The Polish national team will compete at the 2022 World Cup for the ninth time and the second time in a row at a final tournament. The Eagles finished third at the 1974 World Cup in Germany and the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
In between, Poland had to go home after the group stage at the 1978 World Cup in Brazil. The white and red team experienced the same at the 2002 editions in South Korea and Japan, the 2006 edition in Germany and the 2018 edition in Russia. There, they always recorded one win and two defeats. In their two other appearances at the 1938 World Cup in France and the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, they reached the round of 16.
The coach of Poland, Czesław Michniewicz
Czesław Michniewicz took over the Polish national team at the end of January 2022, succeeding Portuguese Paulo Sousa, who accepted an offer from top Brazilian club Flamengo. Previously, Michniewicz was on the sidelines of the U21 team from July 2017 to September 2020.
He then went on to coach record-breaking champions Legia Warsaw. The former goalkeeper’s coaching career began in 2003 at Lech Poznan. Three years later, Michniewicz moved to Zagłębie Lubin, which he led to the Ekstraklasa championship title at the first attempt. In addition, Pogoń Szczecin is one of the better-known employers of the now team manager.
Stars of the Polish national team
The record team player and goal scorer Robert Lewandowski is the star par excellence. The 32-year-old moved to FC Barcelona in Spain’s La Liga in the summer of 2022 after four years at Borussia Dortmund and eight seasons at Bayern. Starting with fellow striker Krzysztof Piątek of Hertha BSC, however, a number of team players are under contract with German Bundesliga clubs.
However, most of the legionnaires from Poland earn their money in the Italian Serie A. By that, we mean primarily Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny and SSC Napoli attacking midfielder Piotr Zieliński.
Poland’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup
Poland finished second in Group I of the European World Cup qualifiers with 20 points after six wins, two draws and two defeats. In the process, the Eagles took six points less than England. Against the number five in the world, the White and Reds suffered a 1-2 away defeat and a 1-1 home draw. As a result, the Polish selection should have first faced Russia in path B of the play-off. Following the Sbornaja’s exclusion due to the invasion of Ukraine, Michniewicz’s debut in the final saw a 2-0 home win over Sweden.
Poland’s chances of success at the 2022 World Cup
The Polish national team, ranked 26th in the FIFA rankings as of June 23, will initially face Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Mexico in Group C at the 2022 World Cup. The Albiceleste, ranked fifth in the world, are the clear favorites to win the group. Behind them, the Eagles will duel with Mexico, the world’s number twelve, for second place.
The direct duel will take place on the first matchday. Poland’s team players have more experience at a certain level, but they don’t make the most of it. Therefore, if they advance to the round of 16 at the latest, their final destination would probably be France or Denmark. The only thing in favor of 53rd-placed Saudi Arabia at the final round in Qatar is the climatic advantage.
Statistical features of Poland ahead of the 2022 World Cup
So Poland will face Mexico in their first group game. The Eagles have experienced four wins, two draws and three defeats against the Tri so far. They also lost 1-0 at home in the most recent showdown in November 2017.
Against their second opponents, Saudi Arabia, the Polish team has won three times and lost once almost 30 years ago. The last time they met was in March 2006, when they won 2-1 away from home. Against Argentina, on the other hand, the Red and Whites have two wins, three draws and six defeats to their name. However, the last time you celebrated a 2-1 home victory was in June 2011.
The odds for betting on Poland at the 2022 World Cup
- Overall winner – 126,00
- Reach the final – 41,00
- Make it to the semifinals – 15.00
- Win the group – 5,50
- Group qualification – yes 1.90, no 1.80
- Reached the quarterfinals – 6.00
- Top scorer Robert Lewandowski – 41.00
- Mexico – Poland – win 2.50, draw 3.20, defeat 2.80
We mention here the betting odds offered by Bet365. They represent snapshots and can therefore change constantly. All odds are without guarantee.
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