Predicting Poland national football team is difficult although Jerzy Brzeczek qualified for Euro 2020 and managed to stay in Division A of the UEFA Nations League. In January, five months before the Euros the Polish FA president and former national team great Zbigniew Boniek surprisingly sacked him. With the nearing of UEFA Euro 2020, we have noted a preview of Poland in Group E of the European Championship.
The decision was explained by Boniek who stated that the team was not progressing sufficiently and that a change in leadership was required to achieve the greatest outcomes from these players.
Boniek explained his decision by stating that the team was not progressing sufficiently and that a change in leadership was required to achieve the greatest outcomes from these players. It’s a fair point to make: many critics claimed that they played dull, almost unwatchable football despite the fact that Poland had no trouble qualifying for the Euros and only lost one of their ten games.
A former Portugal star and ex-QPR and Swansea manager, Paulo Sousa replaced Brzeczek. With only one win out of three games against Andorra his start was not encouraging, but it felt like a work in progress as the team acclimated to a new, more appealing playing style. An advance to the knockout stages would be considered an achievement, as fans recall that Poland finished last in their group following three dreadful performances at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Euro 2016 was one of the most memorable moments in the Polish history of football after reaching the quarter-finals and losing on penalties to the eventual champions, Portugal. This year’s team is unique and, in some ways, significantly weaker. The expectation with this team and revamp at the top is to make it to the knockout stages – anything beyond that would be considered a bonus.
Goalkeepers: Łukasz Fabiański (West Ham), Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)
Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Michał Helik (Barnsley), Tomasz Kędziora (Dynamo Kyiv), Kamil Piątkowski (Raków Częstochowa), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Lech Poznań), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moskva)
Midfielders: Paweł Dawidowicz (Verona), Przemysław Frankowski (Chicago Fire), Kamil Jóźwiak (Derby), Mateusz Klich (Leeds), Kacper Kozłowski (Pogoń Szczecin), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moskva), Karol Linetty (Torino), Jakub Moder (Brighton), Przemysław Płacheta (Norwich), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli)
Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Arkadiusz Milik (Marseille)*, Karol Świderski (PAOK), Jakub Świerczok (Piast Gliwice)
*Milik will now miss the tournament through injury but no replacement has been called up.
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