Ekstraklasa

The Ekstraklasa (Polish pronunciation: [ˌɛkstraˈklasa]), named PKO Ekstraklasa since the 2019–20 season due to its sponsorship by PKO Bank Polski,[2][3] is the top Polish professional league for men's association football teams.

Ekstraklasa
Organising bodyEkstraklasa SA
Founded4 December 1926; 94 years ago (1926-12-04)[1]
CountryPoland
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toI liga
Domestic cup(s)Polish Cup
Polish SuperCup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsLegia Warsaw (15th title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsLegia Warsaw
(15 titles)
Most appearancesŁukasz Surma (559)
Top goalscorerErnest Pohl (186)
TV partnersList of broadcasters
Websiteekstraklasa.org
Current: 2021–22 Ekstraklasa

Contested by 18 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the I liga, seasons start in July, and end in May or June the following year. Teams play a total of 34 games each. Games are played on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The winner of the Ekstraklasa qualifies for the Polish SuperCup. The league is now operated by the Ekstraklasa Spółka Akcyjna.

The Ekstraklasa (former I liga) was officially formed as Liga Polska on 4–5 December 1926 in Warsaw, since 1 March 1927 as Liga Piłki Nożnej (Polish pronunciation: [ˈlʲiɡa ˈpiwki ˈnɔʐnɛj]), but the Polish Football Association (Polish: Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN) had been in existence since 20 December 1919, a year after the independence of Poland in 1918. The first games of the freshly created league took place on 3 April 1927, while first national non-league football championship took place in 1920.

A total of 82 teams have played in the top division of Polish football since the founding of the league, of which 16 clubs have won the title. The current champions are Legia Warsaw, who won their 15th title in 2020–21 season.

HistoryEdit

NamingEdit

  • 2004: Idea Ekstraklasa
  • 2005-2009: Orange Ekstraklasa
  • 2011-2015: T-Mobile Ekstraklasa
  • 2016-2018: Lotto Ekstraklasa
  • 2019-: PKO BP Ekstraklasa

Creation of the Polish Football LeagueEdit

On 4–5 December 1926 in Warsaw, representatives from several Polish clubs met for the purpose of discussing the creation of a league. It is unknown where the idea of a Polish league originated from, however a national league was thought to be a much more practical solution than hitherto practiced two-stage system of regional matches followed by a national match.

To dismay of clubs' officials, the PZPN was not receptive to the idea of a national league and therefore sought to thwart it. However, it turned out that virtually all but one of the Polish clubs supported the idea. The decision to create it was made regardless what PZPN's representatives thought of it. In late February 1927, at the PZPN's meeting in Warsaw, its officials openly opposed the formation of a league, but the clubs, allegedly egged on by some generals from the Polish Army (which, after May Coup of 1926, played a key role in all aspects of public life), proceeded anyway. The creation of the League was announced on 1 March 1927.

CracoviaEdit

The only opponent of the league's formation was Cracovia – a very influential and strong organization in Polish football of the 1920s. Cracovia's boycott was because its chairman, Dr. Edward Cetnarowski, at the same time held the post of the director of the PZPN. Cetnarowski was a personality known not only in Poland, but also in other countries. It was due to his efforts that in September 1923, Cracovia toured Spain, drawing 1–1 with Barcelona and losing 0–1 to Real Madrid. In October, also thanks to Cetnarowski, Sevilla travelled to Kraków, losing 2–3 to Cracovia.

Early years of the leagueEdit

 
1927 Winning Wisła Kraków side.

Games of the first championships started on 3 April 1927. All major teams (except for Cracovia) took part in it. This is the list of the teams (in the order they finished in November 1927):

In this first season of the league, fight for championship was decided between two powerful teams – Wisła Kraków and 1.FC Katowice. This rivalry was treated very seriously, not only by the two sides involved, but also by the whole nation. 1.FC was regarded as the team supported by German minority, while Wisła, at the end of this historic season, represented ambitions of all Poles.

Some time in the fall of 1927 in Katowice, an ill-fated game between 1.FC and Wisła took place. Stakes were very high – the winner would become the champion. Kraków's side won 2–0 and became the champion. 1.FC finished second, third was Warta Poznań.

