Football, elites and the stage, the case of Adolf Dymsza

Adolf Dymsza, holding a bouquet of flowers on the football pitch Football ever since it became a mass sport has always attracted famous fans.  Presidents and prime ministers are present at important matches hoping to bask in the residual glow of success and a host of celebrity hangers on hope to do the same.  Of […]

Civil war in Ukraine and the Europa league

Dynamo Kyiv ultras have formed self-defence units to protect protestors on Kyiv’s main square This blog is normally about Poland but it’s difficult to stay silent about the very worrying developments in Poland’s Eastern neighbours Ukraine as state-led violence rains down on protesters striving for a more democratic society.  As the dead bodies pile up […]

Groundhopping chat with Stephen Pollard

I chatted with Stephen Pollard on Saturday about groundhopping, the Polish national team, visiting Polish stadiums from abroad and Irishmen who haven’t made it back to the homeland after Euro 2012.  Intrigued?  Then check out the soundcloud player below. The chat was originally broadcast on the excellent ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ show which airs between 15:00-17:00 GMT […]

Ekstraklasa’s back and it’s not alright

After two months of twiddling of thumbs and listening to transfer rumour after transfer rumour, the Ekstraklasa finally returned tonight. The Polish winter break is pretty rough on Polish fans, although the fact that many supporters here are enthusiasts of other European leagues makes the break a lot easier to cope with. I’ve written many […]