Poland national football team

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Poland
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Nickname(s) Biało-czerwoni (The White and Reds)
Orły (The Eagles)
Association Polish Football Association (PZPN)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Paulo Sousa
Captain Robert Lewandowski
Most caps Robert Lewandowski (118)
Top scorerRobert Lewandowski (66)
Home stadium Stadion Narodowy
Stadion Śląski
FIFA code POL
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 21 Decrease2.svg 2 (7 April 2021) [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
Appearances8 (first in 1938 )
Best resultThird place (1974, 1982)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2008 )
Best resultQuarter-finals (2016)

The Poland national football team (Polish : Reprezentacja Polski w piłce nożnej) has represented Poland in men's international football competitions since their first match in 1921. The team is controlled by the Polish Football Association, the governing body for football in Poland.

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

Before independence

Poland, during 19th and early 20th century, was divided into three parts, the Russian part was once named Congress Poland (1815-1867) / 1915 and later Poland was a short lived kingdom named as the Kingdom of Poland (1917-1918); while Germany and Austria brought Poland to more direct controls. Thus, Poland was not an independent country back then as it was torn under the rule of three empires, German Empire, Austria-Hungary and Russian Empire. Poland regained independence in 1918 after more than a century not being independent. Harsh oppression from both parts, however, did not prevent football from reaching Poland. Started in the late 19th century with the rising popularity of the new sport, the first decades of Polish football are therefore connected with the history of Football in Austria and the Austrian Football Association, which was founded in 1904.

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] It was won by the Lwów team 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 organized; 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 organized teams, the Czarni and the team of the IV Gymnasium. Kraków's representation was badly beaten in both meetings (4-0 and 2-0 respectively). The same 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 (It is said that actually Wisła Kraków was the first professional football team and not Cracovia). 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 Poland. Eventually, Poland regained independence in 1918 and football of Poland also officially began.

1919–1939: Early years

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Poland national team, 1924
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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). Two years later, they appointed Hungarian-born Jesza Poszony as the first coach of Polish national team. 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. Józef Klotz scored the first-ever goal for the national football team in that game. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] 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 was set to play Brazil, by then had not been a world football power. 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 Red 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.

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.

1939-1945: Ban on football under the occupation

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. [9]

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. [10]

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.

1946–1974: Beginnings of the rise

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 — thus became part of Polish football history known to be the first Polish Golden generation.

1974–1986: "Golden Era"

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Grzegorz Lato (left)

Poland was not considered a major power on the international football scene before 1974. In qualifying for the 1974 World Cup in Germany, they surprised observers by eliminating England, quarter-finalists in 1970 and Champions in 1966. The core of the team had already won a gold medal in the Munich Olympics in 1972.

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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, 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 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-N0623-0018, Fussball-WM, VR Polen - Italien 2-1.jpg
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 as 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.

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.

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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, also leading to the resignation of Ryszard Kulesza as head coach of the team. [11] At the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Poland were drawn in a group with Italy, Cameroon and Peru. [12] 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. [13] [14] [15]

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. [16] [17] Nevertheless, Poland advanced as group winners to the knockout stage. [12] 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. [18] 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". [19]

In 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland finished top of the qualifying group; with 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. [20] 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. [21] [22]

At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Poland were drawn into a group with England, Morocco and Portugal. [23] The first match was a 0–0 draw, and in the second match, beat Portugal 1–0. [24] [25] 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. [26] [27] In the round of sixteen, Poland were eliminated after suffering a 4–0 defeat to Brazil. [28]

Andrzej Juskowiak; top goalscorer for Poland in Euro 1996 qualifying (7 goals) and 1998 World Cup qualifying. (3 goals). Andrzej Juskowiak.jpeg
Andrzej Juskowiak; top goalscorer for Poland in Euro 1996 qualifying (7 goals) and 1998 World Cup qualifying. (3 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. [29] They began qualifying for the 1990 edition with a 1–0 win over Albania, before defeats to Sweden (2–1) and England (3–0). [30] [31] [32] 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. [33] [34] [35]

In 1994 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished 4th in the qualifying group, behind Norway, the Netherlands and England. [36] 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. [37] [38] [39] [40] Afterwards, Poland drew 1–1 with England, before a 0–3 defeat in the reverse fixture. [41] [42] 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. [43] [44] [45] [46]

In Euro 1996 qualifying, Poland drew a qualifying group with Romania, France, Slovakia, Israel and Azerbaijan. [47] 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. [48] [49] [50] 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). [51] [52] [53] [54] Poland lost 4–1 to Slovakia in the penultimate qualifying game, and drew 0–0 with Azerbaijan in the final group game. [55] [56]

In 1998 World Cup qualifying, Poland finished 3rd behind England and Italy. [57] They began qualifying with a 2–1 loss to England before a win over Moldova (2–1) and a 0–0 draw with Italy. [58] [59] [60] Afterwards, they suffered successive defeats to Italy (3–0) and England (0–2). [61] [62] 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. [63] [64] The final game was against Georgia, with Poland losing 0–3. [65]

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

During the EURO 2000 Qualification. Poland was in a group with England, Sweden, Bulgaria and Luxemburg. Despite Poland being an Underdog in the group. They surprised by finishing above higher favourited Bulgarians and winning 2 games against them. Poland was third and was tied in points with England but failed to Qualify by Goal Differences.

