The magic of European club competition qualifiers

Yesterday the draw for the early rounds of the Champions and Europa League qualifiers was made in Nyon, Switzerland. For the larger European leagues this draw, and indeed the early qualifying rounds, slip away unnoticed in the middle of a summer of grandiose transfer acquisitions and international tournaments.  But for smaller European leagues the qualifiers […]

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Why Legia’s Champions League fiasco shouldn’t be the end of the world

Photo: @mat_kostrzewa So in the end it happened.  Legia Warsaw were kicked out of the Champions League after fielding a suspended player, Bartosz Bereszyński, for the final minutes of their tie with Celtic on Wednesday.  UEFA, looking into their rule book, granted Celtic a walkover, which meant they progressed on the away goals rule instead of Legia. […]

Zdzisław Kręcina: Polish football’s Smooth Operator

A familiar, and rather comedic-looking, face has come back to the Polish football scene in the last couple of days, prompting much sneering and mickey-taking, however Zdzisław Kręcina (pictured above) is actually a much smarter operator than his appearance suggests.  In another guest post on RightbankWarsaw, Mikołaj Wojciechowski profiles Kręcina and finds out there’s a […]

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 […]