Poland are a sneaky pick to upset a lot of “favourite” teams in the 2018 World Cup. The Pols have a lot more to add to the World Cup than just Z’s Y’s and K’s to the teams sheet as their squad is littered with top European talent lighting their respective leagues on fire this season. With a team led by Bayern Munich’s dominant striker Robert Lewandowski, how could anyone sleep on team Poland to win some games and challenge in Russia this summer?
Players to watch for for Poland:
Robert Lewandowski – 29 goals in 30 Bundesliga games, 5 goals in 11 Champions league games, 6 goals in 6 DFB-Pokal, and 1 goal in 1 DFB-Supercup games, the Big man gets the job done for his team. Sure, he is on one of the most dominant teams in European/Global football but he has been a key reason in that dominant status. He is nearly a goal a game in all competitions and at only 29 years old has the youthful exuberance mixed with veteran experience that every team wants. Simply put, he scores when he wants and will do the same this year.
Piotr Zeilinski – The 24 year old central midfielder has enjoyed a coming out party at Napoli this season in Italy’s Calcio A. He only scored seven goals in 41 games (all competitions) but he is an intangible player for Napoli – he runs the game in the midfield. He organizes the team on the field and can also jump up in the attack and threaten when his team has possession. He is one of my picks for most impressive/surprise player in Russia.
Lukasz Piszczek – The veteran, 33 year old rightback from Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga is a lock for team Poland’s success this year. He has played for his nation since 2007, earning 61 caps for Team Poland. He is the definition of an experienced player who can still play, and will offer stability on the backend, while being essentially a player-coach on the pitch. Don’t look for him to fill the boxscore, but Piszczek can add some beautiful crosses in to the likes of Lewandowski up top.
Their pool is really competitive, but Poland is the big dog in that group. Colombia and Senegal are both talent squads but cannot boast the players and star power that Poland can. It hurts that defensive ace from AS Monaco Kamil Glik looks to be injured, but if he can make it back in time for Poland it only increases the likeliness that this team can make waves this year. Don’t be surprised if the Red and White army come marching in and take out some big dogs in elimination games this year.