Clash of Continents in Group H

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Robert Lewandowski is hoping to lead Poland to a deep run, but the same can be said about James Rodriguez and Colombia.

The stamp, issued by the Polish postal service, went into circulation as the 21st World Cup was set to begin in Russian Federation on Thursday. However, the Samurai Blue also took the unusual step of sacking their manager and replacing him in mid-April with Akiro Nishino, who has never led a team in World Cup competition. "However, going into another round should be a realistic goal, albeit the group is very equal and we're not used to games against such unusual opposition". Some of the players moved clubs after the Euros but failed to establish themselves, while others got injured or lost form leaving the national team manager with some serious doubts. Qualifying in CONMEBOL was a struggle this time, as Colombia waited until the last match with a 1-0 win over Bolivia to make it to Russian Federation. With 16 goals, one more than the Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo's tally, he became the first player to score as many goals in a single European World Cup qualifying campaign.

The elder statesman of his side, Blaszczykowski now 32 years old has been one of his countries most respected players.

This is Poland's first time competing in the World Cup since 2006. Robert Lewandowski will make his World Cup debut after announcing his presence at Euro 2012 in his home country. Poland is considered the favourite heading into the group but any team has the ability to win.

Poland lacked a bit of defensive discipline in the qualifying campaign, finishing with the worst record among European group winners and thus the onus will be on Glik to step up and marshal the defensive line.

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Even with Milik at his best, however, Lewandowski is irreplaceable for Poland.

This will be Senegal's second World Cup appearance following a quarter-finals finish in 2002. The nation is hoping that Adam Nawalka's team can now reach the knockout phase on the world stage, although they have been drawn against Senegal, Columbia and Japan in a tricky Group H.

He scored only once at Euro 2016 and didn't manage a shot on target until Poland's last-16 match.

The tall center-back is an influential figure in Poland's defence.

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