Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C.
Hapoel Beer-Sheva Football Club is an Israeli football club from the city of Be'er Sheva, that competes in the Israeli Premier League. The club was established in 1949, since 2007 it has been run by businesswoman Alona Barkat, who serves as the club's owner; the club includes youth teams and children, a football school. The home uniform colors of the club are white; until 1959, the club played its home games at a stadium, located in the old city of Be'er Sheva. In 1960, the club moved to Vasermil Stadium. Starting from the 2015–16 season, the home ground of the team is Turner Stadium; the club began to win titles in the 1970s. Throughout the years, the team has won five championships, one Israel State Cup, four Toto Cup, four Israel Super Cup and one Lilian Cup. Be'er Sheva is the first team in the history of Israeli football to play in a European competition, together with Beitar Jerusalem, the first team in the history of Israeli football that played in the UEFA Cup together with Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The team started in 1949. He set up a department to find young talents in the transit camps in the Be'er Sheva area, in order to establish a soccer team. In April 1950, the group was established in the framework of the Hapoel Center. Hapoel Be'er Sheva played for the first time on 1 May 1950 and won 5–4 Hapoel Mefalsim, a team made up of players who immigrated to Israel from South America; the goals were scored by Henry Lev and Baruch Cohen. At that time, the team participated in friendly matches against teams from the two senior leagues, Derby was held against Maccabi Be'er Sheva, which ended with a 3–3 draw. In 1952, the club official activity was suspended after the Association decided that the geographical distance would not allow its participation, but in 1954 the group was re-registered in the 1954–55 league in the Negev region of Liga Gimel, the third league at the time. Be'er Sheva finished the season in the seventh and final place in the Negev region with one win from 12 games, 22 mandatory goals and only 5 goals.
The 1955–56 season, under the guidance of coach Yosef Azran, finished first in the Southern District of Liga Gimel, the fourth league at the time. In the qualifying games for relegation to Liga Bet, Be'er Sheva competed against Hapoel Lod, Hapoel Ramla and Hapoel Holon, in the decisive game in Rehovot she beat Hapoel Jaffa 0–5 and qualified for the second division. In the 1956–57 season, the team finished seventh in the league in the Southern District. In the 1957–58 season, Lonia Dvorin replaced Yosef Azran at the coaching post. In the same season, the Football Association stopped all the leagues under the first division towards their end, with Be'er Sheva in second place leading to the first round of tests, following suspicions of bribes and biases, all of which have been frozen for the season. At the end of the season the team reached the final of the "Football Association Cup", but lost 7–1 to Hapoel Tiberias. In the 1958–59 season the team finished second in the league in the Southern District and qualified for the first stage of the tests.
In the first test game she lost 0 -- 5 to Hapoel Dvorin resigned from the team coaching. Former Israeli national team coach Jack Gibbons took his place and led the team to Liga Alef after winning the decisive game against Hapoel Netanya in Rehovot 2–1. In the 1959–60 season, Hapoel Be'er Sheva moved to play on a lawn in the municipal stadium in Be'er Sheva; this season, Yechiel Mor, 27-year-old from Hapoel Ramat Gan, joined the team and began to serve as player-coach. Under his guidance, the team finished ninth in Liga Alef. In preparation for the 1960–61 Beer Sheva played their first game against an international team when she hosted Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta for a friendly game, which ended in a 1–2 loss; this season they finished ninth again. In the 1961–62 season, Rober Eryol was appointed coach of the team, but after five matches Be'er Sheva remained without points, the club decided to fire Eryol and rehire coach Yechiel Mor back. In the same season, the team reached the semi-finals of the State Cup for the first time in history, in the Liga Alef, after beating Hapoel Ramla 2–1 in the eighth round.
In the quarterfinals, Hapoel Tel Aviv won 3–1 and was eliminated after a loss 3–0 to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the semi-finals. In the 1963–64 season, the league was divided into two districts – North and South, Be'er Sheva finished as the "winter champion" in the Liga Alef South. Be'er Sheva struggled with Beitar Tel Aviv to advance to the national league in the Southern District, at the end of the season Beitar Tel Aviv finished first with a better goal differential. In the 1964–65 season, under the guidance of Yugoslav coach Slavko Milošević, the team competed for the national league against Beitar Ramla and Beitar Jerusalem, finished first in the Liga Alef South league, with a gap of nine points from second place, qualified for the national league for the first time in its history. In addition, the team reached the quarterfinals of the State Cup after defeating Hapoel Haifa from the Liga Leumit. In the quarterfinals they lost 2–4 to Hapoel Tel Aviv after an extension. During the season of promotion, Eliyahu Offer, midfielder-striker Abraham Noma and purchasing player Haim Cohen, the team top scorer with 20 goals this season, were conspicuous in the season.
