Euro 2012 team guide: Group A – Poland

Everything you need to know about Group A competitors Poland

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COACH: Franciszek Smuda

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WORLD RANKING: 65

QUALIFIED: As hosts

BEST EURO FINISH: Group Stage (2008)

FORMATION: 4-2-3-1

PLAYING STYLE: Counter-attack

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS: They’re at home with big support behind them – and the hosts normally do better than expected.

WEAKNESSES: They lack real world-class quality – and this is only their second European Championships ever.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Robert Lewandowski

Position: Striker

Age: 23

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Up-and-at-‘em striker whose goals have fired Borussia Dortmund to the German title. Some say he’s selfish, others say he’s a natural goal-scorer – but Poland need him in form is they are to have a successful summer.

THE CAPTAIN:

Jakub Blaszczykowski

Another title-winner with Borussia Dortmund, he brings pace and dribbling to the Polish team.

POLAND FACTS:

Capital: Warsaw
Population: 38 million
Official language: Polish
Best ever player: Zbigniew Boniek

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