Team Preview: Poland

FIFA ranking: 65

Euro history: Poland has only qualified for one Euro and that was in 2008. They were only able to earn one point and that was a draw against Austria.

How they qualified: Poland automatically qualified because they are the host nation.

Group information and schedule: Poland is in Group A with Greece, Russia and Czech Republic.

June 8 vs. Greece in Warsaw

June 12 vs. Russia in Warsaw

June 16 vs. Czech Republic in Wroclaw

Early roster thoughts: The Borussia Dortmund trio of defender Lukasz Piszczek, midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski and striker Robert Lewandowski must play well. They were key parts of Borussia Dortmund’s back-to-back Bundesliga titles. Blaszczykowski is the captain of Poland. Lewandowski netted 30 goals in all competitions for the German League and Cup champions. Between the pipes, Poland can count on Wojciech Szczesny, who had a solid year for Arsenal. His backup his fellow Arsenal teammate Lukasz Fabianski, who has struggled in London.

How they will do: Poland will feel fortunate about the group they drew. There isn’t a powerhouse country and the group is wide open. Poland must set the tone early with a strong result in the opening game of the tournament. Advancing to the quarterfinals is very realistic for Poland.

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