2001–2006: Rebuild

Poland qualifying for the 2002 World Cup was significant, as it was Poland's first appearance at the World Cup finals since 1986. [66] Poland's biggest win overall in the qualifying phase was a 4–0 win over Armenia, while Poland's biggest defeat was a 1–4 defeat to Belarus. [67] [68]

The Polish drew a group featuring South Korea, the United States and Portugal. [69] The first match was played with South Korea on 4 June; with Poland losing 2–0. [70] The second game was with Portugal on 10 June; which Poland lost 4–0. [71] Poland then played the United States in the final group game on 14 June; winning 3–1 with goals from Olisadebe, Kryszałowicz and Żewłakow. [72] Despite the win, Poland finished last in the group, with a goal difference of –4 and 3 points. [4]

Tomasz Frankowski; top goalscorer during Poland's 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, with 7 goals, including a hat-trick against Azerbaijan. Tomasz Frankowski.jpg
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 eight and lost two, without a single draw. [73] 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. [73] The biggest win of the qualifying phase for Poland was an 8–0 victory over Azerbaijan, in which Tomasz Frankowski scored a hat-trick. [74] [75] 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. [76] [77]

At the 2006 World Cup, Poland drew Germany, Ecuador and Costa Rica in Group A. [78] 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. [79] Poland's first match was a 2–0 defeat to Ecuador, [80] followed by a 1–0 defeat to Germany, with Oliver Neuville scoring a stoppage time winning goal; [81] 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. [82] The third and final group game saw Poland defeat Costa Rica 2–1; with Bartosz Bosacki getting on the scoresheet twice. [83] [84]

2008: Debut at the Euros

Ebi Smolarek, who scored 9 goals during the qualifying phase. Euzebiusz Smolarek .jpg
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. [85] 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. [86] [87] In the third match, on 7 October, Poland won 1–0 over Kazakhstan, with Euzebiusz Smolarek scoring the goal. [88] On 11 October, Poland beat Portugal 2–1 with Smolarek scoring the two goals. [89] On 15 November, they beat Belgium 1–0. [90] On 24 March 2007, Poland beat Azerbaijan 5–0, and on 28 March beat Armenia 1–0. [91] [92] On 2 June, they beat Azerbaijan 3–1 with Smolarek and Krzynówek (2) scoring. [93] 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. [94] [95] [96] On 13 October, Poland beat Kazakhstan 3–1 with a hat-trick from Smolarek. [97] 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. [98] [99] [100]

At UEFA Euro 2008, they were drawn in Group B; with Germany, Austria and Croatia. [101] 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. [102] 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. [103] [104] The final group game was against Croatia, which Poland lost 1–0, finishing bottom of the group. [105]

2010: Disaster in World Cup qualifying

Artur Boruc, goalkeeper for Poland from 2004 to 2017, who made 65 appearances during his international career. ArturBoruc.jpg
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. [106] Poland began the campaign with a 1–1 draw against Slovenia on 6 September 2008. [107] On 10 October, Poland beat San Marino 2–0. [108] On 11 October, they won 2–1 against the Czech Republic. [109] After these two wins, Poland lost consecutive matches against Slovakia (15 October, losing 1–2) and Northern Ireland (28 March 2009, losing 2–3). [110] [111] 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. [112] [113] On 5 September, Poland drew 1–1 with Northern Ireland and on 9 September, lost 3–0 to Slovenia. [114] [115] On 10 October, Poland lost 2–0 to the Czech Republic and on 14 October, lost 1–0 to Slovakia. [116] [117]

2012: Host of the Euros

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 joint bids by Croatia and Hungary and Greece and Turkey; 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. [118] 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. [119] [120] 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. [121] [122] 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. [123] [124] Poland finished bottom of the group, with just two points, prompted coach Franciszek Smuda to resign following the humiliating elimination. [118]

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. Lewandowski and Milik vs Ireland 2013.jpg
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. [125]

