As hosts, Poland did not have to go through the hardship of qualification however, a bronze medal at the World Championship 2015 in Qatar is clear proof of the team's strength.
Poland enjoyed one of their most successful periods between 2007and 2009, when they came second and third at the respective World Championships. Following a dip in form and performances, German Michael Biegler took over the head coach position from Bogdan Wenta in October 2012.
With World Championship All-Star line player Bartosz Jurecki, three players from 2015 VELUX EHF FINAL4 bronze medal winner KS Vive Tauron Kielce: goalkeeper Slawomir Szmal, Karol Bielecki and Michal Jurecki, and the home crowd support they can rely on at the EHF EURO, Poland will be a force to reckon with in January.
The Polish goalkeeper is one of the most experienced as well as one of the most recognised Polish players. He won silver at the World Championship 2007 and bronze at the World Championships in 2009 and 2015. In 2009 he was voted World Handball Player of the Year and one year later he was awarded 'Best Goalkeeper' at the EHF EURO 2010.
At 37, Szmal is still considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. During his long career he has spent eight years in the German Bundesliga where he played almost 200 matches for first TuS N-Lübbecke and then Rhein Neckar Löwen. In 2011 he returned home and joined Polish champions Vive Tauron Kielce, taking third place at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 events in 2013 and 2015.
Krzysztof Lijewski first played for the national team in 2003 and has since been part of all the team's major achievements. With Poland he won silver at the World Championship 2007 as well as bronze in 2009 and 2015. At the EHF EURO 2014 he was voted best right back and earned a spot in the tournament's All-star team.
After having played in Germany for many years, he returned to his native Poland in 2012 where he currently plays for national champions Vive Tauron Kielce. His brother Marcin is also a famous Polish handball player.
54-year-old Michael Biegler assumed experience when he was assistant coach of the German national coach from 1993 to 1996 and as head coach for many German clubs including VfL Gummersbach and SC Magdeburg.
In September 2012 he succeeded Bogdan Wenta at the helm of the Polish national team. At his first major tournament on the bench, Poland finished 9th at the World Championship 2013 in Spain.
Biegler took on the task of rejuvenating Poland’s national team and has already achieved success. In January 2015 Poland came third at the World Championship in Qatar, beating EHF EURO 2014 bronze medallists Spain in the match for third place.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events