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Poland's eighth World Cup appearance didn't go as planned, but it did manage to snatch up three points in the third stage of group play. It defeated Japan 1-0 after losing to Senegal and Colombia in its first two matches, eliminating it from contention in the final match. It goes home with three points under its belt, despite an otherwise disappointing performance.

Competition history

World Cup appearances: Eight 
Best finish: Third place (2X; 1974 and 1982)
Last World Cup: 2006


Tuesday, June 19: Senegal 2, Poland 1    
Sunday, June 24: Colombia 1, Poland 0
Thursday, June 28: Poland 1, Japan 0


Poland has some strength in the midfield and in attack, but there are concerns at the back.  Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Bartosz Białkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw)

Midfielders: Jakub Błaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdańsk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)

Strikers: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht)

Best Player

Robert Lewandowski, and it's not even close. The 29-year-old striker is on pace to be the national team's all-time caps leader and is already the top scorer. He's one of the best pure strikers in the world and should have a fine tournament. But there is a lot of pressure on him to be the guy in attack. He can, by himself, change the course of a game with one magical moment. 

Player to watch

Grzegorz Krychowiak. The defensive midfielder was a budding star at Sevilla under Unai Emery, but he found minutes hard to come by after following Emery to PSG, resulting in a loan move to West Brom. Let's just say, there's probably a shortage of confidence there. With his club future up in the air, he'll want to put together a good tournament and secure a move in the summer. He's really talented and when he is at his best, he can be a top defensive midfielder. 

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