PolandPosted on: 05 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Fired up with Hunter's Stew, Poland's magic man will be hoping to pull a rabbit out the hat.
Coach: Leo Beenhakker (65), (Nld) The experienced Dutch boss has received great acclaim throughout the country for his handling of the national side.
Away From The Game
Currency: Polish Zloty
Famous Export: Pope John Paul II
National Food: Hunter’s Stew, bigos (stew), barszcz (vegetable soup with beetroot) and pierogi (dumplings).
National Drink: Tea is preferred without milk, often with a slice of lemon and sugar whilst beer, wine and vodka are all produced within Poland.
National Animal: White eagle
Star: Maciej Zurawski (31) Larissa (Gre), nicknamed “Magic” during his spell in Scotland with Celtic, the roaming forward is capable of more than just tricks.
Hidden Gem: Dariusz Dudka (24) Wisla Krakow, can play in midfield and defence, breaking up opposition attacks with ease. Lining up a move to Western Europe this summer.
How They Qualified: Group A winner in front of Portugal, Finland, Sebia, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Previous Best: Never qualified.
FIFA Ranking: 27
Key Fact: Striker Kamil Grosicki, the nearest thing to a Premiership bad boy, has been treated for a gambling addiction.
Overview: Poland have endured disappointing exists at the last two World Cups but a favourable group draw gives them hope in their debut European Championships. Beenhakker will need to draw on all his experience and motivational qualities to guide the Poles past the group stage. The clash with Germany could prove a decisive and fiery affair.
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