‘Mly’ (Józef Młynarczyk at Porto)

In an excellent guest post on the blog, Mário Silva, takes us back to a time when another famous goalkeeper apart from Iker Casillas – Poland’s Józef Młynarczyk – was signed by Porto, and the cult hero status that ‘Mly’ acquired due to his spell in Portugal. Following Porto’s defeat in the 1984 European Cup Winners Cup […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five highlights of the 2014-5 Polish club season

The Ekstraklasa is finally over after 11 months and 37 rounds of matches.  Lech Poznań finished as worthy winners in the end, with Legia Warsaw, Jagiellonia Białystok and Śląsk Wrocław qualifying for Europe and Zawisza Bydgoszcz and GKS Bełchatów dropping to the I liga.  It’s been an enjoyable club season on the whole and it’s […]

How to lose a title: Legia Warsaw 2014-5

Henning Berg’s Legia look poised to lose a title which was theirs for the taking The Ekstraklasa title race is not over yet, but last night’s results leave Lech Poznań three points ahead of second place Legia Warsaw with one game left to play.  For Legia to prevail, they need to win at home to […]

Termalica Bruk-Bet Nieciecza. Poland ‘B’ and the Polish village

Photo: Leszek Zych Last Saturday Termalica Bruk-Bet Nieciecza took the field against Pogoń Siedlce knowing a win would take them into the elite of Polish football, the Ekstraklasa, for the first time in their history with one game to spare before the end of the season. In front of a full house of 2,000 fans, […]

Europa League final 2015 preview: Dnipro vs Sevilla

On Wednesday evening a major international football event, the Europa League final, returns to Poland, nearly three years after Euro 2012 visited these shores.  Much has changed in the intervening three years, especially in Poland’s neighbouring co-hosts Ukraine after the Maidan revolution and subsequent annexation of Crimea by Russia, and the ongoing conflict in the […]