On 7 September, Poland's first qualifying match ended in a 2–2 draw with Montenegro, with goals from Błaszczykowski and Mierzejewski. [126] On 11 September, they beat Moldova 2–0 with goals from Błaszczykowski and Wawrzyniak. [127] On 17 October, Poland drew 1–1 with England, with Glik scoring the equalizing goal. [128] 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. [129] On 26 March, Poland beat San Marino 5–0, with a brace from Lewandowski, and goals from Piszczek, Teodorczyk and Kosecki. [130] On 6 September, Poland drew 1–1 with Montenegro; with Lewandowski scoring the equalizing goal only five minutes after Poland initially conceded. [131] On 10 September, they beat San Marino 5–1, with a brace from Zieliński, and goals from Błaszczykowski, Sobota and Mierzejewski. [132] However, Poland lost the last two games against Ukraine and England; losing 1–0 and 2–0, respectively. [133] [134] [135]

2016–2018: "New Era" 2016 Euro Quarterfinal and 2018 World Cup qualifying

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Adam Nawałka, former head coach of the Polish National team, 2013 to 2018
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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. [136]

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. [137] [138] [139] On 11 October, Poland beat Germany 2–0, with Germany having won the 2014 FIFA World Cup less than three months prior, with goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila. [140] On 14 October, Poland drew 2–2 with Scotland, with goals from Krzysztof Mączyński and Milik not being enough to secure the three points. [141] On 14 November, they beat Georgia 4–0, with goals from Kamil Glik, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Mila and Milik. [142] 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. [143] On 13 June, they beat Georgia 4–0; with a goal from Milik and a hat-trick from Lewandowski. [144] On 7 September, they beat Gibraltar 8–1; with Grosicki, Lewandowski and Milik all scoring twice, and Jakub Błaszczykowski and Bartosz Kapustka. [145] On 8 October, they drew 2–2 with Scotland, with Lewandowski scoring a brace. [146] On 11 October, they beat the Republic of Ireland 2–1 with goals from Krychowiak and Lewandowski, securing automatic qualification for the Euros. [147]

Jakub Blaszczykowski playing for Poland during the Euro 2016 quarter-finals match with Portugal, on 30 June 2016. 1 Jakub Blaszczykowski.jpg
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. [148]

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. [149] The next match was with Germany at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on 16 June; with the finishing 0–0. [150] 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. [151] 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. [152] [153] 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. [154]

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. Robert Lewandowski 2018.jpg
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.

In 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Poland were drawn in Group E; with Denmark, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia and Kazakhstan. [156]

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. [157] On 8 October, Poland beat Denmark 3–2 with Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick. [158] Three days later, on 11 October, they beat Armenia 2–1, with goals from Lewandowski and an own goal from Hrayr Mkoyan. [159] On 11 November, Poland beat Romania 3–0 with Kamil Grosicki and Lewandowski (2) scoring the goals. [160] On 26 March 2017, Poland beat Montenegro 2–1 with Lewandowski and Łukasz Piszczek scoring the goals. [161] On 10 June, Poland beat Romania 3–1 with a hat-trick from Lewandowski. [162] However, on 1 September, they suffered a 4–0 defeat to Denmark, their first loss of their qualifying campaign. [163] Three days later, they beat Kazakhstan 3–0 with goals from Arkadiusz Milik, Kamil Glik and Lewandowski. [164] 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. [165] 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. [166]

Lewandowski scored 16 goals during qualifying; breaking the European qualifying scoring record, as well as becoming the all-time top goalscorer of Poland. [167]

The Poland national team line-up before the third and final group game against Japan; on 28 June. 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. Poland won the game 1–0.

2018: Catastrophe 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. [169] Despite the group being considered close, Poland were tipped as favorites to advance. [170] [171] [172] In May 2018, Poland named the preliminary 34-man squad, and on 4 June, they named the final 23-man squad. [173] [174] 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. [175]

However, despite all of this and despite being ranked 8th in the FIFA Ranking prior to the tournament, [176] Poland's tournament was disappointing overall; they lost to Senegal in the opening match, losing 1–2 on 19 June in Moscow. [177] Five days later, on 24 June, they lost to Colombia in Kazan, losing 0–3, [178] 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. [179] Poland finished bottom of their group, and like their two previous performances in 2002 and 2006, got two losses and only won the last match. [180]

2018–2019 UEFA Nations League and UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

The qualifying group stage draw was held on 2 December 2018 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The 55 teams were drawn into 10 groups: five groups of five teams (Groups A–E) and five groups of six teams (Groups F–J). Ranked at No. 10 in Pot 1, Poland was drawn into UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group G. Group G consists of six teams: Austria, Israel, Latvia, North Macedonia, Poland and Slovenia, [181] where they will play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. [182]

The top two teams will qualify directly for the finals. Unlike previous editions, the participants of the play-offs will not be decided based on results from the qualifying group stage, but instead based on their performance in the 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, which had not gotten out from the shocking 2018 World Cup nightmare, 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.

