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RTS Widzew Łódź (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɛr ˈtɛ ˈɛs ˈvʲidzɛf ˈwut͡ɕ]) is a Polish football club based in Łódź. The club was founded in 1910. Its official colours are red and white, hence their nicknames Czerwona Armia (Red Army) and Czerwono-biało-czerwoni (Red-white-reds).

RTS Widzew Łódź
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Full nameRTS Widzew Łódź
Founded1910 as TMRF Widzew
1922 reformed as RTS Widzew
2014 reformed as RTS Widzew
GroundStadion Widzewa Łódź im. Ludwika Sobolewskiego
Łódź, Poland
Capacity18,008
ChairmanPoland Martyna Pajączek
ManagerPoland Marcin Kaczmarek
LeagueII liga (3rd level)
2017–181st

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1910 as Towarzystwo Miłośników Rozwoju Fizycznego Widzew (Society of Physical Development Fans Widzew).

After the first world war the club was reactivated in 1922 as Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew Łódź (Workers' Sports Association Widzew Łódź).

Widzew has won four Polish league championships (in 1981, 1982, 1996 and 1997) and the 1985 Polish Cup.

They have appeared in 117 matches in European Cups, of which they won 42. Widzew knocked European giants Manchester United out of the 1980–81 UEFA Cup, although their biggest achievement was reaching the semi-final of the 1982–83 European Cup, eliminating then 3 times winners Liverpool along the way.

Recent historyEdit

In the beginning of season 2007/2008 Widzew was bought by one of the wealthiest men in Poland – Sylwester Cacek.[1]

In January 2008, while playing in the Second League, the Polish Football Association ruled that Widzew Łódź should be relegated due to their involvement in a corruption scandal. However, Widzew became champions that year and were allowed to stay in the second division, which was renamed First League (I liga) before the start of the 2008–09 season. Despite the deduction of six points as a penalty, Widzew managed to become champions once again, and were finally promoted to the Ekstraklasa. In total, Widzew played 35 seasons at the highest level before being relegated in the 2013–14 season.

Due to financial problems, Widzew finished last at the end of the 2014–15 I Liga season. Subsequently, the club ruled by Sylwester Cacek went bankrupt.

In consequence local businessmen led by Marcin Ferdzyn and Grzegorz Waranecki decided to take on amateur status as a new association called Stowarzyszenie Reaktywacja Tradycji Sportowych Widzew Łódź (Association of the Reactivation of the Sports Traditions of Widzew Łódź),[2] which continues the tradition of the old RTS Widzew Łódź. The new association was registered in a Polish court on 2.07.2015, and within a few weeks of summer 2015 they managed to find new coach Witold Obarek and collect a new squad, which started the 2015/2016 season in the fifth tier of Polish football. In first season in IV League Widzew has promoted to higher tier. In season 2016/17 Widzew achieved third place in III League, after Drwęca Nowe Miasto Lubawskie and ŁKS Łódź but next season yielded promotion to II League. Now, on the halfway point of season 2018/19 Widzew is leader with 37 points in 17 matches.

AchievementsEdit

DomesticEdit

 
Ultras of Widzew
 
Ultras of Widzew

EuropeEdit

Youth TeamEdit

Honours in the Polish Ekstraklasa (to 2008 Polish 1st Division)Edit

Season Position Matches Points Goals W.-D.-L.
1 1948 14 (relegation to 2nd division) 26 13 pts. 31–99 5–3–18
2 1975/76 5 30 32 pts. 33–33 10–12–8
3 1976/77 2 30 38 pts. 46–31 14–10–6
4 1977/78 10 30 28 pts. 34–40 9–10–11
5 1978/79 2 30 39 pts. 37–26 14–11–5
6 1979/80 2 30 36 pts. 47–39 13–10–7
7 1980/81 1 30 39 pts. 39–25 14–11–5
8 1981/82 1 30 39 pts. 45–31 14–11–5
9 1982/83 2 30 38 pts. 50–30 13–12–5
10 1983/84 2 30 42 pts. 43–25 15–12–3
11 1984/85 3 30 38 pts. 34–16 13–12–5
12 1985/86 3 30 41 pts. 40–25 15–11–4
13 1986/87 6 30 36 pts. 34–29 14–7–9
14 1987/88 5 30 31 pts. 28–24 8–15–7
15 1988/89 7 30 29 pts. 27–27 9–12–9
16 1989/90 15 (relegation to 2nd division.) 30 17 pts. 22–39 4–12–14
17 1991/92 3 34 43 pts. 48–28 17–9–8
18 1992/93 5 34 43 pts. 60–42 16–11–7
19 1993/94 6 34 39 pts. 45–33 12–15–7
20 1994/95 2 34 45 pts. 48–25 17–11–6
21 1995/96 1 34 88 pts. 84–22 27–7–0
22 1996/97 1 34 81 pts. 74–20 25–6–3
23 1997/98 4 34 61 pts. 53–34 18–7–9
24 1998/99 2 30 56 pts. 50–33 18–2–10
25 1999/00 7 30 40 pts. 48–54 11–7–12
26 2000/01 12 30 36 pts. 33–40 9–9–12
27 2001/02
Autumn round
– group A:
8 14 11 pts. 9–24 3–2–9
Spring round
– g. relegation:
2 14 31 pts. 19–8 6–7–1
28 2002/03 9 30 37 pts. 29–39 10–7–13
29 2003/04 14 (relegation) 26 19 pts. 25–52 4–7–15
30 2006/07 12 30 28 pts. 27–48 7–7–16
31 2007/08 15 (relegation) 30 26 pts. 27–42 5–11–14
32 2010/11 9 30 43 pts. 41–34 11–10–9
33 2011/12 11 30 39 pts. 25–26 9–12–9
34 2012/13 13 30 33 pts. 30–41 8–9–13
35 2013/14 15 (relegation to 1st division) 37 22 pts. 36–59 8–9–20

