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About Wisla Kraków

Wisła Kraków is a Association football club based in Kraków, Poland. Wisła contends in Ekstraklasa, the top level of Polish professional football competition. Wisła Kraków is one of the oldest and most successful Polish football clubs. It ranks third in the number of List of Polish football champions won (13) behind Górnik Zabrze and Ruch Chorzów (14) and second as far as all time victories. Wisła was founded in 1906 under the name TS Wisła (pol Towarzystwo Sportowe Wisła).

The club's coat of arms is a white star on a red background crossed by a blue ribbon.

Wisła Kraków has been one of the most successful Association football teams in Poland in recent years, winning 8 Polish league championships since 1999. Along with league titles Wisła also won the Polish Cup on 4 occasions. Wisła also enjoyed some success in European competition in the 1970s, reaching the quarter-finals in the 1978-79 European Cup and winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1969, 1970, and 1973.

History

Birth of the Club 1906

Wisła Kraków was founded in May 1906 when students of the Second Practical School in Kraków, inspired by their professor Tadeusz Łopuszański, formed a football team.

Early Success Polish Champions 1927–1928

In this first, historic season of the League, fight for Championship was decided between two teams – Wisła Kraków and 1.FC Katowice. This rivalry was treated very seriously, not only by the two sides involved, but also by the whole nation. 1.FC was regarded as the team supported by German minority, while Wisła, at the end of this historic season, represented ambitions of all Poles.

Some time in the fall of 1927 in Katowice, an ill-fated game between 1.FC and Wisła took place. Stakes were very high – the winner would become the Champion. Kraków's side won 2–0 and became the Champion. 1.FC finished second, third was Warta Poznań.

In 1949 the club was renamed to Gwardia-Wisła Kraków. In 1955 the club returned to its original name TS Wisła. In 1967 was once again renamed, to GTS Wisła, a name which held until 1990 when the club reverted to its original name: TS Wisła. In the late nineteen-nineties the football (soccer) section of the club was incorporated and was renamed Wisła Kraków SSA.

The club has had its ups and downs, winning national championships and gaining European qualification. It was also relegated to the second division on three occasions. Since the football section has been bought by Tele-Fonika in 1998, the team has been far and away the most successful club in Poland, winning 7 national championships and placing second 3 times, totaling 10 top 2 finishes in 12 years.

On the international stage Wisła has competed in all three of the European competitions. The clubs greatest success came in the 1978/79 season, when Wisla was able to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League eventually to be knocked out by Malmö FF,by an aggregate score of 3:5. Most recently Wisła narrowly missed out on a chance to compete in the 2005/06 Champions League group stage, being defeated 4:5 by Greece side Panathinaikos F.C. after extra time.

Wisła also twice reached the second round of the Cup Winners Cup in 1967/68 and 1984/85, being beaten 0:5 and 2:3 by Hamburger SV and Fortuna Sittard respectively.

"The White Star" has competed ten times in the UEFA Cup.

Stadium

Wisła's Stadium is located at 22 Reymonta Street in Kraków, Poland. The stadium was originally built in 1953 and currently has a capacity of 34,000. The stadium was renovated in 2010, being upgraded to UEFA elite standards. The Wisła Stadium has also been chosen as a reserve venue for the Euro 2012 tournament being organized jointly by Poland and Ukraine. The record attendance of 45,000 at Wisła Stadium came on September 29, 1976 when Wisla defeated Celtic F.C. 2:0. The venue has been a fortress for Wisła, where the team is especially difficult to defeat. It is worth noting that Wisła holds the all-time European football record for home games without a loss in a row. The streak was started following a loss on September 16, 2001, to KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski and ended more than five years later on November 11, 2006, when GKS Bełchatów defeated Wisła 4:2. The number of matches without a loss was then settled at 73, overcoming the former Polish record of 48 which belonged to Legia Warsaw. During the 2008–09 season, Wisła lost points at home only twice; tying Łódzki KS and being defeated by Lech Poznań.

Supporters and rivalries

Fan Friendlies

Wisła has tremendous fan relations between Lechia Gdańsk, Śląsk Wrocław and Unia Tarnów. The fellow supporters are eager to support each other during home and away matches, ignoring any Ekstraklasa rivalry. Wisła Kraków supporters are known as some of the most renowned and passionate fans in Poland, if not in Europe. Support at home matches, and even many away matches, includes chants, songs, and overall, advert support.

