Poland national football team

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Poland
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Nickname(s) Biało-czerwoni (The White-Reds)
Orły (The Eagles)
Association Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej (PZPN)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Michał Probierz
Captain Robert Lewandowski
Most caps Robert Lewandowski (148)
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski (82)
Home stadium Stadion Narodowy
Stadion Śląski
FIFA code POL
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FIFA ranking
Current 28 Increase2.svg 2 (4 April 2024) [1]
Highest5 (August 2017)
Lowest78 (November 2013)
First international
Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Hungary 1–0 Poland  Flag of Poland (1919-1928).svg
(Budapest, Hungary; 18 December 1921)
Biggest win
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 10–0 San Marino  Flag of San Marino (1862-2011).svg
(Kielce, Poland; 1 April 2009)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 8–0 Poland  Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 26 June 1948)
World Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1938 )
Best resultThird place (1974, 1982)
European Championship
Appearances5 (first in 2008 )
Best resultQuarter-finals (2016)

The Poland national football team (Polish : Reprezentacja Polski w piłce nożnej) represents Poland in men's international football competitions since their first match in 1921. They are known by the nicknames "The White-Reds" and "The Eagles", symbolized by their coat of arms featuring a white eagle on a red background.

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Poland has competed in nine FIFA World Cups, with their first appearance being in 1938, where they were eliminated by Brazil. The country's best result was third place, which Poland achieved in 1974 and 1982; this era is regarded as the golden era of Polish international football. At the UEFA European Championship, Poland's best result was a quarter-final appearance at the 2016 tournament before losing to eventual champions Portugal. Overall, they have competed in five European Championships since their debut in 2008. They were co-hosts of the 2012 edition, along with Ukraine.

Overall, Poland's best ever result at an international football tournament was gold won at the 1972 Munich Olympics, along with the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

History

Before independence

The first Polish football clubs were Lechia Lwów (1903), Czarni Lwów (1903), Pogoń Lwów (1904), KS Cracovia (1906) and Wisła Kraków (1906). The Polish national federation, called the Polish Football Union (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN), was founded on 20 December 1919, in Kraków when 31 delegates elected Edward Cetnarowski as the first president. The PZPN joined FIFA in 1923 and UEFA in 1955.

In a similar fashion to other European states, football appeared in Poland in the late 19th century. In 1888 Prof. Henryk Jordan, a court physician of the Habsburgs and the pioneer of sports in Poland, opened a sports park in Kraków's Błonia , a large open space surrounding the demolished city walls of that town. The park, along with the Sokół society founded in 1867, became the main centres to promote sports and healthy living in Poland. It was Jordan who began promoting football as a healthy sport in the open air; some sources also credit him with bringing the first football to Poland from his travels to Brunswick in 1890. [2] Other sources [3] mention Dr. Edmund Cenar as the one to bring the first ball and the one to translate The Cambridge Rules and parts of the International Football Association Board regulations to Polish language.

On 14 July 1894 during the Second Sokół Jamboree in Lwów at the General National Exhibition a short football match was played between the Sokół members of Lwów and those from Kraków. It lasted only six minutes and was seen as a curiosity rather than a potentially popular sport. Nevertheless, it was the first recorded football match in Polish history. [lower-alpha 1] The Lwów team won after Włodzimierz Chomicki scored the only goal - the first known goal in Polish history.

This match precipitated the popularity of the new sport in Poland. Initially the rules and regulations were very simplified, with the size of the field and the ball varying greatly. Despite being discouraged by many educational societies and the state authorities, the new sport gained extreme popularity among pupils of various gymnasiums in Galicia. The first football teams were formed and in 1903–1904, four Lwów-based gymnasiums formed their own sport clubs: the IV Gymnasium for Boys formed a club later renamed to Pogoń Lwów, while the pupils of the I and II State Schools formed the Sława Lwów club, later renamed to Czarni Lwów. In the same season the Lechia Lwów was also formed. It is uncertain which of the clubs was created first as they were initially poorly organised; however, the Czarni Lwów are usually credited as being the first Polish professional football team. The following year, the popularity of the sport spread to nearby Rzeszów where Resovia Rzeszów was formed, while in the German-held part of Poland, the 1. FC Katowice and Warta Poznań were formed.

On 6 June 1906 a representation of Lwów youth came to Kraków for a repeat match, this time composed of two already organised teams, the Czarni and the team of the IV Gymnasium. Kraków's representation was beaten in both meetings, 4–0 and 2–0 respectively. That summer the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show set up camp at Kraków's Błonia, right outside of the traditional playground area and Jordan's garden. On 5 August 1906 the team of the Kraków-based Jan Sobieski Gymnasium played a match against the British and American members of Buffalo Bill's troupe, winning 1–0. The only goal scored by Stanisław Szeligowski was also the first goal scored by a Polish team in an international meeting. The success led to the popularisation of football in Kraków and to creation of the first Kraków-based professional football team, KS Cracovia   initially composed primarily of students of the Jan Sobieski Gymnasium. [2] By the autumn of that year there were already 16 teams in Kraków, including Wisła Kraków. In 1911, a Kraków-based Union of Polish Football for Galicia was formed and entered the Austrian Football Association. The union inspired the creation of a number of teams.

After the outbreak of World War I, most of the Galician football players, many of them members of either Strzelec or Sokół, joined Piłsudski's Polish Legions. The unit, fighting alongside the Austro-Hungarian Army, fought mostly in various parts of Russian-held Poland, which led to popularisation of the new sport in other parts of partitioned Poland. Eventually, Poland regained its independence in 1918.

