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The journey for Poland in the Euro 2024 qualifiers has been tumultuous, marked by coaching changes and unexpected defeats. Despite a rocky campaign, the team still harbors hopes of securing a spot in the championship through playoffs after a disappointing draw with the Czech Republic dashed their direct qualification dreams.
Coaching Turmoil and Setbacks
The campaign kicked off with a 1-3 loss to the Czechs in Prague, followed by a shocking 2-3 defeat to Moldova despite initially leading by two goals. Subsequent losses to Albania and a draw with Moldova intensified the pressure.
To secure a Euro 2024 berth, Poland must now navigate the playoffs, likely facing Estonia. The teams will be determined based on their performance in the Nations League, with Poland currently set to meet Estonia in the semi-finals. However, final matchups hinge on ongoing qualifiers.
Projected EURO 2024 playoffs – no change (18 November)— We Global Football (@We_Global) November 18, 2023
🇵🇱 v 🇪🇪
🏴 v 🇫🇮 / 🇺🇦 / 🇮🇸
🇮🇱 v 🇺🇦 / 🇮🇸
🇧🇦 v 🇫🇮 / 🇺🇦
🇬🇪 v 🇱🇺
🇬🇷 v 🇰🇿
🇫🇮, 🇺🇦, 🇮🇸 would be in a draw with one going to League A. Wales, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan are the only 3 that can qualify directly.
Marching Towards Redemption
Playoff matches, scheduled for March 21 (semi-finals) and March 26 (finals) in 2024, promise intense battles as Poland seeks redemption. The draw for hosting rights will take place on November 23, while the final 24-team Euro 2024 lineup will be completed after March 2024 playoffs.