The Holy War

The first recorded Kraków Derby was contested on September 20, 1908, the game was a 1:1 tie. A historic derby game between Cracovia and Wisła took place on May 8, 1913. It was the first time Polish teams played a championship game officially sanctioned by FIFA. Cracovia won the game 2:1. The most famous derby took place in 1948 when after the first postwar season both Cracovia and Wisła accumulated an even amount of points and the championship had to be decided by an additional game played at a neutral venue. On December 5, 1948 Cracovia defeated Wisła 3:1 and was crowned national champions. As of May 2011, the Kraków derby game between Wisła and Cracovia has been contested 183 times, with Wisła prevailing 82 times, tying 42 times and Cracovia coming away the victor 59 times.

Poland's Derby

The match contested between Wisła Kraków and Legia Warsaw is commonly recognized as the greatest rivalry in Polish club football. The two sides have been the most successful clubs in Poland during the past decade and the rivalry between two of Poland's premier cities of Kraków and Warsaw sparks the rivalry even more. The regional differences of Kraków (South) and Warsaw (North), and the fact that Kraków used to be the capital of Poland before Warsaw (in the years 1041–1596) also add a greater meaning to the match.

Accurate as of 31 August 2011



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Current coaching staff


Honours

Domestic

- Ekstraklasa:
- - 1st place (14): 1927 Ekstraklasa, 1928 Ekstraklasa, 1949 Ekstraklasa, 1950 Ekstraklasa, 1951 Ekstraklasa, 1977–78 Ekstraklasa, 1998–99 Ekstraklasa, 2000–01 Ekstraklasa, 2002–03 Ekstraklasa, 2003–04 Ekstraklasa, 2004–05 Ekstraklasa, 2007–08 Ekstraklasa, 2008–09 Ekstraklasa, 2010–11 Ekstraklasa
- - 2nd place (10): 1930 Ekstraklasa, 1931 Ekstraklasa, 1936 Ekstraklasa, 1948 Ekstraklasa, 1965-66 Ekstraklasa, 1980-81 Ekstraklasa, 1999-2000 Ekstraklasa, 2001-02 Ekstraklasa, 2005–06 Ekstraklasa, 2009–10 Ekstraklasa
- - 3rd place (9): 1929 Ekstraklasa, 1933 Ekstraklasa, 1934 Ekstraklasa, 1938 Ekstraklasa, 1952 Ekstraklasa, 1953 Ekstraklasa, 1975-76 Ekstraklasa, 1990-91 Ekstraklasa, 1997-98 Ekstraklasa

- List of Polish football champions:
- - 2nd place (2): 1923 Polish Football Championship, 1947 Polish Football Championship
- - 3rd place (1): 1925 Polish Football Championship
- Polish Cup:
- - Winner (4): 1926, 1967, 2002, 2003
- - Finalist (6): 1951, 1954, 1979, 1984, 2000, 2007–08 Polish Cup
- Polish SuperCup:
- - Winner (1): 2001
- - Finalist (4): 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009
- Ekstraklasa Cup:
- - Winner (1): 2001
- - Finalist (1): 2002
- Polish First League:
- - Winner (1): 1965
- Football Junior Championships of Poland:
- - Winner (1): 1936, 1937, 1958, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1996, 1997, 2000
- - 2nd place (1): 1938
- Football Junior Championships of Poland:
- - 2nd place (1): 2003
- Młoda Ekstraklasa:
- - Winner (1): 2008
- - 2nd place (1): 2009
- Krakow Coat of Arms Shield:
- - Winner (1): 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989
- Rector of the Jagiellonian University Cup:
- - Winner (1): 1993
- Championship occupation of Kraków:
- - Winner (3): 1940, 1941, 1944
- Galician Championship:
- - 2nd place (1): 1913

Europe

- UEFA Champions League:
- - Quarterfinal : 1978–79 European Cup
- UEFA Europa League:
- - 1/8 finals : 2002–03 UEFA Cup
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
- - 1/8 finals : 1967–68 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1984–85 European Cup Winners' Cup
- UEFA Intertoto Cup:
- - Winner : 1969 Intertoto Cup, 1970 Intertoto Cup, 1973 Intertoto Cup

