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Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek retires from Poland duty

Poland defender Lukasz Piszczek says he is retiring from the national team following a poor World Cup performance.

Piszczek wrote on Instagram on Saturday that he was taking a "hard but rational" decision and was ending his "adventure with the representation."

In an interview for Wirtualna Polska, the 33-year-old Borussia Dortmund defender said his performance was a "great surprise" to him and that his physical condition failed him at the tournament in Russia.

Poland were eliminated in the group...

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Robert Lewandowski had 'many sleepless nights' after Poland's World Cup failure

The FC crew look back on the 2018 World Cup and identify four stars who either improved their stock in Russia or saw it take a hit with their play.
With rumours swirling that Robert Lewandowski wants out at Bayern, Steve Nicol explains why Real Madrid is the perfect fit for the Poland striker.

Robert Lewandowski says he has endured "many sleepless nights" after Poland's disappointing World Cup and that his poor performance is still affecting him.

The striker failed to score in Russia this summer as Poland made a premature exit in the opening stage despite being the seeded team in Group H.

And Lewandowski told Przeglad Sportowy that it has not been easy to put his failure behind him

"I had many sleepless nights. I was thinking about what went wrong and several times coming back...

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FIFA give World Cup 2018 final tickets to young viral video star

A young Poland fan has landed tickets to the World Cup final after FIFA were moved by a video of him crying in the aftermath of his team's group-stage elimination.

Six-year-old Aleks Meiklejohn was filmed in floods of tears while being consoled by his dad, Iain, after a devastating 3-0 defeat against Colombia in Kazan.

While Iain is from Edinburgh, Scotland, he took Aleks out to Russia to support his mum's native Poland.

Alas, the loss was all too much for the little guy -- though the Colombia fans...

Poland coach Adam Nawalka: We had to offer a little bit of joy to the fans

Poland coach Adam Nawalka said his team had needed to beat Japan in their final World Cup match on Thursday to prove they were not quitters and bring some joy to their country's football fans after a miserable campaign in Russia.

A goal from central defender Jan Bednarek on the hour mark delivered Poland their first win at the World Cup finals since they beat Costa Rica in Hanover in 2006 -- another meaningless group match for the Poles.

While Japan sneaked through to the knockout stages despite...