Kazimierz Kmiecik is a retired Polish footballer who played all his career for Wisła Kraków, where he played 304 league matches and scored 153 goals. This makes him the best goalscorer in history of the club, he played for Larissa and won the first Greek cup for the history of the team, in 1985. He remains a fan favourite, he played 35 scored eight goals for the Polish national team. He was a participant at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where Poland won the gold medal, the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where Poland won the bronze medal and 1976 Summer Olympics, where Poland won the silver medal
The Ekstraklasa, named Lotto Ekstraklasa since the 2016–17 season due to its sponsorship by Lotto, is the top Polish professional league for men's association football teams. The winner of the Ekstraklasa claims the Polish national championship. Contested by 16 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the I liga, seasons start in July, end in May or June the following year. Teams play. Games are played on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays; the winner of the Ekstraklasa qualifies for the Polish SuperCup. The Ekstraklasa is now operated by the Ekstraklasa SA; the Ekstraklasa was formed as Liga Polska on 4–5 December 1926 in Warsaw, since 1 March 1927 as Liga Piłki Nożnej, but the Polish Football Association had been in existence since 20 December 1919, a year after the independence of Poland in 1918. The first games of the freshly created league took place on 3 April 1927, while first national non-league football championship took place in 1920. A total of 81 teams have played in the top division of Polish football since the founding of the league, of which 16 clubs have won the title.
The current champions are Legia Warsaw. On 4–5 December 1926 in Warsaw, representatives from several Polish clubs met for the purpose of discussing the creation of a league, it is unknown where the idea of a Polish league originated from, however a national league was thought to be a much more practical solution than hitherto practiced two-stage system of regional matches followed by a national match. To dismay of clubs' officials, the PZPN was not receptive to the idea of a national league and therefore sought to thwart it. However, it turned out that all but one of the Polish clubs supported the idea; the decision to create it was made regardless. In late February 1927, at the PZPN's meeting in Warsaw, its officials opposed the formation of a league, but the clubs egged on by some generals from the Polish Army, proceeded anyway; the creation of the League was announced on 1 March 1927. The only opponent of the league's formation was Cracovia – a influential and strong organization in Polish football of the 1920s.
Cracovia's boycott was because its chairman, Dr. Edward Cetnarowski, at the same time held the post of the director of the PZPN. Cetnarowski was a personality known not only in Poland, but in other countries, it was due to his efforts that in September 1923, Cracovia toured Spain, drawing 1–1 with Barcelona and losing 0–1 to Real Madrid. In October thanks to Cetnarowski, Sevilla travelled to Kraków, losing 2–3 to Cracovia. Games of the first championships started on 3 April 1927. All major teams took part in it; this is the list of the teams: In this first season of the league, fight for championship was decided between two powerful teams – Wisła Kraków and 1. FC Katowice; this rivalry was treated seriously, not only by the two sides involved, but 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 high – the winner would become the champion. Kraków's side became the champion. 1. FC finished second, third was Warta Poznań. In 1928 Cracovia decided to enter the league, gladly accepted by all fans of football. However, championships were once again won by Wisła, with such excellent players as Henryk Reyman, Mieczyslaw Balcer and Jan Kotlarczyk. Warta Poznań was second and Legia Warsaw third; this was the last year of 1. FC's glory; the team finished fifth. In 1929 yet another team was added to the list of champions of Poland; this time it was Warta Poznań. However, after the last game, on 1 December 1929, it was Garbarnia Kraków, celebrating the championship. Two weeks in mid-December, PZPN's officials changed the result of the Warta – Klub Turystow Łódź game. Warta lost 1–2, but due to walk-over, this was changed to 3–0 in favor of Poznań's side; as a result of the decision, Warta became the champion, Garbarnia finished second with 32 points and Klub Turystow was relegated. In 1930, Cracovia regained the championship, a year another Kraków's side, won the league.
It is clear. During this time, only once the championship was won by a side from a different city; the 1931 champion, was unique as this was the first time that the league had been won by a side whose all players had been bought from other teams. As has been said, the early 1930s marked a decline of the dominance of Kraków and Lwów as centers of Polish football; the point of gravity moved towards west – to Polish part of Upper Silesia, which had belonged to Poland since 1921. In 1932 the champion was Cracovia, but starting in 1933, Ruch Chorzów dominated the league, being
Krzysztof "Kristof" Warzycha is a former Polish professional footballer. For the majority of his career he played for Greek club Panathinaikos. Krzysztof Warzycha played for the Polish team KS Ruch Chorzów, won the Polish Championship in 1989 and was the top scorer in the Polish premier league the same year. Krzysztof Warzycha joined Panathinaikos in December 1989, won 5 Greek championships, 5 Greek cups, 2 Greek super cups 1993, 1994, while he was the highest scorer of the Greek championship 3 times, he is an idol for the club. Warzycha is considered by many to be one of the best foreign players, he was one of two Poles in the title-winning side of 1995, with fellow countryman Józef Wandzik keeping over a dozen clean sheets during the season. He was the top scorer of Panathinaikos with 319 goals in all competitions. On April 3, 1996, Warzycha scored the most important goal of his career, against Ajax Amsterdam in Amsterdam Olympic Stadium and gave Ajax their first home defeat in four years, in their last home match before the demolition of the stadium.
