Polonia Bytom

Polonia Bytom (Polish pronunciation: [pɔˈlɔɲja ˈbɨtɔm]) is a Polish football club founded on 4 January 1920 in the Upper Silesian city of Bytom, during the hectic months of the Silesian Uprisings. In late 1922, however, as a result of the Upper Silesia plebiscite, Bytom became part of Germany and the club ceased to exist.

Polonia Bytom
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Full nameKlub Sportowy Polonia Bytom Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s)"Blue & Reds", "Queen of Silesia"
Founded4 January 1920
GroundStadion Edwarda Szymkowiaka
Capacity5,500[1]
ManagerMarcin Domagała
LeagueIV liga
2016–17II liga, 18th (relegated)
Current season

In May 1945, numerous players and officials of another Polish club, Pogoń Lwów, arrived in Bytom and decided to revive Polonia. On 17 May 1945, the team played its first game in over two decades, defeating Warta Poznań 3–2.

Polonia is considered the continuation of Pogoń Lwów; its logo is very similar to the logo of Lwów's team as well as their colours, red-blue.

Polish international player and goalkeeper Edward Szymkowiak played for the club. The club stadium is named after him, and has a capacity of 5,500 spectators.

Polonia has won the Polish championship twice, in 1954 and 1962. In 1952, 1958, 1959 and 1961 Bytom was the vice-champion of Poland. In June 2007 Polonia Bytom, after many years, returned to the Polish Ekstraklasa. However, in 2011, the club was relegated to the I liga after finishing bottom of the table with just six wins all season.[2]

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

ContinentalEdit

Youth TeamsEdit

SupportersEdit

Polonia Bytom supporters were the first organised fan-club in Poland. They have introduced scarfs, flags and organised chants. Many of the other supporters groups were travelling to Bytom only to watch how Polonia's fans are cheering their club and behaving on the stadium.

The fans have friendships with fans of Arka Gdynia which dates back to 1974, one of the longest friendships in supporter history which has survived to date;[3] and with fans of Odra Opole, since 1987.

Polonia biggest rivals are local teams Górnik Zabrze, Ruch Radzionków, Ruch Chorzów (The Oldest Silesian Derby) and Szombierki Bytom (Derby of Bytom). The other groups which are not very welcome in Bytom are fans from Zaglebie Sosnowiec, Legia Warszawa and Lechia Gdansk.

Polonia Bytom firm is commonly known as Desperados.

League participations[4]Edit

Ekstraklasa: 1948–1949 (2 seasons), 1951–1955 (5 seasons), 1957–1976 (20 seasons), 1977–1980, 1986–1987, 2007–2011

First League: 1950, 1956, 1976–1977, 1980–1986, 1987–2001, 2005–2007, 2011–2013

Second League: 2001–2005, 2013–2014, 2015–

Third League: 2014–2015

Current squadEdit

As of 21 January 2019.

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Patryk Król
2   MF Mariusz Fornalczyk
4   MF Mariusz Przybylski
5   DF Marcin Ganczarczyk
7   MF Tomasz Pośpiech
8   MF Norbert Bębenek
9   MF Łukasz Matusiak
10   MF Jarosław Czernysz
11   FW Szymon Wojtkowiak
12   GK Maciej Wierzbicki
13   MF Marcel Czypionka
No. Position Player
14   DF Przemysław Szkatuła
15   DF Sebastian Kubik
17   DF Dawid Skrzypiński
18   MF Maciej Borycka
19   FW Bartosz Giełażyn
21   MF Krzysztof Hałgas
23   MF Marcin Lachowski
24   MF Dominik Budzik
29   DF Andrzej Buchcik
30   DF Norbert Radkiewicz

Polonia in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate/Position
1964–65 Intertoto Cup Group C3   Lens 4-0 1-3 Winner/1st
  Schalke 04 6-0 0-2
  Degerfors IF 6-0 1-1
1R Bye
Quarter final   Karl-Marx-Stadt FC 0-2 4-1 4-3
Semi-final   RFC Liège 0-1 3-1 3-2
Final   Lokomotive Leipzig 0-3 5-1 5-4
1958/59 European Cup Q   MTK Budapest 0–3 0–3 0-6
1962/63 European Cup Q   Panathinaikos FC 2–1 4–1 6-2
1R   Galatasaray S.K. 1–4 1–0 2-4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bytom, Polonia. "Polonia Bytom. Stadion im. Edwarda Szymkowiaka". www.poloniabytom.com.pl.
  2. ^ http://fussball.wettpoint.com/en/archives/table/ekstraklasa_2010_poland.html "Fussball – League Table Ekstraklasa Season 2010/11 Poland" Retrieved 15 August 2011
  3. ^ "Polonia Bytom".
  4. ^ pl:Polonia Bytom (piłka nożna)

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 50°21′27.21″N 18°53′55.38″E / 50.3575583°N 18.8987167°E / 50.3575583; 18.8987167