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|Full name||Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech Poznań, S.A.|
|Nickname(s)||Kolejorz (The Railwayman)|
|Founded||19 March 1922
as KS Lutnia Dębiec
The club was established in 1922 as Lutnia Dębiec, later changing its name several times. From 1933 until 1994, the club was closely linked to Polish State Railways (PKP). As a result, its popular nickname is Kolejorz, which means The Railwayman in local slang. The club's debut in the Polish top division took place in the year 1948. The brightest era of Lech were the early 1980s and early 1990s. Lech has won the Polish league a total of six times, most recently in 2010. Lech is the most popular football club in the Greater Poland region.
- Ekstraklasa (First Division):
- Champion (6): 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2010
- 2nd place (1): 2013
- 3rd place (4): 1949, 1950, 1978, 2009
- Polish Cup:
- Winner (5): 1982, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2009
- Finalist (2): 1980, 2011
- Polish SuperCup:
- Winner (4): 1990, 1992, 2004, 2009
- Finalist (3): 1983, 1988, 2010
- Ekstraklasa top goalscorers (9):
- Piotr Reiss (2007 - 15)
- Robert Lewandowski (2010 - 18)
- Artjoms Rudņevs (2012 - 22)
- UEFA Europa League:
- Round of 32 (2): 2009, 2011
As of 16 December 2010, Lech Poznań had played a total of 62 games in European competition during the years 1978–2010. Among the most memorable games in the club's history were the clashes against FC Barcelona in the 1988–89 season of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round. After both matches ended with 1–1 draw, Lech Poznań lost the penalty shoot-out with 4–5. Barcelona eventually went on to win the tournament.
During the 1983–84 European Cup season, Lech earned a 2–0 win at home against Spanish champions Athletic Bilbao. During the 1990–91 season, Lech eliminated the Greek champions Panathinaikos in the first round, with a 5–1 score on aggregate. In the next tie Lech was knocked out by Olympique de Marseille but won the first leg 3–2 at home.
During the 2008–09 UEFA Cup season, Lech made it to the group stage of the competition after knocking out higher seeded teams of Grasshopper-Club Zürich (notching its greatest margin of victory with a 6–0 win at home) and FK Austria Wien (scoring the decisive goal in the last minute of extra-time). In the group stage, Lech finished third-placed ahead of AS Nancy and Feyenoord to secure a place in the Third Round, where it was knocked out by the Italian side Udinese Calcio.
Kolejorz wrote another glorious chapter in club's history during its 2010–11 UEFA Europa League campaign. After being knocked out by Sparta Prague during Champions League qualification, they made it to the group stage of the Europa League. This time the Polish underdog had to face the big names: Juventus and Manchester City. In Turin a hat-trick by Artjoms Rudnevs earned them a surprising 3–3 draw. After defeating the English side at home 3–1, Lech made it to the top of the group. The game against Juventus was played in very bad, snowy conditions and ended in a 1–1 draw. This was enough to put Lech Poznań into the knockout phase of the Europa League.
List of results
As of 10 August 2012:
|Cup Winners' Cup||2||8||4||2||2||10||7|
- Highest victory, Ekstraklasa: 11–1 vs. Szombierki Bytom, 27 August 1950
- Highest loss, Ekstraklasa: 0–8 vs. Wisła Kraków, 30 May 1976
- Highest attendance overall: c. 65.000 vs. Zawisza Bydgoszcz, 25 June 1972
- Highest attendance at Stadion Miejski: c. 45.000 vs. Widzew Łódź, 8 April 1984
- Highest average attendance, Ekstraklasa: 45.384 per game, in the 1972–1973 season (13 games)
- Most appearances, Ekstraklasa: Hieronim Barczak, 367 (1973–1986)
- Most goals, Ekstraklasa: Teodor Anioła, 141 (1948–1961)
- Most goals in a season, Ekstraklasa: Jerzy Podbrożny, 25 (1992–1993)
- Most national caps: Luis Henriquez, 50 for Panama
- As of 5 October 2013.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Coach: Mariusz Rumak
- Assistant Coach: Jerzy Cyrak
- Goalkeeping Coach: Dominik Kubiak
- Fitness Coach: Andrzej Kasprzak
The Municipal Stadium in Poznań, Poland, It is the home ground of Lech Poznań, and is one of the venues for the finals of Euro 2012. It has a league capacity of 43,269 (all seated). The stadium was originally built between 1968 and 1980. From its inauguration in August 1980 Lech Poznań has used the ground as its main venue; since 2010 it has also been used by Warta Poznań, which currently plays in I Liga. The ground is situated on the street ul. Bułgarska in the southwestern part of the city (Grunwald district).
