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Poland at the 2022 World Cup: Fixtures, results, squad, scorers

Poland squeezed out of their group to reach the knockout stage of a FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after learning of Poland's qualification despite the loss to Argentina
Robert Lewandowski celebrates after learning of Poland's qualification despite the loss to Argentina ANP via Getty Images

Poland's World Cup Group C results

22 November: Mexico 0-0 Poland
26 November: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia (Zieliński 39, Lewandowski 82)
30 November: Poland 0-2 Argentina (Mac Allister 46, Álvarez 67)

Round of 16
4 December: France vs Poland

Robert Lewandowski great Poland goals

Poland's final 26-player squad

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczęsny, Łukasz Skorupski, Kamil Grabara

Defenders: Kamil Glik, Bartosz Bereszyński, Jan Bednarek, Artur Jędrzejczyk, Matty Cash, Nicola Zalewski, Jakub Kiwior, Robert Gumny, Mateusz Wieteska

Midfielders: Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zieliński, Przemysław Frankowski, Sebastian Szymański, Damian Szymański, Szymon Żurkowski, Krystian Bielik, Jakub Kamiński, Michał Skóraś

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piątek, Karol Świderski

How Poland qualified

Group I: W6 D2 L2 F30 A11

Hungary 3-3 Poland
Poland 3-0 Andorra
England 2-1 Poland
Poland 4-1 Albania
San Marino 1-7 Poland
Poland 1-1 England
Poland 5-0 San Marino
Albania 0-1 Poland
Andorra 1-4 Poland
Poland 1-2 Hungary

Play-off final: Poland 2-0 Sweden

Top scorer: Robert Lewandowski (9 goals)

Poland coach: Czesław Michniewicz

A two-time Polish Cup winner as a player with Amica Wronki, the former goalkeeper won the same trophy in his first coaching job with Lech Poznań in 2004. The 52-year-old has since won the Polish title with Zagłębie Lubin in 2007 and Legia Warszawa in 2021. Took the national team reins in January following Paulo Sousa's resignation and successfully navigated the World Cup play-off against Sweden.

Poland captain: Robert Lewandowski

Still one of the most prolific and feared strikers in the game, even at the age of 34. Won league titles at Lech Poznań and Dortmund before a cascade of trophies in his eight years at Bayern – eight Bundesliga titles, three German Cups and the UEFA Champions League in 2020 among them. At international level, he is Poland's most-capped player and their record scorer.

All Robert Lewandowski's EURO goals

Poland's World Cup history 

Most appearances: Władysław Żmuda (21)
Top scorer: Grzegorz Lato (10)
Best performance: Third place (1974, 1982)
2018 World Cup: Group stage

The World Cup has made heroes out of a number of Poland players, particularly on their way to those third-place finishes. Grzegorz Lato (seven) was the tournament's top scorer in 1974, while the brilliant Zbigniew Boniek was the focal point for their run in 1982. This is their first knockout stage appearance in 36 years.

Poland's EURO 2024 qualifying fixtures (Group E)

24/03/2023: Czechia vs Poland
27/03/2023: Poland vs Albania
20/06/2023: Moldova vs Poland
07/09/2023: Poland vs Faroe Islands
10/09/2023: Albania vs Poland
12/10/2023: Faroe Islands vs Poland
15/10/2023: Poland vs Moldova
17/11/2023: Poland vs Czechia