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Poland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Biało-czerwoni (The White and Reds)
Orły (The Eagles)
Association Polish Football Association (PZPN)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Jerzy Brzęczek
Captain Robert Lewandowski
Most caps Michał Żewłakow (102)
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski (55)
Home stadium Warsaw National Stadium
FIFA code POL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 Increase 2 (7 June 2018)
Highest 5 (August 2017)
Lowest 78 (November 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 21 Increase 4 (9 July 2018)[1]
Highest 2 (10 September 1975 [2])
Lowest 58 (October 1956)
First international
 Hungary 1–0 Poland 
(Budapest, Hungary; 18 December 1921)
Biggest win
 Poland 10–0 San Marino 
(Kielce, Poland; 1 April 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 8–0 Poland 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 26 June 1948)
World Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1938)
Best result Third place, 1974 and 1982
European Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2008)
Best result Quarter finals, 2016
Medal record
Men's football
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich Team
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montreal Team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona Team

The Poland national football team (Polish: Reprezentacja Polski w piłce nożnej) represents Poland in association football and is controlled by the Polish Football Association, the governing body for football in Poland.

At the World Cup, the current best result for Poland are two bronze medals won in 1974 and 1982, with this era being regarded as the "Golden Era" of Polish international association football.

At the Euros, Poland's best current result is reaching the quarter-finals in 2016, in Poland's third consecutive appearance at the competition. Poland's debut at the Euros was in 2008. They were co-hosts of the 2012 edition, along with Ukraine.

Overall, Poland's best ever result in international football tournaments as a whole was the gold medal won at the 1972 Munich Olympics, along with winning the silver medal on two occasions; at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

History

1919–1939: Early years

Poland national team, 1924
Poland 5–6 Brazil, 1938

The first football federation was established on 25 June 1911 in Lwów as the Polish Football Union (Związek Polski Piłki Nożnej). After I World War members of PFU established on 20 December 1919 in Warsaw the Polish Football Federation (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej). Poland would play its first official international match on 18 December 1921 in Budapest, where the side lost to Hungary 1–0. Their first international win would come on 28 May 1922 where they took on Sweden in Stockholm and beat them 2–1. Poland qualified for their first ever World Cup in 1937 when they beat Yugoslavia 4–0 and lost 1–0 in the two qualifying matches and ensured their place in the 1938 World Cup in France.

During their debut in the World Cup, Poland would play Brazil in a match which would become one of the most memorable matches in World Cup history. Despite Brazil not being regarded as the world's top team in the 1930s, it was still believed to be a hard-to-beat side, having participated in two first World Cups. Under these circumstances, the Polish team – which had never before participated on such a level – was expected to lose the game against the South Americans. Thus, the defeat was not a sensation. However, all fans were surprised at the style with which the Poles played their lone game of the tournament. The white and reds got to the extra time, only then losing 5–6. Ernest Wilimowski, who played for Ruch Chorzów at the time, scored four of Poland's five goals, which to date is one of the most impressive individual performances in the history of the World Cup.

Brazil  6–5 (a.e.t.)  Poland
Leônidas Goal 18'93'104'
Romeu Goal 25'
Perácio Goal 44'71'
Report Scherfke Goal 23' (pen.)
Wilimowski Goal 53'59'89'118'
Attendance: 13,452
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

Poland played what would be their last international match before the outbreak of World War II against Hungary, the runners-up in the 1938 World Cup. The match stands out as an achievement as Poland defeated the strongly favored Hungarian side 4–2.

Kazimierz Górski, Head Coach of the National Team between 1971 and 1976.

1946–1974: Beginnings

On 11 June 1946, following the aftermath of World War II, Poland played their first international friendly match, against Norway in Oslo, a 3–1 defeat. The biggest success in the early years after the war was the victory against one of Europe's best at the time, Czechoslovakia. Poland defeated their southern neighbors 3–1.

Poland suffered the worst defeat in the team's history on 26 April 1948 with a 0–8 loss to the Danish side. Poland would later erase that memory as they posted their second highest ever victory in Szczecin when they took down Norway 9–0 on 4 September 1963. The game marked the debut for Włodzimierz Lubański. He scored one of the goals in the game. Lubański became the all-time top scorer for Poland while playing from 1963 to 1980 scoring 48 goals in 75 appearances. This victory was surpassed on 1 April 2009 in Kielce when Poland defeated San Marino 10–0.

On 1 December 1970, Polish football history would change forever all due to one man. Kazimierz Górski was named head coach of the national team. His success with the team was evident from the start with a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Górski would later lead the team to another medal at the 1976 Olympics where they captured silver. However, nothing matched the two bronze medals at the 1974 and 1982 World Cups.

1974–1986: "Golden Era"

Poland being mostly unknown on the international football scene before 1974 shook up the football world during the World Cup in Germany. However, this was no huge surprise as the core of the team successfully achieved a gold medal place in the Munich Olympics in 1972. The Olympics were not considered a major tournament by most Western nations, but Eastern European countries bypassed the amateur rules by fielding their full national teams, as most players also had employment with national industries or within the army. With their lightning speed and incredible team chemistry they were almost unstoppable. In qualifying they surprised everyone by eliminating England, quarter-finalists in 1970 and Champions in 1966.

Poland celebrates a victory over Brazil in the 1974 World Cup.

In their opening match of Germany '74 Poland met Argentina, a team that was appearing in their 6th World Cup. Within eight minutes Poland were up 2–0, Grzegorz Lato opened the scoring in the seventh minute and just a minute later Andrzej Szarmach doubled the lead. In the 60th minute, Argentina cut the lead in half when Ramon Heredia scored. Two minutes later, however, Lato scored his second, which turned out to be the winning goal as Carlos Babington gave Argentina their second in the 66th. The match finished 3–2 for Poland.

Kazimierz Deyna (no 12) in the arms of teammates, Henryk Kasperczak, left Andrzej Szarmach, right Grzegorz Lato (no 16) after shooting 2:0 goal during 2:1 match Poland-Italy in the 1974 World Cup

Poland thrashed Haiti 7–0 in their second game. The goals included a hat-trick from Szarmach and two from Lato. In their final match of the first stage, Poland met Italy, who finished second at the previous World Cup in 1970. Poland were already through to the Second Round but needed at least a draw to win the group. At half-time, Poland was leading 2–0 on goals from Andrzej Szarmach and Kazimierz Deyna. It was not until the 86th minute that Italy managed a consolation goal through Fabio Capello. This gave Poland their third consecutive win, which led them to win the group. In the second round, Poland first won 1–0 against a Swedish side, which had not conceded any goals in their first three matches. Lato scored the only goal of the game. Next was Yugoslavia, who had drawn with Brazil and Scotland and won 9–0 against Zaire in the first round. Poland was awarded a penalty in the 24th minute and took the lead when Deyna converted. Stanislav Karasi tied it up for Yugoslavia in the 43rd. Lato won it for Poland again when he scored in the 62nd, making the final score 2–1 in Poland's favour.

