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Podcast 24

4/12/2018
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The pod returns after a month hiatus to sum up the Ekstraklasa as it moves into the playoff round of the season. We talk about Lech Poznań's surprise rise to the top, the decline of Jagiellonia Białystok, Legia Warsaw ominously lurking in the wings despite being in bad form and the free for all at the bottom of the Ekstraklasa table. We also discussed the state of play in the Polish cup semi-finals before next week's second legs. Along the way we criticised the total lack of vision at Śląsk...

Duration:01:14:05

Podcast 23: Jaga still going strong

3/8/2018
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After a two week break the pod returns to talk about the Ekstraklasa over the last couple of weeks, the fact that the title race seems to be well and truly on, Jaga's excellent form at the top of the league, Legia's knack for winning games while not playing particularly well, Lech's upturn in form at Legia, crowd violence at Piast vs Górnik and lots of other tasty morsels. Our 1 liga (second tier corner) returns as the promotion and relegation race is weighed up, we present our prediction...

Duration:01:07:43

Podcast 22: Spring is here and the Ekstraklasa frolics once more

2/21/2018
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After a winter hiatus the pod returns to talk about the Ekstraklasa as it emerges from the cave that kept it warm during the icy weather. We talk about the weekend's games, assess the many player transfers to the league during the break and discuss some terrible examples of club organisation. Along the way we muse over the entertainment options for foreign players in the environs of Nieciecza, cower in fear at Trifon Ivanov's ghost and imagine what would happen if Arka Gdynia won the...

Duration:01:09:37

Podcast 21: Autumn round review

1/6/2018
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In this week's bumper pod Ben, Maciej and Chris do their Ekstraklasa autumn round review. First we talk about our funny moments of the season so far, then we go through the Ekstraklasa clubs giving them a grade from A to E based on their performances regarding pre-season expectations, then we compile our team of the season and our silly (wwopf (r) team of the season, and finish with some quick answers to listeners' questions. Along the way we compare Dominik Furman to Kenny Dalglish and...

Duration:01:28:08

Podcast 20: Górnik and Korona set the Ekstraklasa alight

12/7/2017
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This week on the pod Ben, Maciej and Chris talk about the current goings on in the Ekstraklasa where Górnik Zabrze top the pile after continuing to win matches when the odds were against them. We also talked about Legia's mini drop in form, Lech's crisis and Korona's transformation into a side everyone wants to watch. Other topics included Maciej's regular 1 liga corner and Poland's World Cup draw and their chances at next summer's World Cup in Russia. Along the way we were not very...

Duration:01:05:50

Podcast 19: Legia move ominously up the table

11/2/2017
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This week on the pod Maciej and Chris talk about Legia Warsaw grindingly efficient performances in the last couple of weeks, the debacle in Gdańsk as Lechia lost 5-0 at home to Korona Kielce and the end of Maciej Skorża at Pogoń Szczecin. We also chatted about plans to increase the Ekstraklasa to 18 sides next season, the Argentinian in charge of Ruch Chorzów and a small non-league Tricity side with a lot of ex-Ekstraklasa players in it.

Duration:00:59:04

Podcast 19: Legia move ominously up the table

11/1/2017
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This week on the pod Maciej and Chris talk about Legia Warsaw grindingly efficient performances in the last couple of weeks, the debacle in Gdańsk as Lechia lost 5-0 at home to Korona Kielce and the end of Maciej Skorża at Pogoń Szczecin. We also chatted about plans to increase the Ekstraklasa to 18 sides next season, the Argentinian in charge of Ruch Chorzów and a small non-league Tricity side with a lot of ex-Ekstraklasa players in it.

Duration:00:59:04

Podcast 18: Predicting the unpredictable and Poland reach the World Cup

10/18/2017
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After a three week break the podcast returns to talk about the most unpredictable league in the world (TM). Maciej and Chris discuss whether any team has the potential to break free of the middling pack, why Legia are so bad this season and whether Termalica will finally ger relegated from the Ekstraklasa. We also talk about the Polish national team's chances in the World Cup in Russia, whether Lewandowski is really the best goalscorer in Polish history and the street layout in Yerevan....

Duration:00:58:26

Podcast 17: Title race, what title race?

9/28/2017
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Podcast 17: Title race, what title race? by Christopher Lash

Duration:01:06:21

Podcast 16: The importance of not being Piotr

8/29/2017
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The pod returns after a long hiatus to talk about the failings of VAR, Piotr Nowak's problems at Lechia Gdańsk, unseemly goings on at Legia Warsaw, the exciting newboys Górnik Zabrze, Michał Pazdan's mood swings, the price of a chocolate bar in Sweden and a whole host of other fun stuff. Enjoy!