1919–1939

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Poland national team, 1924
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Poland team that played Brazil at the 1938 FIFA World Cup

The first football federation was established on 25 June 1911 in Lwów as the Polish Football Union (Związek Polski Piłki Nożnej). After World War I, members of PFU established the Polish Football Federation (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej) in Warsaw on 20 December 1919. Two years later, they appointed Hungarian-born Jesza Poszony as the first coach of the Polish national team. Poland played its first official international match on 18 December 1921 in Budapest, where the side lost to Hungary 1–0. [4] Their first international win came on 28 May 1922 when they took on Sweden in Stockholm and beat them 2–1. Józef Klotz scored the first-ever goal for the national football team in that game. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] Poland qualified for their first 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 played Brazil and sent them to extra time, only to lose 6–5. Ernest Wilimowski, who played for Ruch Chorzów at the time, scored four of Poland's five goals.

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. Poland defeated Hungary 4–2.

1939–1945

When the Wehrmacht invaded Poland in September 1939, all Polish institutions and associations were dissolved, including the Polish Football Association PZPN. The German occupying forces forbade Poles to organise football matches. Consequently, there was no national team. [10]

Nine former national players were murdered by the German occupying forces. Three of them were killed in Auschwitz: Marian Einbacher, Adam Knioła (both Warta Poznań) and Antoni Łyko (Wisła Kraków). Stefan Fryc (Cracovia) and Bronisław Makowski (Wisła Kraków), who were both active in the resistance, were killed in mass shootings. Four Jewish players were murdered in Jewish ghettos: Józef Klotz, Zygmunt Krumholz (both Jutrzenka Kraków), Leon Sperling (Cracovia) and Zygmunt Steuermann (Hasmonea Lwów), brother of actress and Hollywood screenwriter Salka Viertel. [11]

1946–1974

Kazimierz Gorski was head coach of the national team between 1971 and 1976. Kazimierz Gorski (1973).jpg
Kazimierz Górski was head coach of the national team between 1971 and 1976.

On 11 June 1946, following the aftermath of World War II, Poland played their first international friendly match, a 3–1 defeat against Norway in Oslo. Poland's biggest success in the early years after the war was their 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 Denmark in Copenhagen. 15 years later, they posted their second highest-ever victory in Szczecin when they defeated Norway 9–0 on 4 September 1963. The game marked the debut for Włodzimierz Lubański, who scored one goal in the game. Lubański became the all-time top scorer for Poland while playing from 1963 to 1980, scoring 48 goals in 75 appearances. The game remained their highest victory until the score was surpassed on 1 April 2009, when Poland defeated San Marino 10–0.

1974–1986

For 1974 World Cup qualification, Poland qualified and eliminated England, who missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1946.

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

In their opening match of the 1974 World Cup, Poland met Argentina. Within eight minutes Poland were up 2–0 as 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. Poland won 3–2.

Poland thrashed Haiti 7–0 in their second game, with a hat-trick from Szarmach and two goals from Lato. In their final match of the group stage, Poland met Italy. Poland were already through to the second round but needed at least a draw to win the group. Poland defeated Italy 2–1, finishing at the top of the group. In the second round, Poland won 1–0 against Sweden, who had not conceded any goals in their first three matches. Lato scored the only goal of the game. In the next game, Yugoslavia conceded a penalty from Poland in the 24th minute, and Stanislav Karasi tied it up for Yugoslavia in the 43rd. Lato scored the winning goal.

Poland faced hosts West Germany in the rain; Gerd Müller scored the winning goal in the 76th minute for West Germany. The Poles eventually defeated Brazil in the third place match.

In 1978 World Cup qualifying, Poland denied Portugal their second World Cup appearance and their first in 12 years. In the World Cup, Grzegorz Lato scored the only goal against African side Tunisia in the second match. In the final first-round match Poland met Mexico, with a 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 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 a 3–1 win for Brazil.

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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, and Ryszard Kulesza resigned as head coach of the team. [12] At the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Poland were drawn in a group with Italy, Cameroon and Peru. [13] 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. [14] [15] [16]

In the first game of the second round, Poland beat Belgium 3–0 with a hat-trick from Boniek securing a classic performance in the match, though the player would receive a yellow card in the following game. [17] [18] Nevertheless, Poland advanced as group winners to the knockout stage. [13] However, Poland would eventually be stopped in the semi-finals, losing 0–2 to Italy; however, they also secured a place in the third place play-off, [19] where Poland beat France 3–2, with the game also being regarded as "the end of the golden era of Polish football". [20]

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Poland scoring v River Plate during their tour on Argentina, February 1986

In 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland finished top of their qualifying group, with 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. [21] Poland's biggest win of the qualifying phase was a 4–1 win over Greece, while Poland's biggest defeat was a 0–2 defeat to Belgium. [22] [23]

At the 1986 World Cup, Poland were drawn into a group with England, Morocco and Portugal. [24] The first match was a 0–0 draw against Morocco; in the second match, Poland beat Portugal 1–0. [25] [26] In the final group game, they lost 0–3 to England, but Poland still advanced into the knockout stage as a result of Morocco winning 3–1 over Portugal. [27] [28] In the round of sixteen, Poland were eliminated after suffering a 4–0 defeat to Brazil. [29]

1986–2001

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

In 1990 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished third in the qualifying group, behind Sweden and England. They finished on 5 points with two wins, one draw and three defeats. [30] They began qualifying for the 1990 edition with a 1–0 win over Albania, before losing to Sweden (2–1) and England (3–0). [31] [32] [33] Poland then drew 0–0 with England, lost to Sweden 2–0 and beat Albania 2–1 in their final game, but were 4 points behind England, thus failing to qualify. [34] [35] [36]

In 1994 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished fourth in the qualifying group, behind Norway, the Netherlands and England. [37] Poland began qualifying with a 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. [38] [39] [40] [41] Afterwards, Poland drew 1–1 with England, before falling to a 0–3 defeat in the reverse fixture. [42] [43] 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. [44] [45] [46] [47]

