Szczesny: Poland can win Euro 2012

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Despite being the lowest ranked team in the competition, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny insists that Poland are capable of winning Euro 2012.

Tonight, co-hosts Poland go head-to-head with Greece in what will be the first match of this summer's tournament. And in spite of being ranked 62nd in the latest FIFA World Rankings, Szczesny has outlined his determination to claim Europe's biggest prize, stating that anything less will be a failure.

"We've had some good results recently and we're in good form," he said. "The spirit in the team is great and we can't wait to get started.

"I want to go all the way. I'm only in it to win it. I don't plan to lose any games, so therefore I want to win the championship. Why not?"

As has been evident from previous international tournaments, being a host nation can prove to be advantageous. Playing the tournament in your own back yard provides unfancied countries with an extra incentive as they bid to cause an upset, claiming one or two scalps along the way.

For Poland, this is no exception. Home advantage will be crucial for the Poles, and Szczesny is quick to highlight the significance of playing on home soil.

"The fans are behind us and they expect us to do well," he said. "There is a lot of pressure but we are growing in confidence. So there is big excitement as well as big pressure. And that's good for me because I enjoy it.

"We are playing a Euros in our own country and we should enjoy it. Playing for your national team is the best feeling in the world. And playing in the Euros at home doesn't get any better."

Ahead of tonight's game, defender Damien Perquis is Poland's only injury doubt, while Greece have concerns over full-back Vasilis Torosidis who is struggling with an ankle injury.

Despite this setback, coach Fernando Santos is optimistic about his team's chances. "It will be very difficult for any opposing team to beat us. Nobody is very much better than us."

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