With the weight of the nation on their shoulders and football fans across Europe watching, Poland kick off their Euro 2012 campaign on Friday evening as odds against with Bet365, who have also announced free bets, with a Group A clash against Greece.
Poland are not considered one of the leading teams in Europe of course, but with home advantage they will be looking to progress further than they have for many years. It is a tournament they have looked forward to for ages and it is now time for the talking to stop.
Looking at their form going into the tournament, they have consistently had home friendly matches to get them prepared for this summer, something they have done with relative success.
It has been five wins in the last six games for them, with a convincing 4-0 victory over Andorra last time out to take into this opening match. They have been solid at the back too with just one goal conceded in this sequence.
One thing that gives Poland genuine hope of a successful tournament – other than being backed by a passionate home crowd – is the man leading the line for them, Robert Lewandowski. The striker was a revelation for Borussia Dortmund and the home nation have high hopes for him.
As for Greece, they will still remember their Euro 2004 success extremely fondly, perhaps drawing on those experiences to get them out of a tough group.
Lots has changes since then though and with a few new youngsters in the squad, there is a fresh feeling to the squad. Having said that, the mentality of remaining solid at the back and grinding out wins remains.
Overall, this should be a tense, but special occasion for Poland and one that Greece have every intention of spoiling. Neutrals will be hoping for an entertaining fixture to get the tournament underway and this one gets underway at 5pm on Friday evening.