Polish Basketball League

Polska Liga Koszykówki (PLK) (English: Polish Basketball League) is a professional men's club basketball league in Poland. It constitutes the first and highest-tier level of the Polish league pyramid. The winning team of the final round are crowned the Polish Champions of that season. It began in 1947–48, with the name of I Liga, and was originally organized by the Polish Basketball Association. The league changed to its current form, beginning with the 1997–98 season, after the Polska Liga Koszykówki SA, PLK SA (the Polish Basketball League Joint-stock company) took control over the league (the PLK SA was created in 1995).[1] In 2000–01 season the league turned professional.

Polska Liga Koszykówki
Energa Basket Liga logo.png
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
First season1995–96
CountryPoland
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams17
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toI Liga
Domestic cup(s)Polish Cup
SupercupPolish Supercup
International cup(s)Eurocup Basketball
Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current championsStelmet Zielona Gora (5th title)
(2019–20)
Most championshipsŚląsk Wrocław (17 titles)
Websitewww.plk.pl
2019–20 PLK season

The PLK, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 17 teams (professional basketball's clubs). A PLK season is split into a league stage and a playoffs stage (since 1984–85 season). At the end of the league stage, the top eight teams qualify for the playoff stage.

The competition Polish basketball men's championships has existed since the year 1928. Śląsk Wrocław is the record holder for most titles, with 17.

Naming and logosEdit

Due to sponsorship reasons, the league has known several names:

  • 1997–1999: Polska Liga Koszykówki (PLK)
  • 1999–2001: Lech Basket Liga (LBL)
  • 2001–2003: Polska Liga Koszykówki (PLK)
  • 2003–2005: Era Basket Liga (EBL)
  • 2005–2006: Dominet Basket Liga (DBL)
  • 2006–2008: Dominet Bank Ekstraliga (DBE)
  • 2008–2010: Polska Liga Koszykówki (PLK)
  • 2010–2016: Tauron Basket Liga (TBL)
  • 2016–2018: Polska Liga Koszykówki (PLK)
  • 2018–present: Energa Basket Liga[2]

TeamsEdit

As of the 2019–20 season, the teams playing in the PLK are:

Team Location Arena Capacity
Anwil Włocławek Włocławek Hala Mistrzów 4,200
Arka Gdynia Gdynia Gdynia Sports Arena 5,500
WKS Śląsk Wrocław Wrocław Hala Orbita 3,000
BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski Ostrów Wielkopolski Hala Sportowa Stal 1,200
GTK Gliwice Gliwice Centrum Sportowo-Kulturalne Łabędź / Gliwice Arena 400 / 15,000
HydroTruck Radom Radom ZSE Radom 1,200
Legia Warsaw Warsaw OSiR Bemowo 1,000
Enea Astoria Bydgoszcz Bydgoszcz Artego Arena 5,000
MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza Dąbrowa Górnicza Centrum Hall 2,944
Polpharma Starogard Gdański Starogard Gdański Argo-Kociewie 2,500
Polski Cukier Toruń Toruń Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa 6,248
Stelmet Enea Zielona Góra Zielona Góra CRS Hall Zielona Góra 6,080
TBV Start Lublin Lublin Globus 5,000
PGE Spójnia Stargard Stargard Hala Miejska 2,500
Trefl Sopot Sopot Ergo Arena / Hala Stulecia Sopot 15,000 / 1,000
KING Wilki Morskie Szczecin Szczecin Azoty Arena 7,403

MedalistsEdit

 
The official PLK medals
Season Champion Runner-up Score Third place
1997–98 Śląsk Wrocław (13) Pruszków 4–3 Bobry Bytom
1998–99 Śląsk Wrocław (14) Włocławek 4–3 Bobry Bytom
1999–00 Śląsk Wrocław (15) Włocławek 4–1 Pruszków
2000–01 Śląsk Wrocław (16) Anwil Włocławek 4–1 Trefl Sopot
2001–02 Śląsk Wrocław (17) Trefl Sopot 4–1 Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski
2002–03 Włocławek (1) Trefl Sopot 4–2 Śląsk Wrocław
2003–04 Trefl Sopot (1) Śląsk Wrocław 4–1 Polonia Warszawa
2004–05 Trefl Sopot (2) Włocławek 4–2 Polonia Warszawa
2005–06 Trefl Sopot (3) Włocławek 4–1 Czarni Słupsk
2006–07 Trefl Sopot (4) Turów Zgorzelec 4–1 Śląsk Wrocław
2007–08 Trefl Sopot (5) Turów Zgorzelec 4–3 Śląsk Wrocław
2008–09 Trefl Sopot (6) Turów Zgorzelec 4–1 Anwil Włocławek
2009–10 Gdynia (7) Włocławek 4–0 Starogard Gdański
2010–11 Gdynia (8) Turów Zgorzelec 4–3 Czarni Słupsk
2011–12 Gdynia (9) Trefl Sopot 4–3 Zielona Góra
2012–13 Zielona Góra (1) Turów Zgorzelec 4–0 AZS Koszalin
2013–14 Turów Zgorzelec (1) Stelmet Zielona Góra 4–2 Trefl Sopot
2014–15 Zielona Góra (2) Turów Zgorzelec 4–2 Czarni Słupsk
2015–16 Zielona Góra (3) Rosa Radom 4–0 Czarni Słupsk
2016–17 Zielona Góra (4) Polski Cukier Toruń 4–1 Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski
2017–18 Włocławek (2) Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski 4–2 Polski Cukier Toruń
2018–19 Włocławek (3) Polski Cukier Toruń 4–3 Arka Gdynia

Records and statisticsEdit

  • Most seasons:
Śląsk Wrocław (56)
  • Single game scoring record:
90  Mieczysław Młynarski (10 December 1982: Górnik Wałbrzych – Pogoń Szczecin)
  • All-Time Scoring leaders:
Pos Player Pnts Mtch
1. Eugeniusz Kijewski 10,185 395
2. Adam Wójcik 10,097 651
3. Edward Jurkiewicz 9,832 306
4. Jerzy Binkowski 9,204 586
5. Mieczysław Młynarski 9,026 357
6. Mariusz Bacik 8,706 627
7. Maciej Zieliński 8,650 579
8. Andrzej Pluta 8,512 591
9. Henryk Wardach 8,163 557
10. Dominik Tomczyk 8,008 556
11. Jarosław Jechorek 7,681 489
12. Dariusz Zelig 7,481 420
13. Eugeniusz Durejko 7,048 365
14. Jarosław Marcinkowski 6,979 499
15. Jarosław Zyskowski 6,774 484
  • Highest attendance in a game:
10,152Trefl Sopot vs Asseco Prokom Gdynia, at Ergo Arena on 14 April 2012

Individual awardsEdit

After the end of each season, individual honors are given to the best performing players of a season. A select group of press members vote for the winners of individual awards.

List of Polish basketball championsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "uleb.com". Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  2. ^ "Energa sponsorem polskiej koszykówki" (in Polish). Onet.pl. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

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