The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Poland in an international friendly match as part of their preparation towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The game will hold on Friday, March 23 in Wraclow, Poland.
Ahead of the game, completesportsnigeria.
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POLAND MADE HER FIRST WORLD CUP APPEARANCE IN 1938
Poland’s first ever appearance at the FIFA World Cup was at the 1938 edition which was held in France.
In their only game of the tournament, Poland lost 6-5 to Brazil after extra-time to crash out in the first round.
POLAND HAVE FINISHED THIRD AT THE WORLD CUP TWICE
At the 1974 World Cup in Germany, Poland had their first impressive outing since their debut in 1938.
In the third place match, Poland pipped Brazil 1-0 to finish behind winners West Germany and runners-up Netherlands.
And in the 1982 edition in Spain, Poland replicated their feat of 1974 by beating France 3-2 to claim third place.
NIGERIAN-BORN EMMANUEL OLISADEBE PLAYED FOR POLAND AT THE 2002 WORLD CUP
After becoming a Polish citizen in 2000, Nigerian-born striker Emmanuel Olisadebe was part of the country’s (Poland) squad to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.
Olisadebe scored Poland’s first goal at the 2002 World Cup in their last group game against USA which the Poles won 3-1. Poland lost 2-0 to hosts South Korea and 4-0 against Portugal.
During the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, he scored eight goals in 10 qualification matches.
POLAND MISSED 2010 AND 2014 WORLD CUPS
The Poles failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups in South Africa and Brazil respectively.
Poland were at the Germany 2006 World Cup where they crashed out in the first round.
They were in the same group with hosts Germany, Costa Rica and Equador and won just one group game (2-1 against Costa Rica).
POLISH STRIKER ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI IS TOP SCORER IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is currently the top goal scorer in the German Bundesliga.
Lewandowski who narrowly missed out on the top scorer award last season to former Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has scored 23 goals so far.
Aubameyang who has since left Dortmund for Arsenal and Nils Petersen of Freiburg are both tied on 13 goals.
POLISH-BORN STRIKERS MIROSLAV KLOSE AND LUKAS ARE WORLD CUP WINNERS WITH GERMANY
Originally from Poland, both Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski were part of the German squad that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
At the 2014 World Cup, Klose emerged the all-time World Cup top scorer with 16 goals, usurping former Brazilian star Ronaldo who has 15 goals.
Klose made his World Cup debut in Korea/Japan 2002 while Podolski’s first appearance was in Germany 2006.