Intercontinental

- Chicago Trophy:
- - Winner (1): 2007

Records

Team records
- Biggest win: 21–0 (8–0) – in Polish Championship Elimination match with Miejski Klub Piłkarski Pogoń Siedlce in Krakow, August 24, 1947.
- The highest turnout: 45 000 – Wisła Kraków 2–0 Celtic F.C. Glasgow (UEFA Cup), September 29, 1976.
- The highest attendance in the league: 40 000 – Wisła Kraków 2–1 Legia Warszawa (Polish league), 7 August 1977.
- Debut in the league: April 3, 1927 in the first in league history.
- In the table of all time: 2nd place
- Consecutive matches without defeat in the league: 38 (25 October 2003–22 May 2005) – a record in the league
- Consecutive matches without defeat: 73 (16 September 2001–11 November 2006) – a record in the league and in Europe
- Biggest win in European competition: FC WIT Georgia 2:8 Wisła Kraków, in Georgia, July 27, 2004 year. Wisła Kraków 7–0 Newtown A.F.C., in Kraków, 29 July 1998.
Records individual
- Top scorer in the league: Kazimierz Kmiecik – 153 goals in 304 matches
- Top scorer in the second league: Grzegorz Kaliciak – 32 goals
- Top scorer (total): Kazimierz Kmiecik – 181 goals in 350 matches
- Top scorer in European competition: Maciej Zurawski – 23 goals
- Most matches in European Cups: Marcin Baszczynski – 52 games
- Most meetings (total): Wladyslaw Kawula – 400 games
- The youngest debut: Marcin Jałocha – 16 years
- The oldest player: Angelo Hugues – 36 years
- Most matches in the Polish national team: Antoni Szymanowski – 65 games (a total of 82 games in the representation)
- Most goals in the Polish national team: Maciej Zurawski – 14 goals
- Top scorer in one season: Mieczyslaw Gracz and Maciej Zurawski – 38 goals (all meetings), Henryk Reyman – 37 goals (league only)
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Wisła in Europe

- Q = Qualifying
- PO = Play-Off

UEFA Ranking


- 123 Image:Green-Up-Arrow.svg (200) FC Viktoria Plzeň (13.020)
- 124 Image:Green-Up-Arrow.svg (142) Vitória S.C. (13.005)
- 125 Image:Green-Up-Arrow.svg (155) Wisła Kraków (12.833)
- 126 Image:Green-Up-Arrow.svg (144) Helsingborg IF (12.680)
- 127 Image:Green-Up-Arrow.svg (128) FC Paços de Ferreira (12.502)

Notable players

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Wisła.

Poland
- Marcin Baszczyński (2000–09)
- Jakub Błaszczykowski (2005–07)
- Rafał Boguski (2005–)
- Paweł Brożek (1998–2010)
- Piotr Brożek (1998–2010)
- Krzysztof Bukalski (1998-01)
- Ryszard Czerwiec (1998-02)
- Tomasz Dawidowski (2004–09)
- Dariusz Dudka (2005–08)
- Tomasz Frankowski (1998–2005)
- Łukasz Garguła (2009–)
- Arkadiusz Głowacki (2000–10)
- Konrad Gołoś (2005–10)
- Damian Gorawski (2003–04)
- Bolesław Habowski (1933–38)
- Krzysztof Hausner (1968–70)
- Andrzej Iwan (1976–85)
- Jan Jałocha (1969–86)
- Marcin Jałocha (1987–92)
- Mariusz Jop (1999–2004), (2009–10)
- Paweł Kaczorowski (2006)
- Grzegorz Kaliciak (1992–96), (1998–2003)
- Radosław Kałużny (1998–2001)
- Zdzisław Kapka (1968–83), (1987)
- Władysław Kawula (1951–71)
- Walerian Kisieliński (1930–32)
- Tomasz Kłos (2004–06)
- Kazimierz Kmiecik (1968–82)
- Józef Kohut (1948–54)
- Adam Kokoszka (2005–08)
- Kamil Kosowski (1999–2007)
- Józef Kotlarczyk (1927–39)
- Jacek Kowalczyk (2004–06)
- Paweł Kryszałowicz (2005–06)
- Mariusz Kukiełka (2004)
- Tomasz Kulawik (1991–2002)
- Marek Kusto (1972–77)
- Marcin Kuźba (2002–03), (2004–06)
- Grzegorz Lewandowski (1989–93)
- Leszek Lipka (1976–90)
- Wojciech Łobodziński (2008–)