On 3 July 1974 came the game that could have sent Poland into the 1974 World Cup Final. They played against the eventual champions West Germany. It had rained all day long, the field was entirely flooded. Poland wanted the game postponed but the Austrian referee would not agree. The game went ahead. Poland needed a win to be in the final, a draw was enough for the Germans. But in the miserably wet conditions, Poland's speed was of no use since the ball would not roll like it does on a dry field. Gerd Müller scored the winning goal in the 76th minute for Germany. The whole country was crushed. Poland would end the amazing run with a 1–0 victory over Brazil in the third place game. Lato scored the winning goal his seventh of the tournament crowning him the top scorer of the World Cup.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 6
 Argentina 3 1 1 1 7 5 +2 3
 Italy 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
 Haiti 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
Poland  3–2  Argentina
Lato Goal 7'62'
Szarmach Goal 8'
Report Heredia Goal 60'
Babington Goal 66'
Attendance: 32,700
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)

Haiti  0–7  Poland
Report Lato Goal 17'87'
Deyna Goal 18'
Szarmach Goal 30'34'50'
Gorgoń Goal 31'
Attendance: 25,300

Poland  2–1  Italy
Szarmach Goal 38'
Deyna Goal 44'
Report Capello Goal 85'
Attendance: 70,100

Second Round

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 6
 Poland 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
 Sweden 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
 Yugoslavia 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Sweden  0–1  Poland
Report Lato Goal 43'
Attendance: 44,955

Poland  2–1  Yugoslavia
Deyna Goal 24' (pen.)
Lato Goal 62'
Report Karasi Goal 43'
Attendance: 58,000

Poland  0–1  West Germany
Report Müller Goal 76'
Attendance: 62,000

Third place match

Brazil  0–1  Poland
Report Lato Goal 76'
Attendance: 77,100

In qualifying, Poland denied Portugal their second World Cup appearance when in 1966 they had captured third place. Poland opened the World Cup against their rivals from four years prior and the current Champions, West Germany. This time the match ended in a 0–0 draw.

Grzegorz Lato continued his scoring ways with the only goal in the 1–0 win over African side Tunisia in the second game. In the final first round match Poland met Mexico. Zbigniew Boniek playing in his first World Cup opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. The Mexicans drew level through Víctor Rangel in the 52nd minute, but four minutes later Kazimierz Deyna put Poland ahead once again. Then Boniek scored his second in the 84th to secure the 3–1 win.

In the second round, Poland met three South American teams. In 1974, Poland had played and won against both Argentina and Brazil, both teams would get their revenge this time around. First, Argentina beat the Poles 2–0 with two goals from tournament top scorer Mario Kempes. Poland then defeated Peru 1–0 with a goal from Andrzej Szarmach. In what was Poland's last match of this World Cup, Brazil opened the scoring in the 12th minute on a goal from Nelinho. Even though Lato equalized one minute before half-time, it was not to be for Poland: two goals from Roberto in the 57th and 62nd minutes wrapped up the 3–1 win for Brazil.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 5
 West Germany 3 1 2 0 6 0 +6 4
 Tunisia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
 Mexico 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
West Germany  0–0  Poland
Report

Poland  1–0  Tunisia
Lato Goal 43' Report

Poland  3–1  Mexico
Boniek Goal 43'84'
Deyna Goal 56'
Report Rangel Goal 52'
Attendance: 22,651
Referee: Jafar Namdar (Iran)

Second Round

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 2 1 0 8 0 +8 5
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
 Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 2
 Peru 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Argentina  2–0  Poland
Kempes Goal 16'72' Report
Attendance: 37,091
Referee: Ulf Eriksson (Sweden)

Peru  0–1  Poland
Report Szarmach Goal 64'
Attendance: 35,288

Poland  1–3  Brazil
Lato Goal 45' Report Nelinho Goal 13'
Roberto Dinamite Goal 58'63'
Zbigniew Boniek, top scorer for Poland in the 1982 World Cup.

On 29 November 1980, a dispute between players and technical staff began at a hotel in Warsaw, ending in the Okęcie Airport. Following the incident, several players of the Poland national team were banned from international duty, also leading to the resignation of Ryszard Kulesza as head coach of the team.[3] At the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Poland were drawn in a group with Italy, Cameroon and Peru.[4] The first two games were consecutive 0–0 draws with Italy and Cameroon, but the final group game of the first round ended in a 5–1 win for Poland, meaning they would advance to the second round as group winners.[5][6][7]

In the first game of the second round, Poland beat Belgium 3–0; with a hat-trick from Boniek securing him a classic performance in the match, but the player would also receive a yellow card in the following match.[8][9] Nevertheless, Poland advanced as group winners to the knockout stage.[10] However, Poland would eventually be stopped in the semi-finals, losing 0–2 to Italy and ending the dream of playing at the World Cup final once again; but also securing a place in the third place play-off.[11] In the third place play-off, Poland beat France 3–2, with the game also being regarded as "the end of the golden era of Polish football".[12]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Poland 3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 4 Advance to second round
2  Italy 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
3  Cameroon 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
4  Peru 3 0 2 1 2 6 −4 2
Source: FIFA
14 June 1982
Italy  0–0  Poland Balaídos, Vigo
19 June 1982
Poland  0–0  Cameroon Estadio de Riazor, A Coruña
22 June 1982
Poland  5–1  Peru Estadio de Riazor, A Coruña

Second Round

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Poland 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 3 Advance to knockout stage
2  Soviet Union 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
3  Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
Source: FIFA
28 June 1982
Poland  3–0  Belgium Camp Nou, Barcelona
4 July 1982
Soviet Union  0–0  Poland Camp Nou, Barcelona

Semi-finals

Poland  0–2  Italy
Report Rossi Goal 22'73'
Attendance: 50,000

Third place match

Poland  3–2  France
Szarmach Goal 40'
Majewski Goal 44'
Kupcewicz Goal 46'
Report Girard Goal 13'
Couriol Goal 72'
Włodzimierz Smolarek; goalscorer of the game against Portugal, won 1–0 by Poland.

