World Cup 2018: Poland

Before the 2018 World Cup starts in Russia on June 14, Brussels Express presents all EU national teams involved in the competition. Chapter X: Poland.

Will Poland confirm the last performances it achieved two years ago? In 2016, Poland was involved in the last competition up until the quarter-finals, only being defeated in penalties by Portugal, the future winner of the competition.

Although Poland has not been the most impressive national football team, they certainly have made a name for themselves in the past few years. They did qualify for the last World Cup, but they surely aim to show their rivals Poland is a team you should count on this year.

Passing the first round seems something doable, as Poland will play against Senegal, Colombia and Japan.

Poland football

Key player: Robert Lewandowski

Poland football
By Roger Gorączniak (Polska – Węgry) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Poland has one of the best scorers in the World: Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich’s player has indeed scored more than 30 times over the last three seasons, which makes him one of the major threats for the defences and goalkeepers.

There are, however, two issues. The first one lies within the team. Lewandowski is indeed used to playing with some of the best players across the World at Munich, and it therefore might be easier to score. It is then up to him to lead his mates to the final games of the World Cup.

The other issue refers to his future. He has asked to leave Munich this year, and it seems Paris Saint-Germain could be interested. Will his contracts disturb him during the competition?


  • 19 June – Poland vs. Senegal.
  • 24 June – Poland vs. Colombia.
  • 28 June – Japan vs. Poland.

Places to watch the games in Brussels:

Aloft Brussels, Place Jean Rey.