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Team Nickname: The White Eagles
Odds of Winning the Tournament: 58-1
World FIFA Ranking: 65
As one of Euro 2012's host teams, Poland received an automatic berth into the tournament.
Although Poland hasn't played in a competitive tournament match since 2009, they have looked somewhat impressive in the past year having beaten Argentina in a friendly (2-1)—Match Highlights—and drawn international powerhouses Germany, Portugal and Mexico.
This squad has the potential to surprise many and make it out of the group into the knockout stages.
Overall Strategy: Poland plays in a 4-3-3 formation.
The three midfielders play closely together and move laterally across the field as a synchronized unit. In the event that the Poles trail in a match, the midfielders are likely to provide more support offensively, and vice versa if they are ahead.
The formation encourages expansive play as it allows the three forwards to attack from different parts of the pitch.
1) Robert Lewandowski (Forward)
The forward from German club Borussia Dortmund had an impressive season scoring 30 goals in 46 appearances.
A fast, instictive striker, Lewandowski also provides Poland with an aerial threat. He's currently receiving attention from some of the world's top clubs—most notably Manchester United.
2) Jakub Blaszczykowski (Forward)
The winger and teammate of Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund is a skillful winger who attacks the wing with great pace and dribbling skills and is able to deliver a solid ball in the box.
The Blaszczykowski-Lewandowski connection could provide the Poles with plenty of goals.
3) Lukasz Piszczek (Defender)
The talented defender also from Borussia Dortmund was widely considered to be one of Europe's best last season.
One of the more athletic defenders I've seen, Piszaczek has great vision, the ability to dribble around defenders impressively and provides an aerial threat when moving forward.
Rumor has it that he will likely be signed by Real Madrid this offseason—his play in this tournament could has a substantial impact on whether or not he is.
4) Wojciech Szczesny (Goalkeeper)
Poland is fortunate to have one of the English Premier League's best young goalkeepers in Szczesny.
The 22-year-old keeper has been Arsenal's starter for two years and has been impressive with the Gunners. At 6'5", Sczesney is rangy enough to reach balls that shorter keepers cannot.
vs. Greece: June 8th, 2012—9:00 am (PST); 12:00 pm (EST)
vs. Russia: June 12, 2012—9 am (PST); 12 pm (EST)
vs. Czech Republic: June 16th 2012—11:45 am (PST); 2:45 pm (EST)