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 […]

5 arrivals to look forward to in the Ekstraklasa spring round

Tomorrow the Ekstraklasa arises from its deep winter sleep and stumbles into the spring round, ‘spring’ obviously being a misnomer in early February in Poland with its firmly minus temperatures, snow lying on the ground and smog polluting the country’s air.  Still, there’s football to be played and here at Rightbankwarsaw we’d like to usher […]

Polglish football: If Ekstraklasa sides were English clubs: part four

It’s time to finally bring this drawn-out series to a conclusion, so let’s plunge once more into our last set of dodgy comparisons with some big boys still to come – the previous three instalments are here here and here. 12) Lechia Gdańsk = QPR There’s only one real criteria which leads the football observer to compare […]

Franz For Coming Out: No Third Time Lucky Charm for Smuda at Wisła Kraków

In a new guest post on Rightbankwarsaw, Lucas Wilk looks at the reign of Franciszek Smuda at Wisła Kraków, arguing that although Smuda had his flaws, he achieved more than many people would have expected. Barely 20 months into his three-year deal Franciszek (Franz) Smuda has been dismissed from head coach duties at Wisła Kraków for […]

Polglish football: If Ekstraklasa sides were English clubs: part two

Having laid out the groundrules in part one, without further ado rightbankwarsaw moves onto part two – focusing on four more Ekstraklasa clubs and their English equivalents. 4) Śląśk Wrocław = West Ham United It wasn’t easy to find an English equivalent to Śląsk Wrocław, but the best I could do was West Ham United.  Both clubs […]

Spotlight on Polonia Warsaw (part one)

Having rushed headlong into this supporting Polonia lark without much real knowledge about the club I thought I’d take a step back and give you a bit of inside information about them.  To do this I contacted their fan’s website dumastolicy.pl who very kindly agreed to answer some rather basic questions about Polonia for a […]

More teams, more problems

I didn’t see this unfortunately Last week I left off by tying my colours to the mast.  Polonia Warsaw were to be my team in the Polish Ekstraklasa.  But with that decision out of the way, new dilemmas have, somewhat inevitably, emerged.  I faced one of them full in the face yesterday as my English […]