Poland World Cup 2022 guide: Star player, fixtures, squad, one to watch, odds to win

Robert Lewandowski is Poland’s all-time leading goalscorer  (Getty Images)
Robert Lewandowski is Poland’s all-time leading goalscorer (Getty Images)

Poland were hugely disappointing when finishing bottom of the group at Euro 2020 but ran England close twice in qualifying, losing 2-1 at Wembley and scoring a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home.

Russia’s ban set up a play-off against Sweden to reach Qatar, which they won 2-0.

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Coach: Czesław Michniewicz. Former Under-21 coach was only drafted in in January ahead of crucial Sweden play-off.

Captain: Robert Lewandowski. Lethal Barcelona forward still yet to truly stamp his mark on an international tournament.

Star player: Beyond Lewandowski, Piotr Zielinski is another in superb form at Napoli.

One to watch: Nicola Zalewski. Born and raised in Italy, 20-year-old has become a regular for Jose Mourinho’s Roma this season.

Odds to win: 200/1

World ranking: 26th

Best thing about them: Opener against Mexico could define their tournament and comes on just third day.

Rising star: Nicola Zalewski is making a name for himself at Roma (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Rising star: Nicola Zalewski is making a name for himself at Roma (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Worst thing about them: Seem to have lost some defensive solidity and recent World Cup record is poor.

Their prospects in three words: Last-16, at best.

Fixtures (all times GMT)

November 22 vs Mexico (10am)

November 26 vs Saudi Arabia (1pm)

November 30 vs Argentina (7pm)

Squad in full

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Bartlomiej Dragowski, Lukasz Skorupski

Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Kamil Glik, Robert Gumny, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Jakub Kiwior, Mateusz Wieteska, Bartosz Bereszynski, Matty Cash, Nicola Zalewski

Midfielders: Krystian Bielik, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Kaminski, Michal Skoras, Damian Szymanski, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski

Forwards: Krystian Bielik, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Kaminski, Michal Skoras, Damian Szymanski, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski