Polish clubs in Europe 2014-5 review

When Legia were knocked out of the last 32 of the Europa League last Thursday, it marked the end of Polish clubs’ participation in European club competitions for the season.  It’s been a long ride, but now it’s over Rightbankwarsaw welcomes you to a short look back at the successes and failures of the country’s sides over […]

Half-season Ekstraklasa review

The Ekstraklasa heads into the international break having completed 15 rounds, which means that half of the regular season is already behind us.  There have been some great goals, exciting matches, unexpected managerial changes as well as dire 0-0 draws and mistakes a plenty.  Here at Rightbankwarsaw it’s time to look at the winners and […]

Interview with footballski.fr about Polish football

I answered some questions for the excellent French language website Footballski.fr which deals with football in Eastern Europe.  I present the English version here – it was a chance for me to clarify my views on a number of different issues, the Polish FA, fan culture in Poland and the enigmatic Zbigniew Boniek.  Read on for […]

Mariusz Rumak: The Stallion of Lech

Our newest guest post is from Jakub Żurawski who profiles title challengers Lech Poznań’s much-derided manager Mariusz Rumak. He argues that press and fans need to be a bit more understanding of the situation in which Rumak has to work.  Today his Lech side face Legia in Warsaw in a crucial top of the table clash. Recently Lech […]

Ekstraklasa’s back and it’s not alright

After two months of twiddling of thumbs and listening to transfer rumour after transfer rumour, the Ekstraklasa finally returned tonight. The Polish winter break is pretty rough on Polish fans, although the fact that many supporters here are enthusiasts of other European leagues makes the break a lot easier to cope with. I’ve written many […]

Player focus: Tom Hateley

Photo: Przegladsportowy.pl Today’s guest post on Rightbankwarsaw comes from Ryan Ferguson who looks at Śląsk Wrocław’s new signing Tom Hateley.  But this is no normal player focus, prepare to be transported to 1960s Liverpool, Monaco and the Maracana. The recent signing of versatile midfielder Tom Hateley by Śląsk Wrocław has aroused interest in both Poland […]

Slow Progress: Corruption in Polish football

Rightbankwarsaw’s second guest post comes from Ben Wheatland and is a fascinating tale of the murky world of corruption in Polish football.  Is it really getting better?  Ben suggests it is.  Highly recommended. Former Celtic and Reading defender Dariusz Wdowczyk in court for charges of match-fixing.  He was found guilty of the charges against him in September […]

Polish football: No space to breathe

Fans look on as Poland crashed out of the European Championships last year Photo: Banzaj.pl I sat down outside a Warsaw sports hall on a bright October day to eat some lunch. A Polish acquaintance joined me and we had a chat about the football tournament we were taking part in. After a while our […]

Polonia Warsaw: An emotional goodbye

What a week it has been for Polonia Warsaw and its fans.  On Tuesday the club was denied a licence to play in the Ekstraklasa for next season due to huge debts, a decision which means Polonia will fall down the Polish league structure.   From August Polonia will play in either the 4th, 5th or […]