By Chris Harris
Lukasz Fabianski insists the world will see the "real Poland" when his country co-hosts the European Championship in 2012.
The Arsenal goalkeeper is in Poznan this week for an international friendly against Ivory Coast and he has sensed a mood of excitement among his compatriots as Poland prepare to share a major tournament with Ukraine.
Fabianski got a taste of what to expect in the summer of 2012 when he played at Shakhtar Donetsk's impressive Donbass Arena earlier this month and he believes Poland will rise to the occasion when the spotlight falls on them in 18 months.
"It's a massive deal for us," Fabianski told Arsenal.com. "I think at the moment everyone is focused on preparing really well for such a big competition and, as a nation, we want to show ourselves in a good light. We are doing a lot to prepare ourselves."
Poland is a relatively new member of the European Union - it joined in May 2004 - and Fabianski believes the honour of co-hosting a major sporting event will boost his country's reputation.
"I hope [it will help push the country forward]," he said. "I think at the moment there are still different views about Poland - some are positive, some are more sceptical - so hopefully Euro 2012 will help change the view of our country.
"I think we are progressing, I think we are improving many things and that will be a big event for us. Fans will come to our country and they will see how the real Poland looks."
Subscribers can now watch the full interview with Lukasz. He discusses:
- playing in Ukraine's Donbass Arena
- what co-hosting Euro 2012 means to Poland
- the scepticism about Poland
- how Euro 2012 will help the next generation
- having a competitive team in 2012
- Poland's inconsistent results on the pitch