Team profile: Poland

In winning eight of their ten qualifying matches, Poland will have hoped to have fostered the sort of winning culture which saw them reach the semi finals the last time the World Cup was held in Germany.

    FIFA Ranking: 29

    Coach: Pawel Janas

    Key players: Maciej Zurawski, Kamil Kosowski, Miroslav Szymkowiak

    World Cup record: Sixth appearance

    Best Finish: Third 1974, 1982

    Last appearance: First round 2002

    Qualifying route: One of the best two European group runners-up.

    Key question: This team with few big names turned plenty heads in qualification, can they do the same on the big stage?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers

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    Artur Boruc 1
    Tomasz Kuszczak 12
    Lukasz Fabianski 21
    Defenders

    Mariusz Jop 2
    Seweryn Gancarczyk 3
    Marcin Baszczynski 4
    Jacek Bak 6
    Michal Zewlakow 14
    Mariusz Lewandowski 18
    Dariusz Dudka 17
    Bartosz Bosacki 19
    Midfielders
    Kamil Kosowski 5
    Radoslaw Sobolewski 7
    Jacek Krzynowek 8
    Miroslav Szymkowiak 10
    Sebastian Mila 13
    Euzebiusz Smolarek 15
    Arkadiusz Radomski 16
    Piotr Giza 20
    Forwards
    Maciej Zurawski 9
    Grzegorz Rasiak 11
    Ireneusz Jelen 21
    Pawel Brozek 23

    Group matches:

    v Ecuador, 19:00 GMT, Friday 9th June - Gelsenkirchen

    v Germany, 19:00 GMT, Wednesday 14th June - Dortmund

    v Cost Rica, 14:00 GMT, Tuesday 20th June - Hanover

     

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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