Polish soccer team escorted to Qatar World Cup by F-16 fighter jets

‘unfortunate accident’.

His words were backed up by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who also hinted that there were no indications of a deliberate attack on Poland from Russia.

Following an emergency meeting, NATO finally agreed that regardless of the source of the explosion, Russian hostilities were ultimately responsible for the deaths of the two civilians.

But despite the uncertainty, the Polish government seemed unwilling to gamble on the safety of its national team, deploying the impressive defensive escort to ensure players landed safely in the Middle East.

The squad then posed for photos after touching down in Doha ahead of Tuesday’s Group C clash against Mexico (Picture: Polish national football team)

As for the players, the Polish side will be hoping to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time since 1986 after finishing comfortably behind England in the qualifying rounds.

In a bizarre twist of fate, the team received a boost in the play-offs after Russia were banned from the World Cup due to their invasion of Ukraine, and ended up qualifying after beating Sweden 2-0 in a draw at home.

The team has since been drawn into Group C, along with Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

Poland’s first game will be against the Mexican national team on November 22, with the team due to face the Saudis four days later.

Their last group game will be against Argentina on November 30, with Lionel Messi looking to lift the trophy in what will likely be his last World Cup.

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