Legia Warsaw. Whipping boys. Worst streak in 75 years. PKO Ekstraklasa

Legia lost the seventh league match in a row in Zabrze, conceding a goal 2: 3 in extra time. The last time she had such a black series in 1936. Then she suffered seven losses between June and October, throughout the season (played with the spring-autumn system) she scored only eight points, took the last place in the table and only once in 105-year history was relegated from the league.

How to convince the Pope?

Now no one allows such a possibility, but Legia is not at the bottom of the table only because it has a better goal balance than Górnik Łęczna. “Beating boys, hey Legia, beating boys” – fans who showed up at the stadium in Zabrze said goodbye to the Warsaw footballers. Coach Marek Gołębiewski was embittered after the match, but it can be seen that he also did not find a way to get the team out of the monstrous collapse.

The question is, is it really only his fault? The team is badly built, and the players brought to Warsaw in the summer do not fit the concept and system that Legia is to play. Sports director Radosław Kucharski, who is responsible for transfers, traditionally hides his head in the sand, the most important person in the sports division, Tomasz Zahorski, is silent. The owner, Dariusz Mioduski, is also not speaking.

We are persuading and persuading coach Marek Papszun to leave Rakow Częstochowa in winter and come to Łazienkowska Street. It is known that Legia has agreed with him on the financial conditions and is to be the best-paid Polish coach in the history of the club in Warsaw, but he must obtain the consent of the current employer’s authorities to terminate the contract valid until the end of the season.

Poor quality footballers

Leaking information about the next progress of talks with the coach, dreamed of at Łazienkowska Street, is to cover the terrible image of the team, to which many players (including Mattias Johansson, Ihor Charatin, Yuri Ribeiro, Lindsay Rose) recently brought in by the chef director are simply not suitable. The team lacks leaders, few want to take responsibility, and those who really care can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Foreigners who came to Warsaw in the summer are not aware of the seriousness and drama of the situation, and the promotion to the Europa League has obscured the image of the team that is exposed to a laughing stock in its own backyard. Until recently, the director and owner of Legia argued that nowhere else in Poland a coach has such comfortable working conditions and such wonderful and excellent footballers as here. Today those boasts sound like a grim joke.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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