Euro 2012 teams

Team Profile: Poland

A look back at the key points in the Poland team's history in the Euros.

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Poland's Roger Guerreiro celebrates his goal at Euro 2008

Overall record at finals: Played 3, Won 0, Drawn 1, Lost 2.

Best performance: Group stage in 2008.

Most appearances at finals: Artur Boruc, Dariusz Dudka, Marcin Wasilewski, Michal Zewlakow, Euzebiusz Smolarek, Jacek Krzynowek, Wojciech Lobodzinski, Mariusz Lewandowski, Roger Guerreiro, Marek Saganowski (2008) - 3

Most goals at finals: Roger Guerreiro (2008) - 1

European Championship high: Roger Guerreiro's goal against co-hosts Austria, which was their first goal in the history of the tournament and led to their first ever point.

European Championship low: Conceding a 93rd-minute penalty equaliser to Austria in that same game, which was converted by Ivica Vastic and led to a 1-1 draw. It seriously damaged any hopes Poland had of emerging from Group B.

European Championship legend: Roger Guerreiro, who is a naturalised Pole, having been born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Guerreiro only made his debut for Poland on May 27, 2008, having had his application for citizenship rushed through in time for the tournament. The goal against Austria was his first for the country and he was named Man of the Match by UEFA.

The story so far: Despite being World Cup semi-finalists in both 1974 and 1982, Poland failed to qualify for any of the first 12 European Championships. They went close in both 1976 and 1980 but were edged out by Netherlands both times - first on goal difference and then by a solitary point. Euro 2008 marked their only appearance to date, but they struggled to impress and finished bottom of the group.

Qualification: Qualifying as co-hosts, Poland have been playing friendlies for the past two years. They have recorded some positive results: beating Argentina and Ivory Coast while holding Germany, Mexico, Portugal and South Korea to draws. Coach Franciszek Smuda has put together a young squad to build for the future but that has led to a struggle for consistency.


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