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Team Analysis:POLAND squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

FIFA World Cup 2022 POLAND Squad

by Kolkata Today

Poland have, in recent years, become one of the European nations that perennially make the finals of both the European Championship and the World Cup. In Lewandowski they have one of the most-feared strikers in Europe though the team is sprinkled with attacking talents such as Krzysztof Piatek, Piotr Zielinski and Aston Villa’s Matty Cash.

Poland’s impressive run to World Cup qualification proposed dark-horse status in Qatar, but manager Paulo Sousa’s sudden departure in December has left much to prove.

Sousa led Robert Lewandowski and his colleagues to the runners-up spot in Group I behind England, before quitting his post to join Brazilian side Flamengo.

Czeslaw Michniewicz is the new man aiming to play Poland’s first World Cup knockout match since 1986. In his second match, the former Legia Warsaw boss masterminded a 2-0 victory over Sweden in the European playoff final to seal qualification.

With a squad that blends experienced stars with career journeymen and unproven young talents, Michniewicz’s key task will be unlocking Lewandowski in what could be be the captain’s final World Cup.

Poland World Cup squad 2022

Record topscorer Robert Lewandowski will once again lead the line for Poland at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

He’ll captain the European nation’s squad with the likes of experienced pair Kamil Gilk and Grzegorz Krychowiak amongst its ranks, whilst Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski will be expected to provide the magic in midfield.

Aston Villa’s Matty Cash will also turn out for the Eagles at the World Cup after switching allegiances from his homeland England to represent Poland where his mother was born.

At present this is a 25-man list after goalkeeper Bartłomiej Drągowski broke his leg playing for Spezia in the final game before the World Cup. Kamil Grabara is expected to replace him but this has not yet been confirmed.


Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus (ITA) 32 66
GK 12 Lukasz Skorupski Bologna (ITA) 31 8
GK 22 Kamil Grabara Copenhagen (DEN) 23 1
DEF 5 Jan Bednarek Aston Villa (ENG) 26 45
DEF 15 Kamil Glik  Benevento (ITA) 34 99
DEF 2 Matty Cash Aston Villa (ENG) 25 7
DEF 14 Jakub Kiwior  Spezia (ITA) 22 3
DEF 25 Robert Gumny  FC Augsburg (GER) 24 5
DEF 18 Bartosz Bereszynski  Sampdoria (ITA) 30 46
DEF 4 Mateusz Wieteska Clermont (FRA) 25 2
DEF 3 Artur Jedrzejczyk Legia Warsaw (POL) 34 40
MID 21 Nicola Zalewski  Roma (ITA) 20 7
MID 26 Michal Skoras Lech Poznan (POL) 22 1
MID 10 Grzegorz Krychowiak Al Shabab (SAU) 32 94
MID 20 Piotr Zielinski Napoli (ITA) 28 74
MID 6 Krystian Bielik Birmingham (ENG) 24 5
MID 11 Kamil Grosicki  Pogon Szczecin (POL) 34 87
MID 24 Przemyslaw Frankowski Lens (FRA) 27 26
MID 19 Sebastian Szymanski Feyenoord (NED) 23 18
MID 8 Damian Szymanski AEK Athens (GRE) 27 9
MID 17 Szymon Zurkowski Fiorentina (ITA) 25 7
MID 13 Jakub Kaminski Wolfsburg (GER) 20 4
FWD 23 Krzysztof Piatek Salernitana (ITA) 27 11
FWD 16 Karol Swiderski  Charlotte (USA) 25 18
FWD 7 Arkadiusz Milik Juventus (ITA) 28 64
FWD 9 Robert Lewandowski Barcelona (SPA) 34 134


Poland best player, strengths & weaknesses

Just one victory in their last five games means Poland will go into the tournament needing to find some momentum. However, there is more than enough talent in their squad to put together an underdog run deep into the knockout rounds.

It remains to be seen whether Michniewicz, a former Polish Under-21 coach and Ekstraklasa champion, has the answers.


Lewandowski, Poland’s captain, all-time top scorer and most-capped player, has never scored at a World Cup. Qatar will likely be his final chance, and he’ll be desperate to right the wrongs of past tournaments.

Lewandowski has begun life at Barcelona in searing form but, as evidenced by past tournaments, he can’t do it alone for Poland. Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski will be a critical creative link.


The Poles’ backbone in the form of veteran midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak will be a strong base from which to build.

Juventus No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny is still a force between the sticks, while Aston Villa’s Matty Cash will provide a boost to the backline assuming he is back from injury, after impressing in the UEFA Nations League.



The link between Poland’s creatives and Lewandowski has been their undoing throughout the great goalscorer’s international career. Przemyslaw FrankowskiPiotr Zielinski and Nicola Zalewski must find a way of supplying their captain.

Poland World Cup group

Excluding any major shocks from Saudi Arabia, the tournament’s lowest-ranked nation bar one, Mexico and Argentina will be Poland’s big rivals for progression from Group C.

That sets up the opener against Mexico as a nail-biter. Both teams will be desperate to get ahead before facing the formidable Lionel Messi and his cavalry of Argentinian superstars.

World Cup Group C fixtures and match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22 Argentina vs. S. Arabia 5 a.m. Lusail Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22 Mexico vs. Poland 11 a.m. Stadium 974
Sat, Nov. 26 Poland vs. S. Arabia 8 a.m. Education City Stadium
Sat, Nov. 26 Argentina vs. Mexico 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Wed, Nov. 30 Poland vs. Argentina 2 p.m. Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30 S. Arabia vs. Mexico 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium




Czeslaw Michniewicz took over from took over from Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa and successfully steered Poland into the 2022 World Cup after successfully beating Sweden 2-0 in World Cup qualification playoff.



One of the most potent strikers in the game, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski is Poland’s standout player. Already the country’s leading goalscorer, Lewandowski will be looking for a better return in 2022 after failing to score in the 2018 edition of the World Cup.

 LINE-UP (1-3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: SZCZESNY







Poland have a wealth of attacking options and are led by the excellent Lewandowski.


The team struggle to keep clean sheets, which in a way nullifies their attacking threat

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