Pogoń Szczecin

Pogoń Szczecin Spółka Akcyjna, commonly referred to as Pogoń Szczecin (Polish pronunciation: [ˌɛmkaˈɛs ˌpɔɡɔj̃ ˈʂtʂɛtɕin]), is a Polish professional football club, based in Szczecin, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, which plays in the Ekstraklasa, the top tier of the national football league system.

Pogoń Szczecin
Pogon Szczecin logo.svg
Full namePogoń Szczecin Spółka Akcyjna[1]
Nickname(s)Portowcy (The Dockers)
Duma Pomorza (Pride of Pomerania)
Founded21 April 1948; 74 years ago (1948-04-21)
GroundStadion Miejski im. Floriana Krygiera
Capacity18,027
ChairmanJarosław Mroczek
ManagerJens Gustafsson
LeagueEkstraklasa
2021–223rd of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club was founded by Poles from Lwów (now Lviv, Ukraine), who had been transferred west after the Soviet annexation of Poland's eastern territories in 1945. The founders of Pogoń Szczecin had previously been supporters of Pogoń Lwów and the colors of their new club reflect their old club. Polonia Bytom and Odra Opole were likewise founded or revived by the former inhabitants of Lwów.

The most popular sports organization in Szczecin was founded on 21 April 1948 as Klub Sportowy Sztorm. Its first departments were football and boxing, and the football team began playing in the local C-Class championship. In March 1949, several sports clubs in Szczecin (KS Sztorm, KS Cukrownik, KS Drukarz, Pocztowy KS) were merged into a large organization called Klub Sportowy Zwiazkowiec. The team of Zwiazkowiec joined local A-Class league, replacing Pocztowy KS. In November 1950, Zwiazkowiec was dissolved, and a new organization, Klub Sportowy Kolejarz Szczecin was formed. Its football team, supported by the Port of Szczecin, in 1953 was promoted to the newly created Interregional League (Liga Miedzywojewodzka), which covered the provinces of Szczecin, Zielona Góra and Poznań.

In autumn 1955, Kolejarz was renamed into Pogoń Szczecin. The name and the hues of the club are a continuation of Pogoń Lwów. In 1957, Pogoń was runner up of the Interregional League, qualifying to the second division playoffs. After beating Flota Gdynia, Kujawiak Włocławek and Warta Gorzów, Pogoń for the first time won promotion to the second level of Polish football system. In 1958, Pogoń was the winner of Group North of the Second Division (37 points, goals 54–22, not a single game lost), winning promotion to the Ekstraklasa.

In its top level debut, Pogoń lost at home to Gwardia Warszawa 0–1. In 1960, Pogoń was relegated from the Ekstraklasa, to return there in 1962.

For most of the 1960s and 1970s, Pogoń remained in the top Polish league, but remained an average team, without any successes. This changed in the early 1980s: in 1981, Pogoń advanced to the final of the Cup of Poland, to lose 0–1 to Legia Warszawa. In 1982, Pogoń again made it to the Cup final, to lose 0–1 to Lech Poznań.

In 1984 Pogoń, managed by Eugeniusz Ksol, for the first time in history was among top three teams in the Ekstraklasa, which meant that the team qualified for the UEFA Cup. In its European debut, Pogoń faced 1. FC Köln, with such stars as Harald Schumacher, Pierre Littbarski and Klaus Allofs. In the first leg (September 19, 1984 in Cologne), Pogoń lost 1–2. In the second leg (October 3), Polish team lost 0–1, after its players failed to score on two penalty kicks.

In 1987, Pogoń was Polish runner-up. Managed by Leszek Jezierski, the team played offensively, scoring plenty of goals. With such players as Mariusz Kuras, Marek Ostrowski and Marek Lesniak, Pogoń was only behind Górnik Zabrze. In the first round of UEFA Cup, Pogon faced Hellas Verona, with Thomas Berthold and Preben Elkjær. In the first leg (September 16, 1987), Pogoń tied at home 1–1. Two weeks later, Polish team lost in Italy 1–3.

Pogoń in 2002 was on the brink of bankruptcy. As a result, fans created a new team on the basis of the reserves in the fourth division. However owner of Piotrcovia Piotrków Trybunalski Antoni Ptak decided to move the team and renamed the club MKS Pogoń Szczecin. The initial distrust was lost when the team performed well and used local players, however halfway through the 2005–06 season the team started underperforming and Ptak decided to replace almost the entire squad with only Brazilian nationals, making it the "most Brazilian team outside Brazil". Antoni Ptak also built a small training facility in Gutów Mały, meaning the home games were played almost 500 km (311 mi) away from Szczecin. The experiment failed and in 2007 Antoni Ptak moved away from football, leaving the club to be rebuilt on the basis of the 4th division counterpart set up originally by the fans, which acted as the reserve team in the meantime.

