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Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland amongst themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, but Poland currently suffers low GDP growth and high unemployment. Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.
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|Association||Polish Football Association|
|Coach||Pawel Janas, 2002-|
|Most caps||Grzegorz Lato (95)|
|Top scorer||Wlodzimierz Lubanski (48)|
Hungary 1 - 0 Poland
(Budapest, Hungary; 18 December 1921)
Poland 9 - 0 Norway
(Szczecin, Poland; 4 September 1963)
Denmark 8 - 0 Poland
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 26 June 1948)
|Appearances||7 (First in 1938)|
|Best result||Third place, 1974, 1982|
|Appearances||0 (First in -)|
The Poland national football team (Polish: polska reprezentacja narodowa) is the national football team of Poland and is controlled by the Polish Football Association.
It played its first international match on 18 December 1921 in Budapest against Hungary and was defeated 0:1. Poland won the Gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the Silver medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In the World Cup, Poland finished third twice: in 1974 and 1982.