Lech Poznań: A ray of light in the darkness

It’s been an incredibly bleak couple couple of years for Polish sides in European competitions. Legia Warsaw, way back in 2016-2017, were the last side to represent the country in a European group stage when they entertained (but were walloped a number of times) in the Champions League playing against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and […]


Piast Gliwice’s unexpected title challenge and the joys of keeping it simple

Piast Gliwice defend a corner at Lechia Gdańsk Photo: Tomek R It’s been a topsy-turvy season in the Ekstraklasa, but this is no surprise in one of the most unpredictable of Europe’s top tiers, with the only predictable thing being that Legia Warsaw could very well creep across the line while not really impressing. All […]

5 things we learned: Poland’s first two Euro 2020 qualifiers

Photo: Wikicommons Poland’s first two Euro 2020 qualifiers are behind us.  Poland got away with two wins, first beating Austria 1-0 in Vienna and then defeating Latvia 2-0 in Warsaw.  What have we learnt from the two games? 1) Poland’s individual strengths should be easily good enough to get them out of the group In […]

Second world war on the pitch: Taras Romanczuk vs Dominik Furman

Jagiellonia Białystok’s Taras Romanczuk Photo: Adam Kupryjaniuk, jbc The Second World War is never far away in Poland. Last week scandals linked to the war erupted during the Middle East Summit in Warsaw. The NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell said that the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was against the Polish and Nazi Regime (when it was […]

Paweł Adamowicz, Lechia Gdańsk and urban pride

‘Paweł Adamowicz, Lechia thanks you!’ Blog and podcast regular Maciej Słomiński remembers the recently murdered Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz and all he did for his club Lechia Gdańsk. I will put it straight: if it wasn’t for the murdered Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Euro 2012 wouldn’t be played in Gdańsk at the prettiest venue in Poland […]

Football self-flagellation in Poland

Flagellants, 1493, source: Wikicommons I’ve been following the Polish league for 6 full years now, writing articles about it, watching the matches, following social media regarding it and generally getting involved in its welfare.  And, although I will continue to follow it, attempt to promote it and enjoy the matches I’ve hit a bit of […]