44 days to go: Poland’s goalscoring haul so far

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 44 days to go!

In less than two months’ time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.​

That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.​​​

44 The number of goals Poland have scored at the FIFA World Cup, a rate of 1.4 per game. Having made it to the tournament on seven occasions, the latest being Germany 2006, their most impressive in front of goal was undoubtedly when their neighbours last hosted the finals in 1974.

Going on to finish the festivities in third, a feat they would replicate eight years later, they stormed ahead of all – including Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands and the victorious hosts – by clocking up an impressive 16 goals. Almost half of those were bagged in a single game, too, when they earned a 7-0 win over Haiti.

Leading their goalscoring charge is Grzegorz Lato, who hit seven that year to win the adidas Golden Boot, before adding a further three to his tally over the following two tournaments.