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Old order restored in Poland

Published: Tuesday 2 October 2007, 11.55CET
Having taken the top two spots in the Polish table in 2006/07, Zagłębie Lubin and GKS Bełchatów are getting used to a more lowly position in the Ekstraklasa.
by Maciej Iwanski
from Warsaw
Published: Tuesday 2 October 2007, 11.55CET

Old order restored in Poland

Having taken the top two spots in the Polish table in 2006/07, Zagłębie Lubin and GKS Bełchatów are getting used to a more lowly position in the Ekstraklasa.

Having taken the top two spots in 2006/07, Zagłębie Lubin and GKS Bełchatów are getting used to a more lowly position in the Ekstraklasa.

Back to normal
With both Legia Warszawa and Wisła Kraków enjoying a dramatic revival after dismal campaigns last season, the two clubs who dominated the 2006/07 season are starting to understand the extent of the task that faces them if they want to become established big-hitters in Poland. European commitments and the prospect of another table-topping season led both clubs to invest heavily over the summer but both sides are now out of the UEFA competitions and struggling to keep pace with the top sides in Poland. Zagłębie are sixth while Bełchatów's 4-1 defeat at Legia at the weekend has left them in eighth place.

Well beaten
As the scoreline suggests, the champions were well beaten by Legia, who top the table with eight wins from their nine games to date. The young squad led by Jan Urban proved that they were not unbeatable as they lost 1-0 against a Korona Kielce side led by their former boss, one-time international Jacek Zieliński, but they were still far too hot for Bełchatów to handle.

Zagłębie anger
Zagłębie, meanwhile, lost their most recent game 1-0 against newcomers KS Polonia Bytom prompting an angry response from club chairman Robert Pietryszyn. "It is almost certain for me that we need to change some players soon," he said. However, it may take more than a few new players to bridge the ten-point gap between them and the top of the table.

Legia prolific
Averaging three goals a game and still unbeaten, Wisła are sure to provide Legia with their main challenge in the battle for the title, and are a point adrift of the Warsaw-based side, with third-placed Korona four points behind them. Lech Poznań, in fourth, had title ambitions at the start of the season but have much to do to match the top sides.

Groclin task
In fifth, Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski are carrying the torch for Poland in the UEFA Cup as they look to overturn a 1-0 home deficit against FK Crvena Zvezda this week. Their nerves were tested in the Polish Cup recently as they earned a 2-1 win against fourth division KS Jeziorak Iława despite their opponents being reduced to seven men. "We must play much better. I still hope we will win in Belgrade," said coach Jacek Zieliński, the less famous namesake of the Korona boss.

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