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 […]

Five highlights of the 2014-5 Polish club season

The Ekstraklasa is finally over after 11 months and 37 rounds of matches.  Lech Poznań finished as worthy winners in the end, with Legia Warsaw, Jagiellonia Białystok and Śląsk Wrocław qualifying for Europe and Zawisza Bydgoszcz and GKS Bełchatów dropping to the I liga.  It’s been an enjoyable club season on the whole and it’s […]

How to lose a title: Legia Warsaw 2014-5

Henning Berg’s Legia look poised to lose a title which was theirs for the taking The Ekstraklasa title race is not over yet, but last night’s results leave Lech Poznań three points ahead of second place Legia Warsaw with one game left to play.  For Legia to prevail, they need to win at home to […]

Termalica Bruk-Bet Nieciecza. Poland ‘B’ and the Polish village

Photo: Leszek Zych Last Saturday Termalica Bruk-Bet Nieciecza took the field against Pogoń Siedlce knowing a win would take them into the elite of Polish football, the Ekstraklasa, for the first time in their history with one game to spare before the end of the season. In front of a full house of 2,000 fans, […]

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

It’s been several days, but don’t think I’ve forgotten about you, or this series of posts.  Yes, that’s right folks, it’s time for part three of my attempt to find English equivalents of Polish clubs (part one and part two are here).  This time round I present four clubs and their English versions. 8) GKS […]

Polglish football. If Ekstraklasa sides were English clubs: part one

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 […]