Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe in England

Photo: ballwickxpress.com Over the years of covering Polish football, here at Rightbankwarsaw I’ve become fascinated by comparing the standard of play in England and in Poland.  It’s only natural for me really, after growing up in England and with my (relatively deep) knowledge of the game there.  This has resulted in many a Twitter discussion […]

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 […]

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 […]

Introducing Legia Warsaw’s new manager: Stanislav Cherchesov

Henning Berg has been sacked after almost 22 months in charge of Legia Warsaw.  His successor, Stanislav Cherchesov, is perhaps an unfamiliar name to many.  Rightbankwarsaw gives the floor to Toke Møller Theilade, editor-in-chief of the excellent English language website dealing with Russian football, Russian Football News for an insight into the new occupant of […]

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 […]