Despite this poor performance in the Nations League however, Poland opened their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying by a single-margin 1–0 win against Austria in Vienna thanked for Krzysztof Piątek. [183] Three days later, Poland followed up their suit by beating Latvia 2–0 at home. [184]

On Friday June 7, 2019, Poland defeated North Macedonia with an unimpressive 1–0 win by a lone goal from Piątek which made the team suffered criticism for its poor form in that win. [185] On June 10, 2019, Poland put its best performance up to date in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualification, overpowering Israel 4–0 in Warsaw three days later with goal from Krzysztof Piątek, Robert Lewandowski, Kamil Grosicki and Damian Kądzior. [186]

Poland continued its quest for UEFA Euro 2020 by a visiting game against minor Slovenia and was expected to grab total three points in Ljubljana due to Slovenia's unimpressive performance. Despite this, Poland's trip to Slovenia turned to be a complete nightmare, with the team suffered a humiliating 0–2 away defeat. [187] A following 0–0 home draw to Austria meant that Poland's top spot had been under bank with Slovenia approached very quickly. [188]

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 minnows Latvia, eliminated the Latvians from the competition. [189] Surprisingly, Slovenia's shock away defeat to North Macedonia relieved pressure for Poland, with Slovenia fell from second to fourth place, gave the Poles an upper hand to qualify. [190] Eventually, Poland beat North Macedonia 2–0 at home, [191] and with Slovenia fell hurdle to the Austrians at Slovenian soil, [192] Poland qualified to the competition for the fourth consecutive participation history.

2020: UEFA Euro 2020 (played in 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic)

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Kamil Glik, playing as centre back for Poland

Poland will play in June 2021 in Sevilla's Estadio de La Cartuja and St. Peturburg's Gazprom Arena. [193] The draw has put Poland into against two very strong and difficult opponents, the hosts Spain and Sweden, alongside the winner of the Play-off Path B, Slovakia. The top two teams from each group will progress to the round of 16, along with the four best runners-up chosen among the third-placed teams.

2020–2021 UEFA Nations League and 2022 World Cup qualifying

Being allowed to remain in League A, Poland was drawn against Italy, Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The performance of this tournament would be doubled as part of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification as playoff campaigns. Poland was also seeking its first win and a possible best finish in order to obtain a possible playoff position in case they could not directly qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Poland started their League games without Lewandowski. In their first match, an away game against the Dutch, the Poles disappointed with a 0–1 loss. [194] Then, Poland had to make another away trip, this time against the tough Bosnian rival, which held Italy 1–1 away before and was better prepared with the arrival of Edin Džeko. However, Poland managed a comeback, from being a goal down, Kamil Glik and Kamil Grosicki turned the deficit to beat Bosnia 2–1, which was Poland's historic win in the Nations League. [195] In October, Poland hosted Italy and Bosnia at home, and the Poles obtained four points, a goalless draw with Italy before an important 3–0 win over Bosnia with Lewandowski scoring 2 and Karol Linetty scoring 1, temporarily occupying top spot of the group. [196] [197] However, when matches resumed in November, Poland had to deal with more difficulties when they headed up against Italy away, and bowed down with a 0–2 defeat despite Italy had already been depleted by COVID-19 plague, thus Poland lost any chance to determine in their quest for the Final of the Nations League. [198] With very slim opportunity, Poland gave up and lost to the Netherlands 1–2 at home, ending in third place and will stay in the same league for the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League season. [199]

Competitive record

Jan Tomaszewski (left) and Henryk Kasperczak after 3rd place match Poland-Brazil, 1974 FIFA World Cup Bundesarchiv Bild 183-N0716-0310, Fussball-WM, VR Polen - Brasilien 1-0.jpg
Jan Tomaszewski (left) and Henryk Kasperczak after 3rd place match Poland-Brazil, 1974 FIFA World Cup
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UEFA Euro 2012 in Warsaw
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Polish anthem during Czech Republic - Poland, UEFA Euro 2012
Krzysztof Maczynski playing for national team in 2013 Krzysztof Maczynski.jpg
Krzysztof Mączyński playing for national team in 2013
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Portugal against Poland in the UEFA Euro 2016 Quarterfinal match
World Cup 2018 Team including Grzegorz Krychowiak (10), Artur Jedrzejczyk (3), Rafal Kurzawa (21), Kamil Glik (15), Jan Bednarek (5), Lukasz Fabianski (22), Bartosz Bereszynski (18), Jacek Goralski (6), Piotr Zielinski (19), Robert Lewandowski (9), Kamil Grosicki (11). Poland national football team World Cup 2018.jpg
World Cup 2018 Team including Grzegorz Krychowiak (10), Artur Jędrzejczyk (3), Rafał Kurzawa (21), Kamil Glik (15), Jan Bednarek (5), Łukasz Fabiański (22), Bartosz Bereszyński (18), Jacek Góralski (6), Piotr Zieliński (19), Robert Lewandowski (9), Kamil Grosicki (11).

