Quite simply, the last time a host nation managed to win the tournament was back in 1984, when France emerged triumphant in their own backyard.
More worryingly, the last two sides to co-host the Euros were Austria and Switzerland four years ago, both of similar stature and quality to Poland. Neither made it past the group stages, recording just a win and a draw between them.
Therefore, early signs suggest the Poles are going to have their work cut out next summer.
World ranking (as of November 2011): 64
Coach: Franciszek Smuda
63-year-old Smuda may be a relative unknown to those outside his native Poland, but back home he is something of a legend, having been involved in coaching since 1983.
The former defender has had spells in charge of Polish giants Widzew Lodz, Wisla Krakow, Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznan, and has three Polish league titles to his name.
Having been linked to the national team job as early as 1997, Smuda was finally appointed in 2009, but having failed to qualify for last year's World Cup, Euro 2012 represents his first real chance to show what he has on the international stage.
Can they win it?
On paper, Poland have to be one of the weakest sides that will be present at the Euros next summer. However, closer inspection of the players Smuda has at his disposal suggest the Polish could cause an upset if they play their cards right.
As outsiders for the title, they will inevitably find themselves on the back foot in their matches against stronger opposition, and a strong defence will be paramount.
In Wojciech Szczesny, Poland have one of Europe's best young goalkeepers, but it is in defence where Smuda will be deeply concerned by a distinct lack of quality, with Borussia Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek the notable exception. Arkadiusz Glowacki, at 32, will be severely tested for his lack of pace, while Damien Perquis and Jakub Wawrzyniak are both lacking in international experience.
Up front, Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will likely be tasked to lead the line on his own, while Lille's Ludovic Obraniak will look to support him from an advanced midfield position, but by and large, Poland are also lacking bite in attack.
But perhaps, it will be captain Jakub Blaszczykowski who will prove to be most important next summer. While the 25-year-old has been struggling to get a game for Dortmund, he is still regarded as an automatic starter under Smuda, and it is easy to see why.
Possessing a quick turn of pace and exceptional dribbling skills, Blaszczykowski might just turn out to be the wild card that leads Poland to a couple of upsets next summer.
And should the Poles indeed claim one or two scalps in the group stages, everyone will be fully aware that anything is possible come the knockout stages.
Best performance at European Championships: Group stage (2008)