GKS Bełchatów

GKS Bełchatów [ɡʲɛkaˈɛs bɛwˈxatuf] is a professional football club that competes in the Polish II liga.[1] GKS is an abbreviation for the Miners' Sport Club (Górniczy Klub Sportowy).

GKS Bełchatów
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Full nameGórniczy Klub Sportowy Bełchatów
Nickname(s)Gieksa
Brunatni (the Browns)
Torfiarze (the Turfers)
Founded1977
GroundGIEKSA Arena
Capacity5,264
ChairmanPoland Wiktor Rydz
ManagerKamil Socha
LeagueII liga
2020-21I liga, 18th of 18 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

GKS Bełchatów entered Poland's Klasa A in 1977 under the name of Węgiel Brunatny Bełchatów,[2] and gained promotion to the III liga in the 1981–82 season.[2] It took the club another seven years to rise to the II liga (1986/1987 season), before winning a place in the top-tier I liga in 1992.[2] After another spell in II liga, the club again won promotion to the I liga at the end of the 2004–05 season. The club finished the 2005–06 season in 10th place, with 37 points.[3] The following season they challenged for the league title. After spending much of the latter part of the 2006–07 season in first place, they were ultimately overtaken by Zagłębie Lubin and had to settle for second place.[4]

AchievementsEdit

FansEdit

The fans are called Torfiorze (the "Turfers" in translation).[5] They have friendly relations with fans of Wisła Sandomierz.[6] Their biggest rivals are neighbours RKS Radomsko, and as Bełchatów is located in the Łódź Province, they also have rivalries with the two traditional well-established Łódź teams, ŁKS and Widzew.[6]

Bełchatów in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club Score
2007/08 UEFA Cup 1Q   FC Ameri Tbilisi 2–0, 0–2 (4–2 p.)
2Q   FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1–1, 2–4

Current squadEdit

As of 6 September 2021.[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   POL Mateusz Szymorek
5 MF   POL Mikołaj Gabor
6 DF   POL Adam Dobosz
7 MF   POL Damian Warnecki
8 MF   POL Artur Golański
9 MF   POL Waldemar Gancarczyk
10 MF   POL Dawid Flaszka
11 FW   POL Szymon Sołtysiński
16 DF   POL Mikołaj Grzelak
17 MF   POL Marcin Ryszka
18 FW   POL Mateusz Kempski
20 MF   POL Oskar Przywara
22 GK   POL Kewin Komar
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF   POL Michał Graczyk
25 GK   POL Leonid Otczenaszenko
27 FW   POL Kacper Sionkowski
29 MF   POL Kamil Mizera
30 MF   POL Łukasz Wroński
31 FW   UKR Yevhen Radionov
38 DF   SVK Martin Klabnik
50 MF   POL Jakub Miarka
51 DF   POL Hubert Jakubiec
55 DF   POL Mateusz Mikulski
69 DF   POL Kajetan Kunka (on loan from Rozwój Katowice)
72 FW   POL Adrian Bielka (on loan from Korona Kielce)
77 DF   POL Mateusz Gancarczyk

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   POL Damian Warnecki (at Skra Częstochowa)

ManagersEdit

Notable playersEdit

Players who have been capped and/or have over 80 appearances for the club

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fortuna I liga: Bełchatów 0-2 GKS 1962. Spadek Bełchatowa". www.90minut.pl.
  2. ^ a b c "GKS Bełchatów - sezon po sezonie - Historia Polskiej Piłki Nożnej - HPPN.PL". www.hppn.pl.
  3. ^ "Orange Ekstraklasa 2005/2006". www.90minut.pl.
  4. ^ "Dziesięć lat temu GKS Bełchatów zaszokował piłkarską Polskę". Dziennik Łódzki. November 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Kieruzel, Adam (November 27, 2020). "Bełchatów. Kibice GKS utworzyli mural z podobizną papieża Jana Pawła II [ZDJĘCIA]". Bełchatów Nasze Miasto.
  6. ^ a b "GKS Bełchatów — zgody, układy, kosy, grupy, grill i inne".
  7. ^ "I zespół" (in Polish). GKS Bełchatów. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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