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not qualify100112
Flag of France.svg 1938 Round 111th100156210141
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Switzerland.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 place3rd7601165421163
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Round 25th6312666510174
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Third place3rd73311154400122
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Round of 1614th4112176321106
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not qualify 6 21348
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 103251015
Flag of France.svg 1998 83141012
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Group stage25th310237106312111
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 21st31022410802279
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Did not qualify103251914
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 103431812
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Group stage25th310225108112814
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalThird place8/2134165134645116602135228141

Olympic Games

Host nation(s) – YearResultPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg 1896 no Olympic football tournament
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1900 Did not enter
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg 1904
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924 Round 1100105
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg 1932 no Olympic football tournament
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Fourth place42021110
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Did not qualify
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Round 1210123
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Did not qualify
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 Group stage310275
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964 Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Gold medalists7610215
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Silver medalists5311115
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 1984
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1988
Flag of Spain.svg 1992 Silver medalists6411176
Since 1996 See Poland Olympic football team
Total6/222213275233

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWD*LGFGA
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.svg 1984 612369
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 8323911
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 6 23186
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.svg 2008 Group stage14th301214148422412
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 302123Qualified as hosts
Flag of France.svg 2016 Quarter-finals5th523042106313310
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 Qualified10811185
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalQuarter-finals3/151126379104472729171113

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRank
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 A 3 402246Equals-sign-blue.gif10th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 A 1 621366Equals-sign-blue.gif10th
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 A To be determined
Total10235101210th

FIFA ranking history

Source: [200]

1993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
2829335348313243333425252224223458736655764134157201919

Honours

  • Quarter-finals (5th place): 2016

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 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.

Supporters

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Scarf of Poland

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. [201] 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.[ citation needed ]

The notable chant among Polish fans is "Polska, bialoczerwoni" ("Poland, the White and Red"). [202] Styrmir Gislason, the head of the Association of Icelandic Football Fans stated that the Icelandic Viking thunder clap chant was inspired by Polish football chants. [203]

Kit providers

Kit providerPeriod
Flag of Poland.svg Polsport−1974
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1974–1992
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Admiral 1992–1993
Flag of Italy.svg Lotto 1993–1994
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1994–1996
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 1996–1998
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1999
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1999–2000
Flag of Poland.svg Tico2000
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2001–2009
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2009–

Stadiums

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National Stadium, Warsaw
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Silesian Stadium

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 was renovated to seat 55,211 and was reopen in October 2017. In 1993, the stadium was designated as the official home stadium of the Poland national team.

Over 100,000 fans witnessed a game at old stadium in Warsaw. A new National Stadium was constructed in Warsaw with an expected capacity of 58,580 seats. Following UEFA 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

2020

4 September 2020 (2020-09-04) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg1–0Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 Bergwijn Soccerball shade.svg 61' Report Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
7 September 2020 (2020-09-07) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Bosnia and Herzegovina  Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg1–2Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina
20:45 Report
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 0
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svg5–1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Gdańsk, Poland
20:45 Grosicki Soccerball shade.svg 9', 18', 28'
Piątek Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Milik Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Report Niskanen Soccerball shade.svg 68'Stadium: Stadion Energa Gdańsk
Referee: Michal Ocenáš (Slovakia)
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Poland  Flag of Poland.svg0–0Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Gdańsk, Poland
20:45 Report Stadium: Stadion Energa Gdańsk
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
14 October 2020 (2020-10-14) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Poland  Flag of Poland.svg3–0Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Wrocław, Poland
20:45
Report Stadium: Stadion Wrocław
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svg2–0Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Chorzów, Poland
20:45
Report Stadium: Silesian Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
15 November 2020 (2020-11-15) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Italy  Flag of Italy.svg2–0Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Reggio Emilia, Italy
20:45
Report Stadium: Stadio Città del Tricolore
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Poland  Flag of Poland.svg1–2Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Chorzów, Poland
20:45
Report
Stadium: Silesian Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)