In 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland finished top of the qualifying group; with 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat.[13] Poland's biggest win of the qualifying phase was a 4–1 win over Greece, meanwhile Poland's biggest defeat was a 0–2 defeat to Belgium.[14][15]

At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Poland were drawn into a group with England, Morocco and Portugal.[16] The first match was a 0–0 draw, and in the second match, beat Portugal 1–0.[17][18] In the final group game, they 0–3 to England, but Poland still advanced into the knockout stage, as a result of Morocco winning 3–1 over Portugal.[19][20] In the round of sixteen, Poland were eliminated after suffering a 4–0 defeat to Brazil.[21]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Morocco 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 1 1 1 3 1 +2 3
3  Poland 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 3
4  Portugal 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 2
Source: FIFA
2 June 1986
Morocco  0–0  Poland Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza
7 June 1986
Poland  1–0  Portugal Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza
11 June 1986
England  3–0  Poland Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey

Round of sixteen

Brazil  4–0  Poland
Sócrates Goal 30' (pen.)
Josimar Goal 55'
Edinho Goal 79'
Careca Goal 83' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 45,000
Andrzej Juskowiak; top goalscorer for Poland in Euro 1996 qualifying (3 goals) and 1998 World Cup qualifying. (7 goals).

1986–2001: Decline

After the "Golden Era" from the 1970s and 1980s, Poland suffered a severe drought in international football; they didn't qualify for three consecutive editions of the FIFA World Cup, failing to qualify in 1990, 1994 and 1998.

In 1990 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished 3rd in the qualifying group, behind Sweden and England, on 5 points with two wins, one draw and three defeats.[22] They began qualifying for the 1990 edition with a 1–0 win over Albania, before defeats to Sweden (2–1) and England (3–0).[23][24][25] Poland then drew 0–0 with England, lost to Sweden 0–2 and beat Albania 2–1 in their final game, but were 4 points behind England; thus failing to qualify.[26][27][28]

In 1994 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished 4th in the qualifying group, behind Norway, the Netherlands and England.[29] Poland began qualifying with 1–0 win over Turkey; followed by a 2–2 draw with the Netherlands, a 1–0 win over San Marino and a 3–0 win in the reverse fixture.[30][31][32][33] Afterwards, Poland drew 1–1 with England, before a 0–3 defeat in the reverse fixture.[34][35] Afterwards, Poland would then go on to suffer consecutive defeats, losing 1–0 and 3–0 to Norway, followed by a 2–1 defeat to Turkey and a 1–3 defeat to the Netherlands in the final fixture.[36][37][38][39]

In Euro 1996 qualifying, Poland drew a qualifying group with Romania, France, Slovakia, Israel and Azerbaijan.[40] Poland lost 2–1 to Israel in the first game, and would later record a 1–0 win over Azerbaijan and a 0–0 draw with France.[41][42][43] Later, Poland lost 2–1 to Romania, beat Israel 4–3 and Slovakia 5–0, before consecutive draws with France (1–1) and Romania (0–0).[44][45][46][47] Poland lost 4–1 to Slovakia in the penultimate qualifying game, and drew 0–0 with Azerbaijan in the final group game.[48][49]

In 1998 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished 3rd behind England and Italy.[50] They began qualifying with a 2–1 loss to England before a win over Moldova (2–1) and a 0–0 draw with Italy.[51][52][53] Afterwards, they suffered successive defeats to Italy (3–0) and England (0–2).[54][55] They won the next two games; 4–1 over Georgia and 3–0 over Moldova, with Andrzej Juskowiak scoring a hat-trick against the latter.[56][57] The final game was against Georgia, with Poland losing 0–3.[58]

The Daejeon World Cup Stadium; where the match between the United States and Poland was played, won 3–1 by Poland,

2001–2006: Rebuild

Poland qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup was significant, as it was Poland's first appearance at the World Cup finals since 1986.[59] Poland's biggest win overall at in the qualifying phase was a 4–0 win over Armenia, while Poland's biggest defeat was a 1–4 defeat to Belarus.[60][61]

The Polish drew a group featuring South Korea, the United States and Portugal.[62]The first match was played with South Korea on 4 June; with Poland losing 2–0.[63] The second game was with Portugal on 10 June; which Poland lost 4–0.[64] Poland then played the United States in the final group game on 14 June; winning 3–1 with goals from Olisadebe, Kryszałowicz and Żewłakow.[65] Despite the win, Poland finished last in the group, with a goal difference of –4 and 3 points.[66]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea (H) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  United States 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
3  Portugal 3 1 0 2 6 4 +2 3
4  Poland 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Host.
4 June 2002
South Korea  2–0  Poland Asiad Main Stadium, Busan
10 June 2002
Portugal  4–0  Poland Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju
14 June 2002
Poland  3–1  United States Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon
Tomasz Frankowski; top goalscorer during Poland's 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, with 7 goals, including a hat-trick against Azerbaijan.

Poland's qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup was overall successful; as they won 8 and lost 2, without a single draw.[67] They finished behind England in the qualifying group; but as a result of being the second best second-placed team in the play-offs, they qualified automatically for the finals in Germany.[68] The biggest win of the qualifying phase for Poland was an 8–0 victory over Azerbaijan, in which Tomasz Frankowski scored a hat-trick.[69][70] The biggest defeat of the qualifying phase for Poland were two defeats against England, losing both home and away games by a scoreline of 1–2.[71][72]

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Poland drew Germany, Ecuador and Costa Rica in Group A.[73] Despite high hopes from the Polish press, media and fans, Poland's campaign at the World Cup was seen as an underachievement; as Poland lost two and won one game, finishing third in the group.[74] Poland's first match was a 2–0 defeat to Ecuador,[75] followed by a 1–0 defeat to Germany, with Oliver Neuville scoring a stoppage time winning goal[76]; with the defeat to Germany, and following Ecuador's 3–0 win over Costa Rica, officially ending Poland's chances of advancing further than the group.[77] The third and final group game saw Poland defeat Costa Rica 2–1; with Bartosz Bosacki getting on the scoresheet twice.[78][79]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany (H) 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Host.
9 June 2006
Poland  0–2  Ecuador Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
14 June 2006
Germany  1–0  Poland Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
20 June 2006
Costa Rica  1–2  Poland AWD-Arena, Hanover

2008: Debut at the Euros

Euzebiusz Smolarek, who scored 9 goals during the qualifying phase.

