Poland World Cup squad 2022: All projected 26 players on Polish national football team roster

Poland’s impressive run towards World Cup qualifying suggested dark horse status in Qatar, but coach Paulo Sousa’s sudden departure in December has much to prove.

Sousa guided Robert Lewandowski and his colleagues to second place in Group I behind England before resigning to join Brazilian club Flamengo.

Czeslaw Michniewicz is the new man aiming to play Poland’s first World Cup knockout game since 1986. In his second game, the former Legia Warsaw coach scored a 2-0 win over Sweden in the European play-off final to seal qualification.

With a roster that mixes veteran stars with career journeymen and unproven young talent, Michniewicz’s primary task will be unlocking Lewandowski for what may be the captain’s last World Championship.

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Expected Poland World Cup squad 2022

Michniewicz will have through Friday 21 October provide FIFA with an official provisional list of 35-55 players from which to select one final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday 14 November.

Based on last year’s World Cup qualifying squads and friend lists, these are the names most likely to make his provisional list.

position player association Age caps
goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny Juventus (ITA) 32 66
goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski Spezia (ITA) 25 2
goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski Bologna (ITA) 31 7
goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki Club Brugge (BEL) 22 1
defender Jan Bednarek Aston Villa (GER) 26 44
defender Kamil Glik Benevento (ITA) 34 98
defender Matty Cash Aston Villa (GER) 25 7
defender Jacob Kiwior Spezia (ITA) 22 2
defender Robert Gum FC Augsburg (DE) 24 4
defender Bartosz Bereszynski Samdoria (ITA) 30 45
defender Tomasz Kedziora Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 28 26
defender Arkadiusz Reca Spezia (ITA) 27 fifteen
defender Mateusz Wieteska Clermont (France) 25 1
defender Michael Helik Huddersfield 27 7
midfield player Michael Skoras Lech Poznan (POL) 22 1
midfield player Grzegorz Krychowiak Al Shabab (SAU) 32 93
midfield player Mateusz Klich Leeds United 32 41
midfield player Nikola Zalewski Roma (ITA) 20 7
midfield player Piotr Zielinski Naples (ITA) 28 74
midfield player Karl Linetty Turin (ENG) 27 42
midfield player Kamil Grosicki Pogon Szczecin (POL) 34 86
midfield player Przemyslaw Frankowski Lens (FRA) 27 25
midfield player Sebastian Szymanski Feyenoord (NED) 23 17
midfield player Szymon Zurkowski Florence (ITA) 25 6
midfield player Jacob Kaminski Wolfsburg (GER) 20 3
midfield player Jacob Piotrowski Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) 25
midfield player Kamil Jozwiak Charlotte (USA) 24 22
midfield player jacket Goralski Bochum (GER) 30 21
Forward Adam Buska Lens (FRA) 24 9
Forward Krzysztof Pitaek Salernitana (ITA) 27 10
Forward Karol Swiderski Charlotte (USA) 25 17
Forward Arkadiusz Milik Juventus (ITA) 28 63
Forward Robert Lewandowski Barcelona (Spain) 34 134
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Final 26-man Poland World Cup squad

Poland begin their challenge in Qatar by meeting Mexico on November 22, but first they will play a final friendly against Chile on November 16.

Alexis Sanchez and his Chilean team-mates will take on Poland just two days after Michniewicz confirmed his 26-man squad.

Here’s a projected look at who could potentially make it onto the plane, assuming everyone is fit and available.

position player association Age caps
goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny Juventus (ITA) 32 66
goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski Spezia (ITA) 25 2
goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski Bologna (ITA) 31 7
defender Jan Bednarek Aston Villa (GER) 26 44
defender Kamil Glik Benevento (ITA) 34 98
defender Matty Cash Aston Villa (GER) 25 7
defender Jacob Kiwior Spezia (ITA) 22 2
defender Robert Gum FC Augsburg (DE) 24 4
defender Bartosz Bereszynski Samdoria (ITA) 30 45
defender Tomasz Kedziora Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 28 26
defender Arkadiusz Reca Spezia (ITA) 27 fifteen
midfield player Grzegorz Krychowiak Al Shabab (SAU) 32 93
midfield player Mateusz Klich Leeds United 32 41
midfield player Nikola Zalewski Roma (ITA) 20 7
midfield player Piotr Zielinski Naples (ITA) 28 74
midfield player Karl Linetty Turin (ENG) 27 42
midfield player Przemyslaw Frankowski Lens (FRA) 27 25
midfield player Sebastian Szymanski Feyenoord (NED) 23 17
midfield player Szymon Zurkowski Florence (ITA) 25 6
midfield player Jacob Kaminski Wolfsburg (GER) 20 3
midfield player Kamil Grosicki Pogon Szczecin (POL) 34 86
midfield player jacket Goralski Bochum (GER) 30 21
Forward Krzysztof Pitaek Salernitana (ITA) 27 10
Forward Karol Swiderski Charlotte (USA) 25 17
Forward Arkadiusz Milik Juventus (ITA) 28 63
Forward Robert Lewandowski Barcelona (ESP) 34 134
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Poland’s best player, strengths & weaknesses

Just one win in their last five games means Poland need to go into the tournament to find some momentum. However, there is more than enough talent on their roster to put together an underdog run deep into the knockout rounds.

Whether Michniewicz, former Poland U21 coach and Ekstraklasa champion, has the answers remains to be seen.

Stars

Lewandowski, Poland’s captain, all-time top scorer and all-time cap player, has never scored in a World Cup. Qatar is likely to be his last chance and he will be desperate to correct the mistakes of past tournaments.

Lewandowski started his life at Barcelona in scorching form but as past tournaments have shown, he cannot do it alone for Poland. Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski will be a key creative link, as will MLS star Kamil Jozwiak as he forms the final 26-man squad.

Strengthen

The backbone of Poland in the form of a veteran midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak will be a strong base to build on with Leeds United Mateusz Klich an experienced, reliable option in the middle.

Juventus No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny is still a force between the sticks during Aston Villa’s Matty Cash will give the defense a boost provided he is back from injury after impressing in the UEFA Nations League.

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weaknesses

The connection between Poland’s creative minds and Lewandowski proved to be their undoing throughout the international career of the great scorer. Przemyslaw Frankowski, Piotr Zielinski and Nikola Zalewski must find a way to provide for their captain.

Poland World Cup group

Barring major shocks from Saudi Arabia, the tournament’s lowest-ranked nation but one, Mexico and Argentina will be Poland’s great rivals for progression from Group C.

That prepares the start against Mexico as a thrill. Both teams will be desperate to advance before meeting the formidable Lionel Messi and his cavalry of Argentinian superstars.

Poland Group C fixtures and schedule

date Fit time (ET) Stadion
Tue, Nov 22 Mexico vs Poland 11 clock Stadium 974
Sat, Nov 26 Poland vs. South Arabia 8 o’clock Education City Stadium
Wed, Nov 30 Poland vs Argentina 14 o’clock Stadium 974

Can Poland replace players in World Cup squad?

Once the final 26-man squad is official, teams participating in the World Cup can only make changes prior to the first game of the tournament and only in exceptional circumstances.

According to the Official Tournament Rules, “A player listed on the final list may only be replaced in the event of a serious injury or illness up to 24 hours before the start of his team’s first game.”

The team in question would have to submit a medical report to FIFA and if the world governing body determines that “the injury or illness is so serious that the player is unable to play at the FIFA World Cup”, the replacement will be allowed.

The substitute player must be from the provisional list of players submitted to FIFA in October.



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