Match Poland - Greece
Welcome to the amber stadium on June 16

Two events are firing the football fans’ imagination in June this year. At the beginning of the month we shall know the Polish Ekstraklasa league winner, while on the 13th of June, the Polish National Team will play against Georgia in a Euro 2016 qualifying game. Three days later, coach Adam Nawałka and his team will arrive in Gdańsk to play a friendly match with Greece.

Any game played by the National Representation at the Gdańsk stadium attracts immense attention of the team’s fans. 32,000 spectators cheered the National Team during the last year’s match against Lithuania. Coach Nawałka’s players did not fail and Lithuania was defeated 2:1. PGE Arena is a lucky venue for our National Team: out of four meetings held here, two were successful, one ended in a draw and one was a failure. Three goals were scored in each of them at least, which proves that the sea climate is conducive to an eye-catching game. May our players celebrate their third victory in a row in Gdańsk.

The Greek team is coming to Tri-City to regain the trust of its fans after the disastrous performance it gave in the EURO 2016 qualifiers. The Greeks are taking the last position in their elimination group now, where they are preceded even by Faroe Islands – Greece lost 0:1 to this team at home, in front of its own audience. The European champions of 2004 have already lost their chance to qualify for the tournament to be held in France. The match against Poland is the beginning of a long way towards building a national team capable of fighting for the Mundial 2018 qualification. The extremely poor attitude shown in the European Championship qualifiers cost coach Claudio Rannieri his resignation. He was replaced by Sergio Markarian of Uruguay. This is an extremely experienced coach, although he had mainly worked in South America, leading many clubs all over the continent, as well as the national teams of Paraguay and Peru. Also, he had trained the Paraguay Olympic football team.

Poland will be playing against Greece after the Euro 2016 qualifying game with Georgia and no one can imagine the meeting with Georgia might end otherwise than the Polish National Team’s victory. The Poles are on the right path to advance to the final tournament in France. With their 11 points they are now leading their group. If the Polish team defeats Georgia, it will retain its position of the group leader. So far so good, although the points lost so unfortunately in the game with Ireland are a cause for real regret. One should bear in mind however that the team did not play in the strongest combination of the squad members in Dublin. The match with Greece will be a test before the conclusive qualifying meetings to be held this year’s autumn.

The history of both teams’ meetings is in favour of the Poles. So far, the teams met 16 times. The Polish National Team won 10 games, 3 were successful for the Greeks and 3 ended in a draw.

The game starts at 20:45, Tuesday, May 16th, 2015.