KP Legia Warszawa – Arka Gdynia (
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On Saturday afternoon we sped out our workshop at 17.30 to take the taxi to the Stadion Wojska Polskiego im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego. Fortunately, it was a short ride and we arrived well in time for the 18.00 kick-off. There were quite a lot of people around the stadium, most wearing Legia scarves and/or jerseys, but even more striking was the massive police presence (wearing bullet proof jackets). All people were also frisked upon entrance, although not very solidly. Whether this is the reason for the absence of violence, and radical right symbols, at this particular game is hard to say. The fact that the away team had brought only some 30-50 fans, who were strictly segregated and heavily guarded, might also explain something.
I had expected a team like Legia, which is allegedly
Despite the seducing smell of grilled sausages, I didn’t get tricked into eating one. I still remember the many stadium sausages in the
It’s difficult to evaluate the evening. Somehow I was a bit disappointed by how ‘normal’ the whole Legia experience had been. There were no gangs of violent, right-wing extremist hooligans fighting with the police and shouting nationalist slogans and racist abuse. At the same time, this was also very pleasing (particularly given the fact that I was not alone). But even the stadium was unimpressive, let alone the level of play. Still, for a postcommunist game there was a decent attendance and a very good atmosphere. Although I would prefer to go to a game of Gwardia, or possibly even Polonia, next time, I could easily go to another Legia game. At the very least I’ll have a guaranteed nice atmosphere again.