Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly the star name in the Poland team and if they are to make a mark at the World Cup in Russia the Bayern Munich striker’s goals could be the key.
Lewandowski has never competed in a World Cup as Poland failed to qualify in 2010 and 2014, and at 29 this could be his only chance to make a mark on the world stage.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Lech Poznan forward has an impressive 51 goals in 91 appearances for Poland, making him his country’s all-time leading goalscorer, and finished with 16 goals in the qualification campaign – a record for a European World Cup qualifier.
At club level Lewandowski has picked up plenty of accolades as he is a five-time Bundesliga champion (two with BVB and three with Bayern) and has claimed two DFB Pokal crowns.
The Pole holds a few incredible individual records having once managed a five-goal haul in under nine minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute for Bayern, while Lewandowski also managed 100 German top-flight goals quicker than any other foreign player.
The striker is yet to get his hands on a European trophy and success on the world stage has proven to be elusive as he has just two goals in international tournaments, one at Euro 2012 and one at Euro 2016.
Poland have been drawn alongside Colombia, Japan and Senegal in what looks a highly competitive Group H.
The Poles are 2.75 to win the group and 2.20 to overcome Senegal in their opening fixture.