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 […]

Legia Warsaw’s relegation to the Europa League is a blessing in disguise.

  Photo @FotoPyK In the first guest post for a while on RightbankWarsaw, Mário Silva explains why the Legia’s demotion to the Europa League due to the Celtic fiasco will benefit them and most importantly the game in Poland. The title may seem rather odd given the anxiety of Polish football fans to have a team in the […]

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. […]

‘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 […]