The 2012–13 Ekstraklasa or T-Mobile Ekstraklasa for sponsorship reasons, was the 79th season of the highest level of football leagues in Poland since its establishment in 1927. It began on 17 August 2012 and concluded on 2 June 2013. A total of 16 teams are participating, 14 of which competed in the league during the 2011–12 season, while the remaining two were promoted from the I Liga. Each team played a total of 30 matches, half at home and half away.
|Champions League||Legia Warsaw|
|Europa League||Lech Poznań|
|Goals scored||598 (2.49 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Robert Demjan|
|Biggest home win||Korona 5–0 Jagiellonia|
Legia 5–0 Śląsk
|Biggest away win||GKS 0–5 Polonia|
|Highest scoring||Lechia 4–4 Ruch|
|Longest winning run||7 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||14 games|
|Longest winless run||9 games|
|Longest losing run||5 games|
Lech 1–3 Legia
(18 November 2012)
Bełchatów 1–3 Piast
(8 December 2012)
|Average attendance||8,409 5.0%|
Śląsk Wrocław as reigning champions entered the 2nd qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League. Śląsk defeated the Montenegrin champions Budućnost Podgorica 2–1 on aggregate, but got eliminated in the third qualifying round by the Swedish champions Helsingborg IF 1–6 on aggregate.
Ruch Chorzów, as the runner-up, entered the 2nd qualifying round of the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League, in which they defeated the Macedonian league runners-up Metalurg Skopje 6–1 on aggregate. Ruch got eliminated in the next round by the Czech side Viktoria Plzeň 0–7 on aggregate.
Legia Warsaw whom won the 2011–12 Polish Cup, as well as finishing third last season also qualified for the 2nd qualifying of the Europa League. Legia defeated the Latvian league runner-up Liepājas Metalurgs 7–3 on aggregate. In the third round Legia defeated the Austrian side SV Ried 4–3 on aggregate. Legia were defeated in the Play-off round by the Norwegian side Rosenborg BK 2–3 on aggregate.
Lech Poznań as the fourth placed team earned a place in the 1st qualifying round of the Europa League, since Legia Warsaw won the Polish Cup. Lech first defeated the Kazakh side FC Zhetysu 3–1 on aggregate, in the next round they defeated the Azerbaijani side Khazar Lankaran 2–1 on aggregate. Lech got eliminated in the third round, losing to Swedish side AIK Fotboll 1–3 on aggregate.
On May 15, 2013 the Polish FA announced that Polonia Warsaw won't receive the Ekstraklasa license for 2013–14 season, citing financial issues. The club's appeal was rejected on May 28. As a result, Polonia was relegated to 2013–14 I Liga instead of the 15th placed Ekstraklasa team.
The Polish FA also deemed GKS, Widzew, Pogoń, Polonia and Ruch (financial issues) as well as Podbeskidzie and Jagiellonia (infrastructural reasons) ineligible to compete in UEFA competitions. Śląsk and Wisła, although initially denied the licence due to submitting incomplete financial forecasts, were able to fulfil the requirements during the appeal procedure and received the UEFA licence. Also, the FA's decision to exclude Górnik from the European competitions was cancelled, as the club, whose home stadium is undergoing renovative work, has made arrangements to use another venue as their home field in the event of their qualification to the 2013–14 Europa League. The three clubs were instead fined 100,000 zł (Śląsk), and 20,000 zł (both Wisła and Górnik).
Promotion and relegation as usual was determined by the position in the table from prior season. The bottom two teams were directly relegated to the I Liga, while the top two teams are promoted to the Ekstraklasa.
ŁKS Łódź and Cracovia finished in 15th and 16th place, respectively, and were directly relegated to the Polish First League as a result. ŁKS Łódź returned to the second tier after just being promoted from the season before. Cracovia spent 8 consecutive seasons in the Ekstraklasa, after returning to the top division for the 2004–05 season.
Promotion was won by 2011–12 I Liga champions Piast Gliwice, who returned to the top division after being relegated in the 2009–10 season. Pogoń Szczecin finished as runners-up in the I Liga and made their comeback to the top tier after 5 years in lower divisions.
