Śląsk Wrocław (basketball)

WKS Śląsk Wrocław is a Polish basketball club, based in Wrocław. The home court is Hala Orbita. Since being founded in 1947 Śląsk Wrocław has been the most decorated and most recognizable Polish basketball club. The team has won the Polish league championships 17 times so far. Most recognized period of Śląsk's history is the "Great Śląsk Era" when the team won five championship titles in a row (1998-2002). Most of those successes where achieved with coach Andrej Urlep. The notable players playing for Śląsk Wrocław over the years were: Mieczysław Łopatka (1960s), Edward Jurkiewicz (1970s and 1980s), Jerzy Binkowski (1980s, 1990s), Dariusz Zelig (1980s, 1990s), Maciej Zieliński (1980s, 1990s, 2000s), Adam Wójcik and Dominik Tomczyk. In 2008 the club has gone into serious financial difficulties, which resulted in withdrawing the team from Polish Basketball League. After years of rebuilding attempts, the club is now back playing in the Polish Basketball League top division.

WKS Śląsk Wrocław
Founded1947; 74 years ago (1947)
HistoryŚląsk Wrocław
(1947–present)
ArenaHala Orbita
Capacity3,000
LocationWrocław, Poland
Team colorsGreen, White, Red
     
Head coachPetar Mijović
Championships17 Polish Championships
14 Polish Cups
2 Polish Supercups
Websitewks-slask.eu

HistoryEdit

In the 2020–21 PLK season, the team finished third. Sląsk defeated Legia Warszawa 86:85 in overtime of the decisive game 3 of the bronze medal series. The result exceeded expectations as it was the club's first league podium finish in 11 years. Key players of that team included Aleksander Dziewa, Elijah Stewart and Strahinja Jovanovic.[1]

Season by season (since 1990)Edit

Season Tier League Pos. Polish Cup European competitions
1990–91 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
T16
0-2
1991–92 1 PLK Champion Winner 1 FIBA European League / 2 European Cup
R3
1-3
1992–93 1 PLK Champion 1 FIBA EuroLeague
R2
2-2
1993–94 1 PLK Champion 1 FIBA EuroLeague
R1
0-2
1994–95 1 PLK 5th 1 FIBA EuroLeague
R1
0-2
1995–96 1 PLK Champion 3 FIBA Korać Cup
R1
1-1
1996–97 1 PLK 4th Winner 2 FIBA EuroCup
QF
9-7
1997–98 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA EuroCup
QF
9-6
1998–99 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA Saporta Cup
R32
5-7
1999–00 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA Saporta Cup
QF
10-6
2000–01 1 PLK Champion 1 FIBA SuproLeague
T16
7-13
2001–02 1 PLK Champion 1 Euroleague
RS
4–10
2002–03 1 PLK 3nd 1 Euroleague
RS
5–9
2003–04 1 PLK 2nd Winner 1 Euroleague
RS
6–8
2004–05 1 PLK 5th Winner 2 ULEB Cup
T16
6–6
2005–06 1 PLK 5th 3 FIBA EuroCup
T16
6–6
2006–07 1 PLK 3rd
2007–08 1 PLK 3rd[a] Runner-up
2008–09 3 II Liga 11th
2009–10 3 II Liga 12th
2010–11 3 II Liga 12th
2011–12 3 II Liga 1st
2012–13 2 I Liga 1st
2013–14 1 PLK 9th Winner
2014–15 1 PLK 5th Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 PLK 14th[b] 3 FIBA Europe Cup
R32
4–8
2016–17 3 II Liga 1st
2017–18 2 I Liga 9th
2018–19 2 I Liga 2nd
2019–20 1 PLK 7th[c]
2020–21 1 PLK 3rd Quarterfinalist
  1. ^ Withdrew from the PLK after bankruptcy.
  2. ^ Withdrew from the PLK due to financial problems.
  3. ^ Season shortened due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Śląsk Wrocław roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
SG 2   Gibson, Kyle 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 34 – (1987-05-22)22 May 1987
G/F 3   Stewart, Elijah 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 25 – (1995-11-14)14 November 1995
G/F 4   Strzępek, Paweł 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (2000-03-25)25 March 2000
F/C 6   McCauley, Ben 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 34 – (1986-09-06)6 September 1986
PG 7   Gordon, Kacper 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 19 – (2002-05-06)6 May 2002
F/C 8   Bender, Maciej 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 24 – (1997-01-28)28 January 1997
F/C 10   Wójcik, Jan 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 21 – (1999-11-11)11 November 1999
F/C 11   Dziewa, Aleksander 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 23 – (1997-11-06)6 November 1997
C 12   Walski, Szymon 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 21 – (2000-03-27)27 March 2000
G 13   Jovanović, Strahinja 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 24 – (1996-08-29)29 August 1996
SF 14   Kozłowski, Igor 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 20 – (2001-03-16)16 March 2001
PF 15   Gabiński, Michał (C) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 34 – (1987-02-11)11 February 1987
C 18   Tomczak, Szymon 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 23 – (1998-01-17)17 January 1998
F 21   Zagórski, Maksymilian 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 22 – (1999-05-13)13 May 1999
F 22   Żeleźniak, Tomasz 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 23 – (1998-04-15)15 April 1998
SG 24   Marchewka, Kacper 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 18 – (2002-07-24)24 July 2002
F 27   Ramljak, Ivan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 30 – (1990-08-09)9 August 1990
SG   Karolak, Jakub 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 27 – (1993-09-26)26 September 1993
F   Sitnik, Michał 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 20 – (2000-09-15)15 September 2000
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Marcin Grygowicz
  •   Maciej Maciejewski

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: June 8, 2021

Retired numbersEdit

Śląsk Wrocław retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure
9   Maciej Zieliński F 1987–1992, 1995–2006

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

AchievementsEdit

  • Polish League (17):
    • Winner (17): 1965, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
    • Runners-up (6): 1963, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1989, 2004
    • Third place (15): 1960, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2021
  • 1 Liga (1):
    • Winner (1): 2012–13
  • Polish Cup (14):
    • 1957, 1959, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2014
  • Polish Supercup (2):
    • 1999, 2000

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ EBL: Aleksander Dziewa: To nieopisana radość. Nikt w Polsce na nas nie stawiał Mariusz Hawryszczuk (Polsat Sport), 25 April 2021. Accessed 20 May 2021.(in Polish)

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