Notes from a handball novice

The Polish football winter break is long and hard, with the only sustenance being repetitive transfer talk and watching club football from other countries.  While this break drags on, my attention has been drawn to another sport, one that, to the British observer is entirely foreign – handball.  This is primarily due the European Handball […]

Piotr Nowak: From Abuse to Redemption at Lechia Gdańsk?

The latest guest post on Rightbankwarsaw sees Ed Zelaski take a look at the controversial appointment of Piotr Nowak to the Lechia Gdańsk hotseat and the cultural differences between the United States and Poland that the decision has illustrated. Lechia Gdańsk confirmed on Wednesday what had been rumored for the past week – former Polish […]

Loyalty and football. The case of Kasper Hämäläinen

Today, Kasper Hämäläinen will make the move between the two biggest Polish clubs – from Lech Poznań to Legia Warsaw.  The Finnish attacking midfielder will sign a three year contract worth up to 500,000 Euros a season including bonuses making him one of the highest paid footballers in the Polish Ekstraklasa.  Many Lech Poznań fans […]

The (digital) road to Euro ’88. Jackie Dziekanowski, Tracksuit manager and me

When I was a little kid, the information that I could access about the world of football was pretty restricted.  There was of course no internet, which meant the main form of gleaning knowledge about football was from Match magazine, Teletext and Clubcall. Indeed, Clubcall once got me into big trouble with my dad, as […]

The Polish national team in 2015: Eternal chokers or strong-willed victors ?

This is it.  The moment has finally come.  Tonight Poland play Ireland at the National Stadium in a crucial European Championships qualifier, the prize? A place at Euro 2016 in France next summer.  All Poland need to do to qualify is to get a low-scoring draw (0-0 or 1-1) to take them through, a 2-2 […]