Watch Poland Live At Euro 2008
It is always great to see a debut team in action at a major tournament. This summer, you get the chance to do just that, with Poland at the 2008 European Football Championships. And our packages make it easier for you to do so, with everything available at the click of a mouse. No need to haggle with your television service provider. We at the Live Sport Network are committed to providing you the highest quality at the best rates- a package for a year costs just £9.99. Just sign up with us today, and we will take care of everything else. If you need any reason to watch Poland at Euro 2008, scroll down further and read. Rest assured that you won't want to miss this one.
Poland topped Group A in qualifying, finishing ahead of Euro 2004 runners up Portugal, Serbia and Finland. They were the eighth team to seal their qualification spot, having done so in November 2007 following a 2-0 win over Belgium. Poland, however, did not start their campaign on a positive note. They lost 1-3 to Finland in Bydgoscz, with Arkadiusz Glowacki being sent off. But coach Leo Beenhakker marshalled his resources well, and the Poles lost only one other game in their whole campaign. Beenhakker coached Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and has managed Ajax, Real Madrid, Feyenoord and Real Zaragoza in the past. For a team expected to be nothing more than whipping boys, Trinidad and Tobago did very well, holding Sweden to a draw, and keeping England at bay for eighty three minutes.
Poland are in Group B along with Austria, Germany, and Croatia. On current form, you would have to back the Germans to win this group, with Croatia and Poland battling it out for the other spot.
Poland were in the same group as Germany at the 2006 World Cup, and failed to qualify due to a shocking opening day loss to Ecuador. In 2002, in Korea and Japan, they finished last in Group D, behind the hosts, USA and Portugal. In both World Cups, Poland did not score a goal in their opening two games, and only managed to do so in their third and last group game. Obviously, Beenhakker's first goal would be to see Bialo- czerwoni qualify for the knockout stage. And that will be easier said than done, for it was Croatia who ensured that we will not be seeing Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and co. in action at the Championships.
Poland's Group Fixtures :
June 8- against Germany in Klagenfurt
June 12- against Austria in Vienna
June 16- against Croatia in Klagenfurt
All the three games will be played at 20.45 ( Central European Summer Time)
While Poland have never appeared at the European Championships before, they are no strangers to the FIFA World Cup. Infact, Poland finished third in both the 1974 and 1982 World Cups, and also have one gold and two silver medals at the Olympics. The Polish team of the 70's had players like Zbigniew Boniek, Gregorz Lato and Wlodzimierz Smolarek in their ranks. Lato was top scorer in the 1974 World Cup with seven goals. Boniek was probably the country's finest player of all time, and he also features in Pele's list of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers. Smolarek was a good footballer in his own right, and many newer fans will know his son Ebi, who plays for Racing Santander. Ebi was Poland's top scorer in qualifying, with nine goals to his name.
What can we expect from Poland? The side is obviously talented, but their performance in recent international competitions has been far from satisfactory. They need to gel well, and with a bit of luck, could go far in the tournament.
In goal, Poland have Artur Boruc, Lukas Fabianski and Tomas Kuzcsak to choose from. Boruc plays for Celtic, Fabianski for Arsenal and Kuzcsak for Manchester United. Owing to his experience, Boruc is most likely to get the nod. With Michal Żewłakow and Jacek Bąk present, there is no dearth of experience in the back four.
Legia Warsaw left winger Roger Guerreiro could be a man to observe. The Brazilian born Roger was given Polish citizenship recently- April 2008 to be precise. He is an unknown quantity to most international defenders, and that could work in his favour. Smolarek is obviously a key player, and so is Wolfsburg's Jacek Krzynówek. Larissa striker Maciej Zurawski always has a trick or two up his sleeve, and will be keen to make an impression in what is likely to be his first and last Euro.
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