In the 1965–66 season, Yugoslav Selvole Stanković was named coach of the team and was joined by midfielder Yitzhak Gozlan, who came from Hapoel Ofakim. This season, Be'er Sheva promised to stay only in the last round, when she beat Maccabi Netanya 4–0 and finished 13th i
Górnik Zabrze is a Polish football club from Zabrze. Górnik is one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history, winning the most Polish Championship titles; the club was a dominant force in the 1980s. Górnik holds the record for winning the most consecutive Polish Championship titles and Polish Cup titles. In addition, the club was 1969–70 Cup Winners' Cup runners-up; the club plays in a white or dark blue-red kit, is based at the Ernest Pohl Stadium. Their main local rival is Ruch Chorzów; the club was founded in 1948, three years after Polish borders had moved westward and the city of Zabrze became part of the Polish Republic. Górnik was patterned after several smaller sports associations that had existed in Zabrze between 1945 and 1948 – KS Zjednoczenie, KS Pogoń, KS Skra, KS Concordia; the clubs merged into a single organization, which took the name "Górnik", the Polish word for "Miner", reflecting the fact that Zabrze was an important coal-mining centre. In 1950 Górnik joined the Opole Silesia regional league.
In 1952 the club was promoted to the Polish Second Division. Their first game in the second tier was against Skra Częstochowa, was witnessed by 20,000 fans, with Górnik winning 5–1; the whole season was successful and Górnik finished second overall, behind Górnik Wałbrzych. The club was promoted to the top division in 1955. In their first game in the top flight Górnik beat local rivals Ruch Chorzów 3–1, with 25,000 in attendance. In 1957, just a year after promotion, Górnik won its first championship of Poland; the team, with star, Ernest Pohl, was third in 1958, to regain the crown in 1959 and 1961, together with such players as Stanislaw Oslizlo and Hubert Kostka. In 1961 Górnik for the first time appeared in European Cups, losing in the first round to Tottenham Hotspur; the next championship, won in 1963, marked the beginning of an unusual streak of five consecutive titles, a Polish record. Górnik's biggest success in European football took place in 1970. In the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, Gornik beat all their opponents – Olympiacos, Levski Sofia and AS Roma, reaching the final, which took place in Vienna.
There, Manchester City turned out to be the better team, winning 2–1. The following season Górnik would once again play Manchester City, with the 1970 final being repeated this time in the quarter-final. During the mid-1970s Górnik form deteriorated and in late spring of 1978, the team was relegated to the Second Division. However, it in games of 1979 -- 80, Zabrze's side finished sixth. In 1984, after purchasing of a group of talented players, Gornik finished fourth, a sign of better times. Between 1985 and 1988 Górnik again marked a magnificent streak, with four consecutive championships. Zabrze's side played versus renowned European powerhouses, such as Bayern Munich, Hamburger SV, Juventus and Real Madrid. In 1994 Górnik competed again for the title and with players as Jerzy Brzęczek, Grzegorz Mielcarski, Tomasz Wałdoch, hopes were high. Before the last round of the league the standings at the top were: Legia 47 points and Górnik 45 points. Since the two teams were to face each other in Warsaw, Górnik still had a chance to win the title.
