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The Poland men’s national team were handed a favourable draw for the qualification stage of the 2024 European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany. Czesław Michniewicz’s side were placed in Group E, alongside Czechia, Albania, Faroe Islands and Moldova!
By virtue of maintaining their UEFA Nations League Division A status with a win against Wales last month, Poland were placed in Pot 1 for Sunday’s draw. But while this theoretically meant that the Biało-czerwoni missed out on being paired against the continent’s top nations, there were still a handful of teams placed into Pot 2 which the Poles were keen to avoid.
But while as good as the draw could perhaps have been, there are still some tricky ties for Poland. Czech Republic have historically been a tough opponent for the Poles, while Albania showed in World Cup qualifying only last year that they shouldn’t be underestimated.
Still, with two of the five teams qualifying for the tournament to be held in Germany, the PZPN will be relatively confident of securing a fifth successive appearance at the European Championship.
Played 27; Won 8, Drawn 5, Lost 14. (Including matches against Czechoslovakia)
Goals For: 37, Goals Against: 52.
Last Meeting: POLAND 0-1 Czechia – 15/11/2018; Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Poland (friendly)
Coach: Jaroslav Šilhavý
Star man: Tomáš Souček (West Ham United)
FIFA Ranking: 35
Played 13; Won 9, Drawn 3, Lost 1.
Goals For: 19, Goals Against:8.
Last Meeting: Albania 0-1 POLAND – 12/10/2021; Arena Kombetare, Tirana, Albania (2022 World Cup Qualifying)
Coach: Edoardo Reja (ITA)
Star man: Elseid Hysaj (Lazio)
FIFA Ranking: 66
🇫🇴 Faroe Islands
Played 3; Won 3, Drawn 0, Lost 0.
Goals For: 12, Goals Against: 1.
Last Meeting: POLAND 4-0 Faroe Islands – 14/05/2006; Stadion Amiki Wronki, Wronki, Poland (friendly)
Coach: Håkan Ericson (SWE)
Star man: Hallur Hansson (KR Reykjavík)
FIFA Ranking: 122
Played 6; Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 0.
Goals For: 10, Goals Against: 2.
Last Meeting: Moldova 0-1 POLAND – 20/01/2014; Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Coach: Serghei Cleșcenco
Star man: Ion Nicolaescu (DAC 1904)
FIFA Ranking: 174