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Interview with footballski.fr about Polish football

Written on Wrzesień 12, 2014 at 11:43 am, by

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 […]

The night Piotr Grzelczak outdid Messi

Written on Kwiecień 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm, by

The first time I heard about Piotr Grzelczak was in the middle of a cold Polish January.  My Polish side Polonia Warsaw were in dire straits at the time with a host of players being forced to leave the club due to the empty pockets of former owner Ireneusz Król.  That winter all the players […]

Three Polish talents to watch in 2014

Written on Styczeń 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm, by

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

Written on Październik 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm, by

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 […]

Polish football: No space to breathe

Written on Wrzesień 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm, by

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 […]

An American in Warsaw: Interview with Gerry Madden

Written on Sierpień 20, 2013 at 10:31 am, by

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

Written on Sierpień 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm, by

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

Written on Lipiec 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm, by

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 … Continue reading

Polonia in Italia

Written on Lipiec 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm, by

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 … Continue reading

Polonia in Italia

Written on Lipiec 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm, by

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 … Continue reading