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, […]

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Ekstraklasa 2015-6 preview

After a short six week break the Ekstraklasa returns tonight as the 2015-6 season kicks off with Wisła Kraków taking on Górnik Zabrze and Lechia Gdańsk playing Cracovia.  A new season means an open book for clubs and players that underachieved and for fans to believe that this season could finally be their year.  At […]

Half-season Ekstraklasa review

The Ekstraklasa heads into the international break having completed 15 rounds, which means that half of the regular season is already behind us.  There have been some great goals, exciting matches, unexpected managerial changes as well as dire 0-0 draws and mistakes a plenty.  Here at Rightbankwarsaw it’s time to look at the winners and […]

Interview with footballski.fr about Polish football

I answered some questions for the excellent French language website Footballski.fr which deals with football in Eastern Europe.  I present the English version here – it was a chance for me to clarify my views on a number of different issues, the Polish FA, fan culture in Poland and the enigmatic Zbigniew Boniek.  Read on for […]

It’s hip to like sport: Leopold Tyrmand, football and Stalinism in Poland

Leopold Tyrmand (centre) enjoying time with Jazz musicians in the late 1950s ‘Is there a conflict between me and the rulers of this country? Yes there is. A difference of opinions. I think differently. We differ in our views on the constitution and architecture, on industry and sport, on personal freedoms and education.’ Leopold Tyrmand, […]

‘Ultrasensitive’: Fan culture in the Ekstraklasa

In another guest post on Rightbankwarsaw, Maciej Słomiński peers into the world of the Polish Ultra and, instead of threatening individuals, sees them for what they are, big babies who spit out their dummies far too often.  The floor is his. Empty stands are too common a sight due to the pouting of Polish Ultras A […]

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. […]

A Kraków pitstop

As it’s the holidays for me, in an attempt to fill some time I headed to see my friend in Kraków for a couple of days.  Betwixt visits to ex forced labour camps, sitting on squares drinking coffee and exploring disused quarries I managed to visit the stadiums of the four highest ranked Kraków clubs. […]

No home comfort: Polonia 1 Wisła 2

Source: sport.interior.pl After last weekend’s heroics at Lech Poznan Polonia returned to Konwiktorska to take on a Wisła Kraków side who have been highly unimpressive this season.  Before the match Polonia sat in third place, five points behind leaders and city rivals, Legia Warsaw.  The encounter with Wisła gave Polonia the opportunity to continue their […]

Gwardia Warszawa and the Polish European Dream

I got off the bus which had taken me to the gates of Gwardia Warszawa’s stadium.  It was a cold January day just after Christmas and there was hardly anyone around.  The stadium sign spoke of decayed greatness, imposing and yet falling to bits, the gates themselves caked with rust. The main entrance and the […]