1927–1932: dominance of Kraków teamsEdit

In 1928 Cracovia finally decided to enter the league, which was gladly accepted by all fans of football. However, championships were once again won by Wisła, with such excellent players as Henryk Reyman, Mieczysław Balcer and Jan Kotlarczyk. Warta Poznań was second and Legia Warsaw third. This was also the last year of 1.FC's glory. The team finished fifth, to be relegated forever at the end of 1929 season.

In 1929 yet another team (after Cracovia, Pogon Lwów and Wisła) was added to the list of champions of Poland. This time it was Warta Poznań, which finished one point ahead of Garbarnia Kraków.

However, after the last game, on 1 December 1929, it was Garbarnia Kraków that was celebrating the championship. Two weeks later, in mid-December, PZPN's officials changed the result of the Warta – Klub Turystow Łódź game. Originally, Warta lost 1–2, but due to walk-over (it was decided that one of Łódź's players did not have all necessary documents), this was changed to 3–0 in favor of Poznań's side. As a result of the decision, Warta (with 33 points) became the champion, Garbarnia finished second with 32 points and Klub Turystow was relegated.

In 1930, Cracovia regained the championship, (to repeat this success in 1932) and a year later another Kraków's side, Garbarnia, won the league. It is clear that the 1927–1932 period was marked by dominance of teams from Kraków. During this time, only once (Warta Poznań, 1929) the championship was won by a side from a different city. The 1931 champion, Garbarnia, was unique as this was the first time that the league had been won by a side whose all players had been bought from other teams.

1933–1939: Upper Silesian dominanceEdit

As has been said, the early 1930s marked a decline of the dominance of Kraków and Lwów as centers of Polish football. The point of gravity slowly moved towards west – to Polish part of Upper Silesia, which had belonged to Poland since 1921 (see: Silesian Uprisings). In 1932 the champion was Cracovia, but starting in 1933, Ruch Chorzów (then: Ruch Wielkie Hajduki) completely dominated the league, being the champion for four times in a row.

Ruch, with such excellent players as Teodor Peterek, Ernest Wilimowski and Gerard Wodarz was by far the best team in those years. For example, in 1934 it finished seven points ahead of second Cracovia. Other important teams of these years were: Cracovia, Wisła Kraków, Pogoń Lwów and Warta Poznań.

In 1933 and 1934 there were 12 teams in the League. In 1935 this number was cut to 11 and in 1936 – to 10. Football officials did it on purpose – with fewer teams, the competition was supposed to be harder, which would attract fans to the stadiums. However, supporters' turnout was not impressive, with Ruch Chorzów as the most popular team, both at home and away.

In late 1935 (the league held its games in the spring-summer-fall system) fans were shocked to find that Cracovia, the legend of this sport, was relegated to the A-class. Kraków's side absence lasted for a year – it returned in 1937, to become the champion.

Ruch Chorzów was still the dominant team, winning the Championships in 1936 and 1938. In 1937 Ruch's streak of four consecutive champions was broken by Cracovia, and in 1939 the championships were not finished. By 31 August 1939, after some 12 games, Ruch was the leader of the 10-team League. Last games of this summer occurred on 20 August. Then, a break was planned, because the National Team was going to play a few international friendlies. Games were to be re-introduced on 10 September.

This is the list of the ten teams that participated in last, historic games for championships of interwar Poland. Teams are presented according to their position on the table, as of 31 August 1939:

  1. Ruch Chorzów
  2. Wisła Kraków
  3. Pogoń Lwów
  4. AKS Chorzów
  5. Warta Poznań
  6. Cracovia
  7. Polonia Warsaw
  8. Garbarnia Kraków
  9. Warszawianka Warsaw
  10. Union Touring Łódź

After World War IIEdit

As a result of the Second World War, the borders of Poland changed significantly. Lwów, one of the centers of Polish football (with such teams as Pogoń Lwów, Czarni Lwów and Lechia Lwów) was annexed by Soviet Union and all these teams ceased to exist. Lwów's football officials and players moved westwards, creating such clubs as Polonia Bytom, Odra Opole and Pogoń Szczecin (see: Recovered Territories). Another important center, Wilno (with the team Śmigły Wilno), was also annexed by the Soviets (see: Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union). In exchange, Poland gained a large swath of formerly German territory in particular in Silesia, with its capital Wrocław (home of double champion Śląsk Wrocław) and towns such as Zabrze (home of 14-times champion Górnik Zabrze), Bytom (home of champions Polonia Bytom and Szombierki Bytom) and Lubin (home of double champion Zagłębie Lubin). 18 teams played in the league between seasons of 1992 and 1998.

