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Szymon Piorek’s Sweden v Poland preview: all or nothing for Poland

| 19.06.2021

Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Poland throughout Euro 2020

All or nothing – it’s the simplest summary of the situation the Polish team find themselves in before the last group stage match. Poland have to win against Sweden to reach the knock-out stages and a draw will not be enough.

The atmosphere around the camp is much better now after the 1-1 draw against Spain. We finally saw a real team, with players fighting for each other and one that can produce a good performance. We were also lucky, we can’t deny that, but you also need that in a big tournament. Now there is a game against Sweden and it’s not an opponent we traditionally like to play against. Poland have won only one of seven competitive matches and none since 1991.

Grzegorz Krychowiak is back in the squad after being suspended against Spain. The only injury concern is key defender Jan Bednarek who didn’t finish the game with Spain but there is still a chance he will be fit for Wednesday.

Check out the latest Euro 2020 odds.



Szymon Piorek

For the last five years, Szymon has worked for Przegląd Sportowy, the oldest and most prominent Polish sports daily, as a sports reporter with a particular focus on football. He fell in love with football during the 2002 World Cup, and currently primarily reports on Polish and German football.

A former football player, with experience at the third level in the Polish football pyramid, he is uniquely positioned to describe the events on the pitch and explain various tactical nuances from a different perspective. His practical knowledge helped him write two academic papers on sports.