Preview: Poland is no stranger to the World Cup, having finished third on two previous
occasions. They will be making the short trip with high hopes of second
round play. Coach Pawel Janas has left out some notable players, such as
Liverpool goalie Jerzy Dudek, and striker Tomasz Frankowski, who led the team in
goals during the qualifiers. Perhaps it's Janas' way of asserting dominance
over his players.
Despite a lack of obvious stars, Poland should be able to score goals with
Celtic's Maciej Zurawski as the main guy upfront. The question mark for
Poland is defense, which needs to show a lot more consistency.
Result: Poland had one of the more disappointing campaigns of the 2006
World Cup. They were expected to outplay the two Latin American teams in
their group and advance to the next stage behind group favorite
Poland played well enough against
conceding a late goal by Oliver Neuville in extra time, but the decisive 2-0
defeat at the hands of
sent the Poles packing for a short trip home.