ClubsEdit

There are 18 clubs in the Ekstraklasa. During the course of the season each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 34 games. From the 2013–14 to 2019–20 season onward after 30th round league was divided into 'champion' (top eight teams) and 'relegation' (bottom eight teams) groups. Each team played seven more games (teams ranked 1–4 and 9–12 play four times at home). The 2016–17 season was last when teams started an extra round with half the points (rounded up) achieved during the first phase of 30 matches. The changes extended the season to total of 296 matches played.[4] The 2021–22 season started with 18 teams, instead of 16.

Clubs as of the 2021–22 season, with three teams promoted from the I liga missing.

Team Location Venue Capacity
Cracovia Kraków Stadion im. Józefa Piłsudskiego 15,114
Górnik Zabrze Zabrze Stadion im. Ernesta Pohla 24,5631
Jagiellonia Białystok Białystok Stadion Jagiellonii Białystok 22,432
Lech Poznań Poznań Stadion Poznań 43,269
Lechia Gdańsk Gdańsk Stadion Gdańsk 43,615
Legia Warsaw Warsaw Stadion Wojska Polskiego 31,800
Piast Gliwice Gliwice Stadion im. Piotra Wieczorka 10,037
Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała Bielsko-Biała Stadion Podbeskidzia Bielsko-Biała 15,076
Pogoń Szczecin Szczecin Stadion im. Floriana Krygiera 4,2002
Raków Częstochowa Bełchatów GIEKSA Arena3 5,264
Stal Mielec Mielec Stadion Stali Mielec 6,864
Śląsk Wrocław Wrocław Stadion Wrocław 45,105
Warta Poznań Poznań Stadion Dyskobolii Grodzisk Wielkopolski4 5,383
Wisła Kraków Kraków Stadion im. Henryka Reymana 33,326
Wisła Płock Płock Stadion im. Kazimierza Górskiego 12,800
Zagłębie Lubin Lubin Stadion Zagłębia Lubin 16,068
  1. ^ Upgrading to 31,871.
  2. ^ Upgrading to 20,500.[5][6]
  3. ^ Due to the renovation of the Municipal Football Stadium "Raków" in Częstochowa, Raków played their home matches at the GIEKSA Arena in Bełchatów.
  4. ^ Due to the renovation of Warta Poznań Stadium in Poznań, Warta played their home matches at the Stadion Dyskobolii in Grodzisk Wielkopolski.[7]

List of league championsEdit

°Abandoned due to the outbreak of World War II. On 31 August 1939 Ruch Chorzów was the leader.
°°In 1951, the Polish Football Association decided to give the Champion of Poland title to the winner of the Polish Cup, in order to increase the importance of the re-activated cup competition. Ruch Chorzów was 6th in the league, but won the cup, beating 2-0 Wisła Kraków in the final game. Wisła Kraków was announced the league champion.[8]

Clubs by number of league championshipsEdit

Note: This list is not synonymous with a list of Polish football champions.
Bold indicates clubs playing in the top division in the 2020–21 season.

Titles Team Year(s)
15
Legia Warsaw 1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
14
Górnik Zabrze 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Wisła Kraków 1927, 1928, 1949, 1950, 1951,[9] 1978, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011
13 Ruch Chorzów 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1989
7 Lech Poznań 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2010, 2015
4 Cracovia 1930, 1932, 1937, 1948
Widzew Łódź 1981, 1982, 1996, 1997
2 Polonia Bytom 1954, 1962
ŁKS Łódź 1958, 1998
Stal Mielec 1973, 1976
Śląsk Wrocław 1977, 2012
Zagłębie Lubin 1991, 2007
1 Warta Poznań 1929
Garbarnia Kraków 1931
Szombierki Bytom 1980
Polonia Warsaw 2000
Piast Gliwice 2019

The following table lists the league champions by the Polish voivodeship regions (current, valid since 1999).

