Poland will be eager to address their modest World Cup record of recent years when they travel to Qatar this winter.
The Poles recorded third-place finishes twice in the space of eight years; achieving the feat in West Germany and Spain in 1974 and 1982, respectively.
The latest Poland odds to win the World Cup
|Betting market||888Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|Poland to win the World Cup||100/1||100/1||100/1|
|Poland to reach semi-final odds||9/1||9/1||16/1|
|Poland to reach quarter-final odds||7/2||7/2||5/1|
|Poland odds to win Group C||7/2||7/2||5/1|
|Robert Lewandowski World Cup Golden Boot odds||40/1||33/1||40/1|
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Poland are not a guarantee to get out of their group so their best hope for the tournament may actually be to just qualify for the knockout stages.
Poland route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|Mexico vs Poland||Stadium 974||22 November 2022, 4pm|
|Poland vs Saudi Arabia||Education City Stadium||26 November 2022, 1pm|
|Poland vs Argentina||Stadium 974||30 November 2022, 7pm|
*All times GMT
Poland have been given an extremely tough group and their first game will arguably be the most important. People will expect Poland to beat Saudi Arabia and lose to Argentina, so the opening game against Mexico could decide whether they reach the knockout stages or go home after just three matches.
Who could Poland meet in the knockout rounds?
If Poland defy the odds and not only qualify from Group C but win it, they’ll have an interesting round of 16 tie against the runners-up of Group D – expected to be Denmark. That’ll be a game Poland will fancy their chances of winning if things go their way, as is the potential quarter-final against Netherlands, a team that can blow hot and cold. But then Brazil would be the likely opponent in the semi-final, and that would be a step too far.
|If Poland win Group C||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Denmark|
If Poland get positive results against Mexico and Saudi Arabia to finish second in Group C, their World Cup campaign could end there. That’s because France are the favourites to win Group D and would await in the round of 16. Should Poland get past France then England and Germany would be potential opponents in the quarter-final and semi-final, alongside some other big nations
|If Poland come runners up in Group C||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||France|
Our predicted Poland World Cup 2022 squad
|Jan Bednarek||Defender||26||Aston Villa|
|Tomasz Kedziora||Defender||28||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Pawel Dawidowicz||Defender||27||Hellas Verona|
|Matty Cash||Defender||25||Aston Villa|
|Kamil Grosicki||Midfielder||34||Pogon Szczecin|
|Kamil Jozwiak||Midfielder||24||Charlotte FC|
Poland players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Poland top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Robert Lewandowski
There was only ever going to be one favourite for a Polish Golden Boot winner and that’s Robert Lewandowski. The 2022 World Cup his likely to be Lewandowski’s last and the Barcelona forward is Poland’s most-capped player and record scorer. However, he is yet to register at the World Cup, blanking in all three matches in 2018.
Poland player to watch – Piotr Zielinski
Outside of Lewandowski, Piotr Zielinski is the Polish man in form right now, directly involved in seven goals in nine matches across all competitions for Serie A leaders Napoli. If Lewandowski struggles, Poland will be looking for Zielinski to help pick up the slack but also to create for the Barcelona man. If Zielinski has an off day there is every chance Poland will too.
Poland emerging player to look out for – Kacper Kozlowski
Last year Kacper Kozlowski became the youngest ever player in European Championship history, breaking the record set by Jude Bellingham at the same tournament just a few days earlier. Kozlowski isn’t currently in the Poland squad, dropping down to the under-21s, but regular football with Vitesse and an increased squad of 26 could see the teenager on the plane to Qatar.
Poland tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Poland have tested a few different formations recently but they seem to favour a back four more than most. With a 4-2-3-1, Poland have a bit more stability defensively which can give them protection and cover in trying to get the ball up the pitch to Robert Lewandowski. In a 4-2-3-1, Zielinski would be playing alongside Lewandowski but could also push up the pitch to join the Barcelona man in attack, with width provided by the two wide players.
The experienced Grzegorz Krychowiak will likely be one part of the double pivot, providing protection for the defence but also being the link between the backline and the attack. Poland’s use of full-backs will also be interesting, especially if Matty Cash earns his spot back in the squad after injury. In Cash and Bartosz Bereszynski Poland have a full-back who loves to attack (Cash) and one who is a lot more solid defensively (Bereszynski), which can help Poland switch to a back three in possession.
Where are Poland in the Fifa world rankings?
Poland are currently 26th in the world and are the lowest-ranked European nation at the World Cup this winter.
Who is the Poland manager?
Czeslaw Michniewicz is the new Poland manager, replacing Paulo Sousa at the start of the year after the Portuguese boss left to take charge of Flamengo.
Who is the current Poland captain?
Robert Lewandowski is Poland captain, first taking the armband in March 2013.
How many times have Poland won the World Cup?
Poland have never won the World Cup but have twice finished third, in 1974 and 1982.
How many times have Poland competed in the World Cup?
This will be Poland’s ninth appearance at the World Cup and the third-time they have qualified for back-to-back tournaments. Their best run of World Cup appearances came between 1974 and 1986 when they were involved in four consecutive tournaments.
Who has scored Poland most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Grzegorz Lato has scored more goals for Poland at World Cups than any other player, netting 10 times across three tournaments including seven to help his side finish third in 1974.
Which player from Poland has the most World Cup appearances?
Wladyslaw Zmuda has played 21 matches for Poland at World Cups, more than any other player. Zmuda’s 21 appearances came across four tournaments between 1974 and 1986.