2021

25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg3–3Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Budapest, Hungary
Report
Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Attendance: 0
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Poland  Flag of Poland.svg3–0Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Warsaw, Poland
20:45
Report Stadium: Stadion Wojska Polskiego
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
31 March 2021 (2021-03-31) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  Flag of England.svg2–1Flag of Poland.svg  Poland London, England
20:45
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
1 June 2021 (2021-06-01) Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Russia.svg  Russia Wrocław, Poland
Stadium: Stadion Wrocław
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Poznań, Poland
Stadium: Municipal Stadium
14 June 2021 (2021-06-14) UEFA Euro 2020 Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Saint Petersburg, Russia
18:00 Report Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
19 June 2021 (2021-06-19) UEFA Euro 2020 Spain  Flag of Spain.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Seville, Spain
21:00 Report Stadium: La Cartuja
23 June 2021 (2021-06-23) UEFA Euro 2020 Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Saint Petersburg, Russia
18:00 Report Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Albania.svg  Albania TBC, Poland
Stadium: TBC
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification San Marino  Flag of San Marino.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Serravalle, San Marino
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico de Serravalle
8 September 2021 (2021-09-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of England.svg  England TBC, Poland
Stadium: TBC
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino TBC, Poland
Stadium: TBC
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Albania  Flag of Albania.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Tirana, Albania
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
12 November 2021 (2021-11-12) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svgvFlag of Poland.svg  Poland Andorra la Vella, Andorra
Stadium: Estadi Nacional
15 November 2021 (2021-11-15) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Poland  Flag of Poland.svgvFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary TBC, Poland
Stadium: TBC

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Flag of Portugal.svg Paulo Sousa
Assistant coach Flag of Portugal.svg Manuel Cordeiro
Assistant Flag of Spain.svg Víctor Sánchez Lladò
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Portugal.svg Paulo Grilo
Fitness coach Flag of Spain.svg Lluis Sala and Flag of Spain.svg Antonio José Gómez
Analyst Flag of Italy.svg Cosimo Cappagli and Flag of Poland.svg Hubert Małowiejski

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Hungary, Andorra and England on 25, 28 and 31 March 2021.
Caps and goals updated as of 31 March 2021 after the match against England.
Caps and goals including all matches officially recognized by the Polish Football Association (also those not recognized by FIFA).

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
221 GK Łukasz Fabiański (1985-04-18) 18 April 1985 (age 36)550 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
11 GK Wojciech Szczęsny (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 31)520 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
121 GK Karol Niemczycki (1999-07-05) 5 July 1999 (age 21)00 Flag of Poland.svg Cracovia

152 DF Kamil Glik (vice-captain) (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 33)826 Flag of Italy.svg Benevento
132 DF Maciej Rybus (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 31)612 Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Moscow
182 DF Bartosz Bereszyński (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 28)310 Flag of Italy.svg Sampdoria
52 DF Jan Bednarek (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 25)291 Flag of England.svg Southampton
32 DF Arkadiusz Reca (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 25)140 Flag of Italy.svg Crotone
42 DF Paweł Dawidowicz (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 25)20 Flag of Italy.svg Hellas Verona
2 DF Michał Helik (1995-09-09) 9 September 1995 (age 25)20 Flag of England.svg Barnsley
22 DF Kamil Piątkowski (2000-06-21) 21 June 2000 (age 20)10 Flag of Poland.svg Raków Częstochowa

113 MF Kamil Grosicki (1988-06-08) 8 June 1988 (age 32)8317 Flag of England.svg West Bromwich Albion
103 MF Grzegorz Krychowiak (1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 (age 31)784 Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Moscow
203 MF Piotr Zieliński (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 (age 26)596 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli
3 MF Mateusz Klich (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 30)302 Flag of England.svg Leeds United
213 MF Kamil Jóźwiak (1998-04-22) 22 April 1998 (age 23)122 Flag of England.svg Derby County
193 MF Sebastian Szymański (1999-05-10) 10 May 1999 (age 22)111 Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow
163 MF Jakub Moder (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 22)82 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion
173 MF Przemysław Płacheta (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 23)30 Flag of England.svg Norwich City
63 MF Rafał Augustyniak (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 27)10 Flag of Russia.svg Ural Yekaterinburg
83 MF Kacper Kozłowski (2003-10-16) 16 October 2003 (age 17)10 Flag of Poland.svg Pogoń Szczecin
3 MF Sebastian Kowalczyk (1998-08-22) 22 August 1998 (age 22)00 Flag of Poland.svg Pogoń Szczecin
3 MF Bartosz Slisz (1999-03-29) 29 March 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw

74 FW Arkadiusz Milik (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 27)5915 Flag of France.svg Marseille
234 FW Krzysztof Piątek (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 25)188 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC
144 FW Karol Świderski (1997-01-23) 23 January 1997 (age 24)21 Flag of Greece.svg PAOK

