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Poland and Lewandowski keen to banish memories of 2018 in Qatar

Jeffrey Monkhouse

Updated: Oct 19, 2022 08:31

Poland and Lewandowski keen to banish memories of 2018

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Qatar 2022 will be Poland's second consecutive FIFA World Cup

They will take on Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Argentina in Group C

Superstar Robert Lewandowski will be motivated to have better showing than 2018Two-time world champions are aiming to make it three at Qatar 2022

Superstar Robert Lewandowski and his teammates are eager to go again and put up a better performance at this year's FIFA World Cup following a dismal showing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, where Poland's tournament was prematurely ended at the group stage.

The Polish team appeared to be in excellent shape as it headed toward Qatar 2022 with 20 points from ten games in Group I of the UEFA qualification tournament. But Poland was forced to take the long way around by playing Sweden in a play-off game since group opponents England did better to win the championship at the end of the season.

Paulo Sousa's successor, Czeslaw Michniewicz, was introduced just before this pivotal match as the new national team head coach. Poland withstood the Swedish challenge to secure their flight to Qatar with a new leader in charge.

In Group C, Michniewicz's team will compete against Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina, setting up a tantalizing matchup between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski. Poland's first goal will be to advance to the round of 16 in order to put the painful memories of their early exit from Russia 2018 in the past. This is because they were drawn in such a strong group.

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Poland's Group C fixtures

22 November

Mexico-Poland (19:00 local time, Stadium 974)

26 November

Poland-Saudi Arabia (16:00 local time, Education City Stadium)

30 November

Poland-Argentina (22:00 local time, Stadium 974)

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Czeslaw Michniewicz’s approach and tactics

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In February 2022, Czeslaw Michniewicz was appointed head coach of the Polish national team. In order to get himself and his new team ready for their crucial play-off match against Sweden, he only had a few training sessions and a 1-1 tie in a friendly against Scotland. The 52-year-old former goalie overcame this test of strength to help Poland defeat their Scandinavian opponents 2-0 and advance to the World Cup finals in Qatar.

According to reports, Michniewicz is a skilled communicator who enjoys interacting with his players and cultivating relationships with them. Additionally, he contributes his unique personality to the group and is quite clear about the style of football he wants to play. On the field, he prefers that his side take the initiative and play their own brand of football while still adapting their strategy to account for their opponents. Michniewicz conducts a thorough examination of the opposition and uses the insightful conclusions he derives to select the best strategy for his squad.

In fact, it is already clear that the head coach of Poland prefers a strategy that is very adaptable. Since he took over in February, his club has utilized a variety of various formations, most frequently choosing a 3-5-2 system. However, Michniewicz frequently switches in defense between a back four and a back three, sometimes even in the middle of a game. The Poland coach makes sure that his team has plenty of freedom on the field by giving them a defined structure to work within and allowing them to express themselves.

Key player: Robert Lewandowski

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The list goes on and on, including two consecutive years as the Best FIFA Men's Player, UEFA Men's Player of the Year, 12-time Footballer of the Year in Poland and Germany, seven-time Bundesliga top goal scorer, FIFA Club World Cup champion, UEFA Champions League winner, UEFA Super Cup winner, ten-time Bundesliga champion, four-time DFB Cup winner, and more. When it comes to the Poland captain, the numbers speak for themselves. He scored 312 goals in 384 Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Before the current season began, he moved to Barcelona, and since then, he has adapted well to life in La Liga and is carrying on where he left off in Germany.

Lewandowski currently holds the record for his country in both categories with 134 caps for his country and 76 goals. But his stellar track record just has one little blemish. In his lone World Cup appearance at Russia 2018, he failed to register a single goal; however, this is likely to alter in Qatar.

One to watch: Nicola Zalewski

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Zalewski, a Polish couple's son, was born and reared in Italy. Before being elevated to the first-team roster, he rose through Roma's youth ranks. He made his Serie A debut in May 2021 just before the end of his team's 5-0 victory against Crotone and didn't waste any time in contributing an assist after making his debut as a professional player against Manchester United in the Europa League. Since then, as he continues to acquire experience in the Italian league and on the international stage, the 20-year-old has developed into a crucial member of Roma's first squad. The left-winger is also one of the most sought-after players in the market, and a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur was most recently mentioned.

Growing in significance for the country of his parents is Zalewski. He gained seven caps for Poland's senior national team after progressing through the youth system. In the most recent UEFA Nations League season, he participated in all six of his nation's games and was even selected to start the final four games. Zalewski, who has the potential to be one of the most intriguing young talents on exhibit at Qatar 2022, appears to have high expectations from Michniewicz.

Poland's World Cup record

Poland and the FIFA World Cup have had something of an on-off relationship. The Eagles first featured at the 1938 FIFA World Cup France™, where they lost to Brazil in the first round. Although they then had to wait until 1974 to qualify for the finals again, by this time they were regarded as one of the best teams in the world, and it was no accident that they managed to finish third in Germany that year. Poland reached the knockout stages again four years later, ending the tournament in fifth place. While another strong Polish side battled their way to third place once more at Spain 1982, they were knocked out in the round of 16 four years later.

After four successive – and in some cases, very successful – appearances at the World Cup finals, Poland were relegated to the role of spectators in 1990, 1994 and 1998 after failing to qualify for each of these tournaments. Although they then qualified for Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, they were eliminated after the group stage on both occasions. After missing out on the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the Poles returned to football’s world stage at Russia 2018 with a certain Lewandowski in their squad for the first time. However, their hopeful fans were not rewarded with a run in the knockout stages, as Poland’s journey once again came to an end after the group stage. Can the Eagles finally soar back into the last 16 at Qatar 2022?


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