Down but not yet out in Warsaw and Łódź


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 football. How did it come to pass that two former Polish champions have sunk so low? What does it say about the current state of the Polish game?

Halcyon days and The Loss of Hegemony

Polonia and ŁKS historically have a lot in common. Both started out as the premier football club in their respective cities, only to be eclipsed by a younger and more successful neighbour. Polonia was founded in 1911 and in the inter-war period was the club of Warsaw’s Intelligentsia. While Polonia won Poland’s first post Second World War championship, it was…

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