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UEFA EURO: Poland - Slovakia Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

PolandPolandDublin Arena - DublinMonday 14 June 2021
18.00CET (17.00 local time)
Group E - Matchday 1
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Match background Only this chapter

There has been little between Poland and Slovakia over the years as they meet in Dublin in the opening round of Group E games.

• Both teams have only to look as far as 2016 for inspiration ahead of their meeting at the Dublin Arena; Poland made it out of the group stage for the first time at the third attempt, getting as far as the quarter-finals, while Slovakia – making their first EURO appearance since the split of Czechoslovakia – also reached the knockout stages, losing in the last 16.

• This is Poland's fourth successive appearance in the EURO final tournament, and Slovakia's second in succession.

Previous meetings
• The sides have met in eight previous fixtures, Poland recording three wins to Slovakia's four.

• The sides' last two meetings have both been friendlies. First-half goals from Juraj Kucka (31) and Róbert Mak (39) gave visitors Slovakia a 2-0 win at the Stadion Miejski in Wrocław on 15 November 2013; Poland's Damien Perquis (30) got the only goal at the Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria, on 26 May 2012.

• This is the teams' fifth competitive fixture, and a first since the qualifying competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Slovakia won both of those contests, 2-1 at home in Bratislava – thanks to a late Stanislav Šesták double (84, 86) – and 1-0 in Chorzów, Seweryn Gancarczyk's third-minute own goal in the latter fixture taking Vladimír Weiss's side to the final tournament, Slovakia's first World Cup appearance as an independent state.

• The teams also met in qualifying for EURO '96, Slovakia's first UEFA European Championship appearance since splitting from Czechoslovakia. Poland won 5-0 on home soil in Zabrze on 7 June 1995, but Slovakia turned the tables with a 4-1 victory in Bratislava on 11 October; Slovakia finished third in Group 1 on 14 points, one point and one place higher than Poland, although neither side qualified for the finals in England.

• Nineteen of the 20 games between Poland and Czechoslovakia were friendlies; the exception was a 2-1 Czechoslovakian win in Warsaw in qualifying ahead of the 1934 World Cup.

EURO facts: Poland
• Poland are appearing at their fourth straight EURO final tournament; prior to UEFA EURO 2016 they had never won a finals match (D3 L3).

• Four years ago, however, they advanced to the last eight for the first time and bowed out without losing a game in regulation play as they were eliminated by eventual champions Portugal on penalties in the quarter-finals (1-1, 3-5 pens). With that game counted as a draw, Poland's record in France was W2 D3.

• A team led by former coach Jerzy Brzęczek finished six points clear at the top of Group G to book their place at UEFA EURO 2020, winning eight of their ten qualifiers (D1 L1) including the last four.

• A 2-0 defeat in Slovenia on 6 September 2019 is Poland's only loss in their last 18 EURO matches (W12 D5).

• Poland's greatest achievements on the international stage were taking bronze at the 1974 and 1982 FIFA World Cups.

• Poland's record in Dublin is W2 D6 L5, all 13 of those matches coming against the Republic of Ireland. Their record at the Dublin Arena is D1 L1, the most recent visit ending in a 1-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw; their last win in Ireland was a 3-2 friendly success at Croke Park in November 2008, in which Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to score the winning goal.

EURO facts: Slovakia
• Slovakia are making their second successive EURO appearance after their debut at UEFA EURO 2016, where a side coached by Ján Kozák finished third in Group B behind Wales and England on four points before losing 3-0 to Germany in the round of 16.

• Slovakia's record in EURO finals is therefore W1 D1 L2 – the sole victory a 2-1 defeat of Russia on Matchday 2 in 2016, Marek Hamšík scoring the decisive goal.

• Slovakia's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign began under coach Pavel Hapal, who oversaw their third-placed finish in Group E on 13 points from eight games (W4 D1 L3), behind Croatia (17 points) and Wales (14) but ahead of Hungary (12) – all three of their rivals also qualifying for the final tournament – and Azerbaijan (1).

• Third in their UEFA Nations League group in 2018/19 behind Ukraine and the Czech Republic, Slovakia therefore qualified for the UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs, Hapal overseeing a 4-2 win on penalties against the Republic of Ireland after their semi-final in Bratislava had finished goalless.

• Hapal left his post before the play-off final, Štefan Tarkovič overseeing a 2-1 extra-time win away to Northern Ireland in which Michal Ďuriš scored the goal that secured a place at UEFA EURO 2020.

• Slovakia are unbeaten in three EURO matches (W2 D1); a 3-1 loss in Croatia on 16 November 2019 is their only reverse in six games (W3 D2).

• While Slovakia had never competed at a UEFA European Championship as an independent nation before 2016, as part of Czechoslovakia they figured in two four-team final tournaments and in 1980, the first eight-team event.

• Czechoslovakia finished third in 1960 and 1980 and lifted the trophy in 1976. Eight of the 11 players who started the '76 final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia.