Stadiums and locationsEdit
|GKS Bełchatów||Bełchatów||Stadion PGE GKSu||5,238|
|Górnik Zabrze||Zabrze||Stadion im. Ernesta Pohla1||3,000|
|Jagiellonia Białystok||Białystok||Stadion Miejski (Białystok)2||5,345|
|Korona Kielce||Kielce||Arena Kielc||15,550|
|Lech Poznań||Poznań||Stadion Miejski (Poznań)||43,269|
|Lechia Gdańsk||Gdańsk||PGE Arena||43,615|
|Legia Warsaw||Warsaw||Pepsi Arena||31,103|
|Piast Gliwice||Gliwice||Stadion Miejski (Gliwice)||10,037|
|Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała||Bielsko-Biała||Stadion Miejski (Bielsko-Biała)3||4,279|
|Pogoń Szczecin||Szczecin||Stadion im. Floriana Krygera||18,023|
|Polonia Warsaw||Warsaw||Stadion Polonii||7,150|
|Ruch Chorzów||Chorzów||Stadion Miejski (Chorzów)||10,000|
|Śląsk Wrocław||Wrocław||Stadion Miejski (Wrocław)||43,308|
|Widzew Łódź||Łódź||Stadion Widzewa||10,773|
|Wisła Kraków||Kraków||Stadion im. Henryka Reymana||33,326|
|Zagłębie Lubin||Lubin||Stadion Zagłębia||16,086|
Personnel and kitsEdit
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- 1. ^ On the back of shirt.
- 2. ^ Lech Poznań makes a donation to wygrajzycie.pl (it's a charity website) in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.
- 3 ^ On the left sleeve.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Polonia Warsaw||Czesław Michniewicz ||Mutual consent||23 July||Pre-season||Piotr Stokowiec||Pre-season|
|Śląsk Wrocław||Orest Lenczyk ||Mutual consent||31 August 2012||9th||Paweł Barylski (caretaker)||31 August 2012 |
|Śląsk Wrocław||Paweł Barylski (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||3 September 2012||5th||Stanislav Levý||3 September 2012 |
|Ruch Chorzów||Tomasz Fornalik||Mutual consent||5 September 2012||15th||Jacek Zieliński||5 September 2012 |
|GKS Bełchatów||Kamil Kiereś||Mutual consent||25 September 2012||16th||Jan Złomańczuk||25 September 2012 |
|Wisła Kraków||Michał Probierz||Resignation||3 October 2012||11th||Tomasz Kulawik||3 October 2012 |
|Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała||Robert Kasperczyk||Mutual consent||22 October 2012||16th||Andrzej Wyroba (caretaker)||22 October 2012 |
|Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała||Andrzej Wyroba (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||29 October 2012||16th||Marcin Sasal||29 October 2012 |
|GKS Bełchatów||Jan Złomańczuk||Mutual consent||14 August 2012||16th||Michał Probierz||14 August 2012 |
|Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała||Marcin Sasal||Sacked||3 January 2013||16th||Dariusz Kubicki||4 January 2013|
|GKS Bełchatów||Michał Probierz||Resignation||21 December 2012||15th||Kamil Kiereś||9 January 2013 |
|Pogoń Szczecin||Artur Skowronek||Sacked||19 March 2013||13th||Dariusz Wdowczyk||20 March 2013 |
|Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała||Dariusz Kubicki||Resigned||20 March 2013||15th||Czesław Michniewicz||22 March 2013|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Legia Warsaw (C)||30||20||7||3||59||22||+37||67||2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||Lech Poznań||30||19||4||7||46||22||+24||61||2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round|
|6||Polonia Warsaw (R)||30||11||9||10||45||34||+11||42[b]||Club dissolved after season|
|16||GKS Bełchatów (R)||30||7||10||13||24||38||−14||31[f]||Relegation to 2013–14 I liga|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored; 7) Fair Play table. Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Since both finalists of 2012–13 Polish Cup, Legia Warsaw and Śląsk Wrocław, finished top three, 4th-placed Piast Gliwice also qualified for Europa League.
- Polonia Warszawa did not receive the license for the 2013–14 season due to financial problems. As a result, the 15th-placed Ruch Chorzów stayed in Ekstraklasa for the next season.
- WIS 1–0 LGD; LGD 0–0 WIS
- JAG 0–0 ZLU; ZLU 2–1 JAG
- Zagłębie Lubin was docked 3 points due to bribery scandal in 2005–06 season.
- RUC 2–1 GKS; GKS 0–3 RUC
Positions by roundEdit
The following table represents the teams position after each round in the competition.
- As of matches played 17 May 2013.
|1||Jasmin Burić||Lech Poznań||13|
|2||Dušan Kuciak||Legia Warsaw||10|
|3||Łukasz Skorupski||Górnik Zabrze||8|
|Michał Gliwa||Zagłębie Lubin||8|
|Emilijus Zubas||GKS Bełchatów||8|
|6||Sergei Pareiko||Wisła Kraków||7|
|Dariusz Trela||Piast Gliwice||7|
|Marián Kelemen||Śląsk Wrocław||5|
|Michał Buchalik||Lechia Gdańsk||5|
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