In Euro 2008 qualifying, Poland were drawn into a group with Portugal, Serbia, Finland, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan.[80] Poland's campaign began in uncomfortable fashion; suffering a 1–3 defeat to Finland on 2 September 2006 and then drawing 1–1 with Serbia on 6 September.[81][82] In the third match, on 7 October, Poland won 1–0 over Kazakhstan, with Euzebiusz Smolarek scoring the goal.[83] On 11 October, Poland beat Portugal 2–1 with Smolarek scoring the two goals.[84] On 15 November, they beat Belgium 1–0.[85] On 24 March 2007, Poland beat Azerbaijan 5–0, and on 28 March beat Armenia 1–0.[86][87] On 2 June, they beat Azerbaijan 3–1 with Smolarek and Krzynówek (2) scoring.[88] On 6 June, Poland lost 1–0 to Armenia, on 8 September drew 2–2 with Portugal, and on 12 September drew 0–0 with Finland.[89][90][91] On 13 October, Poland beat Kazakhstan 3–1 with a hat-trick from Smolarek.[92] On 17 November, they beat Belgium 2–0 with two goals from Smolarek, and on 21 November drew 2–2 with Serbia in the final qualifying game; thus qualifying for the tournament as the 1st place team in the qualifying group following Portugal's 0–0 draw with Finland, Poland's first ever Euro appearance.[93][94][95]

At UEFA Euro 2008, they were drawn in Group B; with Germany, Austria and Croatia.[96] The opening match was against Germany on 8 June at the Hypo-Arena in Klagenfurt, a match that Poland lost 2–0 with two goals from Lukas Podolski.[97] In the second game, Poland drew 1–1 with Austria; taking the lead through Brazil-born Roger Guerreiro, before conceding in the third minute of stoppage time following a controversial penalty.[98][99] The final group game was against Croatia, which Poland lost 1–0, finishing bottom of the group.[100]

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
 Germany 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Austria 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
 Poland 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
8 June 2008
Germany  2–0  Poland Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
12 June 2008
Austria  1–1  Poland Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
16 June 2008
Poland  0–1  Croatia Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt

Notes on the tie-breaking situation
  • Austria and Poland are ranked by goal difference in all of their group games as their head-to-head result was a 1–1 draw.

2010: Disaster in World Cup qualifying

Artur Boruc, goalkeeper for Poland from 2004 to 2017, who made 65 appearances during his international career.

In 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland were drawn in a group with Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and San Marino, and this has been Poland's worst qualifying campaign to date. Poland finished 5th in the group; just above San Marino, with 11 points.[101] Poland began the campaign with a 1–1 draw against Slovenia on 6 September 2008.[102] On 10 October, Poland beat San Marino 2–0.[103] On 11 October, they won 2–1 against the Czech Republic.[104] After these two wins, Poland lost consecutive matches against Slovakia (15 October, losing 1–2) and Northern Ireland (28 March 2009, losing 2–3).[105][106] After these defeats, Poland recorded their biggest ever win, winning 10–0 against San Marino in which six different players scored, with Euzebiusz Smolarek scoring four goals, on 1 April 2009.[107][108] On 5 September, Poland drew 1–1 with Northern Ireland and on 9 September, lost 3–0 to Slovenia.[109][110] On 10 October, Poland lost 2–0 to the Czech Republic and on 14 October, lost 1–0 to Slovakia.[111][112]

2012: Host of the Euros

UEFA Euro 2012 opening match between Poland and Greece at the National Stadium, Warsaw.

On 18 April 2007, in Cardiff, Poland and Ukraine were selected to host UEFA Euro 2012 by the UEFA Executive Committee. The bid defeated other bids made, including one from Italy and a joint bid by Croatia and Hungary; thus becoming the third successful joint-bid made to host the UEFA European Championship, after the Netherlands and Belgium in 2000, and Austria and Switzerland in 2008.

Poland were drawn into Group A; with Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic.[113] On 8 June, the opening match played between Poland and Greece at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, ended 1–1, with Poland taking the lead in the 17th minute through Robert Lewandowski before Greece equalized in the second half through Dimitris Salpingidis in the 51st minute, and in the game, both teams went down to 10 men.[114][115] Poland's next game was on 12 June, again played at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, with the game against Russia finishing 1–1, with Russia taking the lead through Alan Dzagoev in the 37th minute before Poland equalized through Błaszczykowski in the 57th minute.[116][117] Poland's final game was against the Czech Republic, played on 16 June, at the Stadion Miejski, in Wrocław, where Poland lost 1–0 following a goal from Petr Jiráček.[118][119] Poland finished bottom of the group, with just two points.[120]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1 6 Advance to knockout phase
2  Greece 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Russia 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
4  Poland (H) 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Poland  1–1  Greece
Lewandowski Goal 17' Report Salpingidis Goal 51'

Poland  1–1  Russia
Błaszczykowski Goal 57' Report Dzagoev Goal 37'
Attendance: 55,920[122]

Czech Republic  1–0  Poland
Jiráček Goal 72' Report
Attendance: 41,480[123]

2014: World Cup qualifying

Robert Lewandowski (center) and Arkadiusz Milk (right) playing for Poland in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland, in 2013.

Poland was drawn in Group H of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying; with England, Ukraine, Montenegro, Moldova and San Marino.[124]

On 7 September, Poland's first qualifying match ended in a 2–2 draw with Montenegro, with goals from Błaszczykowski and Mierzejewski.[125] On 11 September, they beat Moldova 2–0 with goals from Błaszczykowski and Wawrzyniak.[126] On 17 October, Poland drew 1–1 with England, with Glik scoring the equalizing goal.[127] On 22 March 2013, Poland lost 3–1 to Ukraine, conceding two goals in the first seven minutes alone, with Piszczek scoring Poland's only goal.[128] On 26 March, Poland beat San Marino 5–0, with a brace from Lewandowski, and goals from Piszczek, Teodorczyk and Kosecki.[129] On 6 September, Poland drew 1–1 with Montenegro; with Lewandowski scoring the equalizing goal only five minutes after Poland initially conceded.[130] On 10 September, they beat San Marino 5–1, with a brace from Zieliński, and goals from Błaszczykowski, Sobota and Mierzejewski.[131] However, Poland lost the last two games against Ukraine and England; losing 1–0 and 2–0, respectively.[132][133][134]

2016–present: "New Era"

Adam Nawałka, former head coach of the Polish National team, 2013 to 2018
Association football supporters of Polish national football team

In UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, Poland were drawn in Group D; with Germany, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar.[135]