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Andrzej Juskowiak; top goalscorer for Poland in Euro 1996 qualifying (7 goals) and 1998 World Cup qualifying (3 goals)

In Euro 1996 qualifying, Poland drew a qualifying group with Romania, France, Slovakia, Israel and Azerbaijan. [48] Poland lost 2–1 to Israel in the first game, and then recorded a 1–0 win over Azerbaijan and a 0–0 draw with France. [49] [50] [51] Later, Poland lost 2–1 to Romania and beat Israel 4–3 and Slovakia 5–0 before consecutive draws with France (1–1) and Romania (0–0). [52] [53] [54] [55] Poland lost 4–1 to Slovakia in the penultimate qualifying game, and drew 0–0 with Azerbaijan in the final group game. [56] [57]

In 1998 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished third behind England and Italy. [58] They began qualifying with a 2–1 loss to England before beating Moldova (2–1) and drawing 0–0 with Italy. [59] [60] [61] Afterwards, they suffered successive defeats to Italy (3–0) and England (0–2). [62] [63] They won the next two games with scores of 4–1 over Georgia and 3–0 over Moldova, with Andrzej Juskowiak scoring a hat-trick against the latter. [64] [65] The final game was against Georgia, with Poland losing 0–3. [66]

During UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying, Poland was drawn in a group with England, Sweden, Bulgaria and Luxembourg. Poland finished third, tied with England in points earned, but failed to qualify due to goal difference.

2001–2006

Poland qualified for the 2002 World Cup, their first appearance at the World Cup since 1986. [67] Poland's biggest win overall in the qualifying phase was a 4–0 win over Armenia, while their biggest defeat was a 4–1 defeat to Belarus. [68] [69]

The Polish drew a group featuring hosts South Korea, the United States and Portugal. [70] The first match was played against the hosts on 4 June, with Poland losing 2–0. [71] The second game was against Portugal on 10 June, which Poland lost 4–0, confirming their early elimination. [72] Poland then played the United States in the final group game on 14 June, winning 3–1; however, the U.S. advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Mexico in the round of 16. [73] Despite the win, Poland finished last in the group, with a goal difference of –4 and 3 points. [5]

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Tomasz Frankowski; top goalscorer during Poland's 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, with 7 goals

Poland's qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup saw eight wins and two defeats. [74] 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. [74] The biggest win of the qualifying phase for Poland was an 8–0 victory over Azerbaijan, in which Tomasz Frankowski scored a hat-trick. [75] [76] 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. [77] [78]

At the 2006 World Cup, Poland drew Germany, Ecuador and Costa Rica in Group A. [79] 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. [80] Poland's first match was a 2–0 defeat to Ecuador, [81] followed by a 1–0 defeat to Germany, with Oliver Neuville scoring a stoppage time winning goal; [82] the defeat to Germany, following Ecuador's 3–0 win over Costa Rica, officially ended Poland's chances of advancing further than the group stage. [83] The third and final group game saw Poland defeat Costa Rica 2–1, with Bartosz Bosacki getting on the scoresheet twice. [84] [85]

2008

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Ebi 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. [86] 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. [87] [88] In the third match, on 7 October, Poland won 1–0 over Kazakhstan, with Ebi Smolarek scoring the goal. [89] On 11 October, Poland beat Portugal 2–1, with Smolarek scoring the two goals. [90] Poland beat Belgium 1–0 on 15 November. [91] On 24 March 2007, Poland beat Azerbaijan 5–0, and on 28 March beat Armenia 1–0. [92] [93] On 2 June, they beat Azerbaijan 3–1, with Smolarek and Krzynówek (2) scoring. [94] 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. [95] [96] [97] On 13 October, Poland beat Kazakhstan 3–1 with a hat-trick from Smolarek. [98] They beat Belgium 2–0 with two goals from Smolarek on 17 November, 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. This was Poland's first ever Euro appearance. [99] [100] [101]

At UEFA Euro 2008, they were drawn in Group B, with Germany, Austria and Croatia. [102] Germany and Poland played on 8 June at the Hypo-Arena in Klagenfurt, Austria, with Poland losing 2–0 with two goals from Lukas Podolski. [103] 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. [104] [105] Poland lost 1–0 in the final group game was against Croatia and finished bottom of the group. [106]

2010

In 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland were drawn in a group with Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and San Marino. Poland finished fifth in the group, just above San Marino, with 11 points. [107] Poland began the campaign with a 1–1 draw against Slovenia on 6 September 2008. [108] On 10 October, Poland beat San Marino 2–0. [109] On 11 October, they won 2–1 against the Czech Republic. [110] After these wins, Poland lost consecutive matches against Slovakia (2–1) and Northern Ireland (3–2). [111] [112] Poland then recorded their biggest ever win with a scoreline of 10–0 against San Marino. Six different players scored in the win on 1 April 2009. [113] [114] In the last rounds of qualifying, Poland drew 1–1 with Northern Ireland and lost to Slovenia. [115] [116] Poland then ended the campaign with consecutive losses to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. [117] [118]

2012

On 18 April 2007, in Cardiff, Poland and Ukraine were selected to host UEFA Euro 2012 by the UEFA Executive Committee. The bid defeated others from Italy, Greece, Turkey, and a joint bid by Croatia and Hungary. Poland and Ukraine's bid became 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. [119] 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. Both teams went down to 10 men during the game. [120] [121] Poland's next game was on 12 June, again played at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, with the game against Russia finishing 1–1. Russia took the lead through Alan Dzagoev in the 37th minute before Poland equalized through Błaszczykowski in the 57th minute. [122] [123] Poland's final game was played against the Czech Republic on 16 June at the Stadion Miejski, in Wrocław, where Poland lost 1–0 following a goal from Petr Jiráček. [124] [125] Poland finished bottom of the group with two points, prompting coach Franciszek Smuda to resign following the elimination. [119]