- Antoni Łyko (1930–39)
- Henryk Maculewicz (1971–79)
- Edward Madejski (1933–37)
- Radosław Majdan (2004–06)
- Patryk Małecki (2001–)
- Radosław Matusiak (2008)
- Kazimierz Moskal (footballer) (1982–90), (2000–03)
- Olgierd Moskalewicz (1999–2001)
- Marek Motyka (1978–89)
- Adam Musiał (1967–77)
- Adam Nawałka (1972–85)
- Andrzej Niedzielan (2007–09)
- Grzegorz Pater (1993–2003)
- Mariusz Pawełek (2006–10)
- Henryk Reyman (1910–33)
- Piotr Skrobowski (1977–85)
- Radosław Sobolewski (2005–)
- Łukasz Sosin (1999–2002)
- Maciej Stolarczyk (2002–07)
- Łukasz Surma (1995–98)
- Igor Sypniewski (2002)
- Maciej Szczęsny (2001–02)
- Antoni Szymanowski (1969–70), (1972–78)
- Mirosław Szymkowiak (2001–04)
- Kazimierz Węgrzyn (1998–2000)
- Jakub Wierzchowski (1998–99)
- Cezary Wilk (2010–)
- Artur Woźniak (1931–39)
- Marek Zając (1997–2002)
- Marek Zieńczuk (2004–09)
- Maciej Żurawski (1999–2005), (2010–11)
Australia
- Jacob Burns (footballer) (2006–07)
- Michael Thwaite (2006–07)
Belarus
- Andrey Hlebasolaw (1992)
- Mikhail Sivakov (2011)
Bulgaria
- Tsvetan Genkov (2011–)

Cameroon
- Serge Branco (2010–11)
- Guy Armand Feutchine (1996–97)
Costa Rica
- Júnior Díaz (2008–10), (2011–)
Estonia
- Sergei Pareiko (2011–)
Honduras
- Osman Chávez (2010–)
Israel
- Maor Melikson (2011–)
Moldova
- Ilie Cebanu (2007–09)
Morocco
- Nourdin Boukhari (2010–11)
Netherlands
- Kew Jaliens (2011–)
Nigeria
- Kalu Uche (2001–05)
Romania
- Emilian Dolha (2006–07)
Senegal
- Issa Ba (2010)
Serbia
- Ivica Iliev (2011–)
- Milan Jovanić (2010–)
Slovakia
- Marek Penksa (2005–07)
- Peter Šinglár (2008–10)
Slovenia
- Andraž Kirm (2009–)
Uruguay
- Pablo Álvarez Menéndez (2009–10)

Manager history


- Imre Schlosser (1924–29)
- František Koželuh (1929–34)
- Vilmos Nyúl (1934–39)
- Otto Mazal-Skvajn (1939–46)
- Jan Kotlarczyk (1946–47)
- Artur Walter (1947–48)
- Josef Kuchynka (1948–50)
- Michał Matyas (1950–54)
- Mieczysław Gracz (1954–55)
- Artur Woźniak (1956–57)
- Josef Kuchynka (1958–59)
- Károly Kósa (1959–60)
- Karel Finek (1960–61)
- Mieczysław Gracz (1961–62)
- Karel Kolsky (1963–64)
- Czesław Skoraczyński (1964–67)
- Mieczysław Gracz (1967–69)
- Gyula Teleky (1969–70)

- Michał Matyas (1970–71)
- Marian Kurdziel (1971–72)
- Jerzy Steckiw (1972–74)
- Aleksander Brożyniak (1975–77)
- Orest Lenczyk (1977–79)
- Lucjan Franczak (1979–81)
- Wiesław Lendzion (1981–82)
- Roman Durniok (1982–83)
- Edmund Zientara (1983–84)
- Orest Lenczyk (1984–85)
- Stanisław Chemicz (1985)
- Lucjan Franczak (1985–86)
- Stanisław Cygan (1986–87)
- Aleksander Brożyniak (1987–89)
- Stanisław Chemicz (1989)
- Adam Musiał (1989)
- Bogusław Hajdas (1989)
- Adam Musiał (1990–92)

- Kazimierz Kmiecik (1992)
- Karol Pecze (1992–93)
- Marek Kusto (1993–94)
- Orest Lenczyk (1994)
- Marek Kusto (1994)
- Lucjan Franczak (1994–96)
- Kazimierz Kmiecik (1996)
- Henryk Apostel (1996–97)
- Kazimierz Kmiecik (1997)
- Wojciech Łazarek (1997–98)
- Jerzy Kowalik (1998)
- Franciszek Smuda (1998–99)
- Jerzy Kowalik (1999)
- Marek Kusto (1999-00)
- Wojciech Łazarek (2000)
- Adam Nawałka (2000)
- Orest Lenczyk (2000–01)
- Adam Nawałka (2001)

- Franciszek Smuda (2001–02)
- Henryk Kasperczak (2002–04)
- Werner Lička (2005)
- Jerzy Engel (2005)
- Tomasz Kulawik (2005)
- Dan Petrescu (2006)
- Dragomir Okuka (2006)
- Adam Nawałka (2007)
- Kazimierz Moskal (footballer) (2007)
- Maciej Skorża (2007–10)
- Henryk Kasperczak (2010)
- Tomasz Kulawik (2010)
- Robert Maaskant (2010–11)
- Kazimierz Moskal (footballer) (2011–2012)
- Michał Probierz (2012–)




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