The club was promoted to the Zachodnia (Western) group of the new II Liga (formerly the Third League) for the 2007–08 season. The club earned promotion to the Polish First League after finishing 2nd in Western Group of Polish Second League in 2008–09 season. Finally Pogoń returned to top division after finishing First League as runner-up in 2011–12 season.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Runners-up (2): 1986–87, 2000–01
Third place (3): 1983–84, 2020–21, 2021–22
Runners-up (3): 1980–81, 1981–82, 2009–10

InternationalEdit

Youth TeamEdit

1986
  • Polish U-19 Runner Up:
1965, 2016
  • Polish U-19 Bronze Medal:
1960, 2008, 2012, 2014
  • Polish U-17 Bronze Medal:
2002

Pogoń Szczecin in European footballEdit

ResultsEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1965–66 Intertoto Cup GR   Chemie Leipzig 1–3 0–1 4th
  Slovnaft Bratislava 2–3 0–4
  NK Zagreb 3–0 0–2
1976 Intertoto Cup GR   Östers IF 0–1 0–1 3rd
  Belenenses 2–2 0–2
  Næstved 3–0 1–1
1977 Intertoto Cup GR   Sturm Graz 1–0 0–0 1st
  KB 2–2 1–1
  Chênois 6–1 1–0
1982 Intertoto Cup GR   Brage 1–0 0–2 2nd
  Sparta Prague 2–0 0–1
  Wiener Sport-Club 3–3 4–3
1983 Intertoto Cup GR   Werder Bremen 2–1 0–4 1st
  Malmö FF 2–0 1–2
  St. Gallen 1–1 3–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R   FC Köln 0–1 1–2 1–3
1987 Intertoto Cup GR   Hammarby 3–0 3–2 1st
  La Chaux-de-Fonds 6–3 4–0
  Magdeburg 3–1 1–2
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R   Hellas Verona 1–1 1–3 2–4
1988 Intertoto Cup GR   Grasshopper Club 0–0 0–1 3rd
  Östers IF 2–0 0–0
  Pécsi MFC 0–0 1–3
1993 Intertoto Cup GR   Lausanne-Sport 0–4 4th
  IFK Norrköping 1–4
  Copenhagen 4–1
  Austria Wien 0–2
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup GR   Cannes 1–2 5th
  Farul Constanța 1–2
  Dnepr Mogilev 3–3
  Bečej 1–2
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR   Fylkir 1–1 1–2 2–3
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Tiligul Tiraspol 6–2 3–0 9–2
2R   Sigma Olomouc 0–0 0–1 0–1
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 2QR   Osijek 0–0 0–1 0–1
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 1QR   KR 4–1 0–1 4–2
2QR   Brøndby 1–1 0–4 1–5

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 14 July 2022[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   CRO Dante Stipica
2 DF   POL Jakub Bartkowski
4 DF   BRA Léo Borges
6 DF   POL Bartłomiej Mruk
7 MF   POL Rafał Kurzawa
8 MF   POL Damian Dąbrowski
9 FW   SWE Pontus Almqvist (on loan from Rostov)
10 FW   SVN Luka Zahović
11 MF   POL Kamil Grosicki
13 DF   GRE Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos
14 MF   POL Kamil Drygas
15 MF   POL Marcel Wędrychowski
17 MF   POL Mariusz Fornalczyk
18 MF   POL Michał Kucharczyk
19 FW   POL Kacper Kostorz
20 MF   AUT Alexander Gorgon
21 MF   BRA Jean Carlos
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF   ARM Vahan Bichakhchyan
23 DF   AUT Benedikt Zech
26 DF   POL Kryspin Szcześniak
27 MF   POL Sebastian Kowalczyk
33 DF   POL Mariusz Malec
41 DF   POL Paweł Stolarski
54 MF   POL Maciej Żurawski
61 MF   POL Kacper Smoliński
70 DF   POL Dawid Rezaeian
74 FW   POL Aron Stasiak
76 GK   POL Maciej Kowal
81 GK   POL Bartosz Klebaniuk
97 DF   POR Luís Mata
99 MF   POL Mateusz Łęgowski
DF   POL Jakub Lis
MF   POL Kacper Łukasiak
MF   POL Stanisław Wawrzynowicz

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
80 GK   POL Dariusz Krzysztofek

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
DF   POL Hubert Sadowski (at Skra Częstochowa)

Former playersEdit

Europe
Austria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Estonia
Finland
Georgia
Hungary
Poland
Russia
Slovakia
Sweden
Afrika
Zimbabwe

ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pogoń Szczecin Spółka Akcyjna | KRS-pobierz.pl".
  2. ^ "Pierwsza drużyna" (in Polish). Pogoń Szczecin. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Trenerzy Pogoni".
  4. ^ "Kosta Runjaić trenerem Pogoni" (in Polish). 90minut. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.

5.https://gol24.pl/oficjalnie-jens-gustafsson-zostal-nowym-trenerem-pilkarzy-pogoni-szczecin/ar/c2-16330757

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