Raków Częstochowa

Raków Częstochowa is a Polish professional football club, based in Częstochowa, Silesian Voivodeship, which plays in the Ekstraklasa, the top tier of the national football league system.

Raków Częstochowa
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Full nameRobotniczy Klub Sportowy
Raków Częstochowa
Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s)Medaliki
Founded1921
GroundMiejski Stadion Piłkarski "Raków"
Capacity5,500
OwnerMichał Świerczewski
ChairmanWojciech Cygan
ManagerMarek Papszun
LeagueEkstraklasa
2020–212nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Sports club "Racovia" was established in 1921 in the village of Raków. The club dissolved in 1925 due to lack of registration. In 1927, the club was reactivated under the name of the Robotniczy Klub Sportowy (Workers Sports Club) Raków. A year later, the village became a district of Częstochowa. The club operated under the patronage of the Polish Socialist Party and was financially supported by the Częstochowa steelworks. In 1937 the club was promoted to class A. During the German occupation, the club did not function. In the years 1951-1955 a football stadium with an athletics track was built. In the years 1962-1966 the football team played in the second league. On July 9, 1967, Raków lost 0-2 with Wisła Kraków in the Polish Cup final. In 1972, Raków's players reached the semi-finals of the Polish Cup, which they lost to Legia Warsaw. In the years 1978-1980, 1981-1984 and 1990-1994 the club played in the second league. In 1993, the junior team took 2nd place in the Football Junior Championships of Poland.[1] In 1994, for the first time in club history, Raków were promoted to the first league. It played in the top-flight for four seasons until being relegated in 1997–98. The club suffered back-to-back relegations in 1999–2000 and 2000–01, dropping down to the IV liga. The club finally made it to back to the Polish second division, I liga, in 2016.

Promotion and European football

 
Final of 1967 Polish Cup

The club won the I liga in 2018–19, earning promotion to the Ekstraklasa in advance of the 2019–20 season for the first time in 21 years.[2] In the same season, they impressed in the 2018-19 Polish Cup, reaching the semi finals of the competition by beating the likes of Lech Poznań in the round of 32[3] and Legia Warsaw in the quarter finals.[4] They finished in 10th place in the 2019-20 season, their first season in the Ekstraklasa in 21 years.

In the 2020-21 season, Raków Częstochowa finished in second place in the league. This was their highest ever league position in their history, and it secured their place in the newly formed UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers for the 2021–22 season, their maiden appearance in European football.[5][6] Further success followed when Raków won its first major trophy on 2 May 2021, defeating I liga side Arka Gdynia in the final of the Polish Cup by a score of 2–1. On 17 July 2021, Raków Częstochowa defeated reigning Ekstraklasa title holders Legia Warsaw in penalties in the Polish Super Cup.[7]

Their first ever appearance in European football was in the second qualifying round of the 2021-22 UEFA Europa Conference League, facing Lithuanian team Sūduva, with the game finishing 0-0 (3-4 pens) after both legs.[8] They faced Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan in the third qualifying round, beating them 1-0 on aggregate score.[9] In the final qualifying round, they faced Belgian side Gent, which they beat 1-0 in the first leg,[10] but lost 0-3 in the second leg, losing 1-3 on aggregate,[11] eliminating them from the competition.

Players and pupilsEdit

The club's pupils are Jakub Błaszczykowski, Jerzy Brzęczek and Jacek Magiera. The players were, among others, Jacek Krzynówek and Tomasz Kiełbowicz.

Current squadEdit

As of 18 September 2021[12]