On 7 September 2014, Poland beat Gibraltar 7–0, with Robert Lewandowski scoring four goals, Kamil Grosicki scoring two goals and Łukasz Szukała scoring one goal.[136][137][138] On 11 October, Poland beat Germany 2–0, with Germany having won the 2014 FIFA World Cup only three months prior, with goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila.[139] On 14 October, Poland drew 2–2 with Scotland, with goals from Krzysztof Mączyński and Milik not being enough to secure the three points.[140] On 14 November, they beat Georgia 4–0, with goals from Kamil Glik, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Mila and Milik.[141] On 29 March 2015, they drew 1–1 with the Republic of Ireland, with Sławomir Peszko; but conceded a goal from Shane Long in stoppage time.[142] On 13 June, they beat Georgia 4–0; with a goal from Milik and a hat-trick from Lewandowski.[143] On 7 September, they beat Gibraltar 8–1; with Grosicki, Lewandowski and Milik all scoring twice, and Jakub Błaszczykowski and Bartosz Kapustka.[144] On 8 October, they drew 2–2 with Scotland, with Lewandowski scoring a brace.[145] On 11 October, they beat the Republic of Ireland 2–1 with goals from Krychowiak and Lewandowski, securing automatic qualification for the Euros.[146]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Poland Republic of Ireland Scotland Georgia (country) Gibraltar
1  Germany 10 7 1 2 24 9 +15 22 Qualify for final tournament 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–0
2  Poland 10 6 3 1 33 10 +23 21 2–0 2–1 2–2 4–0 8–1
3  Republic of Ireland 10 5 3 2 19 7 +12 18 Advance to play-offs 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 7–0
4  Scotland 10 4 3 3 22 12 +10 15 2–3 2–2 1–0 1–0 6–1
5  Georgia 10 3 0 7 10 16 −6 9 0–2 0–4 1–2 1–0 4–0
6  Gibraltar 10 0 0 10 2 56 −54 0 0–7 0–7 0–4 0–6 0–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Jakub Błaszczykowski playing for Poland during the Euro 2016 quarter-finals match with Portugal, on 30 June 2016.

At the UEFA Euro 2016 finals, Poland were drawn in Group C; with Germany, Northern Ireland and Ukraine.[147]

Poland's first match was with Northern Ireland, on 12 June at the Stade de Nice in Nice; a game they won 1–0 with a goal from Arkadiusz Milik in the 51st minute.[148] The next match was with Germany at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on 16 June; with the finishing 0–0.[149] Poland's final group game was with Ukraine on 21 June, at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, a game they won 1–0 with a goal from Jakub Błaszczykowski.[150] In the round of sixteen, Poland were drawn to play Switzerland on 25 June at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne. Poland took the lead through a goal from Błaszczykowski, but conceded a bicycle kick from Xherdan Shaqiri in the 82nd minute, finishing the game 1–1 in regular time. After even extra-time could not break the tie; Poland beat Switzerland in a penalty shootout, winning 5–4 on penalties.[151][152] On 30 June, at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille played with Portugal in the quarter-finals of the tournament; a game in which Poland took the lead in the 2nd minute through a goal from Robert Lewandowski before conceding a goal from Renato Sanches in the 33nd minute. The match was 1–1 even after regular time and extra-time ended; thus taking the game to penalties. Poland lost the penalty shootout, losing 5–3 with Błaszczykowski having the crucial penalty saved.[153]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7 Advance to knockout phase
2  Poland 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
3  Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
4  Ukraine 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Poland  1–0  Northern Ireland
Milik Goal 51' Report
Attendance: 33,742[154]

Germany  0–0  Poland
Report

Ukraine  0–1  Poland
Report Błaszczykowski Goal 54'
Attendance: 58,874[156]

Round of 16

Switzerland   1–1 (a.e.t.)  Poland
Shaqiri Goal 82' Report Błaszczykowski Goal 39'
Penalties
4–5

Quarter-finals

Poland  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Lewandowski Goal 2' Report Sanches Goal 33'
Penalties
3–5
Attendance: 62,940[158]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Robert Lewandowski, who finished the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with 16 goals; breaking the European qualifying record for goals scored, as well as becoming all-time top goalscorer for Poland.[159]

In 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland were drawn in Group E; with Denmark, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia and Kazakhstan.[160]

The opening match for Poland was against Kazakhstan on 4 September 2016, which Poland drew 2–2, taking a 2–0 lead through goals from Bartosz Kapustka and Robert Lewandowski, but they conceded two goals from Sergei Khizhnichenko in the second half.[161] On 8 October, Poland beat Denmark 3–2 with Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick.[162] Three days later, on 11 October, they beat Armenia 2–1, with goals from Lewandowski and an own goal from Hrayr Mkoyan.[163] On 11 November, Poland beat Romania 3–0 with Kamil Grosicki and Lewandowski (2) scoring the goals.[164] On 26 March 2017, Poland beat Montenegro 2–1 with Lewandowski and Łukasz Piszczek scoring the goals.[165] On 10 June, Poland beat Romania 3–1 with a hat-trick from Lewandowski.[166] However, on 1 September, they suffered a 4–0 defeat to Denmark, their first loss of their qualifying campaign.[167] Three days later, they beat Kazakhstan 3–0 with goals from Arkadiusz Milik, Kamil Glik and Lewandowski.[168] On 5 October, they trashed Armenia 6–1, with goals from Grosicki, Jakub Błaszczykowski, Rafał Wolski and a hat-trick from Lewandowski, who became Poland's record goalscorer in the match.[169] Three days later, on 8 October, Poland officially qualified for the tournament with a 4–2 win over Montenegro; with goals from Krzysztof Mączyński, Grosicki, Lewandowski and an own goal from Filip Stojković.[170]

Lewandowski scored 16 goals during qualifying; breaking the European qualifying scoring record, as well as becoming the all-time top goalscorer of Poland.[171][172]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Poland 10 8 1 1 28 14 +14 25 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 3–2 4–2 3–1 2–1 3–0
2  Denmark 10 6 2 2 20 8 +12 20 Advance to second round 4–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 4–1
3  Montenegro 10 5 1 4 20 12 +8 16 1–2 0–1 1–0 4–1 5–0
4  Romania 10 3 4 3 12 10 +2 13 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–1
5  Armenia 10 2 1 7 10 26 −16 7 1–6 1–4 3–2 0–5 2–0
6  Kazakhstan 10 0 3 7 6 26 −20 3 2–2 1–3 0–3 0–0 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
The Poland national team line-up before the third and final group game against Japan; on 28 June. Poland won the game 1–0.[173]

2018: Disappointment at the World Cup

Poland played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first World Cup since 2006, in Group H; against Senegal, Colombia and Japan.[174] Despite the group being considered a close group, Poland were tipped as favorites to advance from the group.[175][176][177] In May 2018, Poland named the preliminary 34-man squad, and on 4 June, they named the final 23-man squad.[178][179] The squad featured several notable players; such as elite striker Robert Lewandowski (playing at his first World Cup), VfL Wolfsburg's veteran midfielder Jakub Błaszczykowski, Monaco defender Kamil Glik (who suffered an injury two weeks prior to the start of the tournament), Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.[180]

However, despite all of this and despite being ranked 8th in the FIFA Ranking prior to the tournament,[181] Poland's tournament was disappointing overall; they lost to Senegal in the opening match, losing 1–2 on 19 June in Moscow.[182] Five days later, on 24 June, they lost to Colombia in Kazan, losing 0–3,[183] which mathematically ended their hopes of qualifying from the group and on 28 June, beat Japan 1–0 in their final group game in Volgograd.[184] Poland finished bottom of their group.[185]

Group Stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Colombia 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Japan 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4[a]
3  Senegal 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4[a]
4  Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Fair play points: Japan −4, Senegal −6.