2014–2021

Poland was drawn in Group H of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with England, Ukraine, Montenegro, Moldova and San Marino. [126]

On 7 September, Poland's first qualifying match ended in a 2–2 draw with Montenegro, with goals from Błaszczykowski and Mierzejewski. [127] On 11 September, they beat Moldova 2–0 with goals from Błaszczykowski and Wawrzyniak. [128] On 17 October, Poland drew 1–1 with England, with Glik scoring the equalizing goal. [129] 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. [130] On 26 March, Poland beat San Marino 5–0, with a brace from Lewandowski, and goals from Piszczek, Teodorczyk and Kosecki. [131] On 6 September, Poland drew 1–1 with Montenegro, with Lewandowski scoring the equalizing goal only five minutes after Poland initially conceded. [132] On 10 September, they beat San Marino 5–1, with a brace from Zieliński, and goals from Błaszczykowski, Sobota and Mierzejewski. [133] However, Poland lost the last two games against Ukraine and England, 1–0 and 2–0, respectively. [134] [135] [136]

In UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, Poland were drawn in Group D, with Germany, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar. [137]

On 11 October 2014, Poland beat 2014 World Cup champions Germany 2–0. [138] Three days later, Poland drew 2–2 with Scotland. [139] They drew 1–1 with the Republic of Ireland in March 2015 after conceding a goal from Shane Long in stoppage time. [140] By October, they beat the Republic of Ireland to score enough points for securing automatic qualification for the Euros. [141]

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(Left): Jakub Błaszczykowski playing for Poland during the Euro 2016 quarter-final match with Portugal, on 30 June 2016; (right): 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. [142]

At UEFA Euro 2016, Poland were drawn in Group C, with Germany, Northern Ireland and Ukraine. [143]

Poland's first match was with Northern Ireland on 12 June at the Stade de Nice in Nice; they won the game 1–0 with a goal from Arkadiusz Milik in the 51st minute. [144] The next match was with Germany at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on 16 June; with the finishing 0–0. [145] 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. [146] 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. Poland then beat Switzerland in a penalty shootout, 5–4. [147] [148] Poland then faced Portugal in the quarter-finals; another penalty shootout occurred after a 1–1 draw. Poland lost the shootout 5–3. [149]

The Poland national team line-up before the third and final group game against Japan on 28 June 2018. Poland won the game 1-0. JAP-POL (16).jpg
The Poland national team line-up before the third and final group game against Japan on 28 June 2018. Poland won the game 1–0.

In 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland were drawn in Group E, with Denmark, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia and Kazakhstan. [151]

Despite drawing with Kazakhstan on 4 September 2016's opening match, Lewandowski scored 16 goals during qualifying, breaking the European qualifying scoring record, as well as becoming the all-time top goalscorer of Poland. [152]

Poland played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first World Cup since 2006, in Group H, against Senegal, Colombia and Japan. [153] Despite the group being considered close, Poland were tipped as favorites to advance. [154] [155] [156]

Poland's tournament was disappointing overall; they lost to Senegal in the opening match, 2–1 on 19 June in Moscow. [157] Five days later, on 24 June, they lost to Colombia in Kazan 3–0, [158] mathematically eliminating them from the round of 16. They did beat Japan 1–0 in their final group game in Volgograd. [159] Poland finished at the bottom of their group.

Qualifying for UEFA Euro 2020 was based on performance in the inaugural 2018–19 UEFA Nations League. In 2018, Poland was drawn into Group 3 in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A, along with Portugal and Italy. Poland was relegated to League B with two home defeats and two away draws, only to be allowed to remain on League A following UEFA rule changes.

Poland opened their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying by a single-margin 1–0 win against Austria in Vienna. [160] Three days later, Poland followed up their suit by beating Latvia 2–0 at home. [161]

On 7 June 2019, Poland defeated North Macedonia 1–0 by a lone goal from Piątek. [162] They then beat Israel 4–0 in Warsaw. [163] Poland then lost 2–0 to Slovenia in Ljubljana. [164] A following 0–0 home draw to Austria meant that Poland's top spot was under bank, with Slovenia approaching very quickly. [165]

In October, Poland embattled two opponents, Latvia and North Macedonia, for its UEFA Euro 2020 quest. Poland managed a convincing 3–0 away win over Latvia, eliminating them from the competition. [166] Slovenia's shock away defeat to North Macedonia relieved pressure for Poland, with Slovenia falling from second to fourth place. [167] Eventually, Poland beat North Macedonia 2–0 at home, [168] and with Slovenia falling at home to Austria, [169] Poland qualified for the Euros for the fourth consecutive time.

Being allowed to remain in League A, Poland was drawn against Italy, the Netherlands, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The performance of this tournament doubled as part of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification as playoff campaigns.

Poland started their League games without Lewandowski. In their first match, an away game against the Netherlands, the Poles lost 1–0. [170] Then, Poland made a trip to Bosnia; the Bosnian team, including Edin Džeko, had held Italy 1–1 away before. However, Poland managed a comeback from a goal down, with Kamil Glik and Kamil Grosicki scoring to beat Bosnia 2–1. [171] In October, Poland hosted Italy and Bosnia at home; a goalless draw with Italy combined with a 3–0 win over Bosnia made them temporarily occupy the top spot of the group. [172] [173] However, in November, Poland suffered a 2–0 defeat despite Italy being depleted by COVID-19. [174] Poland lost to the Netherlands 2–1 at home, ending in third place. [175]

Poland participated in UEFA Euro 2020, postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. A 2–1 loss to Slovakia, [176] followed by a 1–1 draw to Spain, preceded a 3–2 defeat to Sweden to eliminate the Poles. [177] [178]

