Ryan Hubbard (Founder/Editor)
Ryan originally started his interest in the Polish leagues thanks to a combination of a group of Polish friends and an enthralling game of Football Manager. Now, a number of years later, he has written for a number of different publications and even found himself talking about the league on National TV.
Making his writing debut for In Bed With Maradona back in 2010 by profiling Argentinian midfielder Ariel Ortega, Ryan went on to write for top website The Seventy Two, and many more times for IBWM on subjects including Leicester City, the two sides of football in Cyprus, why he hates Alan Shearer, and even a qualifying game for the 1994 Shell Carribbean Cup.
Ryan established his first blog, Modern-Football in early 2011, whilst also creating the Los Revolucionarios art project – which has since gone on to be featured on IBWM, in the first IBWM book, and also received a mention in German magazine 11 Freunde.
After deciding to concentrate solely on Polish football in 2011, a couple of appearances on (now defunct) European Football Weekends, Slavic Football Union, and again on IBWM, led to Ryan founding EKSTRAKLASAreview.co.uk on the eve of 2012 – with the aim of introducing more people to the colourful world of Polish football.
Ryan’s work on EKSTRAKLASAreview led him to receive a number of offers of work during Euro 2012. During the competition, he worked as a Polish National Team “expert” for a number of sites including Goal.com, Mirror Football, Unibet and Kitbag.com. Also, before the tournament began, Ryan worked with Stuart Fuller (The Ball Is Round, Dripping Yarns) to create In Bed With Maradona’s city guides for the competition.
With Polish Ekstraklasa games now being shown on British TV, Ryan now makes regular trips to London to work as a pundit on Sports Tonight Live’s coverage. In August 2012, along with Michał Zachodny, he also established “#Ekstraklasa Magazine” – a free-to-download guide to Polish football.
Ryan is happily Married to Melissa, and they have a young son named Rivers.