Duration:01:02:17

Podcast 15 - The Ekstraklasa's back but not as you know it

7/18/2017
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After a (too short) summer hiatus the show is back (before we take another break). This time Maciej and I (without Ben) talk about the summer goings on in the Ekstraklasa off the pitch, go through the movers and shakers, what we expect from the new season and discuss which Polish clubs will make European group stages. Along the way we decided who would come out on top in a mini-league between Płock, Albania and Astana and lots of other #wwopf fun.

Duration:00:46:14

Podcast 14 - Saying goodbye to Michał

6/7/2017
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Maciej, Ben and I round up the exciting end of the Polish Ekstraklasa at the top and bottom of the table, present you with our teams of the season (both serious and silly). Along the way we discussed Vadis finally smiling, the sad departure of the mercurial Michał Probierz and whether we would prefer to fight one Rasiak-sized Peszko or 100 Peszko-sized Rasiaks.

Duration:01:06:59

Podcast 12: The title beckons for Legia

5/18/2017
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This week Maciej Słomiński and I discuss the big Ekstraklasa midweek games as Legia Warsaw easily beat Lech Poznań and Lechia Gdańsk hammered Jagiellonia Białystok. We also talked about the increasingly desperate situation at the foot of the table for Ruch Chorzów and the promotion to the Ekstraklasa of Sandecja Nowy Sącz. Along the way we got to talk about Spanish people swearing in Polish and heavy-set but high-voiced central defenders.

Duration:00:51:02

Podcast 11: Arka Gdynia show Lech Poznań how it's done

5/11/2017
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This week Maciej Słomiński, Ben Stebbings and I talk about the title race and relegation battle in the Polish Ekstraklasa, look at the mother of all shocks as Arka Gdynia win the Polish cup and discuss how Polish managers are treated. Along the way Maciej compares Jagiellonia Białystok coach Michał Probierz to Eminem, I compare Wisła Kraków's Arek Głowacki to a heavy-weight boxer and Ben has a chuckle at Legia Warsaw's Miroslav Radović. Enjoy!

Duration:00:48:30

Podcast 10: It's great when you're 8

4/23/2017
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This week Maciej Słomiński and I take a look at the 30th round of the Ekstraklasa where the top and bottom 8 of the table were decided before the two halves of the table split. In the end Pogoń Szczecin, Termalica Nieciecza and Korona Kielce qualified for the top 8 after a topsy-turvy day. We also give our views on the ESA 37 system and attempt to make some predictions regarding the top and bottom of the table at the end of the season.

Duration:00:37:59

Podcast 9: The race for the top 8

4/19/2017
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This week the regular gang chat about the week's Ekstraklasa games and who will make the top 8 when the table is divided after the 30th round of matches. We also discuss Jagiellionia Białystok manager Michał Probierz's master motivating skills and new Arka Gdynia manager Leszek Ojrzyński's simple advice to his team to get Arka a result in the Tri-city derby (they lost). Miłosz Przybecki's unbelievable miss vs Korona Kielce can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls0I9C3dWm0

Duration:00:49:34

Podcast 8: 90 years of hurt

4/6/2017
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This week the regular trio of Ben, Maciej and I take on a multitude of issues related to the Polish Ekstraklasa, the Polish national team, the Polish Cup and the crazy promotion race in the Polish second tier. Along the way we delighted in Franciszek Smuda's magical reinvention of humdrum players, Spas Delev's magic against Holland and Maciej got the chance to read the results from the inaugural Ekstraklasa round of games in 1927. It was pretty wild people. Pāvels Šteinbors mistake in the...

Duration:01:03:09

Podcast 7: The Xtraklasa files

3/16/2017
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In our regular fortnightly podcast, Ben, Maciej and I talk about goings on in the Polish Ekstraklasa and look ahead to Poland's World Cup qualifier in Montenegro on March 26th. Along the way we discussed very long scarves, the Polish Phillip Lahm and unexplained occurrences on the pitches of the Ekstraklasa. For a great meme of Miroslav Radović's dive see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR2OEZTZ9Bo And for Seweryn Kiełpin breaking his nose see...

Duration:00:57:43

Podcast 6: Lech Poznań on the up

3/2/2017
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This week Ben, Maciej and I talk about the last couple of weeks in Polish football including the great form of Lech Poznań, the striking problems of Legia Warsaw and general goings on in the Ekstraklasa, Polish Cup and Legia's departure from Europe. Add in a sprinkle of Piotr Grzelczak nutmegging Barcelona players and a pinch of Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe's temper tantrums on the football pitch and you've got yourself a podcast. Grzelczak's mesmerising performance can be found here:...

Duration:01:10:35

Podcast 5: The Ekstraklasa's back baby!

2/15/2017
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I am joined by regular guests Ben Stebbings and Maciej Słomiński to welcome the Ekstraklasa back with open arms after the winter break. We look at funny moments from the last weekend of matches, say what we're looking forward to in the next couple of months, predict which Ekstraklasa winter signings will be successes and failures and assess Legia Warsaw's chances in their Europa League knockout stage tie vs Ajax Amsterdam.

Duration:00:55:20

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