Talking Polish Football History From A to Zbigniew, w/ Christopher Lash (@rightbankwarsaw)

In recent years the Polish national side has been trending up. Robert Lewandowski has established himself as one of the premier forwards in the game. A number of talents are starting to make a name for themselves. At the World Cup 2018, with a bit of luck, Poland could progress into the knock-out stages.

There used to be a time when the Biało-Czerwoni belonged to the elite of world football. A unique generation of players saw them finish third at the World Cup 1974: Tomaszewski, Zmuda, Musial, Gadocha, Szarmach, Deyna, Lato, to name but a few.

For our latest episode we dive into those glory years of Polish football. With expert Christopher Lash we first take a look at the structure of Polish football during the ’50s & beyond, talk about how the heroes of the ’70s were groomed, and try to figure out where it all went wrong in the ’90s. You can find Christopher’s comparison piece we talk about during the show on his website.

In the second part we talk about the match of the episode as voted by you: Poland vs Holland in the qualification for the European Championship 1976.

Minutes in case you want to jump around:

  • 0:00:00 PART 1 w/ Christopher
  • 0:02:30 On the footballing structure put in place after 1945
  • 0:12:00 Górnik Zabrze’s trip to the Cup Winners Cup final ’69/70
  • 0:18:00 The team behind the team: Górski, Gmoch, and Strejlau
  • 0:24:00 Success at the Olympics ’72 & the World Cup ’74
  • 0:35:00 Performance at later tournaments, problems during the ’90s
  • 0:52:00 On the greatest Polish player of all time
  • 0:58:00 PART 2 discussing the match against Holland in ’75
  • 1:06:00 Setting the stage
  • 1:15:00 Expectations & first half
  • 1:34:00 Second half
  • 1:45:00 Awards & recommendation

About Sebastian

Sebastian writes and talks about football of all eras in German and English. His series of Retro Match Reports focus on British, German and Italian football history. For YYFP he is currently working his way through the late '70s and early '80s. Follow Sebastian on Twitter: @maltacalcio.

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