Region Titles Winning Clubs
  Silesia
31
Górnik Zabrze (14), Ruch Chorzów (13), Polonia Bytom (2), Szombierki Bytom (1), Piast Gliwice (1)
  Lesser Poland
19
Wisła Kraków (14), Cracovia (4), Garbarnia Kraków (1)
  Masovia
16
Legia Warsaw (15), Polonia Warsaw (1)
  Greater Poland
8
Lech Poznań (7), Warta Poznań (1)
  Łódź
6
Widzew Łódź (4), ŁKS Łódź (2)
  Lower Silesia
4
Zagłębie Lubin (2), Śląsk Wrocław (2)
  Subcarpathian
2
Stal Mielec (2)

The following table lists the league champions by city.

City Titles Winning Clubs
  Kraków
19
Wisła Kraków (14), Cracovia (4), Garbarnia Kraków (1)
  Warsaw
16
Legia Warsaw (15), Polonia Warsaw (1)
  Zabrze
14
Górnik Zabrze (14)
  Chorzów
13
Ruch Chorzów (13)
  Poznań
8
Lech Poznań (7), Warta Poznań (1)
  Łódź
6
Widzew Łódź (4), ŁKS Łódź (2)
  Bytom
3
Polonia Bytom (2), Szombierki Bytom (1)
  Lubin
2
Zagłębie Lubin (2)
  Wrocław
2
Śląsk Wrocław (2)
  Mielec
2
Stal Mielec (2)
  Gliwice
1
Piast Gliwice (1)

Honored teamsEdit

After 10 Polish Championship titles a representative golden star is placed above the team's badge to indicate 10 Polish Championship titles.

The current (as of May 2021) officially sanctioned Championship stars are:

All-time league tableEdit

The all-time league table consists of all the teams that once participated in the Ekstraklasa. Data from the 19272018–19 seasons.

