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WORLD CUP HISTORY Poland
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
8
WORLD CUP RECORD
15-5-11
BEST FINISH
Third Place (1974, 1982)
GOALS SCORED (RANK)
44 (18th)
Poland only needed one win – a 4-0 victory over Yugoslavia – to qualify for its first World Cup. The team faced Brazil in the First Round and submitted a commendable performance, losing 6-5 in extra time. Brazil went on to finish in third place.
1942
1946
World Cup Not Held
1950
1970
Did Not Participate
FINISH
3rd
Despite being grouped with two tournament favorites, Argentina and Italy, Poland cruised to a 3-0-0 record in the Group Stage. After going 2-0-1 in the Second Round, Poland was paired against Brazil in a match for third place. The team achieved revenge from 36 years earlier, winning 1-0.
Poland won its group with a 2-1-0 record, most notably edging out West Germany, which had finished runner-up four years earlier. The Second Round competition was fierce though, and Poland dropped matches to Argentina, the eventual champions, and to Brazil, the eventual third-place team.
FINISH
3rd
After topping its group in both the First and Second Round, Poland advanced to a four-team Knockout Stage. There, the team lost to Italy in the Semi-finals but defeated France in the third-place game.
Making a fourth straight World Cup appearance, Poland advanced to the Knockout Stage with a 1-1-1 record. However, Poland was no match for its Round of 16 opponent, Brazil, and lost 4-0.
1990
1998
Did Not Participate
Poland’s 16-year World Cup drought ended in 2002, but it was a poor showing for the country. A 2-0 loss to co-host South Korea was followed with a 4-0 loss to Portugal. Poland did salvage a 3-1 victory over the United States in its third contest.
The 2006 World Cup was déjà vu for Poland. Just as the tournament had gone four years earlier, Poland suffered shutout losses in its first two games before managing a win in its third. The 1-0-2 record was not enough to advance to the Knockout Stage.
2010
2014
Did Not Participate
Poland qualified for the 2018 World Cup by winning its UEFA group. The team’s 8-1-1 record topped second-place Denmark (6-2-2). Poland hopes to advance to the World Cup’s Knockout Stage for the first time since 1986.

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