• This is Slovakia's fourth game in Dublin, where they have never won (D2 L1), and a first since a 2-2 friendly draw against the Republic of Ireland on 29 March 2016 in which Miroslav Stoch opened the scoring. Their other two matches in the city both came in EURO qualifying against Ireland, a 1-0 loss at Croke Park in March 2007 and a 0-0 draw at the Dublin Arena in September 2011.

• Slovakia have therefore drawn both previous games at the Dublin Arena.

Links and trivia
• Have played in Poland:
Ľubomír Šatka (Lech Poznań 2019–)
Ondrej Duda (Legia Warszawa 2014–16)
Lukáš Haraslín (Lechia Gdańsk 2015–20)
Jaroslav Mihalík (Cracovia Kraków 2017–18, Lechia Gdańsk 2019–)
Róbert Mazáň (Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała 2015)
Samuel Mráz (Zagłębie Lubin 2020–)

• Have played together:
Bartosz Bereszyński & Ondrej Duda (Legia Warszawa 2014–16)
Piotr Zieliński, Arkadiusz Milik & Marek Hamšík (Napoli 2016–19)
Bartosz Bereszyński & Milan Škriniar (Sampdoria 2017)
Robert Gumny, Kamil Jóźwiak & Ľubomír Šatka (Lech Poznań 2019–20)
Jakub Moder & Ľubomír Šatka (Lech Poznań 2019–)
Piotr Zieliński, Arkadiusz Milik & Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli 2020–)
Krzysztof Piątek & Peter Pekarík (Hertha Berlin 2020–)


Head coach Only this chapter

Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Poland

2016 – quarter-finals
2012 – group stage
2008 – group stage
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – last 16

Final tournament win
1-0 twice, most recently v Ukraine, 21/06/16

Final tournament defeat
2-0: Germany v Poland, 08/06/08

Qualifying win
8-1: Poland v Gibraltar, 07/09/15
Gibraltar v Poland, 07/09/14

Qualifying defeat
1-4: twice, most recently Slovakia v Poland, 11/10/95
0-3: three times, most recently Sweden v Poland, 11/06/03

Final tournament appearances
8: Jakub Blaszczykowski
Robert Lewandowski
Łukasz Piszczek
6: Kamil Grosicki
6: Marcin Wasilewski
5: Dariusz Dudka
5: Kamil Glik
5: Artur Jędrzejczyk
5: Tomasz Jodłowiec
5: Grzegorz Krychowiak
5: Arkadiusz Milik
5: Rafał Murawski
5: Michał Pazdan

Final tournament goals
3: Jakub Błaszczykowski
2: Robert Lewandowski
1: Roger Guerreiro
1: Arkadiusz Milik

Overall appearances
28: Jacek Bąk
28: Robert Lewandowski
27: Jakub Blaszczykowski
25: Grzegorz Krychowiak
24: Kamil Grosicki
23: Kamil Glik
20: Mariusz Lewandowski
19: Jacek Krzynówek
19: Maciej Żurawski
18: Arkadiusz Milik
18: Marcin Wasilewski
18: Michał Żewłakow

Overall goals
21: Robert Lewandowski
Euzebiusz Smolarek
8: Andrzej Juskowiak
8: Arkadiusz Milik
6: Włodzimierz Lubański
5: Dariusz Dziekanowski
5: Robert Gadocha
5: Kamil Grosicki


UEFA European Championship records: Slovakia

2016 – round of 16
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1988 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1984 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1980 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)
1976 – winners (as Czechoslovakia)
1972 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1968 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1964 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1960 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)

Final tournament win
twice, most recently Czechoslovakia v Greece, 14/06/80
2-0: Czechoslovakia v France, 09/07/60

Final tournament defeat
twice, most recently Germany v Slovakia, 26/06/16

Qualifying win
7-0: Slovakia v San Marino, 13/10/07

Qualifying defeat
5-0: Poland v Slovakia, 07/06/95

Final tournament appearances
Koloman Gögh (for Czechoslovakia)  
Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)  
6: Anton Ondruš (for Czechoslovakia)  
6: Ladislav Jurkemik (for Czechoslovakia)
4: Ján Ďurica
4: Marek Hamšík
4: Juraj Kucka
4: Matúš Kozáčik
4: Peter Pekarík
4: Martin Škrtel
Vladimír Weiss

Final tournament goals
1: Karol Dobiaš (for Czechoslovakia)
Anton Ondruš (for Czechoslovakia)  
1: Ladislav Pavlovič (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Ján Švehlík (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Ladislav Jurkemik (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Ondrej Duda
1: Marek Hamšík
1: Vladimír Weiss

Overall appearances
40: Marek Hamšík
31: Juraj Kucka
Peter Pekarík
Martin Škrtel
26: Miroslav Karhan
24: Ján Ďurica
22: Filip Hološko
21: Róbert Mak
20: Lubomír Moravčík (7 for Czechoslovakia)
20: Anton Ondruš (for Czechoslovakia)
19: Tomáš Hubočan
Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)
19: Vladimír Weiss

Overall goals
11: Marek Hamšík
7: Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)
6: Marek Mintál
5: Titus Buberník (for Czechoslovakia)
5: Peter Dubovský
5: Juraj Kucka
5: Szilárd Németh



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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