Picture the scene: an English football fan becomes (shock horror!) bored of the Premier league and various other top European leagues on offer, this (odd) fan is not really turned on by the exoticism of South American football either. Instead they decide to watch a bit of the Polish Ekstraklasa. Yeah, I know it’s not going to happen, but just imagine if it did. Suddenly the unsuspecting fan is met by a barrage of clubs which mean nothing to them, and a host of unpronounceable names. To aid this imaginary fan in their adaption process to the box of tricks that is the Polish Ekstraklasa, Rightbankwarsaw asks the question ‘If each Ekstraklasa club was an English club, which one would it be?’ In part one I look at the current top three of the Ekstraklasa, finding their English equivalents.
1) Legia Warsaw = Chelsea
The similarities to the two clubs go further than their positions at the top of their respective tables. Both come from their country’s capital cities and both clubs are very strong financially (although Chelsea has more financial competition from the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City). The principle reason why Legia would be Chelsea if it was an English club is that both clubs are generally despised across their two countries. Legia formerly as it was an army club and now due to its trouble-causing fans and financial strength, Chelsea formerly due to the racism of its fans, now due to its mega-bucks owner.
Legia’s President Bogusław Leśnodorski, Roman Abramovitch and José Mourinho rolled into one
2) Jagiellonia Białystok = Southampton
Jagiellonia have a lot in common with Southampton. Both clubs come from peripheral areas – Jaga the North-East of Poland, Southampton from the South Coast – both have not particularly illustrious histories and both are taking their respective leagues by storm this season playing attractive, enterprising football. The two clubs are also linked by their successful youth academies, Southampton have produced a host of exciting young players, and Jaga have several current youth products in their squad, including the heavily touted 17 year old goalkeeper Bartłomiej Drągowski.
Jaga’s Theo Walcott, Bartłomiej Drągowski, is sure to be snapped up by a big club in the near future
3) Lech Poznań = Arsenal
Lech and Arsenal are two increasingly enigmatic clubs, haunted by past success. Both are regularly tipped to challenge for their respective titles but consistently flatter to deceive due to inconsistent performances, both clubs are known for their patience with managers and both annoy their fans with their reluctance to splash the cash on new signings when required. Always sniffing around for trophies and normally failing to produce at the crucial moment, it remains to be seen whether this season will buck the trend.
Robert Lewandowski, or is it Patrick Vieira?
Tune in soon for the next instalment as Rightbankwarsaw delves deeper into the world of poor comparisons