Another fine mess: The Ekstraklasa with egg on their faces

Since the weekend the Polish football world has been shaken by an unseemly spectacle surrounding the last qualifying spaces allowing entry into the top 8 of the Ekstraklasa – the so-called ‘Championship group’ which allows clubs the opportunity to fight for European places and guarantees them survival from relegation. The controversy concerns several clubs which […]

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 […]

Polish clubs in Europe 2014-5 review

When Legia were knocked out of the last 32 of the Europa League last Thursday, it marked the end of Polish clubs’ participation in European club competitions for the season.  It’s been a long ride, but now it’s over Rightbankwarsaw welcomes you to a short look back at the successes and failures of the country’s sides over […]

Half-season Ekstraklasa review

The Ekstraklasa heads into the international break having completed 15 rounds, which means that half of the regular season is already behind us.  There have been some great goals, exciting matches, unexpected managerial changes as well as dire 0-0 draws and mistakes a plenty.  Here at Rightbankwarsaw it’s time to look at the winners and […]

Why Legia’s Champions League fiasco shouldn’t be the end of the world

Photo: @mat_kostrzewa So in the end it happened.  Legia Warsaw were kicked out of the Champions League after fielding a suspended player, Bartosz Bereszyński, for the final minutes of their tie with Celtic on Wednesday.  UEFA, looking into their rule book, granted Celtic a walkover, which meant they progressed on the away goals rule instead of Legia. […]

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 […]

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. […]