Notes from a handball novice

The Polish football winter break is long and hard, with the only sustenance being repetitive transfer talk and watching club football from other countries.  While this break drags on, my attention has been drawn to another sport, one that, to the British observer is entirely foreign – handball.  This is primarily due the European Handball […]

The Polish immigrant as hero: The case of Raymond Kopa

Raymond Kopa after winning the European Cup with Real Madrid in 1957 It is the spring of 1959, the supremely gifted French international Raymond Kopa is hosting the Real Madrid official Raimundo Saporta in his Madrid home to discuss a contract extension.  It has been a gloriously successful couple of years for France, Real and […]