‘We would have had little to gain’: British insularity and the World Cup 1930-1958

England’s team lines up for their first ever world cup game vs Chile in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil This post is a bit of a departure for the blog.  Instead of Polish football I write here about Britain’s conflicted relationship with the game it created and how this was reflected in their attitude […]

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, […]

‘Nothing in Poland is simple’: Polish cup final preview: Zagłębie Lubin vs Zawisza Bydgoszcz

Poland’s ultra-modern National Stadium during Euro2012. The stadium will host next weekend’s Polish Cup final In a new guest post on Rightbankwarsaw we welcome Michał Rygiel to preview next weekend’s Polish cup final between Zagłębie Lubin and Zawisza Bydgoszcz.  The final will be played for the first time at the National Stadium in Warsaw.  Unfortunately what […]