Source: Tabela wszech czasów Ekstraklasy (1927–2019) 90minut.pl

Pos. Club Seasons Current Level Matches Played Points Total Wins Wins for 3 Points Draws Losses Losses for −1 Points Goals scored Goals conceded Goal difference
1 Legia Warsaw 82 1st 2266 3240 1114 444 565 586 3 3778 2379 +1399
2 Wisła Kraków 79 1st 2131 2818 956 376 534 640 6 3465 2533 +932
3 Ruch Chorzów 77 4th 2070 2428 841 192 555 673 6 3109 2662 +447
4 Górnik Zabrze 61 1st 1779 2268 759 222 510 510 1 2671 1987 +684
5 Lech Poznań 58 1st 1684 2128 677 310 460 546 8 2314 1961 +353
6 ŁKS Łódź 65 2nd 1720 1761 598 100 474 647 6 2230 2361 -131
7 Pogoń Szczecin 46 1st 1380 1446 445 165 391 544 7 1616 1886 -270
8 Śląsk Wrocław 40 1st 1236 1421 444 169 360 432 5 1455 1492 -37
9 Widzew Łódź 35 2nd 1075 1362 425 182 336 314 6 1401 1244 +157
10 Zagłębie Lubin 30 1st 959 1225 351 248 277 330 1 1197 1131 +66
11 Cracovia 40 1st 1028 1154 379 156 240 409 1474 1481 -7
12 GKS Katowice 30 3rd 894 1030 321 104 286 287 2 1023 977 +46
13 Polonia Warsaw 31 4th 800 966 304 180 178 318 1165 1251 -86
14 Zagłębie Sosnowiec 36 2nd 987 918 322 11 267 398 4 1180 1330 -150
15 Polonia Bytom 35 4th 892 881 289 33 274 328 4 1099 1141 -42
16 Lechia Gdańsk 27 1st 748 827 244 135 204 299 1 827 975 -148
17 Stal Mielec 25 1st 738 726 247 11 227 263 6 834 844 -10
18 Jagiellonia Białystok 16 1st 526 652 186 161 136 204 7 619 724 -105
19 Szombierki Bytom 25 5th 702 645 235 180 287 5 875 999 -124
20 Korona Kielce 13 2nd 432 582 152 152 126 154 528 583 -55
21 Gwardia Warszawa 23 not existing 572 539 195 149 228 682 764 -82
22 Odra Wodzisław Śląski 14 5th 418 529 145 145 94 179 487 570 -83
23 Odra Opole 22 2nd 564 523 182 159 223 645 740 -95
24 Amica Wronki 11 not existing 332 498 135 135 93 104 452 370 +82
25 GKS Bełchatów 12 2nd 375 486 130 130 96 149 422 463 -41
26 Arka Gdynia 15 2nd 471 470 134 64 137 200 483 610 -127
27 Wisła Płock 12 1st 381 451 121 113 96 164 442 560 -118
28 Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski 10 7th 294 441 124 124 69 101 420 357 +63
29 Warta Poznań 18 1st 410 423 177 69 164 841 733 +108
30 Piast Gliwice 9 1st 312 422 114 114 80 118 383 409 -26
31 Zawisza Bydgoszcz 14 5th 430 376 126 26 98 206 461 651 -190
32 Garbarnia Kraków 15 3rd 315 306 121 64 130 561 561
33 Pogoń Lwów 13 abroad 273 304 130 44 99 537 439 +98
34 Stomil Olsztyn 8 2nd 254 296 76 69 75 103 255 339 -84
35 Olimpia Poznań
Lechia/Olimpia Gdańsk
9 6th 290 265 79 16 101 108 10 313 380 -67
36 Stal Rzeszów 11 3rd 290 255 79 97 114 297 377 -80
37 Hutnik Kraków 7 4th 234 254 75 23 81 78 299 284 +15
