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Wisła Kraków
Wisla.png
Full name Wisła Kraków
Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s) Biała Gwiazda (The White Star)
Founded 1906
Ground Stadion Miejski
(Capacity: 11,122)
(upgrading to 34,000)
Chairman Poland Ireneusz Reszczyński
Manager Poland Henryk Kasperczak
League Ekstraklasa
2008-09 Ekstraklasa, 1st
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Wisła Kraków (Polish pronunciation: [ˈviswa ˈkrakuf]) is a Polish football club based in Kraków, Poland. In the years 1906-1945 and then from 1990 to 1997 the club was officially known as a Sports Society Wisła (pol. Towarzystwo Sportowe Wisła). Following the end of World War II the club became known as Wisła Kraków.

The club's coat of arms is a white star on a red background crossed by a blue ribbon. The club has been the most successful football in Poland in recent years, having won a total of 12 Polish league championships, 7 of them since 1999.

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History

Birth of the Club 1906

The ancestor of today’s Wisła Kraków was a football team formed in the fall of 1906 by the students of 2nd Practical School, under the direction of Józef Szkolnikowski, who also served as the team captain. In September 1906 “Szkolnikowski’s Team” took part in a Fall Tournament organized by Dr. Tadeusz Konczyński, which took place at Kraków’s Błonia meadows. “Szkolnikowski’s Team” wore blue jerseys for the competition, and because of this, the team began to be knows as “the Blues”.

In 1907 “The Blues” merged with another Kraków team, “The Reds” founded and administrated by Jenker. Following the merger the team's primary color became red, but it was the members of the Blues who came up with the name Wisla to call their new association. Though the team jerseys were red they bore 2 blue stars in order to show that the team was created from the fusion of 2 others. In 1911 the blue stars were replaced by a single white star placed on the left side of the uniform. In 1936 the official coat of arms was established consisting of a white star on a red shield crossed by a blue ribbon, alluding to the colors of the 2 founding teams.

Early Success Polish Champions 1928-1929

In the season of 1928 Wisła achieved their first tase of glory after winning their first ever Ekstraklasa title. In 1949 the club was renamed to Gwardia Kraków. In 1956 the club was once again renamed, to GTS Wisła Kraków, a name which held true until 1990 when the club reverted to its original name: TS Wisla Kraków. 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 European Cup eventually to be knocked out by Malmö FF,by a 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 Greek side Panathinaikos after extra time and under controversial circumstances.

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, for instance in 1976/77, 1981/1982 and 1998/99. Twice gaining entry into the second phase only to be knocked out on penalties by R.W.D. Molenbeek and 2:3 by Lazio

Supporters and rivalries

The Holy War

Wisła spectators during a derby game against Cracovia.

The term Holy War refers to the intense rivalry between the two Kraków based teams; Wisła and Cracovia. In 1906 the establishment of the two first Polish football clubs, Cracovia and Wisła, created a rivalry that now dates back more than one hundred years. The term Holy War was first used to describe the rivalry of Kraków's Jewish teams, Makabbi and Jutrzenka. A Jutrzenka defender who later joined the Cracovia side referred to the derby match against Wisła as the Holy War. The phrase was incorporated into a song and has since been popular among Wisła and Cracovia fans. In 2006, the 100 year anniversary match was played between Wisła Kraków and Cracovia. Nearly 1,000 police were on hand during the game along with vehicles armed with water cannons, riot vans, helicopters and police dogs.

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) also add a greater meaning to the match.

Stadium

North Stand at Wisła Stadium.

Wisła's Stadium is located on 22 Reymonta Street in Kraków, Poland. The stadium was built in 1953 and currently holds a capacity of 15,595. The stadium currently is being rebuilt to accommodate 34,000 spectators. 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 of Glasgow 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 seven years later on November 11, 2006, when GKS Bełchatów defeated Wisla 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 of Warsaw. During the latest season (2008-2009) Wisla lost points at home only twice; tying LKS and being defeated by Lech Poznan.