However the game ended in a 1 -- 1 tie. Before Legia scored the goal which gave her the title, the referee of the match – Mr Redzinski – sent off one by one 3 players from Gornik's squad, Górnik had to finished match with only 8 players against 11 players of Legia, it was the last match in Mr Redzinski's career. In the same year, Górnik played its last so far game in European Cups, losing to Admira Wacker Vienna. In the spring of 2007 Górnik got a new sponsor – German insurance company Allianz. However, after finishing 16th in the Ekstraklasa in 2008–09, the club was relegated to the Polish First League, the 2nd level of Polish football, during the 2009–10 season. In June 2010, the club earned promotion back to the Ekstraklasa for the 2010–11 season. Ekstraklasa 1st Place: 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88 2nd Place: 1962, 1968–69, 1973–74, 1990–91 Polish Cup Winner: 1964–65, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72 Runner-up: 1955–56, 1956–57, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1985–86, 1991–92, 2000–01 Polish SuperCup: Winners: 1988 European Cup: Quarter-Final: 1967–68 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runner-up: 1969–70Youth Teams: Polish U-19 Champion: 1967, 1989 Polish U-19 Runner Up: 1985, 2001, 2011 Polish U-19 Bronze Medal: 2015 Polish U-17 Champion: 1992, 1996 Polish U-17 Runner Up: 2014 As of 28 February, 2019.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Górnik Zabrze is believed to have one of the largest and most loyal fanbases in Poland in the Upper Silesian metropolitan area. In the 2016–17 season, Górnik Zabrze drew the highest average home attendance of all second level Polish football clubs, they drew the highest attendance in their league. After their comeback to the top flight in 2017, Górnik drew the highest average home attendance in Polish football, surpassing current top teams Lech Poznań and Legia Warsaw, with most league games being sold-out. Górnik holds a long-standing rivalry with Upper Silesian side Ruch Chorz
TS Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała is a football club based in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. The club was founded on 11 July 1997, although it can trace its roots back to 1907; that year Bielitzer Fussball Klub was established, in the town of Bielitz, Austria-Hungary dominated by ethnic Germans and so was the club. In 1911, the club was renamed to Bielitz-Bialaer Sport Verein. Since 1920, the town, known henceforth as Bielsko, belonged to Poland. In 1936, the club changed its German name to Polish Bielsko-Bialskie Towarzystwo Sportowe Bielsko. In 1968, it was merged with KS Włókniarz; the third ancestor, DKS Komorowice, was founded in 1995. Said clubs were merged altogether in 1997 to form TS Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała, it plays in the top Polish football league, the Ekstraklasa, promoted as the first club from the town in the 2010–11 season. First League: Runner-up: 2011 Polish Cup: Semi-final: 2011, 2015 Last 16: 2005, 2006, 2012, 2016 As of 1 March 2018Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Manager/coach: Krzysztof Brede Assistant: Hubert Kościukiewicz Goalkeeping coach: Paweł Rompa Physiotherapist: Sebastian Łaciak Physiotherapist: Marek Ociepka Team Executive: Piotr Czak Football in Poland List of football teams Official website Profile on 90minut.pl
Association football, more known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport; the game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal. Association football is one of a family of football codes, which emerged from various ball games played worldwide since antiquity; the modern game traces its origins to 1863 when the Laws of the Game were codified in England by The Football Association. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with hands or arms while it is in play, except for the goalkeepers within the penalty area. Other players use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use any other part of their body except the hands and the arms; the team that scores most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years; the rules of association football were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time rugby football. The first written "reference to the inflated ball used in the game" was in the mid-14th century: "Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe"; the Online Etymology Dictionary states that the "rules of the game" were made in 1848, before the "split off in 1863". The term soccer comes from a slang or jocular abbreviation of the word "association", with the suffix "-er" appended to it; the word soccer was first recorded in 1889 in the earlier form of socca.
Within the English-speaking world, association football is now called "football" in the United Kingdom and "soccer" in Canada and the United States. People in countries where other codes of football are prevalent may use either term, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now use "football" for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is evidence. Cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net, it was remarkably similar to modern football. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established. Phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup. Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence.
They all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified "mob football", the antecedent of all modern football codes, these three games involved more handling the ball than kicking. Other games included kemari in chuk-guk in Korea. Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other ball games played around the world FIFA has recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe; the modern rules of association football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the varying forms of football played in the public schools of England. The history of football in England dates back to at least the eighth century AD; the Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football. The Cambridge Rules were written at Trinity College, Cambridge, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Rugby and Shrewsbury schools.
They were not universally adopted. During the 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various forms of football; some came up with their own distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed by former public school pupils in 1857, which led to formation of a Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School devised an influential set of rules; these ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association in 1863, which first met on the morning of 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. The only school to be represented on this occasion was Charterhouse; the Freemason's Tavern was the setting for five more meetings between October and December, which produced the first comprehensive set of rules. At the final meeting, the first FA treasurer, the representative from Blackheath, withdrew his club from the FA over the removal of two draft rules at the previous meeting: the first allowed for running with the ball in hand.
Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA and instead in 1871 formed the Rugby Football Union. The eleven remaining clubs, under
KS Cracovia (football)
KS Cracovia known as Cracovia, is a Polish sports club based in Kraków. Cracovia is the oldest Polish football club still in existence, has continually participated in competition since its founding on 13 June 1906 The early years of football in the city of Kraków are associated with professor Henryk Jordan, he was a Polish physician who had spent some time in Britain and after coming back to his native city introduced football to its youth. Jordan was a huge supporter of all gymnastics. On 12 March 1889, he founded The Park of Games and Plays in Kraków, called Jordan's Park. Places like this spread all across Austrian Galicia, apart from gymnastics, the youth there became acquainted with football. However, it was not Kraków; this happened in Lwów on 14 July 1894, with a six-minute match between the teams of Kraków. The home team proved better. Within the next few years, football emerged as a rising sport, it was popular among high school students and in the fall of 1903, a group of them created the team of Sława Lwów, the first Polish football club.
