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Podcast 39: Season 2019-2020 is all go baby!

The 2019-2020 season in Poland is already two weeks in and Thomas Pitura and I cover the first couple of weeks of the Ekstraklasa season, the transfer moves of Ekstraklasa clubs, how Polish teams have been doing in European competition qualifiers and discuss some of the new rules introduced this season - i.e. 3 teams going down instead of 2 and the obligatory youth player rule. Along the way we discovered that I'd never travelled by car between Częstochowa and Bełchatów (imagine that!), Joel...


Podcast 38: Season review pod - part 2

In the second part of our Ekstraklasa season review pod, Tomek, Maciej and I talked about our experiences of the Polish Cup final (including being covered by too many tifos), and put together our best XI and silly (WWOPF) XI of the season. Enjoy!


Podcast 37: Season review pod - part 1

In the first part of our Ekstraklasa season review pod, Maciej, Tomek and I look at our funny moments of the last gameweek and the season as a whole, and round-up the top and bottom halves of the table, including Piast Gliwice's unexpected title success, why Legia Warsaw failed and whether the right teams were relegated or not. Part two soon...


Podcast 36: Tom Hateley interview

In a special edition of the pod, I talked to Piast Gliwice's Tom Hateley about his career including: what it's like to have a famous football dad, his time at Reading FC (with some Gylfi Sigurdsson love), playing for Śląsk Wrocław and Piast's unexpected title challenge this season. We also talked about Piast's positive and charismatic Spanish player Gerard Badia and Tom gave his opinion about the standard of the Polish league. Enjoy!


Podcast 35: Negativity, what's that? Table divide special

The pod returns after a month's hiatus to look at the Polish Ekstraklasa as it divides into championship and relegation parts of the table for the remaining 7 gameweeks of the season. There weren't any real shocks in terms of who made the top 8 but we looked at a very good gameweek which had lots of goals, look forward to the rest of the season and discuss the Polish cup semis and the final which takes place at the beginning of May. Along the way we discussed whether we love or hate marmite,...


Podcast 34: Predicting the unpredictable

The pod is back after a one month hiatus to talk about the goings on in the Ekstraklasa, the Polish Cup and look forward to Poland's Euro 2020 qualifiers. Along the way we talk about feisty Romanian women, rotund Finnish maestros and lots of other miscellaneous stuff. Enjoy!


Podcast 33: Too many transfers

The pod is back with new guest Thomas Pitura to talk about the return of the Ekstraklasa after the over 7 week winter break. We round up the Wisła Kraków story (including the return of Kuba Błaszczykowski), talk about the massive influx of transfers to Ekstraklasa clubs during the break and discuss the first matches of the spring round. Enjoy!


Podcast 32: Wisła Kraków takeover special and Ekstraklasa autumn round summary

The pod is back to look at the incredible goings on at Wisła Kraków and sum up the autumn round of the Ekstraklasa. Wisła Kraków have been 'allegedly' run by gangsters over the last couple of years and is in seriously financial trouble, in the midst of this foreign con artists tried to buy the club, leading to absurd scenes. From the sad to the ridiculous we look at the saga that has gripped Poland. We also look at the situation in the Ekstraklasa before the winter break and do our teams of...


Podcast 31: Lechia at the top of the pile

Maciej and I are back to talk about the current goings on in the Polish Ekstraklasa


Podcast 30: Lech Poznań and the habit of losing

The pod returns for our semi-regular dose of Ekstraklasa and Polish football chat. This week Piotr Żelazny (real proper journalist ®) makes his first appearance on the pod. We looked at the situation at Lech Poznań which is beginning to look more and more like a club that’s comfortable with losing, talk about the lack of quality in the table-top clash between Jagiellonia Białystok and Legia Warsaw, heap some praise on Piotr Stokowiec and talk a bit about Poland’s relegation from the top tier...


Podcast 29 - The pleasures of recording a podcast

Recording a podcast has its ups and downs


Podcast 29: A hurricane hits Lubin

The pod returns for another dose of the enjoyable, the absurd and the ridiculous. We look at the Ekstraklasa where literally anyone can beat anyone, discuss the first round of the Polish cup where Zagłębie Lubin slipped on a massive banana skin and preview Poland's October Nations League games. Along the way we talk about Grosicki desperate transfer window risk-taking, drinking wine until 5am in Bologna and the biggest cup shocks in Polish football history. Enjoy!


Podcast 28: Wisła Plock, Wisła Płock everywhere

The pod returns after a month's absence to round up the state of play in the Ekstraklasa where Legia Warsaw have started the season badly for the 3rd year in succession, Wisła Kraków are out of nowhere playing the best football in the league, Korona Kielce are doing Korona Kielce things and Wisła Płock are taking over the national team one player at a time. Along the way we look at managers losing the plot, teams losing leads and Polish clubs in European competitions losing to pretty much...


Podcast 27: The end of the world as we know it?

The pod is back after a short summer break to talk through Poland's nightmare at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, preview the 2018-9 Ekstraklasa season and have a look at Polish clubs chances in the qualifiers for European Competitions. Along the way we discuss whether this is the worst year in Polish football history (it's not), talk about Persian princes and whether there are more sheep than kangaroos in New Zealand. Enjoy!


Podcast 26: Season review pod - part 2

In the second part of our Ekstraklasa season review pod, Maciej and I reviewed the bottom half of the table saying a fond farewell to the relegated Termalica and Sandecja, put together our wwopf silly team of the season, talked about the not yet finished second tier promotion race and answered some of your questions. Enjoy!


Podcast 25 - Season review pod - part 1

In the first part of our Ekstraklasa season review pod, Maciej and I discussed our funniest moments of the season, the top half of the table including Legia's title triumph and Lech's catastrophic collapse and put together our team of the season. Part two to follow tomorrow :)


Podcast 24

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...


Podcast 23: Jaga still going strong

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...


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

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 Polish...


Podcast 21: Autumn round review

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...