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group H will advance to play the runners-up of Group G.
  • The runners-up of Group H will advance to play the winners of Group G.
Poland  1–2  Senegal
Report
Attendance: 44,190[186]

Poland  0–3  Colombia
Report
Attendance: 42,873[187]

Japan  0–1  Poland
Report
Attendance: 42,189[188]

Competitive record

Jan Tomaszewski (left) and Henryk Kasperczak after 3rd place match Poland-Brazil, 1974 FIFA World Cup
UEFA Euro 2012 in Warsaw
Polish anthem during Czech Republic - Poland, UEFA Euro 2012
Krzysztof Mączyński playing for national team in 2013
Portugal against Poland in the UEFA Euro 2016 Quarterfinal match
Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik against Ireland during friendly match in Dublin

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not Enter Declined Participation
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 1 0 0 1 1 2
France 1938 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 5 6 2 1 0 1 4 1
Brazil 1950 Did not Enter Declined Participation
Switzerland 1954 Withdrew Withdrew
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 5 3 0 2 9 7
Chile 1962 2 0 1 1 2 3
England 1966 6 2 2 2 11 10
Mexico 1970 6 4 0 2 19 8
West Germany 1974 Third Place 3rd 7 6 0 1 16 5 4 2 1 1 6 3
Argentina 1978 Round 2 5th 6 3 1 2 6 6 6 5 1 0 17 4
Spain 1982 Third Place 3rd 7 3 3 1 11 5 4 4 0 0 12 2
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 1 7 6 3 2 1 10 6
Italy 1990 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 4 8
United States 1994 10 3 2 5 10 15
France 1998 8 3 1 4 10 12
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 25th 3 1 0 2 3 7 10 6 3 1 21 11
Germany 2006 21st 3 1 0 2 2 4 10 8 0 2 27 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 10 3 2 5 19 14
Brazil 2014 10 3 4 3 18 12
Russia 2018 Group Stage 25th 3 1 0 2 2 5 10 8 1 1 28 14
Total Third Place 8/21 34 16 5 13 46 45 114 60 21 35 228 141

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1960 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 7
Spain 1964 2 0 0 2 0 4
Italy 1968 6 3 1 2 13 9
Belgium 1972 6 2 2 2 10 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 3 2 1 9 5
Italy 1980 8 5 2 1 13 4
France 1984 6 1 2 3 6 9
West Germany 1988 8 3 2 3 9 11
Sweden 1992 6 2 3 1 8 6
England 1996 10 3 4 3 14 12
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 4 1 3 12 8
Portugal 2004 8 4 1 3 11 7
Austria Switzerland 2008 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 4 14 8 4 2 24 12
Poland Ukraine 2012 3 0 2 1 2 3 Qualified as hosts
France 2016 Quarter-finals 5th 5 2 3 0 4 2 10 6 3 1 33 10
European Union 2020 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Quarter-finals 3/15 11 2 6 3 7 9 100 44 27 29 164 110

Olympic Games record

Host nation(s) – Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Greece 1896 Did not enter

(Poland wasn't independent)

France 1900
United States 1904
Greece 1906
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920 Did not enter - - - - - -
France 1924 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 5
Netherlands 1928 Did not qualify
United States 1932
Nazi Germany 1936 Fourth place 4 2 0 2 11 10
United Kingdom 1948 Did not qualify
Finland 1952 Round 1 2 1 0 1 2 3
Australia 1956 Did not qualify
Italy 1960 Group stage 3 1 0 2 7 5
Japan 1964 Did not qualify
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972 Champions 7 6 1 0 21 5
Canada 1976 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 11 5
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify
United States 1984
South Korea 1988
Spain 1992 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 17 6
Total 7/23 28 17 3 8 69 39
Football at the summer Olympics has been an U-23 tournament since 1992.

FIFA ranking history

Source:[189]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
28 29 33 53 48 31 32 43 33 34 25 25 22 24 22 34 58 73 66 55 76 41 34 15 5

All-time head-to-head record

Table including all matches officially recognized by PZPN (also those not recognized by FIFA).

As of 28 June 2018.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  4. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro.

Honours

  • Gold medal 1972 Olympics 1972
  • Silver medal 1976 Olympics 1976 1992 Olympics 1992

Team image

Names

The official FIFA country code for Poland is POL. This abbreviation is used to identify the team in FIFA, UEFA, and other matches. The same abbreviation is also used under the International Organization for Standardization. "Polish national football team" can be translated into Polish as "Reprezentacja Polski w piłce nożnej". The team's nicknames include "Biało-czerwoni" which means "The white-reds" and "Orły" which translates into "The Eagles". These are the most common names given to the Polish national football team. In English, the team is also widely known as "The White Eagles", based on Poland's national coats of arms.

National kits

The national kits of Poland reflect the colors of the national flag which are white and red. Apart from minor details (in the 1920s the socks in the home kit were striped), the design remains unchanged since 1921. The home kit consists of a white shirt, red shorts and white socks; the away kit is all red (though sometimes worn with white shorts). On the rare occasions when both home and away kits clash with the opponent's, a colours third kit is available, usually in either black or blue (currently navy blue with white-red sleeves).

The kit has traditionally been adorned with the white eagle (until 2006, the coat of arms featured the inscription "POLSKA" in capital letters above the eagle), the Polish coat of arms, and not, as with many other national teams, the national football federation logo. (The Euro 2012 kits were the first to feature the logo of the PZPN, however, when the kit was first launched it did not include the iconic coat of arms with the white eagle. After only a few matches, the Coat of arms made its return on the national kits.) Since 2009, the current kits are provided by Nike.

Kit providers

Kit provider Period
Poland Polsport −1974
Germany Adidas 1974–1992
United Kingdom Admiral 1992–1993
Italy Lotto 1993–1994
Germany Puma 1994–1996
United States Nike 1996–1998
Germany Adidas 1999
Germany Puma 1999–2000
Poland Tico 2000
Germany Puma 2001-2009
United States Nike 2009–present

Stadiums

Main stadiums

Silesian Stadium in Chorzów was built in 1956 and seats 47,246 people. The record attendance came on 20 October 1956, when 100,000 fans witnessed a game between Poland and the Soviet Union, with Poland winning 2–1. This holds the record for the most spectators to watch Poland. The stadium is being renovated to seat 55,210 and is set to open in September 2017. In 1993, the stadium was designated as the official home stadium of the Poland national team.

A new National Stadium was constructed in Warsaw with an expected capacity of 58,145 seats. Following Euro 2012, it has been used as the venue for all qualifying matches and some friendly matches of the Poland national team.