In 1904, a group of Lwów's students, together with professor Eugeniusz Piasecki, came to Kraków to play an exhibition match. The match ended in Lwów's 0–4 defeat, its far-reaching implications among Kraków's youth were enormous. 13 June 1906 is regarded as a crucial date in the history of football in Kraków. On that day, two matches of high school teams took place; these matches had been announced in Kraków's newspapers. Czarni Lwów beat the team of the IV Gymnasium beat Akademicy; the matches were warmly welcomed by Kraków's fans, who were surprised to see for the first time real football gear, brought by players from Lwów. 13 June is regarded as the day of Cracovia's creation. In the fall of 1906, another tournament took place. Prior to the matches, Jerzy Lustgarten from the team of Akademicy came up with the new name – Cracovia, a Latin name for Kraków; this was accepted and henceforth the new team's full name was Akademicki Klub Footballowy, Cracovia. On 21 October 1906, the teams of Cracovia and "Biało-czerwoni" played each other, drawing 1–1.
The next year, facing difficulties, those two teams decided to join forces, thus creating a stronger club, which took over the name Cracovia and white-red jerseys. The combined team went to Lwów on 1 July 1907, where they lost a game against Czarni, 1–4. In 1908, an Englishman named, he was a huge fan of football. It was in his apartment that pinup badges were handed out. In May of that year, Cracovia for the first time faced a team from abroad; this was Troppauer Sportverein, from the Czech city of Opava. In 1910, Cracovia's statutes were recognised by the Austrian government in Lwów and in the same year the club joined the Austrian Football Association, where it gained the proud title of the 1st class team. Kraków's side was active internationally playing Czech and Austrian teams. However, it did not forget its roots, it was due to Cracovia's initiative that the Polish Football Association was formed. On 31 March 1912, after two years' efforts, Cracovia received its own pitch; the same year brought the debut of Józef Kałuża, one of Cracovia's most popular players, who at first had to use the nickname "Kowalski".
The next year, Cracovia won the Championship of Austrian Galicia. However, in 1914, the matches were cancelled because of the outbreak of World War I. In spite of the war, Cracovia's football team did not cease its activities, playing several games with such renowned teams as Admira Wacker Wien and Wiener Sport-Club. In those years, new players emerged, such as defender Ludwik Gintel, midfielder Stanislaw Cikowski and forward Leon Sperling. All these footballers would become members of the Poland national team in the next few years, after Poland regained independence. Cracovia's great play in games against some elite teams of Hungarian football helped convince the Hungarians to invite Poland for an international friendly in 1921. In 1920, the budding PZPN was unable to carry out the championships of the whole country; the situation was insecure, Polish borders were not determined and Poland was waging several wars with its neighbours. Under the circumstances, the Kraków department of the PZPN organized its own matches.
The next year, in the 1921 matches, Cracovia became the historic champion of Poland. During the following years, the team traveled across Europe, playing in Scandinavia and Spain; the most memorable is the trip to Spain, which occurred in the fall of 1923. Cracovia showed itself as a good side, drawing 1–1 with Barcelona, winning 3–2 against Sevilla and losing to the renowned teams of Real Madrid and Valencia In 1928, Cracovia joined the Polish Football League, created a year earlier. Two years Kraków's side for the second time in its history became the Champion of Poland; this was repeated in 1932. At the end of the season, Cracovia placed ahead of such famous teams as Pogoń Lwów, Warta Poznań, Wisła Kra
Kraków spelled Cracow or Krakow, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków was the official capital of Poland until 1596 and has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, its Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland's second most important city. It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill and was being reported as a busy trading centre of Central Europe in 965. With the establishment of new universities and cultural venues at the emergence of the Second Polish Republic in 1918 and throughout the 20th century, Kraków reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic centre; the city has a population of about 770,000, with 8 million additional people living within a 100 km radius of its main square. After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany at the start of World War II, the newly defined Distrikt Krakau became the capital of Germany's General Government.
