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Poland Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Poland star player, Pawel Kryszalowicz
World Cup record:
 1938   First round
 1974   Third place
 1978   Second round
 1982   Third place
 1986   Second round
 2002   First round

Did you know?
This was Poland's sixth World Cup and the first time that they have failed to progress beyond the group stages.

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Star player:

Jerzy Engel
Pawel Kryszalowicz
Poland were magnificent against the United States, full of free-flowing attacking moves with goals on the cards every time they got the ball forward.

Unfortunately for the Poles, they were already eliminated by the time they played that game.

Poland were in trouble after buckling early on in the white-hot atmosphere of South Koreaís opening match and two defeats later, still looking for a first goal, the only way was up.

Thatís how it was against the States.

Released of the pressure, Poland suddenly showed they could play a bit and how galling it must have been for them that the team they were outclassing went all the way to the quarter-finals.

It was a surprise to see Jerzy Dudek concede some soft goals, but Polandís failure was a collective one and he shouldnít be blamed in isolation.

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2002 World Cup results

Group D: v South Korea 0-2; v Portugal 0-4; v USA 3-1.



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