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Bartłomiej Drągowski (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 23)10 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
GK Łukasz Skorupski (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 30)40 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 COVID

DF Tomasz Kędziora (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 26)210 Flag of Ukraine.svg Dynamo Kyiv v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Sebastian Walukiewicz (2000-04-05) 5 April 2000 (age 21)30 Flag of Italy.svg Cagliari v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Tymoteusz Puchacz (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Paweł Bochniewicz (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Heerenveen v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 18 November 2020
DF Robert Gumny (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 22)10 Flag of Germany.svg Augsburg v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 18 November 2020
DF Rafał Pietrzak (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 29)30 Flag of Poland.svg Lechia Gdańsk v. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland , 7 October 2020
DF Alan Czerwiński (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań v. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland , 7 October 2020

MF Karol Linetty (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 26)302 Flag of Italy.svg Torino v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Bartosz Kapustka (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 (age 24)143 Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Michał Karbownik (2001-03-13) 13 March 2001 (age 20)30 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Jacek Góralski (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 28)171 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kairat v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 18 November 2020 INJ
MF Damian Kądzior (1992-06-16) 16 June 1992 (age 28)61 Flag of Turkey.svg Alanyaspor v. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine , 11 November 2020
MF Jakub Kamiński (2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 18)00 Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań v. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine , 11 November 2020
MF Przemysław Frankowski (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 26)101 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Fire v. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland , 7 October 2020

FW Robert Lewandowski (captain) (1988-08-21) 21 August 1988 (age 32)11866 Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich v. Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra , 28 March 2021 INJ
FW Dawid Kownacki (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 24)61 Flag of Germany.svg Fortuna Düsseldorf v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 25 March 2021 PRE
FW Adam Buksa (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 24)00 Flag of the United States.svg New England Revolution v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 4 September 2020 PRE

OTH Withdrew from the squad due to other reasons.
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
COVID Tested positive for COVID-19.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from the national team.
U21 Joined Poland national under-21 football team

Previous squads

Player records

As of 31 March 2021 [205]
Players in bold are still active with Poland.

Most capped players

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.
#NameCapsGoalsCareer
1 Robert Lewandowski 118662008–present
2 Jakub Błaszczykowski 108212006–present
3 Michał Żewłakow 10231999–2011
4 Grzegorz Lato 100451971–1984
5 Kazimierz Deyna 97411968–1978
6 Jacek Bąk 9631993–2008
Jacek Krzynówek 96151998–2009
8 Władysław Żmuda 9121973–1986
9 Kamil Grosicki 83172008–present
10 Kamil Glik 8262010–present
Antoni Szymanowski 8211970–1980

Top goalscorers

#PlayerGoalsCapsRatioCareer
1 Robert Lewandowski (list) 661180.562008–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 21220.911934–1939
Jakub Błaszczykowski 211080.192006–present

Head-to-head records of Poland

Statistics updated as for 31 March 2021. 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)
Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Confederation
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 11731147+7 UEFA
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 220061+5 CAF
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 220070+7 UEFA
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 113261218-6 CONMEBOL
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 7511154+11 UEFA
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 100112-1 AFC
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 105231917+2 UEFA
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 6510201+19 UEFA
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 6222910-1 UEFA
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 197662620+6 UEFA
Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 220031+2 CONMEBOL
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 541093+3 UEFA
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 121291937-18 CONMEBOL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 2512944730+17 UEFA
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 302103-3 CAF
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 6600204+16 CONCACAF
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1010220 CONMEBOL
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 220020+2 AFC
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 6204810-2 CONMEBOL
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 330083+5 CONCACAF
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 511337-4 UEFA
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 1010000 CONCACAF
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 7430145+9 UEFA
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic /Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 2774163353-20 UEFA
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2382133849-11 UEFA
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 311154+1 CONMEBOL
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 201104-4 CAF
Flag of England.svg  England 2017121232-20 UEFA
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 9711184+14 UEFA
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 3300121+11 UEFA
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 3322837226+42 UEFA
Flag of France.svg  France 163581827-9 UEFA
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 5401134+9 UEFA
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 199462627-1 UEFA
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany /Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 2117131234-22 UEFA
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 110040+4 CAF
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 2200151+14 UEFA
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1710433012+18 UEFA
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 211032+1 CONCACAF
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 3201113+8 CONCACAF
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3385204290-48 UEFA
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 6510135+8 UEFA
Flag of India.svg  India 110021+1 AFC
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 330062+4 AFC
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 522173+4 AFC
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 28111164430+14 UEFA
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 137423215+17 UEFA
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 183871023-13 UEFA
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 110031+2 CAF
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 75021410+4 AFC
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 5410123+9 UEFA
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 211072+5 AFC
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 311156-1 AFC
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 211031+2 AFC
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 1511224015+25 UEFA
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 110050+5 CAF
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 110020+2 UEFA
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 11542178+9 UEFA
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 7610265+21 UEFA
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 5410112+9 UEFA
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 4400130+13 UEFA
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 8323913-4 CONCACAF
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 6510102+8 UEFA
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 422096+3 UEFA
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 522193+6 CAF
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 173681724-7 UEFA
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 211020+2 OFC
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 100101-1 CAF
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 104241413+1 UEFA
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1912345826+32 UEFA
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 100104-4 CONMEBOL
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 330092+7 CONMEBOL
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 133551318-5 UEFA
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 36715145756+1 UEFA
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia /Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 184591733-16 UEFA
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 8800331+32 UEFA
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 330052+3 AFC
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 103521413+1 UEFA
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 100112-1 CAF
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia /Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2610795154-3 UEFA
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 110061+5 AFC
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 83141312+1 UEFA
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 8332990 UEFA
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 2101110 CAF
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10118827-19 UEFA
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2684143756-19 UEFA
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 114612112+9 UEFA
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 110031+2 AFC
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 430192+7 CAF
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1711333912+27 UEFA
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 9423119+2 UEFA
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 220092+7 AFC
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 412145-1 CONMEBOL
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 177373622+14 CONCACAF
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 8521105+5 UEFA
Total8463702082681,4441,108+336 FIFA

