2008–09 I liga

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).

I liga
Season2008–09
ChampionsWidzew Łódź
PromotedWidzew Łódź
Zagłębie Lubin
Korona Kielce
RelegatedKmita Zabierzów
Odra Opole
Tur Turek
Matches played306
Goals scored691 (2.26 per match)
Top goalscorerIliyan Mitsanski
(26 goals)
Biggest home winPodbeskidzie 9–0 Tur
(23 May 2009)[1]
Biggest away winGKP 0–5 Wisła Płock
(8 October 2008)[2]
Highest scoringPodbeskidzie 9–0 Tur
(23 May 2009)[1]
Highest attendance14,998[3]
Korona 2–2 Widzew
(14 March 2009)
Total attendance822,834
Average attendance2,689 Decrease15.1%[4]

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.[5]

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)

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Widzew Łódź[a] 34 21 9 4 55 23 +32 72
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
4 Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała 34 17 8 9 60 29 +31 59
5 Znicz Pruszków 34 17 7 10 44 27 +17 58
6 Górnik Łęczna 34 16 9 9 49 36 +13 57
7 Flota Świnoujście 34 16 5 13 43 37 +6 53
8 Dolcan Ząbki 34 14 7 13 35 31 +4 49
9 Warta Poznań 34 13 7 14 44 45 −1 46
10 Wisła Płock 34 12 8 14 43 45 −2 44
11 GKS Katowice 34 11 11 12 37 42 −5 44
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
Source: 90minut.pl – I liga 2008/2009 (in Polish)
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ 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.[6]
  2. ^ Kmita Zabierzów withdrew from the league in February 2009 as a result of financial difficulties.[7]

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)

Top scorersEdit

26 goals
20 goals
18 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals

Source: 90minut.pl – Strzelcy (in Polish)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "I liga 2008/2009 - Kolejka 32". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  2. ^ "I liga 2008/2009 - Kolejka 14". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  3. ^ "I liga 2008/2009 - Kolejka 20". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Attendances – Archive Poland, 2008-2009, II. Liga". EFS.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  5. ^ "I liga 2008/2009". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Podjęto decyzje w sprawie łódzkich klubów". PZPN.PL.
  7. ^ "Kmita Zabierzów wycofał się z rozgrywek". Rzeczpospolita. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-03-31.

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