Legia Warsaw

  1. A Profile of the New Legia Warsaw Manager Stanislav Cherchesov

    On October 5th, Poland's Legia Warsaw officially sacked their manager, Henning Berg. Despite the fact that Berg had coached the Legionnaires to an Ekstraklasa league title in 2014, a runner-up finish in 2015, and a Polish Cup victory in May, the football club didn't seem to hesitate in ejecting him at the first sign of trouble. Legia Warsaw weren't even in deep trouble, sitting fourth on the 2015 2016 league table when Berg was fired.

    In a statement, Legia chairman Boguslaw Lesnodorski said that "the current formula of cooperation with the coach has expired, as it didn't guarantee accomplishment of all our goals in terms of sporting results during this season and the team's development." Just like that, Berg's 22-month tenure at Legia Warsaw came to a close. The club didn't take long to appoint a replacement, and we take this opportunity to profile the new Legia Warsaw manager Stanislav Cherchesov.

    A New Era

    Still, even if Berg didn't really need to go, judging by his soccer team's standings and statistics, things have taken a turn for the better since the football club hired a new manager. The new appointee, Stanislav Cherchesov, coached his first match with the Legionnaires on October 18th. The game, a home fixture against Cracovia Krakow, ended 3-1 in favor of Warsaw-a good start for Cherchesov. He has since boosted his club's Ekstraklasa position from fourth to second-though his team has a fair distance to go if they are going to catch Piast Gliwice at the top of the table.

    Cherchesov's arrival at Legia Warsaw-along with the summer signing of Nemanja Nikolic-marks the start of a new era for the Polish club. Since donning the Legia Warsaw home jersey 2015 2016, the 27-year-old Nikolic has outscored every other player in the league this season. If Cherchesov can expand Nikolic's talent and build a successful soccer squad around it, he could

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  2. What to Expect from Legia Warsaw in the Europa League 2015 - 2016

    Traditionally, Poland's Legia Warsaw have not been high-profile contenders in Europe's club football tournaments. While the team reached the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in 1970 (and the quarterfinals of the UCL in both 1971 and 1996), they never won a title in the tournament. Their history at the Europa League, while more consistent, is even less noteworthy. While Legia Warsaw have been a near-constant presence in the early qualifying rounds of the UEL, they've only made it past the group stage twice before. What should we expect from Legia Warsaw in the Europa League 2015 2016? Only time will tell.

    Legia Warsaw's Europa League History

    The good news for football fans in the Legia Warsaw home jersey 2015 2016 is that the Legionnaires have enjoyed their best Europa League performances in just the past few years.

    Indeed, the first time the Polish football club made it beyond the groups was in 2011 2012. After narrowly beating both Gaziantepspor and Spartak Moscow, in the third qualifying round and the playoff round, respectively, the Legionnaires managed a surprise second place in their group stage draw. They still picked up two losses in the group (two of them against Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven), but managed to win their other three and claim second in the group.

    Unfortunately, Legia Warsaw were drawn against PSV Eindhoven once again for the round of 32. And while the Legionnaires managed a draw in the first leg of the round (2-2), they lost big in the second (0-4) to be eliminated from the tournament.

    Warsaw were back in the fray in 2014 2015. They beat Kazakhstan's FC Aktobe in the playoffs and topped their group (against the likes of Trabzonspor, Lokeren, and Metalist Kharkiv) to earn a spot in the knockout stages. Once again, though, the Legionnaires had a tough draw for the round of 32 (against AFC Ajax), and ended up losing the round on an aggregate score of 0-4.

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