18
ArmeniaPoland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:01:48
PolandMontenegro
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:09:17

General info

  • Founded : 1919
  • Stadium : Stadion Narodowy
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    07/09/2015, Poland 8-1 Gibraltar, Warsaw
  • Biggest defeat:
    11/10/1995, Slovakia 4-1 Poland, Bratislava
    17/09/1967, Poland 1-4 France, Warsaw
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 28
    Jacek Bąk (POL)
  • Top scorers: 14
    Robert Lewandowski (POL)