Achievements

Domestic

  • Ekstraklasa (First league):
    • 1st place (12)*: 1927, 1928, 1949, 1950, 1978, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
    • 2nd place (12): 1923, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1966, 1981, 2000, 2002, 2006
    • 3rd place (10): 1925, 1929, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1952, 1953, 1976, 1991, 1998

(In 1951 Wisla finished first league competition in 1st place, however, the National Championship was awarded to the Cup winner, Ruch Chorzow)

  • Polish Cup:
    • Winner (4): 1926, 1967, 2002, 2003
    • Finalist (6): 1951, 1954, 1979, 1984, 2000, 2008
  • Polish SuperCup:
    • Winner (1): 2001
    • Finalist (4): 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009
  • Polish League Cup:
    • Winner (1): 2001
    • Finalist (1): 2002

Europe

Intercontinental

Wisła in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Score
1967/68 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Finland HJK Helsinki 4-1, 4-0
2R Germany Hamburg 0-1, 0-4
1976/77 UEFA Cup 1R Scotland Celtic 2-2, 2-0
2R Belgium Molenbeek 1-1, 1-1
1978/79 European Cup 1R Belgium Club Brugge 1-2, 3-1
2R Czechoslovakia Zbrojovka Brno 2-2, 1-1
1/4F Sweden Malmö 2-1, 1-4
1981/82 UEFA Cup 1R Sweden Malmö 0-2, 1-3
1984/85 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Iceland Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja 4-2, 3-1
2R Netherlands Fortuna Sittard 0-2, 2-1
1998/99 UEFA Cup 1Q Wales Newtown 0-0, 7-0
2Q Turkey Trabzonspor 5-1, 2-1
1R Slovenia Maribor 2-0, 3-0
2R Italy Parma 1-1, 1-2
2000/01 UEFA Cup Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar Sarajevo 0-0, 3-1
1R Spain Real Zaragoza 1-4, 4-1
2R Portugal Porto 0-0, 0-3
2001/02 UEFA Champions League 2Q Latvia Skonto 2-1, 1-0
3Q Spain FC Barcelona 3-4, 0-1
UEFA Cup 1R Croatia Hajduk Split 2-2, 1-0
2R Italy Internazionale 0-2, 1-0
2002/03 UEFA Cup Q Northern Ireland Glentoran 2-0, 4-0
1R Slovenia Primorje 2-0, 6-1
2R Italy Parma 1-2, 4-1
3R Germany Schalke 04 1-1, 4-1
4R Italy Lazio 3-3, 1-2
2003/04 UEFA Champions League 2Q Cyprus Omonia 5-2, 2-2
3Q Belgium Anderlecht 1-3, 0-1
UEFA Cup 1R Netherlands NEC 2-1, 2-1
2R Norway Vålerenga 0-0, 0-0
2004/05 UEFA Champions League 2Q Georgia (country) WIT Georgia 8-2, 3-0
3Q Spain Real Madrid 0-2, 1-3
UEFA Cup 1R Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 4-3, 1-2
2005/06 UEFA Champions League 3Q Greece Panathinaikos 3-1, 1-4
UEFA Cup 1R Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 0-3, 0-1
2006/07 UEFA Cup 2Q Austria Mattersburg 1-1, 1-0
1R Greece Iraklis Thessaloniki 0-1, 2-0
GR England Blackburn Rovers 1-2
France Nancy 1-2
Switzerland Basel 3-1
Netherlands Feyenoord 1-3
2008/09 UEFA Champions League 2Q Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1-2, 5-0
3Q Spain FC Barcelona 0-4, 1-0
UEFA Cup 1R England Tottenham Hotspur 1-2, 1-1
2009/10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Estonia Levadia Tallinn 1-1, 0-1

Current squad

Accurate as of 25 February 2010[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Poland GK Marcin Juszczyk
2 Slovakia DF Peter Šinglár
3 Brazil DF Marcelo
5 Poland MF Konrad Gołoś
6 Poland DF Arkadiusz Głowacki
7 Poland MF Radosław Sobolewski
8 Poland MF Piotr Brożek
9 Poland MF Rafał Boguski
10 Poland MF Łukasz Garguła
11 Uruguay DF Pablo Álvarez (on loan from Reggina)
12 Poland GK Filip Kurto
14 Bulgaria FW Georgi Hristov (on loan from Levski Sofia)
15 Costa Rica DF Júnior Díaz
16 Czech Republic MF Tomáš Jirsák
No. Position Player
17 Slovenia MF Andraž Kirm
19 Poland FW Patryk Małecki
21 Poland MF Wojciech Łobodziński
22 Poland DF Mariusz Jop
24 Poland DF Michał Czekaj
23 Poland FW Paweł Brożek
25 Brazil DF Cléber
28 Poland MF Michał Chrapek
29 Poland MF Krzysztof Mączyński
30 Poland MF Łukasz Burliga
35 Poland MF Kamil Rado
80 Senegal MF Issa Ba
81 Poland GK Mariusz Pawełek

