Monday, June 06, 2011

Transfer season

Football leagues across Europe are done for summer and hundreds of scouts are on the look-out for sweet transfer deals ahead of next season. The Polish league is no different, teams seeking whoever they can to strengthen ahead of upcoming Champions League and Europa League qualifiers. This "transfer season" mentality has proven to be really contagious, spreading to a similarly low-quality sport (at least in Poland): politics.

As in the world of sports, those who failed are the first to be dropped ahead of a new season, and here I mean parliamentary term. This is apparently the fate of Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, who is seemingly set to leave the party Poland Is (Awesomest) Most Important (PJN). With polls showing support lower than the statistical error margin the PJN's now former leader resigned over the weekend. Media are already speculating the former PJN leader will join the senior ruling Civic Platform (PO), the clear favourite going into the October elections.

The PO under Prime Minister and leader Donald Tusk is clearly mimicking Real Madrid's "Galacticos" strategy, hunting for major league transfers left and right. They lured the popular Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) MP Bartosz Arłukowicz and, according to rumours, even tried (are trying?) to get more leftist politicians like Dariusz Rosati and Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz.

Meanwhile, the SLD is luring...the tried and true: former Prime Minister (and suspected spy) Jozef Oleksy and controversial media mogul Wlodzimierz Czarzasty.

The only party quiet in terms of transfers is Law and Justice (PiS). But most likely they will get en bloc whoever is left at PJN after its stars jump ship to PO.

Who will be more successful in their transfers, Tusk, SLD leader Grzegorz Napieralski, PiS boss Jaroslaw Kaczynski or...Wisla Krakow's Stan Valckx, we'll see in October.

1 comment:

  1. nice analogy. Now Poland X is gaining ground in the top blog league are you going to be making transfers in the summer?