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   BIH Vladan Kovačević
2 DF   CZE Tomáš Petrášek
3 DF   SRB Milan Rundić
5 DF   AUT Dominik Wydra
6 DF   POL Andrzej Niewulis
7 MF   CRO Fran Tudor
8 MF   USA Ben Lederman
9 FW   POL Sebastian Musiolik
10 MF   POL Igor Sapała
11 MF   ESP Ivi
12 GK   POL Kacper Trelowski
14 MF   POL Daniel Szelągowski
15 FW   POR Alexandre Guedes
16 MF   POR Miguel Luís
17 MF   POL Mateusz Wdowiak
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   POL Jakub Arak
19 DF   AUS Jordan Courtney-Perkins
20 MF   SRB Marko Poletanović
21 FW   LVA Vladislavs Gutkovskis
22 MF   POL Iwo Kaczmarski
23 MF   POL Patryk Kun
24 DF   CRO Zoran Arsenić
31 DF   SRB Žarko Udovičić
66 MF   GRE Giannis Papanikolaou
70 FW   POR Fábio Sturgeon
71 MF   POL Wiktor Długosz
77 MF   POL Marcin Cebula
88 MF   GEO Valerian Gvilia
99 FW   POR Pedro Vieira

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
32 FW   POL Piotr Owczarek (at Pogoń Grodzisk Mazowiecki until 30 June 2022)
40 FW   POL Michał Litwa (at Pogoń Siedlce until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
89 DF   POL Daniel Mikołajewski (at Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała until 30 June 2022)
DF   POL Oskar Krzyżak (at Skra Częstochowa until 30 June 2022)

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
MF   POL Jakub Apolinarski
MF   POL Jakub Bator
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   POL Piotr Malinowski
FW   POL Przemysław Oziębała

Notable playersEdit

Players who have either appeared for their respective national team at any time. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Raków.

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Ekstraklasa

I liga (second division)

II liga (third division)

  • Winners: 1962, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1989–90, 2016–17

III liga (fourth division)

  • Winners: 1936–37, 1956, 2004–05

CupsEdit

 
Marek Papszun is Raków's most successful coach

Polish Cup

Polish SuperCup

Raków Częstochowa in European footballEdit

Competition Games Wins Draws Losses GS GA GD
UEFA Europa Conference League 6 2 3 1 2 3 –1
Total 6 2 3 1 2 3 –1

ResultsEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 2QR   Sūduva 0–0 (a.e.t.) 0–0 0–0 (4–3 p)
3QR   Rubin Kazan 0–0 1–0 (a.e.t.) 1–0
PO   Gent 1–0 0–3 1–3

UEFA Team rankingEdit

As of 20 September 2021.[15]

Rank Team Points
321   Ordabasy Shymkent 3.100
322   Irtysh Pavlodar 3.100
323   Raków Czestochowa 3.075
324   Śląsk Wrocław 3.075
325   Pogoń Szczecin 3.075

Coaches and managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Portal Kibiców Rakowa Częstochowa:Historia". rakow.com.pl (in Polish). 30 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Fortuna 1 Liga. Sezon 2018/19 w statystykach. Zobacz, kto najczęściej posiadał piłkę, a kto najwięcej dryblował". Gol24 (in Polish). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Raków Częstochowa - Lech Poznań. Niespodzianka! Kolejorz odpada z Pucharu Polski!". Sport.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  4. ^ "Puchar Polski. Raków wyeliminował Legię! [ZAPIS RELACJI] Piłka nożna - Sport.pl". www.sport.pl. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  5. ^ a b "Football: Raków Częstochowa beat Arka Gdynia in Polish Cup final". Polskie Radio. 2 May 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  6. ^ "TABELA PKO BANK POLSKI EKSTRAKLASY 2020/2021". Ekstraklasa (in Polish). Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Raków z Superpucharem". 90 Minut (in Polish). 17 July 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  8. ^ UEFA.com. "Raków-Sūduva | UEFA Europa Conference League". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  9. ^ UEFA.com. "Rubin-Raków | UEFA Europa Conference League". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  10. ^ UEFA.com. "Raków-Gent | UEFA Europa Conference League". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  11. ^ UEFA.com. "Gent-Raków | UEFA Europa Conference League". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  12. ^ "Current squad". Raków Częstochowa. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  13. ^ Mogielnicki, Paweł (11 May 2018). "Poland - List of Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Walka o Superpuchar trwa nadal! Śledź relację! [NA ŻYWO]" [The fight for the Super Cup continues! Follow the report! [LIVE]]. sport.tvp.pl (in Polish). 17 July 2021. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Club coefficients | UEFA Coefficients". UEFA.com.

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