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Robert Lewandowski, Poland National Team
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Euro 2012 Update - Poland v Greece
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Poland v Greece Tickets EURO 2012 8 Jun 2012 18:00 National Stadium Warsaw Warsaw, Poland
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Poland automatically qualified for the tournament as co-host, but hasn’t played a competitive match since 2010 World Cup qualifying. Poland’s debut at the European Championship four years ago ended in disappointment with zero wins in three games. Since then Poland hired a new coach, revamped much of the squad and featured players who have found success in one of Europe’s toughest leagues.
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As co-host of Euro 2012, Poland is hoping the changes make a difference when they take on Russia, Greece and the Czech Republic in Group A.
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”It is our goal to advance from the group and I am convinced we can do it,” Poland coach Franciszek Smuda said. ”But this is a group that you can be wrong about. Russia is an excellent team. I think they are the favorites to advance from our group. Greece also is very good.”

”Last year showed that we can play with strong opponents,” said Smuda.

”OK, so we didn’t win, but we were good to watch. Against Germany, France, and Portugal we fought as equals despite the fact that we don’t have a team that has played with that lineup at a tournament and hasn’t played against those sorts of opponents.

”That’s why I’m optimistic and why Poles are optimistic.”

”Taking over this post, I thought that you could easily find 11 players, and good players at that. But it turns out that it’s actually very hard to find 11 good players,” he said. ”We aren’t in a situation like the Germans are right now, where we could put together three national teams from our roster. We can only put together one, and we have to pray to God that we don’t have any injuries.”

What Smuda can draw on are three top-class players – the Borussia Dortmund trio of Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek, as well as Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Poland’s attack will be centered on the 23-year-old Lewandowski, who is coming off a stellar campaign for Dortmund. Lewandowski scored 22 goals in 34 matches, finishing the 2011-12 campaign third best in the league.

”We are playing at home and we will do our best to advance from the group and it will be a great success for these boys,”