GKS Tychy is a Polish professional football club, based in Tychy, that plays in the Polish I Liga. The club was founded in 1971. It played in the Ekstraklasa between 1974–1977 and 1995–1997. The biggest success of GKS Tychy was the 2nd place in the 1975–76 season of the Ekstraklasa.

GKS Tychy
GKS Tychy Logo.svg
Full nameGórniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy
Founded20 April 1971; 52 years ago (1971-04-20)
GroundStadion Miejski,
Edukacji 7 Street, 43-100 Tychy, Poland Poland
OwnerThe Seelig Group
Chien Lee
ChairmanLeszek Bartnicki
ManagerDariusz Banasik
LeagueI liga
2021–22I liga, 12th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Stadion Miejski, home venue of GKS Tychy


The history of GKS Tychy dates back to 20 April 1971, when the government of the county of Tychy, together with Communist party activists (PZPR), decided to form a powerful sports organization. As a result of the merger of Polonia Tychy, Górnik Wesoła and Górnik Murcki, a strong, multi-department sports club was formed, with football and ice hockey as its major departments. Before the creation of GKS Tychy, ice hockey players of Górnik Murcki had twice won the Polish Cup (1967 and 1971).

The decision to merge the teams from Murcki and Wesoła was not welcomed by members of local communities, who wanted to keep their organizations. The Tychy County government did not care about these concerns, as the plan was to form a strong club, with top class athletes. GKS Tychy was financially supported by local coal mines, from Tychy, Lędziny, Wesoła and Bieruń. A new, 20,000 stadium was built, together with a swimming pool and ice-skating rink. By 1973, GKS Tychy had over 600 athletes in seven departments, including football, ice hockey, wrestling, and track and field.

Two years after its creation, the football team of GKS Tychy won promotion to the second level of Polish football tier, and in early summer of 1974, the team was promoted to Ekstraklasa. With its topscorer Roman Ogaza, Tychy in August 1974 debuted in Ekstraklasa, in a 1–1 game vs. Lech Poznań. In 1975–76 Ekstraklasa, GKS Tychy finished second, after Polish champion Stal Mielec, and in the UEFA Cup, it played against West German side Köln. In the first leg, in Cologne (15 September 1976), Tychy lost 0–2. In the second leg, which took place on 29 September 1976 at Silesian Stadium in Chorzow, Polish team tied 1-1, after a goal by Roman Ogaza. Ogaza himself was a member of Polish football team, which won silver in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, becoming the first athlete in the history of Tychy to win an olympic medal.

In the 1976–77 Ekstraklasa, GKS Tychy, to the surprise of experts, was relegated from Polish top division, despite the fact that its top players remained at Tychy. After several seasons in Polish Second Division, GKS was once again relegated (1983) to the third level of Polish football tier, remaining there until 1993. After a merger with Sokół Pniewy, the new team, called Sokół Tychy-Pniewy, played in 1995–96 Ekstraklasa and 1996–97 Ekstraklasa. Due to financial difficulties, the team was dissolved in 1997. Soon afterwards, new organization, called Tyski Klub Sportowy Tychy was founded. Later on, the team eventually returned to the historic name GKS Tychy and won promotion to the I liga (second tier) in 2012. In the 2020–21 season GKS qualified to promotion play-offs to the Ekstraklasa, but lost to the final winner Górnik Łęczna.

In April 2021, The Seelig Group and Chien Lee acquired 75% of GKS Tychy and became the controlling shareholders.[1]

Previous namesEdit

  • 20 April 1971 – 1996: Górniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy
  • 1996: Sokół Tychy
  • 1997: Górniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy
  • 1998: TKS Tychy
  • 2000: Górnośląski Klub Sportowy Tychy '71
  • 2008: Górniczy Klub Sportowy Tychy

GKS Tychy in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club Score
1976-77 UEFA Cup 1R   1. FC Köln 0-2, 1-1


As of 26 May 2023[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   POL Adrian Odyjewski
3 DF   CZE Petr Buchta
5 DF   POL Maciej Mańka
6 DF   MNE Nemanja Nedic
7 MF   POL Jakub Piątek
8 MF   POL Jan Bieganski (on loan from Lechia Gdansk)
10 MF   ESP Antonio Domínguez
11 DF   POL Krzysztof Wołkowicz
13 GK   POL Konrad Jalocha
15 MF   POL Michal Ploch
18 MF   POL Dorian Orlinski
19 FW   POL Daniel Rumin
21 DF   POL Krzysztof Machowski
22 GK   POL Kacper Dana
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF   POL Mateusz Radecki
25 MF   POL Wiktor Zytek
26 MF   POL Mikolaj Oleksy
28 MF   POL Milosz Pawlusinski
30 DF   POL Kamil Szymura
33 DF   POL Jakub Teclaw
44 GK   POL Adrian Kostrzewski
71 MF   POL Kacper Skibicki (on loan from Legia Warszawa)
77 FW   POL Patryk Mikita
88 MF   POL Natan Dziegielewski
98 MF   POL Mateusz Czyżycki
99 DF   POL Dominik Polap
DF   POL Bartosz Zarebski

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


Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Artur Derbin
Assistant coach   Tomasz Horwat
Assistant coach   Kacper Jędrychowski
Goalkeeping coach   Tomasz Rogala
Director coach   Grzegorz Kiecok
Fitness coach   Leszek Simiłowski
Doctor   Grzegorz Nocoń

Other sportsEdit

Active sections:

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries.[3] Players listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Tychy.

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Trinidad and Tobago


  1. ^ “Tychy Investment Company Limited has finalized the first stage of investment in Klub Piłkarski GKS Tychy S.A.”
  2. ^ "Pierwzy zespół" (in Polish). GKS Tychy. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  3. ^ "GKS 71 Tychy". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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