Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski headlines Poland Euro 2020 squad

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will be main man for Poland. (Photo by ADAM NURKIEWICZ/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will be main man for Poland. (Photo by ADAM NURKIEWICZ/Getty Images) /

With the 2020/21 Bundesliga season nearing its completion, the Euro 2020 tournament will be the next competition on the horizon for many Bayern Munich players.

On Monday, Robert Lewandowski was named to the Poland squad for the upcoming tournament. The striker has captained his country in recent competitions and will likely do the same at the Euro 2020 tournament.

Lewandowski headlines the Polish squad

There’s no question Lewandowski will enter the tournament as Poland’s top player, especially after his incredible goal-scoring form throughout the 2020/21 season. After reaching the 40 goal mark against Freiburg, he’s on the verge of history entering this weekend’s fixture against Augsburg. If he scores at least one goal he will set a new Bundesliga single-season goal-scoring record.

The Bayern striker was instrumental during Poland’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 as he registered six goals and two assists in ten appearances. In recent fixtures, he scored three goals in two appearances in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign which began in March.

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Lewandowski is Poland’s most capped player and he’s also their all-time leading goal scorer. The 32-year-old has scored 66 goals in 118 appearances for the senior national team and is within reach of recording 75 goals for his country. He’s scored two goals in eight appearances at the Euro finals and he will certainly be looking to have his best tournament to date at this year’s competition.

Difficult group for Poland

Lewandowski will likely need to find the back of the net often for Poland during the group stage as Poland will be in a difficult group. They have been paired with Spain, Sweden, and Slovakia. The top spot will likely be contested by Poland and Spain but Sweden could also provide a challenge for the top spots.

With the competition being a 24 team tournament, Poland doesn’t need to finish in the top two spots to advance as the team that finishes in the third-place spot can still qualify for the knockout phase. However, if they are to advance as a third-place team, they will need to ensure they score plenty of goals as goal differential and goals scored are often key deciders in who advances as a third-place team.

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Poland finished in second place in their group at the Euro 2016 tournament. They went on to reach the quarterfinals where they fell to eventual champions Portugal in a penalty shootout. That was their best finish ever at the competition and they will certainly be looking for a repeat performance.