2022–present

Poland advanced to the second round (play-offs) of World Cup qualification to determine the final three European teams that would join the group winners at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Poland was scheduled to face Russia in Moscow on 24 March 2022 in the semi-final of a four-team playoff bracket that also included Sweden and the Czech Republic. However, following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA indefinitely suspended Russia from all international competition. Poland advanced automatically to the play-off finals, where they defeated Sweden to qualify. [179] At the 2022 World Cup, Poland was drawn into Group C, where they were scheduled to play against Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. [180] The first match ended with a goalless draw against Mexico. [181] Goals from Piotr Zieliński and Robert Lewandowski gave Poland a 2–0 win against Saudi Arabia in the second match. [182] Following their loss to Argentina, Poland advanced to the knockout stage ahead of Mexico on goal difference, their first knockout stage appearance since 1986. [183] During the match, Wojciech Szczęsny denied Lionel Messi on a penalty kick opportunity. Szczęsny became the third keeper ever to stop two penalties in a single World Cup, [184] with the others being Brad Friedel in 2002 for the United States and Jan Tomaszewski in 1974, also for Poland. [185] In the round of 16, Poland lost 3–1 to France, in which Robert Lewandowski scored a penalty in stoppage time. [186] [187]

Czesław Michniewicz did not renew his contract as manager and his place was taken by award-winning coach Fernando Santos to take on the mission of qualifying for Euro 2024. [188] [189] Defeats to the Czech Republic, Moldova and Albania brought his dismissal. [189] In September 2023, Fernando Santos was replaced by Michał Probierz, who started with a win against the Faroe Islands in Euro 2024 qualifying, but then drew with Moldova. [190] Poland later ended qualification for Euro 2024 with a 1–1 draw to the Czech Republic, ending all hopes for Poland to clinch automatic qualification. However, because of Poland's Nations League performance, the Poles were able to salvage a place in the play-offs, where Poland defeated Estonia 5–1. After a goalless draw against Wales, the Poles won on penalties to secure a spot at the Euros. [191]

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 most common nicknames include "Biało-czerwoni", which means "The white-reds", and "Orły", which translates into "The Eagles". In English, the team is also widely known as "The White Eagles", based on Poland's national coat of arms.

Supporters

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Polish football fans

The Polish team enjoys widespread support in Poland and among Polish diaspora worldwide. Some fans of the team are reportedly fanatic and often violent, with connections to Polish organized crime syndicates. [192] Supporters of the team have been involved in a number of incidents, such as during UEFA Euro 2012, held in Poland, when Polish and Russian supporters clashed prior to the encounter between the two countries' teams. [193]

A notable chant among Polish fans is "Polska, biało-czerwoni" ("Poland, the White-Reds"). [194]

National kits

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Poland scarf

The national kits of Poland reflect the colours 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 coat of arms of Poland, i.e. the crowned white eagle. Until 2006, the coat of arms featured only the inscription "POLSKA" in capital letters above the eagle, 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. When the kit was first launched it did not include the coat of arms, but it was restored shortly thereafter. Since 2009, the kits have been provided by Nike.

Kit supplierPeriod
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Polsportuntil 1974
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1974–1992
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Admiral 1992–1993
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1993
Flag of Italy.svg Lotto 1993–1994
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1994–1996
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 1996–1999
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1999
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1999–2000
Flag of Poland.svg Tico 2000
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2001–2008
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2009–present

Stadiums

Main stadiums

Stadion Śląski in Chorzów was built in 1956; the stadium has a seating capacity of 47,246. The stadium was renovated to expand its seating capacity to 55,211 and was reopened in October 2017. In 1993, the stadium was designated as the official home stadium of the Poland national team. In 2011, Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw was completed with a capacity of 58,580 and since then, it has become a major stadium of Polish team and hosts most of Euro and World Cup qualifications matches.

Other stadiums

Poland has also played at the following stadiums:

Results and fixtures

The list below includes match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win  Draw  Loss  Fixture

2023

16 June 2023 Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svg1–0Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Warsaw, Poland
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
  • Kiwior Soccerball shade.svg31'
Report Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
Attendance: 57,098
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
20 June 2023UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Moldova  Flag of Moldova.svg3–2Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Chișinău, Moldova
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Attendance: 9,442
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
7 September 2023UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Poland  Flag of Poland.svg2–0Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands Warsaw, Poland
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
Attendance: 54,129
Referee: David Smajc (Slovenia)
10 September 2023UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Albania  Flag of Albania.svg2–0Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Tirana, Albania
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 21,900
Referee: José María Sánchez (Spain)
12 October 2023UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Faroe Islands  Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg0–2Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 3,220
Referee: Allard Lindhout (Netherlands)
15 October 2023UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Poland  Flag of Poland.svg1–1Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Warsaw, Poland
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
Attendance: 51,672
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
17 November 2023UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Poland  Flag of Poland.svg1–1Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Warsaw, Poland
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Report
Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
Attendance: 56,310
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
21 November 2023 Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svg2–0Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Warsaw, Poland
21:45  UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Ondrej Berka (Czech Republic)

2024

21 March 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Poland  Flag of Poland.svg5–1Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Warsaw, Poland
20:45 Report
Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
Attendance: 53,868
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
7 June 2024 Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Warsaw, Poland
Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
10 June 2024 Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Warsaw, Poland
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
16 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Hamburg, Germany
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Volksparkstadion
21 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Austria.svg  Austria Berlin, Germany
18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Olympiastadion
25 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 France  Flag of France.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Dortmund, Germany
18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Westfalenstadion
5 September 2024 (2024-09-05) Nations League Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Glasgow, Scotland
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1) Report Stadium: Hampden Park
8 September 2024 (2024-09-08) Nations League Croatia  Flag of Croatia.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Croatia
20:45 Report Stadium: TBD
12 October 2024 (2024-10-12) Nations League Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Poland
20:45 Report Stadium: TBD
15 October 2024 (2024-10-15) Nations League Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Poland
20:45 Report Stadium: TBD
15 November 2024 (2024-11-15) Nations League Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Portugal
20:45 (19:45 UTC±0) Report Stadium: TBD
18 November 2024 (2024-11-18) Nations League Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Poland
20:45 Report Stadium: TBD