38 Górnik Łęczna 7 1st 223 248 64 64 56 103 231 331 -100
39 KS Warszawianka 13 not existing 271 227 90 47 134 427 612 -185
40 Motor Lublin 9 4th 274 220 70 92 112 12 259 372 -113
41 Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała 5 2nd 171 197 48 48 53 70 196 250 -54
42 AKS Chorzów 10 not existing 192 196 80 36 76 336 307 +29
43 Bałtyk Gdynia 7 4th 210 186 64 1 61 85 4 184 247 -56
44 ROW Rybnik 7 3rd 198 165 50 65 83 165 233 -78
45 Górnik Wałbrzych 6 5th 182 157 53 2 56 73 7 194 246 -52
46 Rymer Niedobczyce
Górnik Radlin
9 6th
7th
188 155 58 39 91 238 344 -106
47 Zagłębie Wałbrzych 6 7th 160 142 50 42 68 131 166 -35
48 Czarni Lwów 7 not existing 164 141 56 29 79 265 326 -61
49 Raków Częstochowa 4 1st 136 136 36 27 37 63 120 186 -66
50 Sokół Pniewy
Sokół Tychy
4 5th 136 130 36 16 42 58 128 190 -62
51 Polonia Bydgoszcz 7 5th 156 129 47 35 74 186 296 -110
55 Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza 3 1st 111 124 32 32 28 51 113 171 -58
53 Ruch Radzionków 3 4th 90 109 30 30 19 41 105 135 -30
54 Stal Stalowa Wola 4 3rd 132 103 32 1 44 56 113 173 -60
55 1. FC Katowice 3 7th 78 88 39 10 29 164 143 +21
56 GKS Tychy 3 2nd 90 86 28 30 32 105 113 -8
57 Klub Turystów Łódź
Union Touring Łódź
4 not existing 90 76 32 12 46 149 212 -63
58 KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski 3 4th 92 71 18 18 17 57 73 147 -74
59 Siarka Tarnobrzeg 3 3rd 102 65 19 3 24 59 88 169 -81
60 Arkonia Szczecin 4 6th 88 64 20 24 44 100 166 -66
61 Śląsk Świętochłowice 3 5th 66 45 19 7 40 84 166 -82
62 Unia Racibórz 2 5th 52 38 14 10 28 77 126 -49
63 Hasmonea Lwów 2 not existing 54 38 14 10 30 98 149 -51
64 Wawel Kraków 2 7th 32 37 13 11 8 50 36 +14
65 Igloopol Dębica 2 5th 64 37 9 19 36 43 121 -78
66 Strzelec 22 Siedlce 3 not existing 64 36 14 8 42 84 169 -85
67 Sandecja Nowy Sącz 1 2nd 37 33 6 6 15 16 34 54 -20
68 Szczakowianka Jaworzno 1 6th 30 32 8 8 8 14 40 54 -14
69 RKS Radomsko 1 4th 28 31 7 7 10 11 23 34 -11
70 TKS Toruń 2 not existing 54 30 13 4 37 84 185 -101
71 Podgórze Kraków 2 7th 42 27 11 5 26 56 103 -47
72 Radomiak Radom 1 1st 30 25 8 9 13 29 32 -3
73 Górnik Polkowice 1 3rd 26 23 6 6 5 15 17 37 -20
74 Tarnovia Tarnów 1 5th 26 22 10 2 14 42 48 -6
75 Świt Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki 1 4th 26 22 5 5 7 14 21 42 -21
76 GKS Jastrzębie 1 2nd 30 19 8 8 14 5 24 43 +19
77 Dąb Katowice 2 not existing 36 14 7 29 29 97 -68
78 ŁTS-G Łódź 1 not existing 22 12 3 6 13 25 67 -42
79 Śmigły Wilno 1 not existing 18 11 5 1 12 29 50 -21
80 Jutrzenka Kraków 1 not existing 26 11 3 5 18 41 82 -41
81 Lechia Lwów 1 not existing 22 11 5 1 16 23 66 -43

