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EURO 2016: Poland firepower to add plenty of punch

Having never made it past the Euro group stages, Tribalfootball is expecting Poland to reach new highs at Euro2016 with a potent strike force likely to propel them well into the knock-out stages.

With Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski leading the line following a season in which he found the back 42 times for his club across all competitions, Poland will surely prove potent in front of goal.

Lewandowski's likely partner up front will be young gun Arkadiusz Milik who also had a successful season for his club Ajax, firing home 24 times in 41 outings.

Ranked 27th in the world, Poland have regularly struggled on the big stage.

A winless Euro2012, which they co-hosted, is fresh in their memories for all the wrong reasons. But if qualifying for this competition is anything to go by, they may finally be ready to step up.

Defeating world champions Germany, a team they will face again in the group stages, in their quest to book their place in Europe's top 24, Poland never looked to be punching above their weight during qualifying and are sure to go out fighting in France.

Poland
(The White Eagles)

HEAD COACH: Adam Nawalka

TRIBAL'S TOP 3:Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Grzegorz Krychowiak

WILDCARD:Kamil Grosicki could be handy in midfield providing service to the big guns up front after a solid season with Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais in which he grabbed nine goals and three assists.

HISTORY: Poland have only managed to appear at Euro2008 and 2012, failing to make it past the group stages in both.

EURO OVERVIEW

Despite being drawn in a tough group alongside reigning World Cup champions Germany, we at Tribalfootball believe Poland can not only escape their Euro group for the first time, but also go a little further.

With Germany, Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland to play in Group C, Poland can't holding anything back if they hope to scrape through. If they can, however, grab another favourable result against Germany, be it a draw or another win, and then beat either the Ukraine or the Republic of Ireland, they can all but book their place in the Round of 16.

From here, things get a little trickier to foresee but we predict a showdown with Switzerland that Poland are more than capable of firing their way past and into a quarter-final clash with Spain. In our opinion, Spain will be one hurdle too many for the Poles, but if they can make it this far they'll undoubtedly exit the competition with their heads held high.

This predicted run will of course depend on the form of both Lewandowski and Milik who will be expected to provide the goals. While the hands of likely first choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski will also need to be firm to compensate for a less than inspiring, yet useful backline.

A youthful midfield, meanwhile, needs to mature at the right time to ensure Poland's strikers are properly unleashed but the experience of 'Kuba' Jakub Blaszczykowski and Grzegorz Krychowiak could prove profitable.

So while there are a few variables at play, we think this time around that Poland will perform on the world stage and provide their fair share of attacking excitement along the way.

TRIBAL'S FINAL SAY: Quarter-finalists

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