Players out on loan

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

No. Position Player
24 Poland DF Mateusz Kowalski (at Piast Gliwice)

Current coaching staff

Manager Poland Henryk Kasperczak
2nd Coach Poland Rafał Janas
Assistant Coach Poland Ryszard Czerwiec
Goalkeeping Coach Poland Artur Łaciak
Fitness Coach Poland Andrzej Bahr
Club doctor Poland Jacek Jurka
Masseur Poland Marcin Bisztyga
Masseur Poland Zbigniew Woźniak
Physiotherapist Poland Filip Pięta
Reserve Team Head Coach Poland Tomasz Kulawik
U-19 Team Head Coach Poland Dariusz Marzec
U-17 Team Head Coach Poland Kazimierz Moskal
Chief scout Poland Edward Klejndinst
Chief scout Czech Republic Josef Csaplár

UEFA Ranking

Club Ranking for 2009 (Previous year rank in italics, UEFA Club Coefficients in parentheses)

Notable players former and serving

Poland
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Cameroon
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
France
Moldova
Nigeria
Romania
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Uruguay

Manager history

  • Hungary Imre Schlosser (1924 - 1929)
  • Czech Republic František Koželuh (1929 - 1934)
  • Hungary Vilmos Nyúl (1934 - 1939)
  • Czech Republic Otto Mazal-Skvajn (1939 - 1946)
  • Poland Jan Kotlarczyk (1946 - 1947)
  • Poland Artur Walter (1947 - 1948)
  • Czech Republic Josef Kuchynka (1948 - 1950)
  • Poland Michał Matyas (1950 - 1954)
  • Poland Mieczysław Gracz (1954 - 1955)
  • Poland Artur Woźniak (1956 - 1957)
  • Czech Republic Josef Kuchynka (1958 - 1959)
  • Hungary Károly Kósa (1959 - 1960)
  • Czech Republic Karel Finek (1960 - 1961)
  • Poland Mieczysław Gracz (1961 - 1962)
  • Czech Republic Karel Kolsky (1963 - 1964)
  • Poland Czesław Skoraczyński (1964 - 1967)
  • Poland Mieczysław Gracz (1967 - 1969)
  • Hungary Gyula Teleky (1969 - 1970)
  • Poland Michał Matyas (1970 - 1971)
  • Poland Marian Kurdziel (1971 - 1972)
  • Poland Jerzy Steckiw (1972 - 1974)
  • Poland Aleksander Brożyniak (1975 - 1977)
  • Poland Orest Lenczyk (1977 - 1979)
  • Poland Lucjan Franczak (1979 - 1981)
  • Poland Wiesław Lendzion (1981 - 1982)
  • Poland Roman Durniok (1982 - 1983)
  • Poland Edmund Zientara (1983 - 1984)
  • Poland Orest Lenczyk (1984 - 1985)
  • Poland Stanisław Chemicz (1985)
  • Poland Lucjan Franczak (1985 - 1986)
  • Poland Stanisław Cygan (1986 - 1987)
  • Poland Aleksander Brożyniak (1987 - 1989)
  • Poland Stanisław Chemicz (1989)
  • Poland Adam Musiał (1989)
  • Poland Bogusław Hajdas (1989)
  • Poland Adam Musiał (1990 - 1992)
  • Poland Kazimierz Kmiecik (1992)
  • Slovakia Karol Pecze (1992 - 1993)
  • Poland Marek Kusto (1993 - 1994)
  • Poland Orest Lenczyk (1994)
  • Poland Marek Kusto (1994)
  • Poland Lucjan Franczak (1994 - 1996)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Kadra Wisły Kraków - sezon 2009/2010" (in Polish). wislaportal.pl. http://www.wislaportal.pl/kadra.php. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 

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