At the end of the 2000/01 season, Warzycha had scored an incredible 235 goals in 352 matches and had been the Greek Alpha Ethniki premier league's top scorer in three different years in the 90s. His appearances in the UEFA Champions League have been no less impressive – he scored six goals in Panathinaikos' nine games on the way to the semi-finals of the 1995/96 competition. With eight goals scored in all UEFA Champions League games, Warzycha remained the best scorer of Polish nationality in this competition until the 2012-13 season, when Robert Lewandowski scored 10 times for Dortmund in Dortmund´s surprise run to the Champions League final. On the 29th of April, 2001 during the match with Ionikos FC, Krzysztof Warzycha scored the 233rd goal of his career in Greece, climbing to second place on the list of all-time goal scorers, tied with Mimis Papaioannou. Warzycha scored his 234th goal and become sole occupant of this spot, he was granted Greek citizenship in 1998. He retired in 2004. After Panathinaikos head coach Henk Ten Cate was let go on December 8, 2009, Warzycha was appointed as assistant coach alongside Nikos Nioplias.
On 1 March 2012, Krzysztof was appointed as the head coach of Delta Ethniki side Egaleo, with this being his first venture into management. In 2012, Krzysztof Warzycha was the head coach of Fokikos F. C. In April 2017 he replaced Waldemar Fornalik on Ruch Chorzów manager position, he played 50 times for scoring 9 goals. He played the last game for the Polish national team in April 1997 against Italy in Napoli, he ran in the Greek local elections, 2014 with a New Democracy backed combination for the municipality of Athens. Former player was an ANEL candidate to parliament in January 2015 legislative elections, but without success. Warzycha's goalscoring ability made him famous throughout Europe during his career. In 2001 the International Federation of Football History and Statistics awarded him the Third Prize for the most active goalscorer. Krzysztof Warzycha at 90minut.pl Krzysztof Warzycha at National-Football-Teams.com
Włodzimierz Ciołek is a retired Polish football player. He played for clubs such as Stal Mielec. In season 1983/84 he was a topscorer of Polish League, playing for Górnik Wałbrzych, he played for Polish national team, for which he played 29 scored four goals. Ciołek was a participant at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, he scored a goal against Peru. Nowadays, Ciołek trains juniors groups in football club PWSZ Górnik Wałbrzych
Włodzimierz'Włodek' Leonard Lubański is a former Polish football striker, the second all-time highest goal scorer for the Polish national team. For his national team, Lubański amassed 75 caps between 1963 and 1980, scoring 48 goals and being the second highest goalscorer in Poland's football history behind Robert Lewandowski. In 1972, he was awarded the title of Merited Master of Sport of the USSR. Lubański holds the position of vice-chairman at Polonia Warszawa
Teodor Peterek, a Polish soccer player from the interwar period, represented Ruch Chorzów and the Polish national team. He was born November 7, 1910 in Schwientochlowitz, since 1920 Świętochłowice, died January 12, 1969 in Nowa Ruda. Peterek's career started in Śląsk Świętochłowice in 1925, two years moved to Ruch Chorzów for whom he debuted at a early age. "Teo" was not 18 years old, when he played in a 1928 game against ŁKS Łódź. The young forward's first game for Chorzów's side was successful - he scored a goal, he must have liked playing for Ruch, because "Mietlorz" did not change the side, putting on Ruch's jersey until 1939 and for a few times, after the war. In the 1937-38 season, he scored in 16 consecutive league matches, which remained as a world record until broken by Messi in 2013. During the Second World War, played in Bismarckhuetter Sport-Verein, in fact pre-war Ruch Chorzów, with a German name. In 1942, Theodor was conscripted to the Wehrmacht, two years escaped the German Army and was captured by the Allies, who sent him to Polish units.
