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Poland announce 29-man provisional squad for Euro 2024; Robert Lewandoski included

Published at :May 30, 2024 at 2:35 PM
Modified at :May 30, 2024 at 2:35 PM
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Samannay Sen

The Biało-czerwoni will be one of the dark horses of the tournament.

The wait is over for Polish football fans! With the Euros fast approaching and Germany abuzz with anticipation, manager Michał Probierz has unveiled Poland’s 29-man preliminary squad for the tournament. This selection comes after a dramatic playoff victory against Wales, secured through a penalty shootout with Krzysztof Piątek’s decisive spot-kick.

The Poland squad boast a healthy mix of experience and youthful promise. Leading the line is the ever-reliable Robert Lewandowski, who will be looking to add this major international trophy to his already impressive collection. Alongside him, Arkadiusz Milik offers another proven goal-scoring threat, while young guns like Karol Świderski and Adam Buksa bring fresh energy to the attack.

The defensive line-up sees the return of Southampton’s Jan Bednarek, whose experience and leadership will be crucial. Goalkeeping duties are likely to be shared between the ever-reliable Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Skorupski.

While the squad boasts undeniable talent, Probierz faces some key decisions in finalizing the 23-man squad. Defense has been a concern for Poland in recent times, and integrating Kiwior alongside the more established names will be a crucial test.

Injuries to key players like Matty Cash will also force Probierz to find solutions, potentially offering opportunities for younger defenders.

In midfield, talent is abundant, but ensuring a balance between creativity and defensive solidity will be vital. Probierz will need to decide on the right combination to support Lewandowski and unlock opposing defenses.

Finding the right balance between experience and youthful exuberance will be another key factor. Veterans like Grosicki bring experience, but their playing time may need to be managed carefully. Integrating exciting youngsters like Zalewski, Skóraś, and Piotrowski will be crucial for Poland‘s long-term future, but they must also be given the time to adapt to the international stage.

Despite the challenges, Polish fans have reason to be optimistic. Lewandowski remains a world-class goal threat, and the midfield boasts a good mix of experience and creativity.

The emergence of young talents like Kiwior and Zalewski adds a spark of excitement. With the right preparation and a bit of luck, Poland could surprise a few teams at Euro 2024.

The coming weeks will be crucial for Probierz as he whittles down the squad and finalizes his tactics. With a passionate fanbase behind them, the Biało-Czerwoni will be determined to make their mark on the Euros and challenge for a place amongst the continental elite.

Poland provisional squad for Euro 2024:

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Marcin Bulka (Nice), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Oliwier Zych (Puszcza Niepolomice)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Empoli), Pawel Bochniewicz (Heerenveen), Pawel Dawidowicz (Hellas Verona), Jakub Kiwior (Arsenal), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Kaiserslautern), Bartosz Salamon (Lech Poznan), Sebastian Walukiewicz (Empoli)

Midfielders: Przemyslaw Frankowski (Lens), Kamil Grosicki (Pogon Szczecin), Jakub Moder (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jakub Piotrowski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Taras Romanczuk (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Bartosz Slisz (Atlanta United FC), Damian Szymanski (AEK Athens), Sebastian Szymanski (Fenerbahce), Michal Skoras (Club Brugge), Kacper Urbanski (Bologna), Nicola Zalewski (AS Roma), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)

Forwards: Adam Buksa (Antalyaspor), Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus), Krzysztof Piatek (Istanbul Basaksehir), Karol Swiderski (Hellas Verona)

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