In the years 2003–2010 the stadium underwent a complete reconstruction, including the building of four new fullly covered stands. Currently it is the fifth largest stadium in Poland (after National Stadium, Silesia Stadium, The Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw and PGE Arena Gdańsk) and third largest in Ekstraklasa (after the latter two). The grand opening after final renovation took place on 20 September 2010, with Sting's Symphonicity Tour concert.
Lech Poznań is considered to have the strongest fan support in Poland due to club's highest average attendance in Ekstraklasa and the atmosphere during the games.
For over a decade Lech supporters have a fellowship with fans from Arka Gdynia and KS Cracovia (the popular watchword: 'Miłość, Wiara, Walka – Lech Cracovia Arka' i.e. 'Love, Faith, Fight – Lech, Cracovia, Arka'). Close friendship links Lech fans also with KSZO Ostrowiec supporters (since 1992).
Relations with local rival Warta Poznań are neutral as the clubs have almost always played in different leagues.
The fans' goal celebration—involving the turning of their backs to the pitch, joining arms and jumping up and down in unison—originated in 1961. In Poland (and to many fans across Europe), it is known as a "Grecque" and is performed by many sets of fans. Manchester City F.C. fans also now use The Poznań after their clash with Lech Poznań in the group stages of the 2010/2011 UEFA Europa League. The Poznań' is often associated with Lech Poznań in England. Also popular with fans of Scottish club Celtic who call their version "The Huddle" in homage to the teams pre-match ritual of a huddle before every game kicks off.
- Teodor Anioła - striker, the best all-time scorer in club's history with 141 goals in the First league (1948–1957).
- Jarosław Araszkiewicz - midfielder/striker, won all five championship titles with Lech Poznań. Finished his career in the age of 38.
- Jacek Bąk - defender, played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup, former player of French clubs Lyon and Lens.
- Jarosław Bako – the goalkeeper of Poland national football team in early 1990s
- Hieronim Barczak - defender, 367 league appearances for Lech.
- Edmund Białas - striker, along with Anioła and Henryk Czapczyk, created an offensive trio called A-B-C, which was very successful in the 1950s.
- Bartosz Bosacki - defender, played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup scoring two goals against Costa Rica. Played also in Bundesliga for 1. FC Nuremberg.
- Jerzy Brzęczek - midfielder, silver medalist with Poland in the 1992 Summer Olympics, former Polish national team captain.
- Jimmy Conrad - defender, USA national team member in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
- Henryk Czapczyk
- Jacek Dembiński - striker, played in German Bundesliga with Hamburger SV, currently plays for Lech.
- Roman Jakóbczak - midfielder, Polish national team member in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
- Andrzej Juskowiak - striker, silver medalist with Poland in the 1992 Summer Olympics, former player of Sporting Lisbon, Olympiacos, Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg.
- Mirosław Justek - defender, Polish national team member in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
- Waldemar Kryger - defender, former player of German club VfL Wolfsburg.
- Janusz Kupcewicz - midfielder, bronze medalist in the 1982 FIFA World Cup
- Robert Lewandowski - striker, currently playing for Borussia Dortmund.
- Henryk Miłoszewicz
- Piotr Mowlik
- Mirosław Okoński - striker, one of the club's icons, especially loved by the fans, after winning with Lech two consecutive championships in 1983 and 1984, transferred to Hamburger SV, played also for Greek side AEK.
- Bogusław Pachelski
- Krzysztof Pawlak - defender, played in the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
- Jerzy Podbrożny - played also in M.L.S. with the Chicago Fire.
- Arkadiusz Radomski - began his career with an episode for Lech, then moved to Dutch side SC Heerenveen, now plays for NEC. Made his appearance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
- Piotr Reiss - striker, played also for Hertha BSC Berlin and MSV Duisburg.
- Artjoms Rudnevs - striker, currently playing for Hamburger SV.
- Piotr Świerczewski - midfielder, silver medalist with Poland in the 1992 Summer Olympics, played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, former Sporting Club de Bastia, AS Saint-Étienne and Olympique de Marseille player.
- Mirosław Trzeciak - striker, played in Spanish clubs CA Osasuna and Polideportivo Ejido.
- Maciej Żurawski- striker, played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup, after playing for Lech, transferred to Wisła Kraków, after that to Celtic F.C., and that to. AC Omonoia. Currently he is a Free Agent.
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- Team profile on Polish Football Clubs Database (Polish)
- Website with photos from club matches
- Club links in Lech Poznań at the Open Directory Project (Polish)
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