Poland Euro 2008 Squad

Poland will make their first ever appearance in the European Championship Finals this summer after securing top spot in Group A. It is a remarkable achievement for a side that took just one point from their opening two home group games, starting their campaign with a 3-1 home defeat by Finland, followed by a 1-1 draw with Serbia.

However, a four game winning streak soon breathed new life into Poland’s hopes of clinching their place in Austria and Switzerland with a 2-1 victory over Portugal the highlight. Two goals from the prolific Ebi Smolarek proved crucial as Leo Beenhakker’s side recorded a 2-1 win in Chorzow, before Radoslaw Matusiak’s strike gave Poland a vital 1-0 win over Belgium in Brussels. With Finland and Portugal breathing down their necks, Poland continued their progress with comfortable victories over Azerbaijan and Armenia, although they did suffer a 1-0 defeat in Yerevan in the return fixture.

However, away draws against Portugal (2-2) and Finland (0-0) were followed by three consecutive victories, before a 2-2 draw in Belgrade against Serbia ensured their place in this summer’s finals. Qualification owed much to the goalscoring exploits of Racing Santander striker Ebi Smolarek, who scored nine times in 10 appearances for Beenhakker’s side.

The striker scored both goals in the crucial 2-1 home win over Portugal, before his double in the 2-0 win over Belgium sealed qualification. Poland’s hopes of success will rest on his shoulders and despite failing to repeat his international form on the domestic stage in Spain, Smolarek will be the man to fear when his side kick off their quest for European glory.

At the other end, Artur Boruc will also be looking to add to his burgeoning reputation as one of Europe’s top international goalkeepers. The Celtic ‘keeper played a starring role in his side’s run to the finals and will start the tournament as number one, despite the challenge of Arsenal youngster Lukasz Fabianski. Having played against some of the world’s best players in the Champions League, Boruc will not be overawed by the occasion and with the likes of the experienced Jacek Bak at the heart of the defence, Poland could prove a tough nut to crack.

Flag of Poland Poland Euro 2008 Squad

Head coach: Flag of the Netherlands Leo Beenhakker

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Artur Boruc 20 February 1980 (28) 33 0 Flag of Scotland Celtic
2 DF Mariusz Jop 8 March 1978 (30) 23 0 Flag of Russia FC Moscow
3 DF Jakub Wawrzyniak 7 July 1983 (24) 7 0 Flag of Poland Legia Warsaw
4 DF Paweł Golański 12 October 1982 (25) 9 1 Flag of Romania Steaua Bucureşti
5 MF Dariusz Dudka 9 December 1983 (24) 25 2 Flag of Poland WisÅ‚a Kraków
6 DF Jacek BÄ…k 24 March 1973 (35) 93 3 Flag of Austria Austria Wien
7 FW Euzebiusz Smolarek 9 January 1981 (27) 30 13 Flag of Spain Racing de Santander
8 MF Jacek Krzynówek 15 May 1976 (32) 77 14 Flag of Germany Wolfsburg
9 FW Maciej Żurawski 11 September 1976 (31) 69 17 Flag of Greece Larissa
10 MF Łukasz GarguÅ‚a 25 February 1981 (27) 11 1 Flag of Poland BeÅ‚chatów
11 FW Marek Saganowski 31 October 1978 (29) 22 3 Flag of England Southampton
12 GK Tomasz Kuszczak 20 March 1982 (26) 6 0 Flag of England Manchester United
13 DF Marcin Wasilewski 9 June 1980 (27) 26 1 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht
14 DF Michał Żewłakow 22 April 1976 (32) 75 2 Flag of Greece Olympiacos
15 MF MichaÅ‚ Pazdan 21 September 1987 (20) 4 0 Flag of Poland Górnik Zabrze
16 MF Jakub BÅ‚aszczykowski 14 December 1985 (22) 13 1 Flag of Germany Borussia Dortmund
17 MF Wojciech ŁobodziÅ„ski 20 October 1982 (25) 15 2 Flag of Poland WisÅ‚a Kraków
18 MF Mariusz Lewandowski 18 May 1979 (29) 46 3 Flag of Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
19 MF Rafał Murawski 9 October 1981 (26) 9 1 Flag of Poland Lech Poznań
20 MF Roger Guerreiro 25 May 1982 (26) 1 0 Flag of Poland Legia Warsaw
21 FW Tomasz Zahorski 22 November 1984 (23) 8 1 Flag of Poland Górnik Zabrze
22 GK Łukasz Fabiański 18 April 1985 (23) 8 0 Flag of England Arsenal
23 DF Adam Kokoszka 6 October 1986 (21) 7 2 Flag of Poland WisÅ‚a Kraków

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  1. Michal m&h plastics 1 June, 2008
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