Poland qualified as the hosts of the tournament, and have named a young and vibrant squad, and they hope this squad will go far in the tournament. Here are 3 young Polish talents you should keep an eye on.
Wojciech Szczesny, 22, Arsenal (England), Goalkeeper, 10 international caps
The young shot stopper has quickly risen to prominence, thanks to his fine displays in the Premier League with Arsenal. Thrown into first team action, when he was just 20, Szczesny has already established himself as the number 1 keeper at the club. His impressive displays have earned him the starting berth with Poland too, and one of his performances stands out. In September 2011, Szczesny pulled off some miraculous saves against Germany, and drew praise from the media and German legend Oliver Kahn. This tournament could prove to be another stepping stone in the career of the youngster.
Adrian Mierzejewski, 25, Trabzonspor (Turkey), Midfielder, 21 international caps
A bustling midfielder, Mierzejewski came into the fray, relatively a bit late. His first full season was in the 2009/2010 season, when he played for Polish club Polonia Warsaw. A midfielder, who can score goals, he was named the ‘Ekstraklasa player of the year award’ for his fine season in the Polish Ekstraklasa. He scored his first goal for Poland last year in a 2-1 win over giants Argentina, and also earned a transfer to Turkish club Trabzonspor for a fee of £4.25 million, making him the costliest player to be transferred from the Polish league.
Robert Lewandowski, 23, Borrusia Dortmund (Germany), Striker, 42 international caps
Lewandowski shot to prominence, first with Polish club Lech Poznan, when he scored 41 goals in two seasons for the Polish giants. A move to German giants Borussia Dortmund followed, and he played his part in helping the club to its first Bundesliga title in 9 years, scoring 9 goals in the process. He was a first team player last season, and he showed his class, consistently scoring goals. He ended the season with 30 goals and 6 assists in 46 appearances in all competitions, which also got him the ‘Bundesliga Player of the Season’ award, and he capped off the season with a hattrick against Bayern Munich in the final of the DFB Pokal. His international tally stands at 14 goals in 42 games, which include strikes against Bulgaria, Australia, Ivory Coast, Norway and Germany.