From the bottom to the premiership: the significance of the supporters’ movement in the governance of football clubs in Poland

Radosław Kossakowski


The chapter offers an analysis of the cases of football clubs in Poland which experienced severe financial and organisational problems and were revived by their fans. Focusing on the examples of Lechia Gdańsk, Chrobry Głogów and Hutnik Nowa Huta, the chapter draws attention to different models of relationship between fans and the management of the clubs. Pointing at possible limitations of the development of clubs governed by fans, the author raises the question of when social participation is no longer enough and needs support from the outside (sponsors, local authorities, etc.). Distinctive emotional and cognitive correlates of attitudes toward the club, coupled with interpersonal bonds within the group, are an important predictor of action related to the activity and survival of the club. In the cases under discussion, supporters, often with hooligan background, have swapped their club scarves for ties and become responsible for the management of the club, raising sponsorship and making an impact on the local community.
Author Radosław Kossakowski (FSS / IPSJ / DSEL)
Radosław Kossakowski,,
- Division of the Sociology of Everyday Life
Publication size in sheets1
Book García Borja, Zheng Jinming (eds.): Football and supporter activism in Europe: whose game is it?, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-3-319-48733-5, [978-3-319-48734-2], 315 p.
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcepublisherList
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 28-01-2020, MonographChapterAuthor
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 3
Citation count*6 (2020-05-22)
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