In spite of the fact that the attention of the athletic world has switched to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, fighting along the border between Ukraine and Russia continues despite the fact that the tournament is taking place. As a result of the recent missile that allegedly landed near the Poland-Ukraine border, killing two people, tensions have also been high in Poland, a nation that shares borders with both Ukraine and Russia. Following the current events, F-16 fighter jets escorted the Polish national football team to Qatar so that they could compete in the World Cup there.
The footage of the same was posted to the official Twitter account of the Polish national team. According to reports, the F-16 fighters escorted the plane transporting the Polish players to the country’s border.
Poland’s 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign kicks off on Tuesday against Mexico in their first Group C match. The Robert Lewandowski-led squad faces Saudi Arabia on November 26 and Lionel Messi and Argentina in the group’s most anticipated matchup on November 30.
“We were escorted to the southern border of Poland by F-16 planes! Thank you and greetings to the pilots!”, the Poland national football team’s Twitter account posted, with a few pictures of fighter planes.
Do południowej granicy Polski eskortowały nas samoloty F16! ✈️ Dziękujemy i pozdrawiamy panów pilotów! 🇵🇱 pic.twitter.com/7WLuM1QrhZ
— Łączy nas piłka (@LaczyNasPilka) November 17, 2022
What a moment?? Ironic moment for soccer fan. @FIFAWorldCup https://t.co/2IRzVcsjjJ
— Saurav Yadav (@saurav059) November 18, 2022
It’s wild that Lewandowski is worth more than the plane he rode in on https://t.co/1kLawoQ7Co
— Vis (@MisterMaryJane) November 18, 2022
Holy shit … The polish National team were escorted by F16 jets along part of their way to Qatar https://t.co/qCKXxhOwSU
— Mario Bowden ⚽️ 🌍 (@mariobowden) November 17, 2022
Robert Lewandowski, the star player for Poland, has stated that he is training as if the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be his last. However, the 34-year-old also stated that he will be physically able to play in the 2026 tournament.
Lewandowski, Poland’s all-time leading goalscorer, has been on fire for La Liga club Barcelona this season, scoring 18 times in 19 games.
Poland faces off against Mexico in its World Cup Group C opener on Tuesday. Polish coach Czeslaw Michniewicz benched several starters, including goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, midfielder Piotr Zielinski, and striker Robert Lewandowski in the match leading up to the World Cup.