It’s hip to like sport: Leopold Tyrmand, football and Stalinism in Poland

Leopold Tyrmand (centre) enjoying time with Jazz musicians in the late 1950s ‘Is there a conflict between me and the rulers of this country? Yes there is. A difference of opinions. I think differently. We differ in our views on the constitution and architecture, on industry and sport, on personal freedoms and education.’ Leopold Tyrmand, […]

‘Ultrasensitive’: Fan culture in the Ekstraklasa

In another guest post on Rightbankwarsaw, Maciej Słomiński peers into the world of the Polish Ultra and, instead of threatening individuals, sees them for what they are, big babies who spit out their dummies far too often.  The floor is his. Empty stands are too common a sight due to the pouting of Polish Ultras A […]

A Polish football weekend, Ruch, Górnik and Cracovia

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the delightful charms of a match in Chorzów, Zabrze and Kraków? Well Jim Stewart from the excellent European football travel website Eurofootballcities.com has and here’s his take on his recent trip to Poland… My first Polish football weekend was long overdue. Having loved the country on half […]

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 […]

Three Polish talents to watch in 2014

In the first ever guestpost here on Rightbankwarsaw I pass the reins over to Stephen Pollard who gives his three Polish players to watch in 2014. Łukasz Teodorczyk (Lech Poznań)  When Latvian goal-machine Artjioms Rudnevs left western Poland for Germany at the start of last season, there was a lot of uneasiness among the Lech faithful regarding […]

Down but not yet out in Warsaw and Łódź

Young Polonia fans stare at a protest banner against their former owner Ireneusz Król On August 25 large crowds witnessed the rebirth of two famous old Polish clubs as Polonia Warsaw and ŁKS Łódź played their first home games since going bankrupt last season. Both clubs have started life in the fifth tier of Polish […]

Orest the Great

It is June 2011. Orest Lenczyk, the manager of Śląsk Wrocław, has managed to guide the side from Lower Silesia to 2nd place in the Ekstraklasa table, their highest finish in 29 years. To reward his efforts Lenczyk is about to receive the manager of the season award at the Ekstraklasa end of season event. […]

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 […]