Non-playing staff

As of 18 March 2024. [195]
PositionName
Head coach Flag of Poland.svg Michał Probierz
Assistant coaches Flag of Poland.svg Michał Bartosz
Flag of Poland.svg Robert Góralczyk
Flag of Poland.svg Sebastian Mila
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Poland.svg Andrzej Dawidziuk
Fitness coaches Flag of Poland.svg Radosław Gwiazda
Flag of Poland.svg Mateusz Oszust
Match analyst Flag of Poland.svg Hubert Małowiejski
Video analyst Flag of Poland.svg Jakub Rejmoniak
Doctor Flag of Poland.svg Jacek Jaroszewski
Physiotherapists Flag of Poland.svg Paweł Bamber
Flag of Poland.svg Marcin Bator
Flag of Poland.svg Adam Kurek
Flag of Poland.svg Wojciech Herman
Team manager Flag of Poland.svg Jakub Kwiatkowski
Communications manager Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Kozłowski
Logistics manager Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Gawrjołek
Technical director Flag of Poland.svg Paweł Kosedowski
Assistant technical director Flag of Poland.svg Paweł Sidorowicz
Cooks Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Leśniak
Flag of Poland.svg Radosław Marcińczyk
Nutritionist Flag of Poland.svg Wojciech Zep
Security officer Flag of Poland.svg Robert Siwek

Coaching history

Caretaker manager are listed in italics.

Prior to 1966 the Polish team was chosen by a selection committee. [196]

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying play-off match against Estonia on 21 March 2024, and a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying play-off match against Wales on 26 March 2024. [197]

Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2024, after the match against Wales, as recognized by the PZPN. [198] [199]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Wojciech Szczęsny (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 33)810 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
121 GK Łukasz Skorupski (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 32)90 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna
221 GK Marcin Bułka (1999-10-04) 4 October 1999 (age 24)10 Flag of France.svg Nice

22 DF Sebastian Walukiewicz (2000-04-05) 5 April 2000 (age 24)30 Flag of Italy.svg Empoli
32 DF Paweł Dawidowicz (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 28)100 Flag of Italy.svg Hellas Verona
42 DF Tymoteusz Puchacz (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 25)130 Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Kaiserslautern
52 DF Jan Bednarek (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 28)561 Flag of England.svg Southampton
142 DF Jakub Kiwior (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 24)211 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
172 DF Bartosz Salamon (1991-05-01) 1 May 1991 (age 32)120 Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań
182 DF Bartosz Bereszyński (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 31)540 Flag of Italy.svg Empoli
2 DF Paweł Bochniewicz (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 28)30 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Heerenveen

63 MF Jakub Piotrowski (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 26)52 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
83 MF Bartosz Slisz (1999-03-29) 29 March 1999 (age 25)80 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta United
103 MF Piotr Zieliński (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 (age 29)8811 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli
113 MF Kamil Grosicki (1988-06-08) 8 June 1988 (age 35)9317 Flag of Poland.svg Pogoń Szczecin
133 MF Taras Romanczuk (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 32)20 Flag of Poland.svg Jagiellonia Białystok
163 MF Damian Szymański (1995-06-16) 16 June 1995 (age 28)172 Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens
193 MF Przemysław Frankowski (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 29)403 Flag of France.svg Lens
203 MF Sebastian Szymański (1999-05-10) 10 May 1999 (age 24)323 Flag of Turkey.svg Fenerbahçe
213 MF Nicola Zalewski (2002-01-23) 23 January 2002 (age 22)160 Flag of Italy.svg Roma
3 MF Jakub Moder (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 25)212 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion
3 MF Paweł Wszołek (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 31)142 Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw

74 FW Karol Świderski (1997-01-23) 23 January 1997 (age 27)3010 Flag of Italy.svg Hellas Verona
94 FW Robert Lewandowski (captain) (1988-08-21) 21 August 1988 (age 35)14882 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
154 FW Adam Buksa (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 27)146 Flag of Turkey.svg Antalyaspor
234 FW Krzysztof Piątek (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 28)2811 Flag of Turkey.svg İstanbul Başakşehir

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Bartłomiej Drągowski (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 26)20 Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos v. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands , 12 October 2023 WD
GK Kamil Grabara (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 25)10 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen v. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands , 7 September 2023 INJ

DF Matty Cash (1997-08-07) 7 August 1997 (age 26)151 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 21 March 2024 INJ
DF Tomasz Kędziora (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 29)321 Flag of Greece.svg PAOK v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 21 November 2023
DF Mateusz Wieteska (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 27)40 Flag of Italy.svg Cagliari v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 21 November 2023
DF Bartłomiej Wdowik (2000-09-25) 25 September 2000 (age 23)10 Flag of Poland.svg Jagiellonia Białystok v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 21 November 2023
DF Patryk Peda (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 21)30 Flag of Italy.svg SPAL v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 21 November 2023 U21
DF Przemysław Wiśniewski (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 25)00 Flag of Italy.svg Spezia v. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova , 20 June 2023
DF Arkadiusz Reca (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 28)150 Flag of Italy.svg Spezia v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 16 June 2023 INJ

