WARSAW, Poland. April 10 (PSN) – The Polish national team has been looking great so far in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the results are showing in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World rankings.
The White Eagles have soared above the competition thanks to some incredible goals by Robert Lewandowski, and now find themselves with their highest FIFA ranking in history – 11th place.
The White-and-Reds already impressed much of the world last summer with its best ever showing at the UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
Adam Nawalka’s men reached the quarter-finals, only losing to eventual champion Portugal, on penalty kicks no less. It would seem that the run of form has continued into the squad’s qualifying run for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The team is currently sitting comfortably at the top of Group E with four wins, one draw, and no losses to leave them with 13 points, a full six ahead of second place Montenegro. Denmark sits in third place followed by Romania, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. Poland faced off against Montenegro at the end of March and came away with a 2:1 win. Goals from Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek helped to keep Poland in front. It was Poland’s fourth straight win in qualifying and has helped to vault them even higher in the FIFA world rankings.
Thanks to its excellent play, the team has set a national record in the FIFA rankings, and now finds itself higher than it’s ever been at 11th place. This puts Poland ahead of other world football powers, most noticeably Italy and England, who sit at 12th and 14th respectively. A first ever in history.
Poland will next take on Romania during the June slate of matches. In the previous November match Poland also defeated Romania 3:0 thanks to a brace from Lewandowski.
Given the way they’ve been playing it’s reasonable to expect a similar performance this time around. If Poland can continue to perform the way it has, there’s no reason it can’t continue to rise in the rankings, and it’s entirely possible it could become a top 10 team before the year is out.
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