Śląsk Wrocław

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 Super Cup twice and the Ekstraklasa Cup once. The club's home is Stadion Wrocław, a 45,105 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
Slask Wroclaw crest.png
Full nameWrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s)WKS, Wojskowi (Military)
Founded1947
GroundTarczyński Arena Wrocław
Capacity45,105[1]
OwnerWrocław
ChairmanPiotr Waśniewski
ManagerIvan Đurđević
LeagueEkstraklasa
2021–2215th of 18
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

Youth Teams:

  • Polish U-19 Champion
    • Champions: 1978–79
    • Runners-up: 1976–77
    • Bronze Medal: 1977–78, 1979–80, 2017–18

The fansEdit

 
Śląsk fans 2003

Śląsk fans are one of the largest supporter movements in Poland. In the early 1970s, they were one of the pioneers of football supporters groups. Their fan base is right-wing. Due to the clubs historical fight against the former communist government it is still not unusual to see Anti-semitic and nationalistic 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 1990s. 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 1977 & 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" (Śląsk, Lechia, Wisła) and "The Great Triad" (Lech, Arka, Cracovia) 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.

StadiumEdit

The Stadion Wrocław 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 PKO Ekstraklasa. The stadium has a capacity of 45,105 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 European footballEdit

Śląsk Wrocław in European football
ClubŚląsk Wrocław
First entry1975–76 UEFA Cup
Latest entry2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League

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 București 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
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Paide Linnameeskond 2–0 2–1 4–1
2Q   Ararat Yerevan 3–3 4–2 7–5
3Q   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–1 0−4 2−5
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 3R: Third round
  • QF: Quarter-finals

Current squadEdit

 
The team bus in 2011
 
The team bus in season 2012–2013
As of 15 October 2022[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   POL Michał Szromnik (captain)
2 DF   POR Diogo Verdasca
4 DF   POL Łukasz Bejger
6 DF   ISL Daníel Leó Grétarsson
7 FW   GER John Yeboah
8 MF   DEN Patrick Olsen
9 FW   ESP Erik Expósito
10 FW   ESP Caye Quintana
11 FW   POL Dennis Jastrzembski
12 GK   POL Rafał Leszczyński
15 MF   ESP Matías Nahuel
16 MF   POL Javier Hyjek
17 MF   CZE Petr Schwarz
18 MF   POL Karol Borys
19 DF   POL Patryk Janasik
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   POL Adrian Bukowski
23 MF   ESP Víctor García
24 MF   POL Piotr Samiec-Talar
25 MF   POL Marcel Zylla
26 DF   POL Kacper Radkowski
27 DF   POL Martin Konczkowski
28 MF   POL Michał Rzuchowski
30 GK   POL Józef Burta
31 FW   POL Jakub Lutostański
32 FW   POL Sebastian Bergier
33 MF   POL Adrian Łyszczarz
34 DF   POL Konrad Poprawa
36 MF   UKR Yehor Matsenko
38 GK   POL Oskar Mielcarz
41 DF   POL Oliwier Wypart

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   POL Maks Boruc
MF   POL Przemysław Bargiel
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   POL Filip Gryglak
MF   POL Krzysztof Mączyński

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   POL Szymon Lewkot (at Górnik Leczna)
DF   POL Szymon Michalski (at Skra Częstochowa)
MF   POL Mateusz Praszelik (at Hellas Verona)

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries.

ManagersEdit

Śląsk Wrocław (women)Edit

The Śląsk Wrocław (women) team was formed in 2020 taking the place of KŚ AZS Wrocław in the Ekstraliga.[11]

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fakty i liczby".
  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". October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Pierwsza drużyna" (in Polish). Śląsk Wrocław. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Vitezslav Lavička odchodzi ze Śląska Wrocław" (in Polish). Śląsk Wrocław. 21 March 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Jacek Magiera trenerem Śląska" (in Polish). 90minut. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  11. ^ "WKS Śląsk Wrocław Sekcja Piłki Nożnej Kobiet". slaskwroclaw.pl.

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