In recent years the Polish national football team has become a prominent force in European football as the current roster of players includes Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Piszczek, Eugen Polanski and Artur Boruc. The nation hosted the 2012 UEFA EURO with Ukraine where they failed to progress past the group stage where they drew to Greece and Russia and lost to Czech Republic.
The Polish national football team are well know for their many world cup qualifying campaigns with England over the years. Poland nicknamed the red and white or in polish: Bialo-czerwoni have never made it to a European Championships, but have a few World Cup appearances, their best results coming in 1974 and 1982 when the finished 3rd on both occasions.
Poland played their first international game against Hungary, losing 1-nil in Budapest on 18th December 1921. At the Munich Olympics in 1972, Poland claimed the Gold Medal, they also have two silvers from 1976 and in 1992.
The most capped player in a Polish shirt is Grzegorz Lato with 95 appearances for his national team. Top scorer in a Poland shirt is Wlodzimierz Lubanski with 48 international goals.