Polish head coach Jerzy Brzeczek  talks to his players at a  training session in Wroclaw, Poland before the international friendly against the Republic of Ireland.  Photograph: Jan Karwowski/EPA

If Martin O’Neill feels slightly aggrieved, and it is seems pretty safe to say he does right now, over the speed at which people have started to specu(...)

Colombia’s James Rodriguez is expected to start at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Getty Images

Quarter-finalists four years ago when James Rodriguez scored six times and won the Golden Boot, Colombia and their 26 year-old star would most likely (...)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Ricardo Quaresma’ after his winning penalty against Poland in Marseille. Photograph: Reuters

Poland 1 Portugal 1 (Portugal win 5-3 on penalties) It has become increasingly possible to imagine Portugal with their name on the Euro 2016 trophy(...)

Poland players take part in a training session at Centre Robert Louis Dreyfus, in Marseille. Photograph: EPA

When Krzysztof Maczynski anchors the Poland midfield against Portugal on Thursday, he may remember the time he bore a heavier weight. Galeria Krakowsk(...)

Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski celebrates opening the scoring against Switzerland in the last 16 of the competition.Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

As Poland wait in hope for Robert Lewandowski to find the sort of form he was expected to show at these European Championships, the nation has been em(...)

 Poland players celebrate their penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in Saint-Etienne. Photograph: Getty

Switzerland 1 Poland 1 (Poland win 5-4 on penalties) Poland reached their first-ever European Championship quarter-final with a penalty shoot-out vic(...)

Jakub Blaszczykowski’s fine goal proved the difference for Poland as they saw off Ukraine 1-0 in Marseille. Photograph: Epa

Ukraine 0 Poland 1 It speaks volumes for the improvement of Poland’s national team that they could qualify for the Euro 16 knock-out rounds, unbeat(...)

Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik puts the ball wide of the goal during the Euro 2016 Group C clash against Germany at Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:   Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Germany 0 Poland 0 Could Northern Ireland, dark horses coming into light, top this group? They will have every opportunity to do so when they play (...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty attempts an overhead kick on goal during the Euro 2016 Group C match against Poland at the Stade  de Nice. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Poland 1 Northern Ireland 0 Michael O’Neill stood rigid in his technical area. The final whistle had just blown and the Northern Ireland manager was (...)

Poland’s Kamil Grosicki vies for a ball with Finland’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. Photograph: Getty Images

Kamil Grosicki and Pawel Wszolek scored two goals each as an experimental Poland lineup thrashed Finland 5-0 in a friendly on Saturday to extend thei(...)

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