From 1927 to 2019 a total of 81 teams contested in the Ekstraklasa.

Bold- indicates teams currently playing in the Ekstraklasa 2021–22 season.

ExplanationEdit

1. An equal number of points on the basis of their goal difference, then greater number of goals scored.
2. In seasons 19271994–95 for a win awarded 2 points and 1 point for a draw. In seasons 1986–871989–90 for win at least three goals difference additionally awarded 1 point, while a losses at least 3 goals difference subtracted one point. Since the season 1995–96 for win gives 3 points and 1 point for a draw.
3. Included additional qualification games between both teams and league championship and remain in the league (including 11 games in 1948, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89) and was not included in the table play-off for the right to play in the league between teams of different class divisions.
4. Included matches with unfinished 1939 season.

Penalty pointsEdit

Includes penalties imposed by the Football Association:

Mergers and acquisitions teamsEdit

With the following mergers and acquisitions teams:

Top goalscorersEdit

Year Tally Player Club
1927 37 goals Henryk Reyman Wisła Kraków
1928 28 goals Ludwik Gintel Cracovia
1929 25 goals Rochus Nastula Czarni Lwów
1930 24 goals Karol Kossok Cracovia
1931 24 goals Walerian Kisieliński Wisła Kraków
1932 16 goals Kajetan Kryszkiewicz Warta Poznań
1933 19 goals Artur Woźniak Wisła Kraków
1934 33 goals Ernst Wilimowski Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
1935 22 goals Michał Matyas Pogoń Lwów
1936 18 goals Teodor Peterek
Ernst Wilimowski
Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
1937 12 goals Artur Woźniak Wisła Kraków
1938 21 goals Teodor Peterek Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
1939 12 goals Ernst Wilimowski Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
1948 31 goals Józef Kohut Wisła Kraków
1949 20 goals Teodor Anioła Lech Poznań
1950 21 goals Teodor Anioła Lech Poznań
1951 20 goals Teodor Anioła Lech Poznań
1952 11 goals Gerard Cieślik Ruch Chorzów
1953 24 goals Gerard Cieślik Ruch Chorzów
1954 13 goals Henryk Kempny
Ernst Pohl
Polonia Bytom
Legia Warsaw
1955 16 goals Stanisław Hachorek Gwardia Warsaw
1956 21 goals Henryk Kempny Legia Warsaw
1957 19 goals Lucjan Brychczy Legia Warsaw
1958 19 goals Władysław Soporek ŁKS Łódź
1959 21 goals Jan Liberda
Ernst Pohl
Polonia Bytom
Górnik Zabrze
1960 17 goals Marian Norkowski Polonia Bydgoszcz
1961 24 goals Ernst Pohl Górnik Zabrze
1962 16 goals Jan Liberda Polonia Bytom
1963 18 goals Marian Kielec Pogoń Szczecin
1964 18 goals Lucjan Brychczy
Józef Gałeczka
Jerzy Wilim
Legia Warsaw
Zagłębie Sosnowiec
Szombierki Bytom
1965 18 goals Lucjan Brychczy Legia Warsaw
1966 23 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrze
1967 18 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrze
1968 24 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrze
1969 22 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrze
1970 18 goals Andrzej Jarosik Zagłębie Sosnowiec
1971 13 goals Andrzej Jarosik Zagłębie Sosnowiec
1972 16 goals Ryszard Szymczak Gwardia Warsaw
1973 13 goals Grzegorz Lato Stal Mielec
1974 15 goals Zdzisław Kapka Wisła Kraków
1975 19 goals Grzegorz Lato Stal Mielec
1976 20 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1977 17 goals Włodzimierz Mazur Zagłębie Sosnowiec
1978 15 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1979 17 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1980 24 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1981 18 goals Krzysztof Adamczyk Legia Warsaw
1982 15 goals Grzegorz Kapica Szombierki Bytom
1983 15 goals Mirosław Okoński
Mirosław Tłokiński
Lech Poznań
Widzew Łódź
1984 14 goals Włodzimierz Ciołek Górnik Wałbrzych
1985 14 goals Leszek Iwanicki Motor Lublin
1986 20 goals Andrzej Zgutczyński Górnik Zabrze
1987 24 goals Marek Leśniak Pogoń Szczecin
1988 20 goals Dariusz Dziekanowski Legia Warsaw
1989 24 goals Krzysztof Warzycha Ruch Chorzów
1990 18 goals Andrzej Juskowiak Lech Poznań
1991 21 goals Tomasz Dziubiński Wisła Kraków
1992 20 goals Jerzy Podbrożny
Mirosław Waligóra
Lech Poznań
Hutnik Kraków
1993 25 goals Jerzy Podbrożny Lech Poznań
1994 21 goals Zenon Burzawa Sokół Pniewy
1995 16 goals Bogusław Cygan Stal Mielec
1996 29 goals Marek Koniarek Widzew Łódź
1997 18 goals Mirosław Trzeciak ŁKS Łódź
1998 14 goals Arkadiusz Bąk
Sylwester Czereszewski
Mariusz Śrutwa
Polonia Warsaw
Legia Warsaw
Ruch Chorzów
1999 21 goals Tomasz Frankowski Wisła Kraków
2000 19 goals Adam Kompała Górnik Zabrze
2001 18 goals Tomasz Frankowski Wisła Kraków
2002 21 goals Maciej Żurawski Wisła Kraków
2003 24 goals Stanko Svitlica Legia Warsaw
2004 20 goals Maciej Żurawski Wisła Kraków
2005 25 goals Tomasz Frankowski Wisła Kraków
2006 21 goals Grzegorz Piechna Korona Kielce
2007 15 goals Piotr Reiss Lech Poznań
2008 23 goals Paweł Brożek Wisła Kraków
2009 19 goals Paweł Brożek
Takesure Chinyama
Wisła Kraków
Legia Warsaw
2010 18 goals Robert Lewandowski Lech Poznań
2011 14 goals Tomasz Frankowski Jagiellonia Białystok
2012 22 goals Artjoms Rudņevs Lech Poznań
2013 14 goals Róbert Demjan Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała
2014 22 goals Marcin Robak Piast Gliwice
Pogoń Szczecin
2015 20 goals Kamil Wilczek Piast Gliwice
2016 28 goals Nemanja Nikolić Legia Warsaw
2017 18 goals Marco Paixão
Marcin Robak
Lechia Gdańsk
Lech Poznań
2018 24 goals Carlitos Wisła Kraków
2019 24 goals Igor Angulo Górnik Zabrze
2020 24 goals Christian Gytkjær Lech Poznań
2021 22 goals Tomáš Pekhart Legia Warsaw