Other stadiums

Poland national football team plays selected matches at other major Polish stadiums, including:

Results and fixtures

2017

2018

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[190]
Caps and goals updated as of 28 June 2018 after the match against Japan in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Caps and goals including all matches officially recognized by PZPN (also those not recognized by FIFA).

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Wojciech Szczęsny (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 28) 37 0 Italy Juventus
12 1GK Bartosz Białkowski (1987-07-06) 6 July 1987 (age 31) 1 0 England Ipswich Town
22 1GK Łukasz Fabiański (1985-04-18) 18 April 1985 (age 33) 46 0 England West Ham United

2 2DF Michał Pazdan (1987-09-21) 21 September 1987 (age 30) 35 0 Poland Legia Warsaw
3 2DF Artur Jędrzejczyk (1987-11-04) 4 November 1987 (age 30) 37 3 Poland Legia Warsaw
4 2DF Thiago Cionek (1986-04-21) 21 April 1986 (age 32) 20 0 Italy SPAL
5 2DF Jan Bednarek (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 22) 6 1 England Southampton
13 2DF Maciej Rybus (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 28) 53 2 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
15 2DF Kamil Glik (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 30) 60 4 France Monaco
18 2DF Bartosz Bereszyński (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 26) 11 0 Italy Sampdoria
20 2DF Łukasz Piszczek (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 33) 65 3 Germany Borussia Dortmund

6 3MF Jacek Góralski (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 25) 7 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
8 3MF Karol Linetty (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 23) 20 1 Italy Sampdoria
10 3MF Grzegorz Krychowiak (1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 (age 28) 54 3 France Paris Saint Germain
11 3MF Kamil Grosicki (1988-06-08) 8 June 1988 (age 30) 60 12 England Hull City
16 3MF Jakub Błaszczykowski (1985-12-14) 14 December 1985 (age 32) 100 20 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
17 3MF Sławomir Peszko (1985-02-19) 19 February 1985 (age 33) 44 2 Poland Lechia Gdańsk
19 3MF Piotr Zieliński (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 (age 24) 36 5 Italy Napoli
21 3MF Rafał Kurzawa (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Poland Górnik Zabrze

7 4FW Arkadiusz Milik (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 24) 41 12 Italy Napoli
9 4FW Robert Lewandowski (Captain) (1988-08-21) 21 August 1988 (age 29) 98 55 Germany Bayern Munich
14 4FW Łukasz Teodorczyk (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 27) 19 4 Belgium Anderlecht
23 4FW Dawid Kownacki (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 21) 4 1 Italy Sampdoria

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the national team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Łukasz Skorupski (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Italy Bologna 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Artur Boruc (1980-02-20) 20 February 1980 (age 38) 65 0 England Bournemouth v.  Uruguay, 9 November 2017 RET
GK Przemysław Tytoń (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 31) 14 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña v.  Montenegro, 8 October 2017

DF Marcin Kamiński (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 26) 5 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Tomasz Kędziora (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Paweł Jaroszyński (1994-10-02) 2 October 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Chievo v.  Nigeria, 23 March 2018 PRE
DF Jarosław Jach (1994-02-17) 17 February 1994 (age 24) 2 0 England Crystal Palace v.  Mexico, 13 November 2017

MF Krzysztof Mączyński (1987-05-23) 23 May 1987 (age 31) 31 2 Poland Legia Warsaw 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Maciej Makuszewski (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 28) 5 0 Poland Lech Poznań 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Paweł Dawidowicz (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Palermo 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Przemysław Frankowski (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Damian Kądzior (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Sebastian Szymański (1999-05-10) 10 May 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Poland Legia Warsaw 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Szymon Żurkowski (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Poland Górnik Zabrze 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Taras Romanczuk (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok v.  South Korea, 27 March 2018
MF Paweł Wszołek (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 26) 11 2 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Mexico, 13 November 2017
MF Rafał Wolski (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 25) 7 1 Poland Lechia Gdańsk v.  Mexico, 13 November 2017 INJ
MF Filip Starzyński (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 27) 4 1 Poland Zagłębie Lubin v.  Kazakhstan, 4 September 2017

FW Kamil Wilczek (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 30) 3 0 Denmark Brøndby 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Krzysztof Piątek (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Genoa 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Jakub Świerczok (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 25) 3 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad v.  South Korea, 27 March 2018
FW Mariusz Stępiński (1995-05-12) 12 May 1995 (age 23) 4 0 Italy Chievo v.  Mexico, 13 November 2017

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from the national team.

Previous squads

Notable players

Players who appeared at least 50 times for the national team or scored at least 10 goals.

  • Bold – Indicates player with at least 50 caps and 10 goals.

