During the playoffs in March, Poland defeated Sweden in a hard-fought match by a score of 2-0. This was Poland’s first victory against a Scandinavian team in more than three decades, and it helped them earn a spot in this year’s World Cup.
After Russia, the White and Red’s originally scheduled opponent, was banned from participating in international competition because of its invasion of Ukraine, the White and Red were able to schedule their match against the Swedes.
Robert Lewandowski, who is the all-time leading goal scorer for Poland, scored the game’s first goal after the first half ended scoreless. In addition to that, the team’s veteran goalkeeper for Juventus, Wojciech Szczesny, made a number of crucial saves, which ultimately led to them securing a position in Qatar.
Prior to their victory over Sweden, Poland had a qualification campaign that was less than impressive, and they finished their group behind England in second place.
Since making their debut at the international football competition in France in 1938, when they were rated 26, the Polish national team will be making their ninth appearance at the competition.
When Poland has competed in prior World Cups, they have had a variety of outcomes. The Poles have had two third-place finishes, but since 1982, they have only advanced past the group stage once. Additionally, they were unable to qualify for the tournaments in 2010 and 2014 due to their poor performance.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the team was eliminated after suffering defeats at the hands of Senegal and Colombia, although they were able to advance thanks to a victory over Japan.
This year, the White and Red are placed in Group C together with Mexico and Saudi Arabia, as well as South American powerhouses Argentina, who have won the competition on two separate occasions.
Lewandowski, the prolific goal scorer for Barcelona, is the team’s most valuable player. The forward has scored more than 600 goals throughout his career for both club and country, and he just moved to the Catalan club following a drawn-out trade from the German powerhouses Bayern Munich.
Lewandowski, who is now 34 years old, may not have another opportunity like this one to leave his mark at a World Cup. Lewandowski was awarded the title of FIFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2020 after setting a new record for the number of goals scored in a single Bundesliga season with his 41 goals for Bayern Munich.
The Gerd Muller Trophy, presented to the year’s most outstanding striker, was bestowed upon Lewandowski in the month of October.
On November 22nd, Poland will launch its campaign against Mexico’s El Tri (The Tricolor), which stands for “the three.”
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