group, player, coach, date… all about the team


Calendar (French time) in group C

November 22: Mexico-Poland, at Stade 974 (at 5 p.m., beIN Sports 1)

November 26: Poland-Saudi Arabia, at the Education City stadium (at 2 p.m., beIN Sports 1)

November 30: Poland-Argentina, at Stade 974 (at 8 p.m., TF1 and beIN Sports 1)

Their nickname(s). The Polish team has two nicknames: the Bialo-Czerwoni (the “white and red”) and the Biale Orly (the “white eagles”). The first refers to the colors of the Polish flag (which are also those of their jersey) while the second recalls the coat of arms of the country, on which is emblazoned a white eagle on a red background.

The group of 26:

Guardians: Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Skorupski, Kamil Grabara.

Defenders: Matty Cash, Robert Gumny, Bartosz Bereszynski, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek, Jakub Kiwior, Mateusz Wieteska, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Nicola Zalewski.

Environments : Grzegorz Krychowiak, Krystian Bielik, Damian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Sebastian Szymanski, Szymon Zurkowski, Jakub Kaminski, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Michal Skoras.

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Karol Swiderski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek.

Better Qatar than ever. The Poles will play their ninth final phase and will try to do better than in 2018, where they finished last in their group, beaten by Colombia and Senegal. They finished third in the competition twice, in 1974 (winning the small final against Brazil) and in 1982 (victory against France).

The selector. Following the hasty departure of Paulo Sousa, who joined Brazilian club Flamengo at the end of last year, it is the former player Czeslaw Michniewicz, 52, who was named the team’s manager on January 31. Before taking the lead of the national team, the “Polish Mourinho” – funny nickname! – coached Polish hopefuls for three years and won the Polish league with Legia Warsaw in 2021.

Czeslaw Michniewicz during the Nations League match between Poland and Wales on September 25, 2022.

If he managed to qualify Poland for the World Cup, with a play-off victory against Sweden less than two months after the start of his mandate, he is often criticized for his close links with Ryszard Forbrich, a criminal notably condemned to four and a half years in prison for match-fixing cases.

Summary note from the cabinet Le Monde

The strong points. When you are told “Poland”, the first person you think of is most certainly Robert Lewandowski (FC Barcelona). The team captain, 2021 Ballon d’Or runner-up and a real scoring machine (76 goals in selection), is one of the best attackers on the planet. At 34, he will be keen to finally shine in the World Cup. The Poles can also count on Wojciech Szczesny, one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A, who plays for Juventus.

The weak spots. inconstancy. Dominating in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the Poles then finished last in their group in Russia. Even Robert Lewandowski missed the event and scored no goals. Bis repeated during the last Euro, from which they were eliminated from the pools with a draw and two defeats. If they haven’t missed a single big meeting in recent years, the Poles have never been present on D-Day. In June, they even suffered a heavy defeat (6-1) against Belgium in the League nations and have won only one of their last five matches.

The firm’s score (out of 5): 2.5. To finally turn a corner, Poland will have to learn Spanish – or at least Argentinian and Mexican football. Lionel Messi’s Argentina – who is returning to form with PSG – remains Argentina and will be a big chunk for the Poles. And Mexico, excellent in the World Cup, is always underestimated. Wrongly: the German world champions remember it, beaten 1-0 in the first round in 2018. Finally, it will be necessary to ensure against the Saudis, a priori the weakest team in the group.

Keep an eye on him.

Piotr Zielinski (in white) in action during the match between Poland and Wales on September 25, 2022 in Cardiff.

In the shadow of Robert Lewandowski, Piotr Zielinski is an equally important player for Poland. Author of eight goals and ten assists in 36 games, the 28-year-old midfielder achieved his best season with Naples in 2021-2022. “ He is an exceptional player. He sees everything. He can slow down or speed up the game with a pass “, said of him Paulo Sousa at the Guardian before Euro 2021. Able to create play, he will be a real asset for launching attackers and creating goalscoring opportunities.

Imagine Arsene… that masses were given for the national team during the 2006 World Cup. That year, beaten by Ecuador in the opening, the Poles must imperatively win against Germany, host country, on June 14 in Dortmund . So, that day, at the request of Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, the whole country prayed for the Biale Orlys. The chaplain of the selection, present in Germany with the team, even prays to Saint Jude, the patron saint of difficult and desperate causes (Unusual stories from the FIFA World Cup, Frederic Vigil, ed. City). But that’s not enough: Poland loses 1-0, conceding the fatal goal in added time.

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If you have decided to boycott…

Whether you are a history or culture buff, whether you like the great outdoors or the city, you will find what you are looking for in Poland. Spend a day at the medieval castle of Malbork, stroll through the old town of Krakow, smell the Baltic air or even escape to the Slowinski National Park, you will be spoiled for choice. For music lovers, discover the discography of the precursor of Polish rap, Kazik Staszewski. And for literature lovers, dive into the work of Witold Gombrowicz.



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