The 2008–09 I liga was the 61st season of the second tier domestic division in the Polish football league system since its establishment in 1949 and the 1st season of the Polish I liga under its current title (new name). Formerly, the league was known as the II liga (while the current II liga was known as the III liga). The league was operated by the Polish Football Association (PZPN).
|Goals scored||691 (2.26 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Iliyan Mitsanski|
|Biggest home win||Podbeskidzie 9–0 Tur|
(23 May 2009)
|Biggest away win||GKP 0–5 Wisła Płock|
(8 October 2008)
|Highest scoring||Podbeskidzie 9–0 Tur|
(23 May 2009)
Korona 2–2 Widzew
(14 March 2009)
|Average attendance||2,689 15.1%|
The league was contested by 18 teams who competing for promotion to the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa. The regular season was played in a round-robin tournament. The champions and runners-up will receive automatic promotion. At the other end, the bottom four teams face automatic demotion to the II liga, while the fate of the 13th and 14th-place finishers will be decided by playoffs.
The season began on 26 July 2008, and concluded on 5 June 2009. After the 19th matchday the league will be on winter break between 16 November 2008 and 13 March 2009.
Changes from last seasonEdit
Promotion and relegation from 2007–08 season.
Ekstraklasa & I ligaEdit
Relegated from 2007–08 Ekstraklasa (former I liga) to I liga (former II liga)
I liga & II ligaEdit
Promoted from 2007–08 third tier (former III liga) to I liga (former II liga)
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|2||Zagłębie Lubin (P)||34||21||6||7||68||33||+35||69||Promotion to Ekstraklasa|
|3||Korona Kielce (P)||34||18||7||9||51||37||+14||61|
|12||Stal Stalowa Wola||34||11||10||13||33||34||−1||43|
|13||GKS Jastrzębie (O)||34||11||8||15||37||48||−11||41||Qualification to play-off|
|14||GKP Gorzów Wielkopolski (O)||34||9||9||16||39||54||−15||36|
|15||Motor Lublin (R)||34||6||14||14||21||36||−15||32||Relegation to II liga|
|16||Tur Turek (R)||34||6||12||16||29||56||−27||30|
|17||Odra Opole (R)||34||6||7||21||22||51||−29||25|
|18||Kmita Zabierzów[b] (R)||34||3||12||19||11||57||−46||21|
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
- The PZPN Emergency Committee at its meeting on 15 July 2009 recognized as binding the decision of the Football Association of Poland of 2 April 2008, regarding the transfer of Widzew Łódź to a lower class. Therefore, the team will start the 2009/2010 season again in the first league. Due to this, Korona Kielce received a direct promotion to Ekstraklasa, and the playoffs for Ekstraklasa were canceled.
- Kmita Zabierzów withdrew from the league in February 2009 as a result of financial difficulties.
I liga qualification play-offsEdit
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Gawin/Ślęza Wrocław (II)||0–6||GKP Gorzów Wielkopolski||0–5||0–1|
|Start Otwock (II)||1–2||GKS Jastrzębie||1–1||0–1|
Source: 90minut.pl – Baraże o udział w I lidze (in Polish)
- 26 goals
- 20 goals
- 18 goals
- Krzysztof Chrapek (Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała)
- 12 goals
- 11 goals
- 10 goals
- 9 goals
Source: 90minut.pl – Strzelcy (in Polish)
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- "I liga 2008/2009 - Kolejka 14". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
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- "Attendances – Archive Poland, 2008-2009, II. Liga". EFS.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
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- "Podjęto decyzje w sprawie łódzkich klubów". PZPN.PL.
- "Kmita Zabierzów wycofał się z rozgrywek". Rzeczpospolita. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- Official website (in Polish)