Inspired by nine-goal Lewandowski, Poland finished second in qualifying Group I – six points behind England, who inflicted one of the two defeats they suffered along the way.
That meant a play-off showdown with Sweden in March, when Lewandowski was on target again in a 2-0 victory that booked their place in the finals.
Poland’s potential path to 2022 World Cup final
Placed in Pot 3, Poland have been handed one of the toughest draws in reigning Copa America winners Argentina.
Nevertheless, joined in Group C by Mexico and Saudi Arabia, they will fancy their chances of progressing in second place at the very least.
They launch their campaign against the Mexicans before taking on Saudi Arabia, and they will be eager to get points on the board by the time they conclude the group phase against Argentina.
Poland 2022 World Cup group stage fixtures
22 November 2022: Mexico vs Poland (4pm UK time)
26 November 2022: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (1pm UK time)
30 November 2022: Poland vs Argentina (7pm UK time)
If Poland win Group C
If Poland were to win Group C, this would be their route through to the final.
Last 16: The runners-up of Group D, which consists of France, Denmark, Tunisia or one of Peru, UAE and Australia, in Al Rayyan on 3rd December.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 49, which is played between the Group A winners (Qatar, Senegal, Netherlands and Ecuador) and the runners-up of Group B (England, USA, Iran and Scotland/Wales/Ukraine).
Semi-finals: The winner of Match 58, which will include one of the Group E or Group G winners, or runners-up from Group F or H. Involved in these groups are the likes of Spain, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, Ghana, Cameroon, Portugal and Uruguay.
If Poland qualify from Group C
If Poland finish second in Group C, they will go to the other side of the bracket.
Last 16: The winners of Group D in Doha on 4th December.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 51, played between Group B winners and Group A runners-up.
Semi-finals: The winner of Match 60, which could include the Group F or H winners, or runners-up from Group E or G as listed above.
Argentina’s previous World Cup finishes
Second Group Stage
Round of 16
Poland Golden Boot odds
This is likely to be Robert Lewandowski’s last crack at a World Cup. Indeed, the skipper will be 34 by the time the finals come around.
He is priced at 22/1 to leave Qatar with the Golden Boot.