PlayersEdit

League presidentsEdit

Nr. League President Term
from to
1. Roman Górecki 1 March 1927 January 1929
2. Ignacy Izdebski January 1929 16 January 1933
3. Zygmunt Żołędziowski 16 January 1933 17 January 1936
4. Juliusz Geib 17 January 1936 30 August 1936
5. Michał Jaroszyński 30 August 1936 Fall 1938
6. Karol Stefan Rudolf Fall 1938 17 September 1939
7. Tadeusz Dręgiewicz 10 August 1946 18 August 1946
- League Suspended 18 August 1946 22 February 1947
- VP PZPN for League 22 February 1947 14 June 2005
8. Michał Tomczak 14 June 2005 29 November 2005
9. Andrzej Rusko 29 November 2005 14 March 2012
10. Bogusław Biszof 1 September 2012 30 June 2015
11. Dariusz Marzec 1 July 2015 9 October 2017
12. Marcin Animucki 9 October 2017 present

Corruption scandalEdit

Several clubs have been involved in a corruption scandal and were/are in danger of relegation:

  • Arka Gdynia – relegated from 1st to 2nd division, −5 points at the start of 2007/08 season
  • Cracovia – –5 points at the start of the 2020–21 season, fine of 1,000,000 zloty.[11]
  • Górnik Łęczna – relegated from 1st to 3rd division, −6 points at the start of 2007/08 season
  • Górnik Polkowice – 70 000 zł penalty, relegated from 2nd to 4th division, −6 points at the start of 2007/08 season
  • Jagiellonia Białystok – docked 10 points at the start of the 2009/10 season, fine of 300,000 zloty
  • KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski – relegated from 2nd to 3rd division, – 6 points at the start of 2007/08 season
  • Zagłębie Sosnowiec – at the end of 2007/08 they were relegated from the top division to the 3rd, as they finished the season in the relegation zone, plus one division lower due to corruption.
  • Korona Kielce – at the end of 2007/08 they were relegated one level lower due to corruption.
  • Zagłębie Lubin (Polish champion 2006–2007) – at the end of 2007/08 they were relegated one level lower due to corruption.

StatisticsEdit

UEFA coefficientsEdit

The following data indicates Polish coefficient rankings between European football leagues.[12]

TelevisionEdit

All matches from the 2011–12 are telecast live nationally by Canal+ Poland. From 2019–20 Telewizja Polska has the rights to air live 1 game per week on a non-scrambled channel.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History". Polish Football Association. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. ^ "PKO Bank Polski partnerem tytularnym Ekstraklasy" (in Polish). ekstraklasa.org. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  3. ^ "PKO BP sponsorem tytularnym piłkarskiej Ekstraklasy" (in Polish). tvp.info. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ Rewolucyjne zmiany w T-Mobile Ekstraklasie. Archived 8 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine onet.pl
  5. ^ "Masz karnet i nie możesz przyjść na mecz? Zwolnij miejsce dla innego kibica!" (in Polish). Pogoń Szczecin. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Stadion Pogoń Szczecin. Trwa przesuwanie murawy na płycie boiska". muratorplus.pl (in Polish). 17 July 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Warta Poznań awansowała do ekstraklasy, ale będzie grać nadal w Grodzisku. Dlaczego?" (in Polish). Głos Wielkopolski. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  8. ^ "History". wisla.krakow.pl. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  9. ^ Wisła is the 1951 Ekstraklasa champion, albeit not the Polish Champion (as the following title was won by Ruch Chorzów).
    "History". wisla.krakow.pl. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  10. ^ Cracovia otrzymała pięć ujemnych punktów za korupcję! Musi też zapłacić 1 mln złotych (in Polish). Gol24.pl. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Cracovia ukarana odjęciem pięciu punktów". 90minut.pl (in Polish). 27 July 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  12. ^ "UEFA European Cup Coefficients Database". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  13. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2021 – kassiesA – Xs4all".
  14. ^ "Club coefficients".

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