opponent of the Blues, where has Poland been since the World Cup?

opponent of the Blues, where has Poland been since the World Cup?
opponent of the Blues, where has Poland been since the World Cup?

Eliminated in 8e final by the Blues at the 2022 World Cup, Poland meets France this Tuesday at the Euro. She hasn’t made much progress since.

They had left them in the ravine of the 8th finals, on their way to the final of the 2022 World Cup, and they found them in Dortmund this Tuesday (6 p.m.). The Blues face the Poles a year and a half after eliminating them from the Qatari World Cup (3-1). Since then, Poland has not grown as it hoped, having not passed the first round of a World Cup since 1986.

She lost her first two matches at Euro 2024, against the Netherlands (1-2) and Austria (1-3). Two defeats which are unforgiving: she is already condemned to last place in group D, and is therefore eliminated before playing again on Tuesday. “I don’t want to blame anyone. We play as a team, not individually. We all lose and win together”said coach Michal Probierz.

His former coach sacked after 9 months

Before the Euro, she showed a somewhat encouraging face. In preparation, she beat Ukraine (3-1) and Turkey (2-1), a year after defeating Germany (1-0). But it also fell sharply during the Euro qualifiers, against Moldova (3-2 then 1-1) or Albania (2-0). This defeat, which occurred in September 2023, was too much for Fernando Santos, then in office for nine months and replaced on the bench by Probierz.

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Feverish, Poland groped its way into this Euro, orphaned by its captain, its legend, Robert Lewandowski. His record holder for caps (151) and goals (82) injured his right knee just before the start of the competition. He came on at the hour mark against Austria without managing to turn things around. “He was in great shape” Friday, swore Probierz who could start him against the Blues.

“I think we could play more aggressively against France”, Probierz hoped in the minutes following the defeat against Austria. The Red and Whites still have assets to put forward, provided that the hairdressers do not take advantage of this match without any stakes for them. The right paw of vice-captain Piotr Zelinski, Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny valuable against the Netherlands… but perhaps sidelined in favor of Nice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who embodies the future of the position in Poland, at the age of 24.

Still, the present is not the most joyful temporality in Poland, already looking towards the future. The match against France, “it’s an opportunity for us to grow”, insisted Probierz. Proof that Poland, 26e nation in the Fifa rankings, is still far from being a full-fledged outsider in a major tournament.

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