Poland striker Robert Lewandowski says that this summer's European Championships are a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to play at a tournament on home soil.
Lewandowski, 23, has impressed for German double winners Borussia Dortmund this season and is now eyeing more success with the co-hosts. While taking the trophy might be a stretch for a side who are ranked 65th in the world, the Pole is keen to take advantage of the unique opportunities that the tournament brings.
"For every player this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, a tournament like this in your country," he told UEFA. "I hope that for the Polish players and fans this creates unforgettable emotions and will be a great experience."
However Lewandowski, who bagged 22 goals in the Bundesliga title triumph, concedes that there is a high level of expectations which accompanies hosting the tournament.
"There are advantages and disadvantages," he said. Having the fans and the entire country, including those in front of the television, behind us is an advantage, but the pressure and expectations will be great, so we have to prepare both physically and mentally."
Lewandowski's club-mate, Jakub Blaszczykowski, added: "We're in a good position because we're playing at home. It might paralyse [players] or provide an extra stimulus, but, knowing our fans, I'm convinced they'll stand by us."