PolandGroup D / Mainround 2 / Placement

Polish Handball Team returned to the world stage during the 2007 World Championship in Germany and reached for silver after many years of being far behind the world‘s bests.

At last they have a generation that refers to the Poland’s glorious handball past, where World Championship 1982 bronze and Olympic Games 1976 bronze medals were achieved.

In January 2009 Poland reached third place at the World Championship in Croatia. Main reasons for the Polish revival are both charisma and experience of head coach Bogdan Wenta and playing skills of the Polish players acquired while playing in German Bundesliga. Bogdan Wenta is also coaching Vive Targi Kielce, Polish champion, who reached Last 16 of Champions League 2009/2010.

It’s been 28 years before Poland reappeared at the Olympic Games. High hopes for a medal in Bejing were crushed by Iceland in the quarterfinals and Poland managed to reach “only” fifth place. Polish team qualified to the World Championship in Sweden directly at the European Championship 2010 in Austria, where they achieved fourth place – the best in the history of Polish handball.

Poland is a strong team of extremely good individual players – they have great shooters like Mariusz Jurasik and experienced goalkeeper Slawomir Szmal (voted IHF World Handball Player of the year 2009). Polish team is also “band of brothers” – Krzysztof and Marcin Lijewski (both from Hamburg) with Bartosz (top Bundesliga pivot) and Michal Jurecki (from Vive Targi Kielce) make up a great team not only on the playing field.