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Poland
Poland skipper Jakub Błaszczykowski celebrates his strike against Russia at UEFA EURO 2012 ©Getty Images

Poland

Best result: group stage 2008, 2012
Coach: Adam Nawałka
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Włodzimierz Lubański (48); current –  Robert Lewandowski (18)
Most appearances: all-time – Michał Żewłakow (102); current – Jakub Błaszczykowski (68)
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.

EURO pedigree
Overall: P96 W38 D27 L31 F134 A107
Final tournament: P6 W0 D3 L3 F3 A7
Qualifying: P90 W38 D24 L28 F131 A100

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. Before 2008 the closest the Biało-czerwoni had previously 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
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.

08/06/2008: Germany 2-0 Poland, UEFA EURO 2008 group stage
Poland's first EURO finals match ended in disappointment, with both goals from Polish-born Lukas Podolski.

Did you know?
Poland have drawn England in seven of their last 12 qualifying groups and have failed to win any of those 14 fixtures, losing all the away trips.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 18.52CET

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Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    24/03/2007, Poland 5-0 Azerbaijan, Warsaw
    02/04/2003, Poland 5-0 San Marino, Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski
    07/06/1995, Poland 5-0 Slovakia, Zabrze
  • 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: 9
    Ebi Smolarek (POL)
 
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