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Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław Spółka Akcyjna, commonly known as WKS Śląsk Wrocław, Śląsk Wrocław (Polish pronunciation: [ɕlɔ̃sk ˈvrɔtswaf]) or simply Śląsk, is a Polish football club based in Wrocław that plays in Ekstraklasa, the highest level of the Polish football league system. The club was founded in 1947 and has competed under many names since then; adopting the name Śląsk Wrocław ten years after their foundation. In 1977, Śląsk Wrocław won the Polish league championship for the first time. The club has also won the Polish Cup twice, the Polish SuperCup twice and the Ekstraklasa Cup once. The club's home is Stadion Miejski, a 42,771 capacity stadium in Wrocław which was one of the host venues during UEFA Euro 2012. Club previously played at Olympic Stadium and Stadion Oporowska. Śląsk Wrocław is ranked 8th in the Ekstraklasa all-time table [pl].

Śląsk Wrocław
Śląsk Wrocław's crest
Full nameWrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s)WKS, Wojskowi (Military)
Founded1947
GroundStadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland
Capacity42,771
OwnerWrocławskie Konsorcjum Sportowe S.A. (44.65%) and Wrocław County (54.46%)[1]
ChairmanPiotr Waśniewski
ManagerVítězslav Lavička
LeagueEkstraklasa
2018–1912th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club has had many names since its foundation in 1947. They are listed below;[2]

  • 1947 – Pionier Wrocław
  • 1949 – Legia Wrocław
  • 1950 – Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Wrocław
  • 1951 – Okręgowy Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Wrocław
  • 1957 – Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław
  • 1997 – Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław Sportowa Spółka Akcyjna
  • Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław Spółka Akcyjna

Śląsk is the Polish name of Silesia, the historical region in which Wrocław is located.

HonoursEdit

The fansEdit

 
Śląsk fans 2003

Śląsk fans are among one of the largest supporter movements in Poland. In the early 1970's, they were one of the pioneers of football supporters groups. In the 1980's many of the fans were active in the Solidarity movement, and were active with Fighting Solidarity and showing opposition to the communist regime in Poland. Due to the clubs historical fight against the former communist government it is still not unusual to see anticommunist and patriotic slogans on the stands. The Śląsk supporters call themselves Nobles from Wrocław (Polish: Szlachta z Wrocławia).

FriendshipsEdit

They have a friendship with Lechia Gdańsk with which the two clubs fans have had a friendship since 1977, and have had friendly relations since 1967. This is the oldest fan friendship in Polish football. During the 2017/18 season, the two sets of fans celebrated their 40th Friendship Anniversary. Games between the two are often called "the friendship match".

The fans have also had a friendship with Motor Lublin dating back to the 1990's. Due to the clubs long friendship, Śląsk were invited to play a friendly in 2015 in Lublin to celebrate Motor's 65th anniversary.

Despite the clubs close proximity, Śląsk also hold friendly relations with Miedź Legnica. The fans also have friendships with fans from both SFC Opava, from the Czech Republic, and Ferencvárosi TC, from Hungary.[7]

RivalsEdit

Their biggest rivals are Zagłębie Lubin, with the games between the two known as the "Lower Silesian Derby" (Polish: Derby Dolnego Śląska). The two teams are the largest in the Lower Silesia region, with Śląsk representing Wrocław (the largest city in the area) and Zagłębie representing Lubin. Both teams have won the Ekstraklasa twice, Śląsk in 1997 & 2012, and Zagłębie in 1991 & 2007.

The fans of Lechia and Śląsk formally had a friendship with the Wisła Kraków fans, creating the "Three Kings of Great Cities" (Polish: Trzej Królowie Wielkich Miast) coalition. Wisła fans left the coalition in 2016. Since 2016 Wisła Kraków itself has since turned into a rivalry.

Arka Gdynia, Lech Poznań and Cracovia are rivals dating back to the time with their alliance with Wisła. This was due to the two largest fan coalitions in Poland, "Three Kings of Great Cities" (Lechia, Śląsk, and Wisła) and "The Great Triad" (Arka, Cracovia, and Lech) with any of the opposite coalition teams playing each other resulting in a big and hotly contested match.

There is also a competitive rivalry with Widzew Lodz, with the two often facing each other throughout their history. However due to Widzew currently in the lower divisions of Polish football, it is unlikely this rivalry will played out on the pitch any time soon.

