Football, elites and the stage, the case of Adolf Dymsza

Adolf Dymsza, holding a bouquet of flowers on the football pitch Football ever since it became a mass sport has always attracted famous fans.  Presidents and prime ministers are present at important matches hoping to bask in the residual glow of success and a host of celebrity hangers on hope to do the same.  Of […]

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 […]

Smashing football: Polonia Warsaw 6 Wkra Żuromin 0

So the big day had arrived.  Finally, as other commentators have noted , Polonia and its fans had the chance to focus purely on football after the trials and tribulations of the summer and the fan violence of last weekend.  Polonia were back once more at their Konwiktorska stadium, something that is possible due to […]

An American in Warsaw: Interview with Gerry Madden

On the weekend the new Polonia played their first match of the new season at KS Łomianki.  Unfortunately Saturday’s events had little to do with football as the game was abandoned after 35 minutes due to the scandalous behaviour of KS Łomianki and Legia fans.  Hooligans repeatedly unveiled an offensive banner, threw apple cores at […]

Polonia Restituta

It’s been a long and, at times, rather confusing summer for Polonia Warsaw.  However the wait for the new season to start is almost over: on Saturday the former Ekstraklasa club will play its first IV liga (5th tier) game at KS Łomianki.  The Polish media have already warned of possible security problems between travelling […]

Mazovian journeys with Polonia: Part 1: Bug Wyszków

Polonia Warsaw’s fall from grace is a sad one for anyone involved with the club.  These last couple of weeks have been about absence.  10 days ago the new Ekstraklasa season got under way without the Czarne koszule, the draw for the Polish cup included the old, bankrupted Polonia who won’t play in the competition.  […]