Factbox: Poland at the European Championship

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Lokomotiv Moscow Press Conference - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - December 10, 2019 Lokomotiv Moscow's Grzegorz Krychowiak during the press conference REUTERS/Juan Medina

(Reuters) - The following is a factbox on Poland, who are in Group E at this year's European Championship, which kicks off on June 11.


FIFA ranking: 21

Coach: Paulo Sousa

Portuguese Sousa, who won the Champions League as a midfielder with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, was appointed in January after Jerzy Brzeczek was unexpectedly sacked despite helping Poland qualify for the Euros.

Sousa, who previously managed Girondins Bordeaux, led Poland in their World Cup qualifiers in March where they won one of their three games to sit fourth in their group.

Captain: Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski is Poland's most-capped player with 118 appearances and their all-time top scorer with 66 goals.

The 32-year-old helped Bayern Munich secure a ninth successive Bundesliga title this season and scored 41 league goals to break Gerd Mueller's 49-year-old Bundesliga scoring record for a single season.

Top player: Grzegorz Krychowiak

Midfielder Krychowiak bagged 11 goals and four assists in all competitions for Lokomotiv Moscow this season as the Russian side finished third in the league. The former Sevilla and Paris St Germain player has four goals in 78 games for Poland.

Tournament history

Poland have played three times at the Euros and were knocked out in the group stages in 2008 and 2012. They reached the quarter-finals in 2016, where they lost to eventual champions Portugal on penalties.

Recent form:

2021 England 2-1 Poland World Cup qualifier

2021 Poland 3-0 Andorra World Cup qualifier

2021 Hungary 3-3 Poland World Cup qualifier

2020 Poland 1-2 Netherlands UEFA Nations League

2020 Italy 2-0 Poland UEFA Nations League

Tournament fixtures:

June 14: v Slovakia, St Petersburg

June 19: v Spain, Seville

June 23: v Sweden, St Petersburg

William Hill odds to win: 80-1

(Compiled by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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