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 […]

The Polish national team: From challengers to also-rans – Poland 0 Cyprus 0 1987

The Polish national team is on the cusp of qualifying for the European Championships for only the third time in its history. A low-scoring draw on Sunday at home to Ireland is all Poland need to make it to Euro 2016 in France.  This Polish side has received a lot of positive press – both […]

Interview with footballski.fr about Polish football

I answered some questions for the excellent French language website Footballski.fr which deals with football in Eastern Europe.  I present the English version here – it was a chance for me to clarify my views on a number of different issues, the Polish FA, fan culture in Poland and the enigmatic Zbigniew Boniek.  Read on for […]

Ludovic Obraniak: Poland’s fall-guy

It’s a cold November day in 2011, a reporter strides across Wrocław’s spacious main square towards an unassuming young man wearing a light jacket.  As the reporter approaches the man fiddles with his coat, it’s obviously a bit chilly.  The journalist asks in Polish: ‘What do you think about Polish patriotism?’.  A smile breaks out […]

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 […]

Polonia in Italia

Zbigniew Boniek playing for Juventus against Liverpool Source: igol.pl In the last couple of weeks Polonia Warsaw’s Paweł Wszołek and Górnik Zabrze’s Łukasz Skorupski have been acquired by Serie A clubs.  Wszołek (Sampdoria) and Skorupski (AS Roma) are part of a growing contingent of Polish players plying their trade in Italy’s premier club competition.  Rafał […]