Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After holding Italy to a 1-1 draw at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Bosnia & Herzegovina will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Poland in their second group game. The Bosnians kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign in style, but they should not stop now. New Barcelona signing Miralem Pjanic is out of contention, but Edin Dzeko is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Poland, on the other hand, failed to spoil Netherlands’s party at Johan Criujff Arena.
Robert Lewandowski was rested in the Nations League opener, and seeing that the Bayern Munchen star misses the Bosnia game as well, we are tempted to put our money on Dusan Bajevic’s troops. In their last meeting on the international stage Poland defeated Bosnia 1-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Lukasz Piszczek):
Born on 3rd June 1985, Lukasz Piszczek is one of Poland’s most famous footballers at the moment, having made a name for himself thanks to some impressive performances for Borussia Dortmund. The full-back’s talent was spotted early on by Hertha scouts, and it is important to note that he began his career as a striker, winning the top goalscorer award at the Under-19 Euro in 2004.
Following some excellent displays at said tournament, Piszczek was signed by Hertha, but he would go on to spend next three years on loan at Zaglebie Lubin. After returning to the club, the Polish footballer played on the left wing, but then switched to right-back as Arne Friedrich got injured and has played there ever since.
In May 2010, Piszczek signed for Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer and has since developed into one of world’s leading right-sided defenders, sparking interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United. The full-back made over 45 appearances for the national team since he was handed his debut in 2007, representing his country at three successive European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (Poland):
Poland have recently emerged as one of Europe’s top sides, although they did enjoy some success during the 70’s and 80’s. The White Eagles impressed to achieve third-place finish at the 1974 and 1982 World Cup tournaments, while they also win the 1972 Olympics, albeit with an amateur side.
Poland started showing improvement at the turn of the century, slowly becoming regular at major tournaments and they even co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Ukraine, but disappointed home fans to crash out in the group stage. The new generation, boasting players like Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukas Piszczek, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jakub Blaszczykowski, has the potential to help the national team return to old glory days, with some talented players also coming through the youth ranks.
Zbigniew Boniek, Wlodzimierz Lubanski and Grzegorz Lato are some of the other players who have impressed playing for the national team, which has been playing their home games at the National Stadium in Warsaw.