The State of European Football, Part four, Albania

Photo: AFP For the last in our series (you can find parts one and two and three here here and here) about under and over-achievements in the 2017-8 European qualifying rounds, we now turn to the situation in Albania.  There it’s KF Skënderbeu Korçë that are leading the way, Skënderbeu became the first Albanian side […]

The State of European Football, Part three, Macedonia

Photo: UEFA.com For the third in a series (you can find parts one and two here and here) about under and over-achievements in the 2017-8 European qualifying rounds, we now turn to those countries which have exceeded expectations.  Our first case study in this regard is Macedonia, where Skopje’s FK Vardar became the first ever […]

The State of European Football, Part two, Holland

Photo: Ajaxdaily.com For the second in a series (you can find the first one here) about countries who either under or overachieved in 2017-8 European competition qualifying rounds, our attention turns to the once mighty Dutch league which has recently fallen on increasingly hard times.  This season both Ajax and PSV failed to make European […]

The State of European Football, Part one, Turkey

Photo: Goal.com In Poland recently there has been a feverish debate concerning the reasons for Polish clubs’ failure to get a club into the 2017-8 European group stages.  People have bemoaned pretty much everything from inefficient club scouting systems, to poorly-run academies to short-termism among owners.  In an attempt to wider the focus a bit […]

Sitting in the gutter looking up at the stars? Polish clubs in European competitions

It’s been a rather rough summer for Polish sides in European competitions.  By 3 August  only one club, Legia Warsaw, remains in with a shot of European group stages but even the Polish champions have suffered a fall from grace, being eliminated from the Champions League by the Kazakh champions FC Astana.  In order for […]

Much Adu about nothing, Freddy Adu in Nowy Sącz

It all started with a photo posted on Sandecja Nowy Sącz’s twitter feed on Monday morning.  In it stand two men posing outside of an airport terminal, the small, rather well-built man on the right of the picture is draped in Sandecja’s flag with a wide grin on his face.  The small club from the […]

Sandecja Nowy Sącz: The Not-so-Little New Boys

Sandecja Nowy Sącz, in blue, head out to play a pre-season friendly vs Cracovia.  Photo: Marcin Łoboz, Watch Esktraklasa Next weekend marks the kickoff of the new season of the Polish Ekstraklasa.  There will be a new face among the Polish football elite – Sandecja Nowy Sącz, Ed Żelaski gives us some info on who […]