There, he returned to soccer. After the war, remained in France and in 1947 returned to Chorzów. In 1948 played a few games in Ruch's jersey quit soccer and became a coach. Together with Gerard Wodarz and Ernest Willimowski, Peterek was part of Ruch's forward, to this day regarded as one of the best forward formations in history of Polish Soccer League. In 189 games for Ruch, he scored 154 goals, a lot of them with the head - this was due to "Teo's" height - at 182 centimeters, he was one of the tallest forwards in Poland. Twice - in 1936 and in 1938, was the best scorer of the League. Regarded as a ambitious, success-oriented player, who would never give up. According to an urban legend, on one occasion Peterek threw some mud in the face of a goalkeeper who had saved his penalty kick. In Polish National Team played in 12 games and scored 6 goals, debuting on August 23, 1931 in Warsaw, in a match versus Romania. Participated in 1936 Berlin's Olympic Games, where scored a goal, his last game occurred on September 18, 1938 in Chemnitz, versus Germany
Poznań is a city on the Warta River in west-central Poland, in the Greater Poland region and is the fifth-largest city in Poland. It is best known for its renaissance Old Ostrów Tumski Cathedral. Today, Poznań is an important cultural and business centre and one of Poland's most populous regions with many regional customs such as Saint John's Fair, traditional Saint Martin's croissants and a local dialect. Poznań is among the largest cities in Poland; the city's population is 538,633, while the continuous conurbation with Poznań County and several other communities is inhabited by 1.1 million people. The Larger Poznań Metropolitan Area is inhabited by 1.3–1.4 million people and extends to such satellite towns as Nowy Tomyśl, Gniezno and Września, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in Poland. It is the historical capital of the Greater Poland region and is the administrative capital of the province called Greater Poland Voivodeship. Poznań is a centre of trade, education and tourism.
It is an important academic site, with about 130,000 students and the Adam Mickiewicz University - the third largest Polish university. Poznań is the seat of the oldest Polish diocese, now being one of the most populous archdioceses in the country; the city hosts the Poznań International Fair – the biggest industrial fair in Poland and one of the largest fairs in Europe. The city's most renowned landmarks include Poznań Town Hall, the National Museum, Grand Theatre, Poznań Cathedral and the Imperial Castle. Poznań is classified as a Gamma - global city by World Cities Research Network, it has topped rankings as a city with high quality of education and a high standard of living. It ranks in safety and healthcare quality; the city of Poznań has many times, won the prize awarded by "Superbrands" for a high quality city brand. In 2012, the Poznań's Art and Business Center "Stary Browar" won a competition organised by National Geographic Traveller and was given the first prize as one of the seven "New Polish Wonders".
The official patron saints of Poznań are Saint Peter and Paul of Tarsus, the patrons of the cathedral. Martin of Tours – the patron of the main street Święty Marcin is regarded as one of the patron saints of the city; the name Poznań comes from a personal name and would mean "Poznan's town". It is possible that the name comes directly from the verb poznać, which means "to get to know" or "to recognize," so it may mean "known town"; the earliest surviving references to the city are found in the chronicles of Thietmar of Merseburg, written between 1012 and 1018: episcopus Posnaniensis and ab urbe Posnani. The city's name appears in documents in the Latin nominative case as Posnania in 1236 and Poznania in 1247; the phrase in Poznan appears in 1146 and 1244. The city's full official name is Stołeczne Miasto Poznań, in reference to its role as a centre of political power in the early Polish state. Poznań is known as Posen in German, was called Haupt- und Residenzstadt Posen between 20 August 1910 and 28 November 1918.
The Latin names of the city are Civitas Posnaniensis. Its Yiddish name is Poyzn. In Polish, the city name has masculine grammatical gender. For centuries before the Christianization of Poland, Poznań was an important cultural and political centre of the Polan tribe. Mieszko I, the first recorded ruler of the Polans, of the early Polish state which they dominated, built one of his main stable headquarters in Poznań. Mieszko's baptism of 966, seen as a defining moment in the Christianization of the Polish state, may have taken place in Poznań. Following the baptism, construction began of the first in Poland. Poznań was the main seat of the first missionary bishop sent to Poland, Bishop Jordan; the Congress of Gniezno in 1000 led to the country's first permanent archbishopric being established in Gniezno, although Poznań continued to have independent bishops of its own. Poznań's cathedral was the place of burial of the early Piast monarchs, of Przemysł I and King Przemysł II; the pagan reaction that followed Mieszko II's death in 1034 left the region weak, in 1038, Duke Bretislaus I of Bohemia sacked and destroyed both Poznań and Gniezno.
Poland was reunited under Casimir I the Restorer in 1039, but the capital was moved to Kraków, unaffected by the troubles. In 1138, by the testament of Bolesław III, Poland was divided into separate duchies under the late king's sons, Poznań and its surroundings became the domain of Mieszko III the Old, the first of the Dukes of Greater Poland; this period of fragmentation lasted until 1320. Duchies changed hands. In about 1249, Duke Przemysł I began constructing what would become the Royal Castle on a hill on the left bank of the Warta. In 1253 Przemysł issued a charter to Thomas of Guben for the founding of a town under Magdeburg law, between the castle and the river. Thomas brought a large number of German settlers to aid in