Widzew in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club Score
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R   Manchester City 2–2, 0–0
2R   PSV Eindhoven 3–5, 0–1
1979–80 UEFA Cup 1R   AS Saint-Étienne 2–1, 0–3
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1R   Manchester United 1–1, 0–0
2R   Juventus FC 3–1, 1–3 p. 4–1
3R   Ipswich Town 0–5, 1–0
1981–82 European Cup 1R   RSC Anderlecht 1–4, 1–2
1982–83 European Cup 1R   Hibernians FC 4–1, 3–1
2R   SK Rapid Wien 1–2, 5–3
1/4F   Liverpool F.C. 2–0, 2–3
1/2F   Juventus FC 0–2, 2–2
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R   IF Elfsborg 0–0, 2–2
2R   Sparta Prague 1–0, 0–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R   Aarhus Gymnastik Forening 2–0, 0–1
2R   Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–3, 1–0
3R   FC Dinamo Minsk 0–2, 1–0
1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Galatasaray SK 0–1, 2–1
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R   LASK Linz 1–1, 1–0
2R   Bayer 05 Uerdingen 0–0, 0–2
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R   Eintracht Frankfurt 2–2, 0–9
1995–96 UEFA Cup Q   Bangor City FC 4–0, 1–0
1R   FC Chornomorets Odessa 1–0, 0–1 p. 5–6
1996–97 UEFA Champions League Q   Brøndby IF 2–1, 2–3
GR   Borussia Dortmund 1–2, 2–2
GR   Atlético Madrid 1–4, 0–1
GR   Steaua Bucureşti 0–1, 2–0
1997–98 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Neftchi Baku 2–0, 8–0
2Q   Parma FC 1–3, 0–4
UEFA Cup 1R   Udinese Calcio 1–0, 0–3
1999–00 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Litex Lovech 4–1, 1–4 p. 3–2
3Q   ACF Fiorentina 1–3, 0–2
UEFA Cup 1R   Skonto FC 0–1, 2–0
2R   AS Monaco FC 1–1, 0–2

Current squadEdit

As of 11 August, 2018.[3]

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Radosław Sylwestrzak
3   DF Marcin Pigiel
4   MF Maciej Kazimierowicz
6   DF Bartłomiej Niedziela
7   MF Mateusz Michalski
8   DF Sebastian Kamiński
9   FW Daniel Świderski
10   MF Kacper Falon
13   MF Simonas Paulius
14   MF Dario Krišto
17   MF Marcin Pieńkowski
18   MF Daniel Mąka
19   DF Damian Paszliński
No. Position Player
20   FW Michał Miller
21   GK Patryk Wolański
22   MF Marcel Pięczek
23   FW Róbert Demjan
28   DF Marcin Kozłowski
29   MF Michael Ameyaw
30   DF Mikołaj Gibas
37   MF Marek Zuziak
77   MF Konrad Gutowski
85   GK Maciej Humerski
92   FW Filip Mihaljević
95   DF Sebastian Zieleniecki

Notable playersEdit

ManagersEdit

[4]

StadiumEdit

The club's home stadium was the Stadion Miejski opened in 1930. The stadium, which was owned by the city of Łódź, had a capacity of 10,500 seats. In early 2015, it was demolished to make way for a new stadium with 18,000 seats. It was intended the new stadium will be completed by November 2016.

In the 2014–2015 season, its last season as a professional club, Widzewa played their home matches in Byczyna near Poddębice, 40 km west of Łódź.[5]

After bankruptcy and relegation to the 4th division a rebuilt team was forced to play its domestic games in Łódź at UKS SMS Łódź stadium,[6] during the construction of a new Stadion Widzewa stadium.

The first match on new stadium was played on 18 March 2017, Widzew won against Motor Lubawa 2:0.[7] 17,443 fans attended the game.

FansEdit

Widzew has one of the largest fan-bases in Poland with fan-clubs all around the country. Widzew's biggest rival is ŁKS Łódź, with whom they contest the Łódź Derby. Legia Warsaw are also big rivals, with whom they contest the Derby of Poland, which stems from the fact there were frequent title races between the two clubs. Widzew fans maintain friendly relations with fans of Ruch Chorzów, Elana Toruń, KKS Kalisz, Wisła Kraków and PFC CSKA Moscow.[8]

TMRF Widzew ŁódźEdit

TMRF Widzew was a football team created by the active supporters of Widzew in 2014, who were in a long conflict with the club board. Only Widzew supporters were admitted to the squad.

Regular seasonEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Historia Widzewa
  2. ^ Jest nowy Widzew! Reaktywacja Tradycji Sportowych Widzew Łódź
  3. ^ "Widzew Łódź current squad" (in Polish).
  4. ^ If not marked in a different way – I league
  5. ^ Byczyna dla Widzewa. Jest umowa. Władze klubu dogadały się z gminą Poddębice
  6. ^ http://www.expressilustrowany.pl/artykul/3932343,rts-widzew-bedzie-gral-na-stadionie-sms,id,t.html RTS Widzew będzie grał na stadionie SMS
  7. ^ https://widzew.com/-/wygrana-na-otwarcie-stadionu-relacja-z-meczu-z-motorem-lubawa/
  8. ^ http://www.widzewtomy.net/

External linksEdit