MF Dominik Marczuk (2003-11-01) 1 November 2003 (age 20)00 Flag of Poland.svg Jagiellonia Białystok v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 21 March 2024 U21
MF Karol Struski (2001-01-18) 18 January 2001 (age 23)10 Flag of Cyprus.svg Aris Limassol v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 21 November 2023
MF Mateusz Łęgowski (2003-01-29) 29 January 2003 (age 21)10 Flag of Italy.svg Salernitana v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 21 November 2023 U21
MF Patryk Dziczek (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 26)20 Flag of Poland.svg Piast Gliwice v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 17 November 2023 INJ
MF Jakub Kamiński (2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 21)141 Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg v. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova , 15 October 2023
MF Filip Marchwiński (2002-01-10) 10 January 2002 (age 22)20 Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań v. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova , 15 October 2023
MF Grzegorz Krychowiak (1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 (age 34)1005 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Abha v. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania , 10 September 2023 RET
MF Karol Linetty (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 29)475 Flag of Italy.svg Torino v. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania , 10 September 2023
MF Michał Skóraś (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 24)70 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge v. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania , 10 September 2023
MF Kacper Kozłowski (2003-10-16) 16 October 2003 (age 20)60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vitesse v. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania , 10 September 2023
MF Krystian Bielik (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 26)110 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City v. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova , 20 June 2023
MF Ben Lederman (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 23)00 Flag of Poland.svg Raków Częstochowa v. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova , 20 June 2023
MF Jakub Błaszczykowski (1985-12-14) 14 December 1985 (age 38)10921Retiredv. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 16 June 2023 RET

FW Adrian Benedyczak (2000-11-24) 24 November 2000 (age 23)00 Flag of Italy.svg Parma v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 17 November 2023 INJ
FW Arkadiusz Milik (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 30)7217 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus v. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova , 15 October 2023

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
WD Player withdrew from the squad
RET Retired from the national team.
U21 Joined Poland national under-21 football team.

Player records

As of 26 March 2024. [200]
Players in bold are still active with Poland.

Most appearances

Robert Lewandowski is Poland's top goalscorer and their most capped player. JAP-POL (6) (cropped).jpg
Robert Lewandowski is Poland's top goalscorer and their most capped player.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1 Robert Lewandowski 148822008–present
2 Jakub Błaszczykowski 109212006–2023
3 Kamil Glik 10362010–2022
4 Michał Żewłakow 10231999–2011
5 Grzegorz Krychowiak 10052008–2023
Grzegorz Lato 100451971–1984
7 Kazimierz Deyna 97411968–1978
8 Jacek Bąk 9631993–2008
Jacek Krzynówek 96151998–2009
10 Kamil Grosicki 93172008–present

Top goalscorers

RankPlayerGoalsCapsRatioCareer
1 Robert Lewandowski (list)821480.562008–present
2 Włodzimierz Lubański 48750.641963–1980
3 Grzegorz Lato 451000.451971–1984
4 Kazimierz Deyna 41970.421968–1978
5 Ernest Pol 39460.851955–1965
6 Andrzej Szarmach 32610.521973–1982
7 Gerard Cieślik 27450.61947–1958
8 Zbigniew Boniek 24800.31976–1988
9 Ernest Wilimowski 21220.951934–1939
Jakub Błaszczykowski 211090.192006–2023

Most clean sheets

RankPlayerClean sheetsCapsRatioCareer
1 Wojciech Szczęsny 34810.422009–present
2 Łukasz Fabiański 27570.472006–2021
3 Józef Wandzik 25520.481985–1995
4 Artur Boruc 24650.372004–2017
5 Jerzy Dudek 23600.381998–2013
Jan Tomaszewski 23630.371971–1981
7 Adam Matysek 20340.591991–2002
8 Hubert Kostka 13320.411962–1972
Jarosław Bako 13350.371988–1993
Józef Młynarczyk 13420.311979–1986

Players who received citizenship

Players in bold are still active with Poland.
Players in italic are without Polish origin.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1 Flag of France.svg Ludovic Obraniak 3462008–2014
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Roger Guerreiro 2542008–2011
Flag of Nigeria.svg Emmanuel Olisadebe 25112000–2004
3 Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Cionek 2102014–2018
Flag of Germany.svg Adam Matuszczyk 2112010–2013
4 Flag of Germany.svg Eugen Polanski 1902011–2014
5 Flag of England.svg Matty Cash 1512021–present
6 Flag of France.svg Damien Perquis 1412011–2013
Flag of Germany.svg Sebastian Boenisch 1402010–2013
7 Flag of Ukraine.svg Taras Romanczuk 202018–present
8 Flag of Armenia.svg Vahan Gevorgyan 102004
Flag of Germany.svg Sebastian Tyrała 102008

Competitive record

 Champions   Runners-up   Third place     Tournament played fully or partially on home soil  

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not qualify100112
Flag of France.svg 1938 Round of 1611th100156 Squad 210141
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg 1954 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Did not qualify530297
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 201123
Flag of England.svg 1966 62221110
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 6402198
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Third place3rd7601165 Squad 421163
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Second group stage5th631266 Squad 6510174
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Third place3rd7331115 Squad 4400122
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Round of 1614th411217 Squad 6321106
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not qualify621348
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 103251015
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1998 83141012
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Group stage25th310237 Squad 106312111
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 21st310224 Squad 10802279
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Did not qualify103251914
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 103431812
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Group stage25th310225 Squad 108112814
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 Round of 1615th411235 Squad 117223211
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Morocco.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg 2030
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2034
TotalThird place9/2238176154950127672337260152

Olympic Games

YearRoundPldWDLGFGASquad
Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg 1896 No football tournament
Flag of France.svg 1900 Did not enter
Flag of the United States.svg 1904
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920
Flag of France.svg 1924 Round 1100105 Squad
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 1932 No football tournament
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Fourth place42021110 Squad
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Did not qualify
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Round 1210123 Squad
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Did not qualify
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 Group stage310275 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1964 Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Gold medalists7610215 Squad
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Silver medalists5311115 Squad
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 1984
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988
Since 1992 See Poland Olympic football team
Total6/222213275233

