Germany vs Poland – Frankfurt redux 2015

Tonight Poland play in Frankfurt against Germany in an important Euro 2016 qualifying match.  41 years ago, Kazimierz Górski’s wonder-team also played in Frankfurt against West Germany in a match which would decide who would make it to the 1974 World Cup final.  In the famous ‘water-match’ (Mecz na wodzie in Polish), Poland fought hard […]

‘Mly’ (Józef Młynarczyk at Porto)

In an excellent guest post on the blog, Mário Silva, takes us back to a time when another famous goalkeeper apart from Iker Casillas – Poland’s Józef Młynarczyk – was signed by Porto, and the cult hero status that ‘Mly’ acquired due to his spell in Portugal. Following Porto’s defeat in the 1984 European Cup Winners Cup […]

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 […]

The magic of European club competition qualifiers

Yesterday the draw for the early rounds of the Champions and Europa League qualifiers was made in Nyon, Switzerland. For the larger European leagues this draw, and indeed the early qualifying rounds, slip away unnoticed in the middle of a summer of grandiose transfer acquisitions and international tournaments.  But for smaller European leagues the qualifiers […]

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 […]