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Poland

Their performance at the 2006 World Cup qualifiers has been good where they beat all their Group teams except England. The presence of star goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, of the Champions League fame, will sure help them during the finals.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 14:59 IST

FIFA world ranking   29
Coach AnibalPawel Janas
Group A Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador, Germany
Previous appearances 6 times


Poland has gone through ups and downs right after their first appearance in 1934. After their early first round exit from the tournament in 1938, Poland could not enter again before 1974.

Even while they were not able to bag the Cup, the year turned out fruitful as they stood at the third place in the tournament.

Poland again reached the same position in 1982 but since then they have not been able to strike any better.  

Poland has performed impressively at the World Cup 2006 qualifiers losing only against England in their group. They managed a decent total of 14 goals.

And with the presence of star goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, of the Champions League fame, the squad needs just a little push to outshine Germany.

COMPLETE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Boruc Artur, Kuszczak Tomasz, Fabianski Lukasz

Defenders: Jop Mariusz, Gancarczyk Seweryn, Baszczynski Marcin, Bak Jacek, Zewlakow Michal, Dudka Dariusz, Lewandowski Mariusz

Midfielders: Kosowski Kamil, Sobolewski Radoslaw, Krzynowek Jacek, Szymkowiak Miroslav, Mila Sebastian, Smolarek Ebi, Radomski Arkadiusz, Giza Piotr

Forwards: Zurawski Maciej, Rasiak Grzegorz, Jelen Ireneusz, Brozek Pawel.