Piast Gliwice’s unexpected title challenge and the joys of keeping it simple

Piast Gliwice defend a corner at Lechia Gdańsk Photo: Tomek R It’s been a topsy-turvy season in the Ekstraklasa, but this is no surprise in one of the most unpredictable of Europe’s top tiers, with the only predictable thing being that Legia Warsaw could very well creep across the line while not really impressing. All […]

5 things we learned: Poland’s first two Euro 2020 qualifiers

Photo: Wikicommons Poland’s first two Euro 2020 qualifiers are behind us.  Poland got away with two wins, first beating Austria 1-0 in Vienna and then defeating Latvia 2-0 in Warsaw.  What have we learnt from the two games? 1) Poland’s individual strengths should be easily good enough to get them out of the group In […]

Second world war on the pitch: Taras Romanczuk vs Dominik Furman

Jagiellonia Białystok’s Taras Romanczuk Photo: Adam Kupryjaniuk, jbc The Second World War is never far away in Poland. Last week scandals linked to the war erupted during the Middle East Summit in Warsaw. The NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell said that the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was against the Polish and Nazi Regime (when it was […]

Chaos as Poland falls to earth with a bump

It seemed to come completely out of the blue.  Poland, a side that had stormed through the Euro 2016 qualifiers, made it to the quarter finals of the main tournament, qualified again easily for the World Cup, in the top 10 in the world rankings, blessed with world class players like Robert Lewandowski, have somehow […]

The Polish league: A permanent state of temporariness

Legia Warsaw line-up against Real Madrid in the Champions League group-stage match in October 2016, wikimedia commons, photo: Erik Cleves Kristensen The 2017-8 season in the Polish Ekstraklasa has not been a classic by any stretch of the imagination.  None of the title contenders were able to achieve any real level of form and consistency, […]

Autumn round Ekstraklasa round-up: Part two, the bottom half

Last week I covered the top half of the Ekstraklasa, so this week it’s time to round up the rest of the table.  Which teams had the most issues in one of the most unpredictable leagues in the world? All will become clear In 9th place we find Wisła Płock.  As with pretty much everyone, […]

Autumn round Ekstraklasa round-up: Part one, the top half

It’s been a long and arduous Ekstraklasa season so far, starting all the way back on the 14th July when Lechia Gdańsk kicked it all off with a 2-0 away victory at Wisła Płock but it’s felt even longer as Polish clubs started their European (mis) adventure at the end of June.  There have been […]