The Polish immigrant as hero: The case of Raymond Kopa

Raymond Kopa after winning the European Cup with Real Madrid in 1957 It is the spring of 1959, the supremely gifted French international Raymond Kopa is hosting the Real Madrid official Raimundo Saporta in his Madrid home to discuss a contract extension.  It has been a gloriously successful couple of years for France, Real and […]

Real in Mielec

It is a mid-September day in the medium-sized provincial town of Mielec in the South-East of Poland.  But it is a day like no other.  The mighty Real Madrid are coming to town.  The year is 1976 and three months previously Mielec’s football side Stal had won their second Polish title in the space of […]