Head-to-head records of Poland

Key
Positive balance (more Wins)
Neutral balance (Wins = Losses)
Negative balance (more Losses)
Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Confederation
 Albania 11 7 3 1 14 7 +7 UEFA
 Algeria 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 CAF
 Andorra 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 UEFA
 Argentina 11 3 2 6 12 18 –6 CONMEBOL
 Armenia 7 5 1 1 15 4 +11 UEFA
 Australia 1 0 0 1 1 2 –1 AFC
 Austria 9 4 1 4 19 20 –1 UEFA
 Azerbaijan 6 5 1 0 20 1 +19 UEFA
 Belarus 6 2 2 2 9 10 –1 UEFA
 Belgium 19 7 6 6 26 20 +6 UEFA
 Bolivia 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 CONMEBOL
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 UEFA
 Brazil 12 1 2 9 19 37 –18 CONMEBOL
 Bulgaria 24 11 9 4 44 28 +16 UEFA
 Cameroon 3 0 1 2 0 3 –3 CAF
 Canada 6 6 0 0 20 4 +16 CONCACAF
 China PR 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 AFC
 Colombia 5 2 0 3 8 7 +1 CONMEBOL
 Costa Rica 3 3 0 0 8 3 +5 CONCACAF
 Croatia 5 1 1 3 3 7 –4 UEFA
 Cyprus 7 4 3 0 14 5 +9 UEFA
 Czech Republic/ Czechoslovakia 25 7 4 14 33 51 –18 UEFA
 Denmark 20 8 1 11 36 44 –8 UEFA
 Ecuador 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 CONMEBOL
 Egypt 2 0 1 1 0 4 –4 CAF
 England 19 1 7 11 11 30 –19 UEFA
 Estonia 9 7 1 1 18 4 +14 UEFA
 Faroe Islands 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11 UEFA
 Finland 29 11 8 3 67 25 +42 UEFA
 France 16 3 5 8 16 27 –11 UEFA
 Georgia 5 4 0 1 13 4 +9 UEFA
 East Germany 17 8 4 5 23 23 0 UEFA
 Germany/ West Germany 21 1 7 13 12 34 –22 UEFA
 Gibraltar 2 2 0 0 15 1 +14 UEFA
 Greece 18 10 4 4 30 13 +17 UEFA
 Guatemala 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 CONCACAF
 Haiti 5 3 0 2 15 6 +9 CONCACAF
 Hungary 32 8 4 20 40 86 –46 UEFA
 Iceland 6 5 1 0 13 5 +8 UEFA
 India 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 AFC
 Iran 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 AFC
 Iraq 5 2 2 1 7 3 +4 AFC
 Republic of Ireland 27 11 10 6 43 29 +14 UEFA
 Israel 11 5 4 2 22 14 +8 UEFA
 Italy 14 3 6 5 9 19 –10 UEFA
 Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 CAF
 Japan 7 5 0 2 14 10 +4 AFC
 Kazakhstan 5 4 1 0 12 3 +9 UEFA
 North Korea 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 AFC
 South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 –1 AFC
 Kuwait 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 AFC
 Latvia 13 9 2 2 35 15 +20 UEFA
 Libya 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 CAF
 Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 UEFA
 Lithuania 12 6 4 2 19 8 +11 UEFA
 Luxembourg 7 6 1 0 26 5 +21 UEFA
 Macedonia 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 UEFA
 Malta 4 4 0 0 13 0 +13 UEFA
 Mexico 9 4 2 3 10 13 –3 CONCACAF
 Moldova 6 5 1 0 10 2 +8 UEFA
 Montenegro 4 2 2 0 9 6 +3 UEFA
 Morocco 4 1 2 1 4 3 +1 CAF
 Netherlands 15 3 6 6 16 21 –5 UEFA
 New Zealand 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 OFC
 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 CAF
 Northern Ireland 10 4 2 4 14 13 +1 UEFA
 Norway 19 12 3 4 58 26 +32 UEFA
 Paraguay 1 0 0 1 0 4 –4 CONMEBOL
 Peru 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 CONMEBOL
 Portugal 11 3 4 4 10 14 –4 UEFA
 Romania 35 6 15 14 53 55 –2 UEFA
 Russia/ Soviet Union 15 3 5 7 14 29 –15 UEFA
 San Marino 8 8 0 0 33 1 +32 UEFA
 Saudi Arabia 4 3 0 1 5 4 +1 AFC
 Scotland 10 3 5 2 14 13 +1 UEFA
 Senegal TBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAF
 Serbia/ Yugoslavia 26 10 7 9 51 54 –3 UEFA
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 AFC
 Slovakia 8 3 1 4 13 12 +1 UEFA
 Slovenia 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 UEFA
 South Africa 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 CAF
 Spain 10 1 1 8 8 27 –19 UEFA
 Sweden 26 8 4 14 37 56 –19 UEFA
  Switzerland 11 4 6 1 21 12 +9 UEFA
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 AFC
 Tunisia 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 CAF
 Turkey 17 11 3 3 39 12 +27 UEFA
 Ukraine 8 3 2 3 9 9 0 UEFA
 United Arab Emirates 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8 AFC
 Uruguay 4 1 2 1 4 5 –1 CONMEBOL
 United States 17 7 3 7 36 22 +14 CONCACAF
 Wales 8 5 2 1 10 5 +5 UEFA
Total 794 336 198 260 1,338 1,089 +249

Managers

Notice: Imre Pozsonyi and Leo Beenhakker were the only foreign managers to coach the Poland national football team.

Poland national team managers since 1922[192] from to
Jesza Poszony 1921-01-01 1921-12-18
Józef Szkolnikowski 1921-03-12 1922-05-14
Józef Lustgarten 1922-05-14 1922-09-03
Kazimierz Glabisz 1923-06-03 1923-11-01
Adam Obrubański 1924-08-10 1924-08-31
Tadeusz Kuchar 1925-07-19 1925-07-19
Tadeusz Synowiec 1925-08-30 1927-06-19
Tadeusz Kuchar 1928-06-10 1928-06-10
Stefan Loth 1928-07-01 1931-10-25
Józef Kałuża 1932-05-29 1939-08-27
Henryk Reyman 1947-06-11 1947-08-31
Andrzej Przeworski 1947-09-14 1947-10-26
Zygmunt Alfus 1948-04-04 1948-09-19
Andrzej Przeworski 1948-10-10 1948-10-17
Mieczysław Szymkowiak 1949-05-08 1949-11-06
Mieczysław Szymkowiak 1950-05-01 1950-10-22
Ryszard Koncewicz 1953-05-10 1956-07-22
Alfred Nowakowski 1956-08-26 1956-08-26
Czesław Krug 1956-10-28 1956-11-16
Henryk Reyman 1957-05-19 1958-10-05
Czesław Krug 1959-05-20 1962-11-28
Wiesław Motoczyński 1963-05-15 1965-11-01
Ryszard Koncewicz 1966-01-05 1966-01-05
Antoni Brzeżańczyk 1966-05-03 1966-07-05
Alfred Nowakowski 1966-09-11 1966-10-22
Michał Matyas 1966-11-17 1967-10-29
Ryszard Koncewicz 1968-04-24 1970-10-25
Kazimierz Górski 1971-05-05 1976-07-31
Jacek Gmoch 1976-10-16 1978-09-06
Ryszard Kulesza 1978-10-11 1980-12-07
Antoni Piechniczek 1981-01-25 1986-06-16
Wojciech Łazarek 1986-10-07 1989-06-03
Andrzej Strejlau 1989-08-23 1993-09-22
Lesław Ćmikiewicz 1993-10-13 1993-11-17
Henryk Apostel 1994-02-09 1995-11-15
Władysław Stachurski 1996-02-19 1996-05-01
Antoni Piechniczek 1996-06-02 1997-05-31
Krzysztof Pawlak 1997-06-14 1997-06-14
Janusz Wójcik 1997-09-06 1999-10-09
Jerzy Engel 2000-01-26 2002-06-14
Zbigniew Boniek 2002-07-15 2002-11-20
Paweł Janas 2003-02-12 2006-06-20
Leo Beenhakker 2006-07-11 2009-09-10
Stefan Majewski 2009-09-17 2009-10-28
Franciszek Smuda 2009-10-29 2012-06-16
Waldemar Fornalik 2012-07-10 2013-10-16
Adam Nawałka 2013-10-26 2018-07-30

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External links

  • Official website (in Polish) (in English)
  • FIFA profile
  • 90minut.pl – Polish national team at 90minut.pl (in Polish)
  • Polish national team news at PolishFootballOnline.com (in English)
  • Poland – Record International Players; most capped players & top goalscorers at RSSSF.com
  • RSSSF – Poland men's national football team international matches (in English)
  • All matches of Poland national football team (in English)