2010–11 Ekstraklasa

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Ekstraklasa
Season 2010–11
Champions Wisła Kraków
13th title
Relegated Arka Gdynia
Polonia Bytom
Champions League Wisła Kraków
Europa League Legia Warsaw
Śląsk Wrocław
Jagiellonia Białystok
Matches played 240
Goals scored 580 (2.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Tomasz Frankowski
(14 goals)
Biggest home win Lech 5–0 Cracovia
Śląsk 5–0 Arka
Biggest away win Korona 1–4 Legia
Highest scoring Widzew 5–2 Śląsk
Wisła 5–2 Lechia
Longest winning run 7 games[1]
Wisła Kraków
Longest unbeaten run 14 games[2]
Śląsk Wrocław
Longest winless run 10 games[3]
Korona Kielce
Longest losing run 6 games[4]
Cracovia
Highest attendance 34,312[5]
Lech 1–0 Legia
(16 April 2011)
Lowest attendance 1,300[5]
GKS 0–2 Zagłębie
(20 May 2011)
Average attendance 8,231[5]

The 2010–11 Ekstraklasa was the 77th season of the highest level of football leagues in Poland since its establishment in 1927. It began on 6 August 2010 and concluded on 29 May 2011. A total of 16 teams participated, 14 of which competed in the league during the 2009–10 season, while the remaining two were promoted from the I Liga. Each team played a total of 30 matches, half at home and half away.

Wisła Kraków won the title, which marked their 13th title in total.[6]

Wisła Kraków qualified as champions for the 2nd qualifying round of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League, while Śląsk Wrocław, as the runner-up, entered the 2nd qualifying round of the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League, followed by the fourth placed Jagiellonia Białystok team that earned a place in the 1st qualifying round of the Europa League. Legia Warsaw, the winner of the 2010–11 Polish Cup, also earned a place in European competition by qualifying to the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League.

The defending champions were Lech Poznań, who won their sixth Polish championship last season.

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation was established by a change, which eliminated relegation play-off games after the 2008–09 season. Thus, the 14th team from the Ekstraklasa and the 3rd team from the Polish First League no longer compete against each other in play-offs. Following the change, promotion and relegation are determined solely by a team's position in the table. As usual, the bottom two teams are directly relegated to the I Liga, while the top two teams are promoted to the Ekstraklasa.

Odra Wodzisław and Piast Gliwice finished in 15th and 16th place, respectively, and were directly relegated to the Polish First League as a result. Odra Wodzisław returned to the second tier after spending 14 years in the top division, their first appearance being in the 1996–97 season. Piast Gliwice spent just two seasons in the Ekstraklasa, after being promoted for the first time for the 2008–09 season, having spent the previous 71 seasons in the lower leagues.

Promotion was won by 2009–10 2nd level champions Widzew Łódź, who returned to the top division after being relegated in the 2007–08 season. 14-time Ekstraklasa champions Górnik Zabrze finished as runners-up in the I Liga and made their comeback to the top tier after being relegated in the 2008–09 season.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Since and prior to the selection of Poland as co-host for Euro 2012, numerous clubs are engaged in reconstruction of their stadiums, or building a completely new stadium. Some teams in the beginning of the season played their home matches in other stadiums. For instance Wisła Kraków played their home matches at the Hutnik Kraków stadium, the Stadion Suche Stawy, which holds 12,000 spectators. However, the move to the nearly completed 33,000-plus home stadium was in effect mid-season. Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznań are playing at stadiums which remain under construction but nearing completion. Dialog Arena, the home venue of Zagłębie Lubin is the newest completely finished stadium in the Ekstraklasa this season, being completed just before the start of the season.

Arka Gdynia, and Cracovia started the season playing in their old stadiums. The two clubs moved to their completely finished new stadiums mid season. Jagiellonia Białystok, Lechia Gdańsk, and Śląsk Wrocław are currently playing in their old stadiums while their new venues are being constructed. The 40,000 plus PGE Arena Gdańsk will be the new home ground for Lechia after its completion in 2011, while Śląsk will move to the new 45,000 plus Stadium in Maślice. The two stadiums will be venues for Euro 2012.

