Traveling with small groups and locals is a great way to get up close and personal with football cultures. Local experience leader Filip Pozniak is the man behind our small group trips to Krakow and talked with us about Poland, Homefans, his team Wisla Krakow and how trips to Krakow can offer a glimpse into Wisla’s football culture.
What is your connection with Krakow?
My Kraków connection, definitely that it’s my city. I’m born and raised in Krakow and grew up in a Wisla neigbourhood, so the team kind of chose me.
What is the Krakow derby like?
It’s the most intense derby in this part of Europe and I don’t know if any derby is as intense as Wisla Krakow against MKS Cracovia. There are some big football derbies around Eastern Europe, however, I doubt even they can compete with the atmosphere at the Krakow derby.
When you have an intense rivalry between two teams, usually they are between two separate cities. Not in this case, as both are located in Krakow. The stadiums are only 500 meters apart and the housing estates are nearby one another too.
The atmosphere at these derbies is hard to match. It’s one of the few games where you can see the whole audience jumping, it’s truly amazing. There are some documentary videos about this derby, so better take a look and check them out!
Mid of August, crazy as hell as we were losing for solid part of the game but managed to score 2 goals in last 10 minutes. Moreover flares etc, so that’s something everyone would like to see and experience in Krakow. The Holy War should be on your list!
What do you think about the Polish football culture?
Like all sensible nations the most important sport in Poland is football, and though precious little Kraków wouldn’t strike you as a footballing hotbed you couldn’t be more wrong. There are two local sides of note here, Wisła and Cracovia, and there’s no love between them. Football quality might be shitty sometimes, but atmosphere always makes it amazing! And that’s what I love about the Polish football culture.
How has it changed over the years?
Well, stadiums became bigger over the last few years and ultras movement developed, right now Polish ones are, in my opinion, definitely in the top 3 of the world in terms of the football culture.
My mission is to make the football experience in Krakow even better.
Why should people use Homefans instead of travelling themselves?
Going to a place like Kraków to experience football on your own can be quite challenging. To travel with a small group of like-minded people who share the same interest for football cultures is pretty exciting. It might be your first time that you travel with Homefans or you went on more trips with you guys. I’m sure it will be lots of fun. And everyone can be sure, it is really going to be fun and safe. Traveling alone or with friends could be also fun, but you never know how exciting is it gonna be unless you experience football or a city the local way. I created the whole itinerary for the trips to Krakow and will be waiting for you here, which means that the fun is already waiting for you!
I love getting to meet other football fans from all over the world. My job is to make people feel comfortable in Krakow whilst enjoying the football culture at its best. It all boils down to those special moments you have.
That’s why I think our weekend trips are more interesting. If you come for a day to Krakow just to visit the match, you may be able to appreciate the beauty of the place and football, sure. But over a whole weekend, you can start to appreciate how this place fixes us in a historical context and the culture around Poland.
What are you looking forward when hosting people for matches of Wisla Krakow?
Because I’m Wisła fan for life. It’s a great pleasure for me to show everyone my club, team, stadium, favorite fans bar (with favorite beers and have some awesome sausages grilled over a fire of course). And the best feedback I can ever ask for is when somebody will be back in the future, but not as a stranger anymore, but as a good buddy who just loved the vibe of the experience and wants to hang out again in Krakow!
Why do people have to visit Krakow?
Because Krakow is beautiful, fun and cheap! The food is great, the beers are cold, and girls are so hot. 😉 And if you can combine it with lads and football… Just think about it! Sounds like a good weekend, right? I’m looking forward to welcoming fans in my city with Homefans, be prepared for an epic weekend in Krakow!