Tight at the top: The Ekstraklasa title race

Lech Poznań’s Dawid Kownacki Photo: Przegląd Sportowy With 22 rounds of the season gone the Ekstraklasa title race is as intriguing as it’s ever been.  This year four teams are tussling it out at the top of the table with a mere five points separating Lechia Gdańsk, Jagiellonia Białystok, Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznań.  The […]

Another fine mess: The Ekstraklasa with egg on their faces

Since the weekend the Polish football world has been shaken by an unseemly spectacle surrounding the last qualifying spaces allowing entry into the top 8 of the Ekstraklasa – the so-called ‘Championship group’ which allows clubs the opportunity to fight for European places and guarantees them survival from relegation. The controversy concerns several clubs which […]

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 […]

A (foreign) eye on the Ekstraklasa: Interview with Ben Stebbings of Football Radar

The Ekstraklasa doesn’t get many non-Polish viewers and many Poles would say that’s a good thing, such is the negativity surrounding the domestic league here.  But there are some foreign watchers (including yours truly) and they often are far more positive about the Ekstraklasa than Poles themselves.  I spoke to one relatively new Ekstraklasa observer, […]

Ekstraklasa 2015-6 preview

After a short six week break the Ekstraklasa returns tonight as the 2015-6 season kicks off with Wisła Kraków taking on Górnik Zabrze and Lechia Gdańsk playing Cracovia.  A new season means an open book for clubs and players that underachieved and for fans to believe that this season could finally be their year.  At […]