Górnik Zabrze

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Górnik Zabrze
Logo Gornik Zabrze.png
Full name Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze
Nickname(s) Trójkolorowi (Tri-Colour),
Torcida
Founded 14 December 1948; 65 years ago (1948-12-14)
Ground Ernest Pohl Stadium, Zabrze
Ground Capacity

3,000 temporarily during construction

- upgrading to 32,000
Chairman Zbigniew Waśkiewicz
Manager Robert Warzycha
League Ekstraklasa
2012–13 5th
Current season

Górnik Zabrze (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɡurɲiɡ ˈzabʐɛ]) is a Polish football club from Zabrze. The club has won numerous championships, and was a dominant force in the 1960s and 1980s. At present Górnik has won the most titles in Poland football. The club plays in a white or dark blue-red kit, and is based at the Ernest Pohl Stadium. Their main local rival is Ruch Chorzów.

History[edit]

First years[edit]

The club was founded in 1948, three years after Polish borders had moved westward and the city of Zabrze (until then called Hindenburg) 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 Pogon, 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, and was witnessed by 20,000 fans, with Górnik winning 5-1. The whole season was very 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; the club finished the season in 6th place.

First successes[edit]

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.

Golden years[edit]

The next championship, won in 1963, marked the beginning of an unusual streak of five consecutive titles (1963, 64, 65, 66 and 67), which is a Polish record.

Górnik's biggest success in European football took place in 1970 (even though in Poland the team was second, after Legia Warsaw). In the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, Gornik beat all their opponents - Olympiacos, Rangers, 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.

Late 1970s and early 1980s[edit]

During the mid-1970s Górnik form deteriorated and in late spring of 1978, the team was relegated to the Second Division. However, it returned after one year and in games of 1979-80, Zabrze's side finished sixth. In 1984, after purchasing of a group of talented players (Ryszard Komornicki, Waldemar Matysik, Eugeniusz Cebrat, Andrzej Zgutczyński, Tadeusz Dolny, Andrzej Pałasz), Gornik finished fourth, which was a sign of better times.

Late 1980s until now[edit]

Between 1985 and 1988 Górnik again marked a magnificent streak, with four consecutive championships. Zabrze's side also played versus renowned European powerhouses, such as Bayern Munich, Anderlecht, 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 which gave Legia the crown. Before Legia scored the goal which gave her the title (the score 0-1 would mean the title for Gornik), the referee of the match - Mr Redzinski - sent off one by one 3 players from Gornik's squad, and Gornik 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.

Achievements[edit]

History of Górnik Zabrze classifications in the Ekstraklasa

Górnik in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
1961/62 European Cup Q England Tottenham Hotspur 4-2, 1-8
1963/64 European Cup Q Austria FK Austria Wien 1-0, 0-1, 2-1
1R Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 2-0, 1-4
1964/65 European Cup Q Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 1-4, 3-0, 0-0
1965/66 European Cup Q Austria LASK Linz 3-1, 2-1
1R Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 0-3, 1-0
1966/67 European Cup 1R East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 2-1, 1-2, 3-1
2R Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0-4, 3-0
1967/68 European Cup 1R Sweden Djurgårdens IF 3-0, 1-0
2R Soviet Union Dinamo Kiev 2-1, 1-1
1/4F England Manchester United 0-2, 1-0
1968/69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Soviet Union FC Dynamo Moscow withdrawal
1969/70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Greece Olympiakos CFP 2-2, 5-0
2R Scotland Rangers F.C. 3-1, 3-1
1/4F Bulgaria Levski-Spartak 2-3, 2-1
1/2F Italy AS Roma 1-1, 2-2
F England Manchester City FC 1-2
1970/71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Denmark Aalborg BK 1-0, 8-1
2R Turkey Göztepe A.Ş. 1-0, 3-0
1/4F England Manchester City FC 2-0, 0-2, 1-3
1971/72 European Cup 1R France Olympique de Marseille 1-2, 1-1
1972/73 European Cup 1R Malta Sliema Wanderers 5-0, 5-0
2R Soviet Union Dinamo Kiev 0-2, 2-1
1974/75 UEFA Cup 1R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Partizan 2-2, 0-3
1977/78 UEFA Cup 1R Finland FC Haka 5-3, 0-0
2R England Aston Villa FC 0-2, 1-1
1985/86 European Cup 1R Germany Bayern Munich 1-2, 1-4
1986/87 European Cup 1R Belgium RSC Anderlecht 0-2, 1-1
1987/88 European Cup 1R Greece Olympiakos CFP 1-1, 2-1
2R Scotland Rangers F.C. 1-3, 1-1
1988/89 European Cup 1R Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 3-0, 4-1
2R Spain Real Madrid 0-1, 2-3
1989/90 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Juventus Turin 0-1, 2-4
1991/92 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Hamburger SV 1-1, 0-3
1994/95 UEFA Cup Q Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 7-0, 1-0
1R Austria VfB Admira Wacker Mödling 2-5, 1-1
1995 Intertoto Cup GR Denmark AGF Aarhus 1-4
Switzerland FC Basel 1-2
England Sheffield Wednesday 2-3
Germany Karlsruher SC 1-6

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 July, 2014.

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

No. Position Player
1 Latvia GK Pāvels Šteinbors
2 Poland DF Błażej Augustyn
4 Poland DF Rafał Kosznik
Slovenia MF Roman Gergel
6 Poland MF Radosław Sobolewski
8 Poland FW Przemysław Oziębała
10 Poland MF Konrad Nowak
13 Poland DF Maciej Mańka
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Armin Cerimagić
15 Poland MF Maciej Małkowski
16 Poland MF Szymon Drewniak
18 Poland MF Łukasz Madej
19 Poland MF Mariusz Przybylski
No. Position Player
20 Poland FW Mateusz Zachara
21 Poland DF Mariusz Magiera
22 Poland DF Seweryn Gancarczyk
25 Zimbabwe MF Dzikamai Gwaze
26 Poland DF Adam Danch
27 Poland MF Daniel Barbus
38 Poland MF Bartosz Iwan
81 Slovakia MF Robert Jez
89 Poland FW Wojciech Łuczak
94 Poland FW Kamil Cupriak
96 Poland GK Mateusz Kuchta
99 Poland GK Grzegorz Kasprzik
Poland MF Dawid Plizga

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Poland DF Bartosz Kopacz (at LKS Nieciecza)
Poland DF Mateusz Słodowy (at Energetyk Rybnik)
Poland MF Wojciech Król (at GKS Tychy)
No. Position Player
Poland MF Gabriel Nowak (at GKS Tychy)
Poland FW Marcin Wodecki (at Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala)

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°17′46.74″N 18°46′6.83″E / 50.2963167°N 18.7685639°E / 50.2963167; 18.7685639