The Jewish population of the city was forced into a walled zone known as the Kraków Ghetto, from which they were sent to German extermination camps such as the nearby Auschwitz never to return, the Nazi concentration camps like Płaszów. In 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II—the first Slavic pope and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years; that year, UNESCO approved the first sites for its new World Heritage List, including the entire Old Town in inscribing Kraków's Historic Centre. Kraków is classified as a global city with the ranking of high sufficiency by GaWC, its extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula, the St. Mary's Basilica, Saints Peter and Paul Church and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. Kraków is home to Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world and traditionally Poland's most reputable institution of higher learning.
In 2000, Kraków was named European Capital of Culture. In 2013 Kraków was approved as a UNESCO City of Literature; the city hosted the World Youth Day in July 2016. The name of Kraków is traditionally derived from Krakus, the legendary founder of Kraków and a ruler of the tribe of Lechitians. In Polish, Kraków is an archaic possessive form of Krak and means "Krak's". Krakus's name may derive from "krakula", a Proto-Slavic word meaning a judge's staff, or a Proto-Slavic word "krak" meaning an oak, once a sacred tree most associated with the concept of genealogy; the first mention of Prince Krakus dates back to 1190, although the town existed as early as the 7th century, inhabited by the tribe of Vistulans. The city's full official name is Stołeczne Królewskie Miasto Kraków, which can be translated as "Royal Capital City of Kraków". In English, a person born or living in Kraków is a Cracovian. While in the 1990s the English version of the name was written Cracow, the most widespread modern English version is Krakow.
Kraków's early history begins with evidence of a Stone Age settlement on the present site of the Wawel Hill. A legend attributes Kraków's founding to the mythical ruler Krakus, who built it above a cave occupied by a dragon, Smok Wawelski; the first written record of the city's name dates back to 965, when Kraków was described as a notable commercial centre controlled first by Moravia, but captured by a Bohemian duke Boleslaus I in 955. The first acclaimed ruler of Poland, Mieszko I, took Kraków from the Bohemians and incorporated it into the holdings of the Piast dynasty towards the end of his reign. In 1038, Kraków became the seat of the Polish government. By the end of the 10th century, the city was a leading centre of trade. Brick buildings were constructed, including the Royal Wawel Castle with St. Felix and Adaukt Rotunda, Romanesque churches such as St. Adalbert's, a cathedral, a basilica; the city was sacked and burned during the Mongol invasion of 1241. It was rebuilt identical, based on new location act and incorporated in 1257 by the high duke Bolesław V the Chaste who following the example of Wrocław, introduced city rights modelled on the Magdeburg law allowing for tax benefits and new trade privileges for the citizens.
In 1259, the city was again ravaged by the Mongols. A third attack in 1287 was repelled thanks in part to the new built fortifications. In 1335, King Casimir III of Poland declared the two western suburbs to be a new city named after him, Kazimierz; the defensive walls were erected around the central section of Kazimierz in 1362, a plot was set aside for the Augustinian order next to Skałka. The city rose to prominence in 1364, when Casimir III of Poland founded the University of Kraków, the second oldest university in central Europe after the Charles University in Prague. King Casimir began work on a campus for the Academy in Kazimierz, but he died in 1370 and the campus was never completed; the city continued to grow under the joint Lithuanian-Polish Jagiellon dynasty. As the capital of the Kingdom of Poland and a member of the Hanseatic League, the city attracted many craftsmen and guilds as science and the arts began to flourish; the royal chancery and the University ensured a first flourishing of Polish literary culture in the city.
The 15th and 16th centuries were known as Poland's Złoty Golden Age. Many works of Pol
Polonia Bytom 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. 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. Polish international player and goalkeeper Edward Szymkowiak played for the club; the club stadium is named after him, 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.
Ekstraklasa Winners: 1954, 1962 Runner-up: 1952, 1958, 1959, 1961 Polish Cup Runner-up: 1963—64, 1972—73, 1976—77 UEFA Intertoto Cup Winners: 1964–65 Runner-up: 1963–64 International Soccer League Winners: 1965 Polish U-19 Champion: 1963, 1970, 1978 Polish U-19 Runner Up: 1956 Polonia Bytom supporters were the first organised fan-club in Poland. They have introduced scarfs 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. Polonia biggest rivals are local teams Górnik Zabrze, Ruch Radzionków, Ruch Chorzów and Szombierki Bytom; the other groups which are not welcome in Bytom are fans from Zaglebie Sosnowiec, Legia Warszawa and Lechia Gdansk. Polonia Bytom firm is known as Desperados. Ekstraklasa: 1948–1949, 1951–1955, 1957–1976, 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 As of 21 January 2019.
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