Team Location Venue Capacity[7]
Arka Gdynia Gdynia GOSiR Stadium 15,139
Cracovia Kraków Cracovia Stadium 15,016
GKS Bełchatów Bełchatów GKS Stadium 5,238
Górnik Zabrze Zabrze Ernest Pohl Stadium 10,000
Jagiellonia Białystok Białystok Municipal Stadium 6,000 (upgrading to 22,500)
Korona Kielce Kielce Arena Kielce 15,550
Lech Poznań Poznań Stadion Miejski 43,000
Lechia Gdańsk Gdańsk Lechia Stadium 11,811 (upgrading to 40,818)
Legia Warsaw Warsaw Polish Army Stadium 31,800
Polonia Bytom Bytom Edward Szymkowiak Stadium 6,000
Polonia Warsaw Warsaw Polonia Stadium 7,150
Ruch Chorzów Chorzów Ruch Stadium 10,000
Śląsk Wrocław Wrocław Oporowska Stadium 8,346 (upgrading to 42,720)
Widzew Łódź Łódź Stadion Widzewa 10,500
Wisła Kraków Kraków Henryk Reyman Stadium 24,000 (upgrading to 33,680)
Zagłębie Lubin Lubin Dialog Arena 16,300

Sponsoring and personnel[edit]

Club Manager 2009–10 Season Kit Sponsor Main Sponsor
Arka Gdynia Czech Republic František Straka 14th Jako Polnord
Cracovia Ukraine Yuriy Shatalov 12th Jako Comarch
GKS Bełchatów Poland Maciej Bartoszek 5th Adidas Polska Grupa Energetyczna
Górnik Zabrze Poland Adam Nawałka Promoted Erima Allianz
Jagiellonia Białystok Poland Michał Probierz 11th Joma Białystok City
Korona Kielce Poland Włodzimierz Gąsior 6th Hummel Formaster
Lech Poznań Spain José Mari Bakero Champions Puma s.Oliver
Lechia Gdańsk Poland Tomasz Kafarski 8th Adidas LOTOS
Legia Warsaw Poland Maciej Skorża 4th Adidas n
Polonia Bytom Poland Dariusz Fornalak 7th Hummel Ecco Holiday
Polonia Warsaw Poland Jacek Zieliński 13th Hummel J.W. Construction
Ruch Chorzów Poland Waldemar Fornalik 3rd Lotto Tauron Poland Energy
Śląsk Wrocław Poland Orest Lenczyk 9th Puma Piast
Widzew Łódź Poland Czesław Michniewicz Promoted Vigo Harnaś
Wisła Kraków Netherlands Robert Maaskant 2nd Adidas Tele-Fonika Kable
Zagłębie Lubin Poland Jan Urban 10th Nike KGHM Polska Miedź

Puma continues as Ekstraklasa's official match ball suppliers through the 2010–11 season. All matches are played with the PUMA PowerCat 1.10 ultra balls, which is a special model created just for the Ekstraklasa.[8]

The official presentation of the new ball for Ekstraklasa was prepared together with PUMA Poland in the beginning of August 2010 – just before the start of season. The case of prolonging the use of the match ball for the next two seasons was made official on 3 August 2010.[9] The new model will be used through the 2011–12 season as it is regarded at the highest quality .

Managerial changes[edit]

Club Outgoing Manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Incoming Manager Date of appointment
GKS Bełchatów Poland Rafał Ulatowski 21 May 2010 End of Contract Poland Maciej Bartoszek 2 June 2010
Cracovia Poland Orest Lenczyk 24 May 2010 Sacked Poland Rafał Ulatowski 28 May 2010
Legia Warsaw Poland Stefan Białas 25 May 2010 Sacked Poland Maciej Skorża 1 June 2010
Widzew Łódź Poland Paweł Janas 21 June 2010 Resigned Poland Andrzej Kretek 25 June 2010
Wisła Kraków Poland Henryk Kasperczak 6 August 2010 Sacked Poland Tomasz Kulawik (temporary) 6 August 2010
Wisła Kraków Poland Tomasz Kulawik 21 August 2010 Temporary Manager Netherlands Robert Maaskant 21 August 2010
Polonia Warsaw Spain José Mari Bakero 13 September 2010 Sacked Poland Paweł Janas 13 September 2010
Śląsk Wrocław Poland Ryszard Tarasiewicz 22 September 2010 Sacked Poland Paweł Barylski (temporary) 22 September 2010
Śląsk Wrocław Poland Paweł Barylski 27 September 2010 Temporary Manager Poland Orest Lenczyk 27 September 2010
Cracovia Poland Rafał Ulatowski 24 October 2010 Resigned Poland Marcin Sadko (temporary) 27 October 2010
Polonia Bytom Ukraine Yuriy Shatalov 28 October 2010 Resigned Poland Jan Urban 29 October 2010
Cracovia Poland Marcin Sadko 31 October 2010 Temporary Manager Ukraine Yuriy Shatalov 31 October 2010
Lech Poznań Poland Jacek Zieliński 2 November 2010 Sacked Spain José Mari Bakero 3 November 2010
Widzew Łódź Poland Andrzej Kretek 15 November 2010 Sacked Poland Czesław Michniewicz 15 November 2010
Polonia Bytom Poland Jan Urban 10 December 2010 Resigned Poland Robert Góralczyk 13 December 2010
Polonia Warsaw Poland Paweł Janas 28 December 2010 Sacked Netherlands Theo Bos 6 January 2011
Zagłębie Lubin Poland Marek Bajor 7 March 2011 Sacked Poland Jan Urban 10 March 2011
Polonia Warsaw Netherlands Theo Bos 13 March 2011 Sacked Poland Piotr Stokowiec 14 March 2011
Arka Gdynia Poland Dariusz Pasieka 23 March 2011 Sacked Czech Republic František Straka 23 March 2011
Polonia Warsaw Poland Piotr Stokowiec 24 March 2011 Temporary Manager Poland Jacek Zieliński 24 March 2011
Korona Kielce Poland Marcin Sasal 12 May 2011 Sacked Poland Włodzimierz Gąsior (temporary) 12 May 2011
Polonia Bytom Poland Robert Góralczyk 24 May 2011 Sacked Poland Dariusz Fornalak 24 May 2011