StadiumEdit

The Municipal Stadium in Wrocław, Poland, is the highest fourth category football (soccer) stadium built for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. The Stadium is located on aleja Śląska in the western part of the city (Pilczyce district). It is the home stadium of the Śląsk Wrocław football team playing in the Polish T-Mobile Ekstraklasa. The stadium has a capacity of 42,771 spectators, all seated and all covered. The Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw is the largest arena in Ekstraklasa and the third largest in the country (after National Stadium and Silesia Stadium). Stadium construction began in April 2009 and was completed in September 2011. Stadium opening took place at 10 September 2011 with boxing fight between Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko for WBC heavyweight title. First football match between Śląsk Wrocław and Lechia Gdańsk was played on 10 October 2011. Śląsk won this match 1–0 and Johan Voskamp was first goalscorer on the new stadium.

Śląsk Wrocław in EuropeEdit

Śląsk Wrocław's score is shown first in each case

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1R   GAIS 4–2 1–2 5–4
2R   Royal Antwerp 1–1 2–1 3–2
3R   Liverpool 1–2 0–3 1–5
1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Floriana 2–0 4–1 6–1
2R   Bohemians 3–0 1–0 4–0
QF   Napoli 0–0 0–2 0–2
1977–78 European Cup 1R   Levski-Spartak 2–2 0–3 2–5
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1R   Pezoporikos 5–1 2–2 7–3
2R   ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar 2–1 2–0 4–1
3R   Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–4 1–1 3–5
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1R   Dundee United 0–0 2–7 2–7
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1R   Dynamo Moscow 2–2 1–0 3–2
2R   Servette 0–2 1–5 1–7
1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Real Sociedad 0–2 0–0 0–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Dundee United 1–0 2–3 3–3[nb 1]
3Q   Lokomotiv Sofia 0–0 0–0 0–0[nb 2]
PO   Rapid Bucureşti 1–3 1–1 2–4
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Budućnost Podgorica 0–1 2–0 2–1
3Q   Helsingborg 0–3 1–3 1–6
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO   Hannover 96 3–5 1–5 4–10
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Rudar Pljevlja 4–0 2–2 6–2
3Q   Club Brugge 1–0 3–3 4–3
PO   Sevilla 0–5 1–4 1–9
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   NK Celje 3–1 1–0 4–1
2Q   IFK Göteborg 0–0 0–2 0–2
Notes
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 3R: Third round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • QF: Quarter-finals

Current squadEdit

 
The team bus in 2011
 
The team bus in season 2012–2013
As of 29 August, 2019.[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Matus Putnocky
3   DF Piotr Celeban (Captain)
4   DF Dino Štiglec
5   DF Israel Puerto
6   MF Michał Chrapek
7   MF Róbert Pich
8   MF Przemysław Płacheta
9   FW Erik Expósito
10   MF Mateusz Radecki
11   MF Mateusz Cholewiak
12   GK Dariusz Szczerbal
14   DF Wojciech Golla
15   FW Daniel Szczepan
17   DF Mariusz Pawelec
No. Position Player
18   MF Lubambo Musonda
19   FW Filip Marković
20   DF Mateusz Hołownia (on loan from Legia Warsaw)
21   MF Jakub Łabojko
22   GK Daniel Kajzer
23   MF Diego Živulić
24   FW Piotr Samiec-Talar
25   MF Damian Gąska
28   DF Łukasz Broź
29   MF Krzysztof Mączyński
30   DF Kamil Dankowski
31   MF Maciej Pałaszewski
33   FW Adrian Łyszczarz
35   MF Bartosz Boruń

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries.

ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Won on away goals.
  2. ^ Won 4–3 on penalties.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WKS Śląsk Wrocław SA". slaskwroclaw.pl.
  2. ^ "Historia Wroclawskiego Klubu" (in Polish). WKS Śląsk Wrocław Historia Klubu. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  3. ^ Kaczmarek, Michal; Dabrowski, Piotr (19 May 2011). "Poland – List of Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  4. ^ Mogielnicki, Pawel (2 June 2010). "Poland – List of Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  5. ^ Di Maggio, Roberto (21 May 2009). "Poland – List of League Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  6. ^ Mogielnicki, Pawel (17 September 2010). "Poland – List of Super Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  7. ^ "TKWM Three Kings of Great Cities". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Pierwsza drużyna" (in Polish). Śląsk Wrocław. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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