In the Poland: Euro 2016 team preview, we look ahead at the team’s squad and schedule, as well as how far we predict the team will advance in the tournament this summer.
Poland: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Adam Nawalka
Captain: Jakub Blaszczykowski
Poland: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Sunday, June 12
Thursday, June 16
Tuesday, June 21
Poland: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Łukasz Fabiański (Swansea), Wojciech Szczęsny (Roma), Artur Boruc (Bournemouth).
Defenders: Thiago Cionek (Palermo), Kamil Glik (Torino), Artur Jędrzejczyk (Legia), Michał Pazdan (Legia), Łukasz Piszczek (Dortmund), Bartosz Salamon (Cagliari), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Lechia Gdańsk).
Midfielders: Jakub Błaszczykowski (Fiorentina), Kamil Grosicki (Rennes), Tomasz Jodłowiec (Legia), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznań), Krzysztof Mączyński (Wisła), Sławomir Peszko (Lechia Gdańsk), Filip Starzyński (Zagłębie Lubin), Piotr Zieliński (Empoli).
Forwards: Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Mariusz Stępiński (Ruch Chorzów)
Poland: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Having failed to progress beyond the group stages when they co-hosted the competition in 2012, Poland will have a desire to redeem themselves when they take to the field in France.
And after a qualifying campaign that included a memorable 2-0 win over world champions and arch rivals Germany, there’s a sense Nawalka’s side can go far here should they emerge from what is a very testing Group C. There’s certainly an exciting crop of players at the manager’s disposal.
Robert Lewandowski is the undeniable star—more on him later—but there is a lot more to this Poland team than the Bayern Munich goal machine. Lukasz Fabianski is benefitting from regular football between the sticks at Swansea City, while Grzegorz Krychowiak has been one of the standout holding midfield men in La Liga for the last two seasons.
Additionally, there’s a lot of flair in the final third that helps bring the very best out of Lewandowski. Arkadiusz Milk has shone at Ajax this term, while Piotr Zielinski, strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, is set to assume a position at the creative crux of this outfit. It’s little surprise Nawalka’s men fired their way to a whopping 33 goals in qualifying.