Managers

Notice: Kurt Otto (1936), Andor Hájdu (1954), Leo Beenhakker (2006-09) and Paulo Sousa (since 2021) were the only foreign managers to coach the Poland national football team.

Poland national team managers since 1922 [206] fromto
Józef Szkolnikowski 1921-03-121922-05-14
Józef Lustgarten 1922-05-141922-09-03
Kazimierz Glabisz 1923-06-031923-11-01
Adam Obrubański 1924-08-101924-08-31
Tadeusz Kuchar 1925-07-191925-07-19
Tadeusz Synowiec 1925-08-301927-06-19
Tadeusz Kuchar 1928-06-101928-06-10
Stefan Loth 1928-07-011931-10-25
Józef Kałuża 1932-05-291939-08-27
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Kurt Otto (as a replacement for Kałuża)1936-09-06
Henryk Reyman 1947-06-111947-08-31
Andrzej Przeworski 1947-09-141947-10-26
Zygmunt Alfus 1948-04-041948-09-19
Andrzej Przeworski 1948-10-101948-10-17
Mieczysław Szymkowiak 1949-05-081949-11-06
Mieczysław Szymkowiak 1950-05-011950-10-22
Ryszard Koncewicz 1953-05-101956-07-22
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg Andor Hájdu & Edward Cebula 1954-08-08
Alfred Nowakowski 1956-08-261956-08-26
Czesław Krug 1956-10-281956-11-16
Henryk Reyman 1957-05-191958-10-05
Czesław Krug 1959-05-201962-11-28
Wiesław Motoczyński 1963-05-151965-11-01
Ryszard Koncewicz 1966-01-051966-01-05
Antoni Brzeżańczyk 1966-05-031966-07-05
Alfred Nowakowski 1966-09-111966-10-22
Michał Matyas 1966-11-171967-10-29
Ryszard Koncewicz 1968-04-241970-10-25
Kazimierz Górski 1971-05-051976-07-31
Jacek Gmoch 1976-10-161978-09-06
Ryszard Kulesza 1978-10-111980-12-07
Antoni Piechniczek 1981-01-251986-06-16
Wojciech Łazarek 1986-10-071989-06-03
Andrzej Strejlau 1989-08-231993-09-22
Lesław Ćmikiewicz 1993-10-131993-11-17
Henryk Apostel 1994-02-091995-11-15
Władysław Stachurski 1996-02-191996-05-01
Antoni Piechniczek 1996-06-021997-05-31
Krzysztof Pawlak 1997-06-141997-06-14
Janusz Wójcik 1997-09-061999-10-09
Jerzy Engel 2000-01-262002-06-14
Zbigniew Boniek 2002-07-152002-11-20
Paweł Janas 2003-02-122006-06-20
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Leo Beenhakker 2006-07-112009-09-10
Stefan Majewski 2009-09-172009-10-28
Franciszek Smuda 2009-10-292012-06-16
Waldemar Fornalik 2012-07-102013-10-16
Adam Nawałka 2013-10-262018-07-30
Jerzy Brzęczek 2018-08-012021-01-18
Flag of Portugal.svg Paulo Sousa 2021-01-21

See also

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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