Germany vs Poland – Frankfurt redux 2015

Tonight Poland play in Frankfurt against Germany in an important Euro 2016 qualifying match.  41 years ago, Kazimierz Górski’s wonder-team also played in Frankfurt against West Germany in a match which would decide who would make it to the 1974 World Cup final.  In the famous ‘water-match’ (Mecz na wodzie in Polish), Poland fought hard […]

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Real in Mielec

It is a mid-September day in the medium-sized provincial town of Mielec in the South-East of Poland.  But it is a day like no other.  The mighty Real Madrid are coming to town.  The year is 1976 and three months previously Mielec’s football side Stal had won their second Polish title in the space of […]

Orest the Great

It is June 2011. Orest Lenczyk, the manager of Śląsk Wrocław, has managed to guide the side from Lower Silesia to 2nd place in the Ekstraklasa table, their highest finish in 29 years. To reward his efforts Lenczyk is about to receive the manager of the season award at the Ekstraklasa end of season event. […]