Garbarnia Kraków

K.S. Garbarnia Kraków is a Polish football and sports club from Ludwinów, a historical district of the city of Kraków. The club's name comes from the nearby tannery (Polish: Garbarnia) of the Dłużyński brothers, which was the original club sponsor. Garbarnia currently plays in II liga (third tier of Polish football).

Garbarnia Kraków
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Full nameRobotniczy Klub Sportowy
Garbarnia Kraków
Nickname(s)Garbarze (The Tanners)
Founded1921; 101 years ago (1921)
GroundStadion RKS Garbarnia
ChairmanJerzy Jasiówka
ManagerBogusław Pietrzak
LeagueII liga
2020–217th of 19[1]


Founded in 1921, Garbarnia's best years were the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1928, after winning both regional and national qualifiers, the team was promoted to the Polish Football League. Then, in 1929, after an excellent campaign, they finished second to champions Warta Poznan, thus cementing their position as one of the top teams in Poland.

In 1931 Garbarnia went one better, becoming Polish Champions. Containing little home-grown talent, the Kraków starting lineup consisted of players brought in from other clubs. Among the top players were Otto Riesner and Karol Pazurek (both the natives of Katowice), and both of whom played for the Polish national team.

In 1937, after 9 years in the top division, Garbarnia were relegated. They returned in 1939, in a season cut short by the outbreak of World War II.

After the Second World War Garbarnia never regained its status, playing mainly in the Polish Second Division, occasionally managing to win promotion to the First Division, only to be relegated after a year or two. 1957 was the team's final year in the First Division and since then, Garbarnia have never made it back. Worst was yet to come, as in 1971 the team was relegated to the Third division, the Regional Kraków district league.

In 2018, Garbarnia returned to Polish First League (2nd tier) after a 44-year absence. Garbarnia secured promotion after promotion/relegation play-off win over Pogoń Siedlce.[2] In 2019, the club was again relegated to II liga.[3]



Current squadEdit

As of 21 January, 2022

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 Dorian Frątczak
4 DF   POL Bartłomiej Niedzielski
5 DF   POL Mateusz Bartków
6 MF   POL Mateusz Duda
7 MF   POL Wojciech Słomka
8 MF   SVK Michal Klec
9 FW   POL Jakub Kuczera
10 MF   POL Kamil Kuczak
11 MF   POL Daniel Morys
15 MF   POL Grzegorz Marszalik
17 DF   POL Patryk Warczak (on loan from Wisła Kraków)
19 MF   POL Bartłomiej Korbecki
20 DF   POL Mateusz Kardas
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF   POL Jakub Banach
23 MF   POL Dawid Malik
24 MF   POL Kacper Ciuruś
28 GK   POL Bartosz Kieliszek
29 MF   POL Kacper Duda (on loan from Wisła Kraków)
31 DF   LTU Donatas Nakrošius
32 DF   POL Kamil Bentkowski
33 GK   POL Aleksander Kozioł
53 MF   POL Wiktor Szywacz (on loan from Wisła Kraków)
55 DF   POL Mateusz Surma
90 FW   POL Mateusz Grzybowski
98 MF   POL Bartłomiej Purcha
99 FW   POL Michał Feliks


  1. ^ eWinner II liga 2020/2021. 90minut. 2021-06-21.
  2. ^ "Po 44 latach Garbarnia wraca do piłkarskiej pierwszej ligi". (in Polish). Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Garbarnia spada do II ligi". (in Polish). Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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