Germany and Poland resume neighbourly dispute
Friday, 1 January 2016
Germany and Poland traded blows in qualifying and will do so again in UEFA EURO 2016 Group C, with Poland boasting plenty of Bundesliga experience in their ranks.
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Germany and Poland know each other well from qualifying, where Poland beat their neighbours for the first time, and no quarter will be offered in their UEFA EURO 2016 Group C rematch.
• Germany's record in 20 games against Poland is W13 D6 L1 (W5 D2 L1 in competitive encounters.
• Poland finally ended their 18-match winless run against Germany when they defeated the world champions 2-0 in Warsaw during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila getting the goals. The return in Frankfurt ended 3-1 to Joachim Löw's side, who went on to top the group.
• Two Lukas Podolski goals earned Germany a 2-0 victory against the country of his birth at UEFA EURO 2008. Two years earlier, Oliver Neuville's last-minute winner knocked Poland out of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
• The teams also met at the first World Cup staged on German soil, in 1974. The hosts triumphed 1-0 thanks to a late strike by Gerd Müller.
EURO facts – Germany
• Germany are competing in their 12th successive EURO since missing out on the final tournament as West Germany, their first attempt, in 1968.
• EURO winners in 1972, 1980 and 1996 – and three-time beaten finalists – Germany have failed to make it through the group stage on three occasions, in 1984, 2000 and 2004.
• Germany's only previous game in Saint-Denis was a 2-0 friendly loss to France on 13 November 2015 – a match overshadowed by the terror attacks in Paris that day.
EURO facts – Poland
• Poland are appearing at their third successive EURO final tournament, but have yet to make it through the group stage. They failed to win a game in their first two finals campaigns: W0 D3 L3.
• Poland's greatest success on the international stage to date is winning bronze medals at the 1974 and 1982 World Cup finals.
• Poland's Robert Lewandowski was the top scorer in qualifying with 13 goals, matching a competition record set by Northern Ireland's David Healy in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying.
• Poland scored 33 goals in qualifying – two more than their nearest rivals, England.
Coach and player links
• Play together:
Jérôme Boateng, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer (Germany) & Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – Bayern
Mats Hummels (Germany) & Jakub Błaszczykowski and Łukasz Piszczek (Poland) – Borussia Dortmund
• Have played together:
Bernd Leno and André Schürrle (Germany) & Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) – Leverkusen, 2013
Jonas Hector (Germany) and Sławomir Peszko (Poland) – Köln, 2012–15
Mats Hummels (Germany) & Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – Dortmund, 2010–14
Mesut Özil (Germany) and Wojciech Szczęsny (Poland) – Arsenal, 2013–15
Mesut Özil (Germany) and Łukasz Fabiański (Poland) – Arsenal, 2013–14
Lukas Podolski (Germany) and Sławomir Peszko (Poland) – Köln, 2011–12
• Podolski was born in Gliwice and also has Polish citizenship; Poland's Kamil Glik has German citizenship. Szukała grew up in Trier and played for 1860 München and Alemannia Aachen.
• Poland's Mariusz Stępiński (Nürnberg, 2013–14) has also played in Germany.
• Of all the foreign players in Bundesliga history, only Giovanne Elber (133) and Claudio Pizarro (190) have scored more goals than Lewandowski.