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Wisła Kraków (C) 30 17 5 8 44 29 +15 56 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Śląsk Wrocław 30 13 10 7 46 34 +12 49 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round ŚLĄ 0−1 LEG
LEG 1−2 ŚLĄ
3 Legia Warsaw 30 15 4 11 45 38 +7 49 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
4 Jagiellonia Białystok 30 14 6 10 38 32 +6 48 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
5 Lech Poznań 30 13 6 11 37 23 +14 45 GÓR 2−0 LPO
LPO 2−0 GÓR
6 Górnik Zabrze 30 13 6 11 36 40 −4 45
7 Polonia Warsaw 30 12 8 10 41 26 +15 44
8 Lechia Gdańsk 30 12 7 11 37 36 +1 43 LGD 3−1 WID
WID 1−0 LGD
9 Widzew Łódź 30 11 10 9 41 34 +7 43
10 GKS Bełchatów 30 10 10 10 31 33 −2 40
11 Zagłębie Lubin 30 10 9 11 31 41 −10 39
12 Ruch Chorzów 30 10 8 12 29 32 −3 38
13 Korona Kielce 30 10 7 13 34 49 −15 37
14 Cracovia 30 8 5 17 37 47 −10 29
15 Arka Gdynia (R) 30 6 10 14 22 43 −21 28 Relegation to 2011–12 I Liga
16 Polonia Bytom (R) 30 6 9 15 29 45 −16 27

Source: 90minut.pl (Polish)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
1Winners of the 2010–11 Polish Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARK CRA BEŁ GÓR JAG KOR LPO LGD LEG PBY PWA RUC ŚLĄ WID WIS ZLU
Arka Gdynia 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 2–5 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1
Cracovia 2–0 3–2 2–3 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 3–3 0–1 3–1 2–3 2–3 1–2 0–1 2–2
GKS Bełchatów 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2
Górnik Zabrze 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 4–0 1–0 5–1
Jagiellonia Białystok 1–0 4–2 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 2–0
Korona Kielce 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–4 3–3 1–3 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–1
Lech Poznań 0–0 5–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 4–1 0–1
Lechia Gdańsk 1–0 1–0 0–0 5–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–3 1–2
Legia Warsaw 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–3 4–0 1–0 2–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–2
Polonia Bytom 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
Polonia Warsaw 4–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–2 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1
Ruch Chorzów 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–3 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–2
Śląsk Wrocław 5–0 0–0 4–2 4–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–1
Widzew Łódź 0–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 4–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 5–2 0–1 2–1
Wisła Kraków 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 5–2 4–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–0
Zagłębie Lubin 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2

Source: 90minut.pl (Polish)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Player statistics[edit]

Player of the month[edit]

Month Player Club Matches Goals /
Goals Conceded
Assists /
Clean Sheets
August Poland Andrzej Niedzielan[10] Korona Kielce
4
4
0
September Poland Andrzej Niedzielan[11] Korona Kielce
3
3
1
October Poland Tomasz Frankowski[12] Jagiellonia Białystok
3
4
0
November Poland Mateusz Bartczak[13] Zagłębie Lubin
4
2
0
March Poland Przemysław Kaźmierczak[14] Śląsk Wrocław
3
3
0
April Slovakia Marián Kelemen[15] Śląsk Wrocław
5
5
2
May Poland Piotr Grzelczak[16] Widzew Łódź
6
5
1

See also[edit]

References[edit]