Why it would be better if Legia Warsaw don’t win the title this season

Photo: Maciej Baranowski, Wikimedia commons On Thursday Polish sides suffered a KO in the Europa League third qualifying rounds first legs.  Jagiellonia Białystok fought manly but went down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Gent, Lech Poznań were easily beaten 2-0 at Genk and Legia Warsaw suffered a thoroughly embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home […]


Chaos as Poland falls to earth with a bump

It seemed to come completely out of the blue.  Poland, a side that had stormed through the Euro 2016 qualifiers, made it to the quarter finals of the main tournament, qualified again easily for the World Cup, in the top 10 in the world rankings, blessed with world class players like Robert Lewandowski, have somehow […]

The Polish league: A permanent state of temporariness

Legia Warsaw line-up against Real Madrid in the Champions League group-stage match in October 2016, wikimedia commons, photo: Erik Cleves Kristensen The 2017-8 season in the Polish Ekstraklasa has not been a classic by any stretch of the imagination.  None of the title contenders were able to achieve any real level of form and consistency, […]

Autumn round Ekstraklasa round-up: Part two, the bottom half

Last week I covered the top half of the Ekstraklasa, so this week it’s time to round up the rest of the table.  Which teams had the most issues in one of the most unpredictable leagues in the world? All will become clear In 9th place we find Wisła Płock.  As with pretty much everyone, […]

Autumn round Ekstraklasa round-up: Part one, the top half

It’s been a long and arduous Ekstraklasa season so far, starting all the way back on the 14th July when Lechia Gdańsk kicked it all off with a 2-0 away victory at Wisła Płock but it’s felt even longer as Polish clubs started their European (mis) adventure at the end of June.  There have been […]

Rafał Siemaszko: from rags to riches

Photo: Tylko Ekstraklasa It’s approaching the last minute of injury time as Arka Gdynia face Danish side FC Midtjylland in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers.  It’s 2-2 after a fiercely fought encounter and Arka have won a free-kick on the right hand side of the Midtjylland box and it’s going to be […]

The State of European Football, Part four, Albania

Photo: AFP For the last in our series (you can find parts one and two and three here here and here) about under and over-achievements in the 2017-8 European qualifying rounds, we now turn to the situation in Albania.  There it’s KF Skënderbeu Korçë that are leading the way, Skënderbeu became the first Albanian side […]