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France.svg 1960 Did not qualify200227
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 200204
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 6312139
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 6222106
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 632195
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 8521134
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1984 612369
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 8323911
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 623186
Flag of England.svg 1996 103431412
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 8413128
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 8413117
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg 2008 Group stage14th301214 Squad 148422412
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 302123 Squad Qualified as co-hosts
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 2016 Quarter-finals5th523042 Squad 106313310
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 Group stage21st301246 Squad 10811185
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 Qualified104331511
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Ireland.svg 2028 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Turkey.svg 2032
TotalQuarter-finals5/17142751115120563133197126

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
SeasonDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRank
2018–19 A 3 402246Steady3.svg10th
2020–21 A 1 621366Steady3.svg10th
2022–23 A 4 6213612Steady3.svg11th
2024–25 A 1 To be determined
Total16448162411th
Poland's UEFA Nations League history
First matchFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–1 Poland  Flag of Poland.svg
(Bologna, Italy; 7 September 2018)
Biggest winFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 3–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina  Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
(Wrocław, Poland; 14 October 2020)
Biggest defeatFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 6–1 Poland  Flag of Poland.svg
(Brussels, Belgium; 8 June 2022)
Best result10th place in 2018–19 and 2020–21
Worst result11th place in 2022–23

FIFA rankings history

Source: [201]

19931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
282933534831324333342525222422345873665576413415720191921

Head-to-head record

Statistics updated as of 26 March 2024. List including all matches officially recognized by the Polish Football Association (also those not recognized by FIFA).

Key
Positive balance(more Wins)
Neutral balance(Wins = Losses)
Negative balance(more Losses)
OpponentPldWDLGFGAGDConfederation%Won
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 1510322010+10 UEFA 67%
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 220061+5 CAF 100%
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 3300111+10 UEFA 100%
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 123271220−8 CONMEBOL 25%
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 7511154+11 UEFA 71%
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 100112−1 AFC 0%
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 105231917+2 UEFA 50%
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 6510201+19 UEFA 83%
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 6222910−1 UEFA 33%
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2176827270 UEFA 33%
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia 220031+2 CONMEBOL 100%
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 541093+3 UEFA 80%
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 121291937−18 CONMEBOL 8%
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 2512944730+17 UEFA 48%
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 302103−3 CAF 0%
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 6600204+16 CONCACAF 100%
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 211032+1 CONMEBOL 50%
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 220020+2 AFC 100%
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 6204810−2 CONMEBOL 33%
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 330083+5 CONCACAF 100%
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 511337−4 UEFA 20%
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 1010000 CONCACAF 0%
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 7430145+9 UEFA 57%
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic /Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 2986153956−17 UEFA 28%
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2382133849−11 UEFA 35%
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 311154+1 CONMEBOL 33%
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 201104−4 CAF 0%
Flag of England.svg  England 2118121333−20 UEFA 5%
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 10811235+18 UEFA 80%
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 5500161+15 UEFA 100%
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 3322837226+42 UEFA 66%
Flag of France.svg  France 173591930−11 UEFA 18%
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 5401134+9 UEFA 80%
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 199462627−1 UEFA 47%
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany /Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 2227131234−22 UEFA 9%
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 110040+4 CAF 100%
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 2200151+14 UEFA 100%
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1710433012+18 UEFA 59%
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 211032+1 CONCACAF 50%
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 3201113+8 CONCACAF 66%
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3485214392−49 UEFA 24%
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 7520157+8 UEFA 71%
Flag of India.svg  India 110021+1 AFC 100%
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 330062+4 AFC 100%
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 522173+4 AFC 40%
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 28111164430+14 UEFA 39%
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 137423215+17 UEFA 54%
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 183871023−13 UEFA 17%
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 110031+2 CAF 100%
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 75021410+4 AFC 71%
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 5410123+9 UEFA 80%
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 211072+5 AFC 50%
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 311156−1 AFC 33%
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 211031+2 AFC 50%
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 1612224215+27 UEFA 75%
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 110050+5 CAF 100%
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 110020+2 UEFA 100%
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 11542178+9 UEFA 45%
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 7610265+21 UEFA 86%
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 5410112+9 UEFA 80%
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 4400130+13 UEFA 100%
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 9333913−4 CONCACAF 33%
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 8521136+7 UEFA 63%
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 422096+3 UEFA 50%
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 522193+6 CAF 40%
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 193791928−9 UEFA 16%
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 211020+2 OFC 50%
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 100101−1 CAF 0%
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 104241413+1 UEFA 40%
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1912345826+32 UEFA 63%
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 100104−4 CONMEBOL 0%
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 330092+7 CONMEBOL 100%
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 133551318−5 UEFA 23%
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 36715145756+1 UEFA 19%
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia /Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 194691834−16 UEFA 21%
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 101000452+43 UEFA 100%
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 440072+5 AFC 100%
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 113621514+1 UEFA 27%
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 100112−1 CAF 0%
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia /Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2610795154−3 UEFA 38%
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 110061+5 AFC 100%
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 931514140 UEFA 33%
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 8332990 UEFA 38%
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 2101110 CAF 50%
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 11128928−19 UEFA 9%
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2894154159−18 UEFA 32%
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg   Switzerland 114612112+9 UEFA 36%
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 110031+2 AFC 100%
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 430192+7 CAF 75%
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1711333912+27 UEFA 65%
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 9423119+2 UEFA 44%
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 220092+7 AFC 100%
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 412145−1 CONMEBOL 25%
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 177373622+14 CONCACAF 41%
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 11731136+7 UEFA 64%
Total8863872182811,5131,185+329 FIFA 44%

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Notes

  1. In fact, there was a previous meeting mentioned by the press in Kraków in 1892, though no details are known.

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