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Legia Warsaw
Legia Warszawa.svg
Full name Legia Warszawa SA
Nickname(s) Wojskowi ("Militarians"),
Legioniści ("Legionnaires", "Legionarries")
Founded March 1916 as Drużyna Sportowa Legia
Ground Polish Army Stadium (Pepsi Arena),
3 Łazienkowska Street, Warsaw
Ground Capacity 31,103[1]
Manager Henning Berg
League Ekstraklasa
2013–14 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Legia Warszawa /ˈlɛɡjə/ (Polish pronunciation: [ˈlɛɡʲja varˈʂava]), known in English as Legia Warsaw, is a professional football club based in Warsaw, Poland.

It was founded in March 1916 (during military operations in World War I on the Eastern Front) in the Maniewicze area in Volhynia, as the football club of the Polish Legions. After World War I, it became the main official football club of the Polish ArmyWojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa (Military Sports Club Legia Warsaw). From 1949 to 1957, Legia was known as CWKS Warszawa (Central Military Sports Club Warsaw).

The club's home venue is the Polish Army Stadium. Legia is one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history winning a total of 10 Ekstraklasa Champions titles,[2] a record 16 Polish Cup trophies and a record 4 Polish SuperCup matches.

Before 8 April 2004 it was owned by Pol-Mot and from 8 April 2004 (sold for 3 million złoty) up until 9 January 2014, it was owned by media conglomerate ITI Group.[3] Currently the club is owned by Dariusz Mioduski (80%) and Bogusław Leśnodorski (20%), who acquired it for unpublished sum, which also included paying off debts of 19 million

History[edit]

Before World War II[edit]

Legia Warsaw in 1916

Legia was formed between 5 and 15 March 1916 during military operations in World War I on the Eastern Front in the neighborhood of Maniewicze in Volhynia, as the main football club of the Polish Legions. The team had started its first training earlier in the spring of 1915, in the city of Piotrków Trybunalski. In July 1916, due to the Brusilov Offensive, Legia permanently moved to the capital city of Warsaw.

Its first game in Warsaw was played on 29 April 1917 against the local rival Polonia Warsaw. The score was a draw - 1:1. Up until the end of World War I, Legia had played nine games in Warsaw; it won six and drew three. Its first away game was against KS Cracovia, which Legia won 2:1. With the win over Cracovia, at that time the current Polish first league champion, Legia was baptized as the unofficial champion of the country.

Legia played its first match in Polish first league in Łódź on 8 May 1927 against ŁKS Łódź, winning 6:1. Marian Łańko scored the first league goal for the club (in the same game he scored a hat-trick). Since 1930, Legia has played at the Polish Army Stadium, the construction of which was a gift to the club from Józef Piłsudski. In 1936 Legia was relegated to the second division, where it remained until the end of World War II.

After World War II[edit]

Kazimierz Deyna monument near the Pepsi Arena.

After World War II, Legia boosted its squad with many new players and at the end of 1949 the club changed its name again, this time to Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy (Central Army Sports Club). Eventually Kazimierz Górski joined the club and became a player for both the team and the Poland national team.

The 1970s[edit]

The 1970s were known as Poland's golden age of football. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Legia's roster included powerful football players such as Jan Tomaszewski, Kazimierz Deyna, and Robert Gadocha. In the European Cup 1969-70 Legia achieved a successful campaign by reaching the semi finals alongside Feyenoord, Leeds United, and Celtic. The following year, Legia reached the quarter finals where they lost to Atlético Madrid.

The 1980s[edit]

Though the club had many national team players including Kazimierski, Okoński, Dziekanowski, Janas, Majewski, Buncol, Kubicki, Wdowczyk and others, the club had problems winning any league titles. However, thanks to winning four Polish Cups, the team was able to compete in European competitions.

One of the more memorable European runs was the near upset against Internazionale during the UEFA Cup 1985–86, after two 0–0 games Legia lost in extra time. The next season Legia were yet again drawn against Inter, this time winning at home 3–2 but losing away 1–0 thus losing on away goals.

Legia also won its first Polish SuperCup defeating Ruch Chorzów 3–0 in 1989.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Polish Army Stadium

Legia plays its games at Marshal Józef Piłsudski Polish Army Stadium (Polish: Stadion Wojska Polskiego imienia Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego), which is an all-seater football-specific stadium in Warsaw, Poland. Legia has been playing there since 9 August 1930. With space for 31,800 spectators it is the 5th biggest football stadium in the Ekstraklasa. The stadium underwent significant reconstruction between 2008 and 2011, during which all of the stands were demolished and replaced with bigger and more modern ones which increased the stadium's capacity from 13,500 to 31,800 seats. The former Polish Army Stadium is currently owned by the City of Warsaw. On the basis of a sponsorship agreement with Pepsi the stadium has been named Pepsi Arena for commercial purposes.

Stadium exterior 
VIP Stand 
The eastern stand named after Kazimierz Deyna 

Sponsors[edit]

Years Football kit Main sponsor
1978-1990 Adidas -
1990-1991 Umbro Müller
1991 Lotto Müller
1992-1995 Adidas FSO
1995-1996 Canal +
1996-2000 Nike Daewoo
2001 Adidas Daewoo
2001-2002 Pol-Mot
2002-2003 Kredyt Bank
2003-2008 Królewskie
2008-2010 n
2011-2014 ActiveJet
2014- Fortuna

Club partners[edit]

Supporters[edit]

As one of the most successful clubs in Poland, Legia Warsaw is also one of its most popular clubs. Legia has gained devotion from generations of fans from Warsaw as well as around the country. Legia supporters are generally considered very spontaneous, dedicated and sometimes fanatical. Accordingly, in terms of quality of football support, they are also often described as the best supporters in Poland.[4] Groups of fans follow Legia on practically all away matches, both domestic and international. Supporters of Legia occasionally attract also some negative attention, in particular after events such as riots in Lithuania during a match against Vetra Vilnius on 10 July 2007.

The old Żyleta stand

Traditionally, the most devoted and spontaneous fans occupy the Żyleta stand in their stadium. Before the stadium renovation (2008–2011), the "old" Żyleta referred only to the center section within the eastern stand of the stadium (occasionally, it would also refer to eastern stand as a whole). There is a special exhibition dedicated to the "old" Żyleta in the Legia club museum.[5] Today, after the stadium's renovation, the "new" Żyleta means the whole northern stand of stadium (located behind the goal).

As regards their political sentiments, the supporters of Legia tend to be more right wing. During communism times, in particular during the 1980s, Legia fans showed their patriotic and strongly anti-communistic views. Today, the fans actively participate in annual commemorations of the Warsaw Uprising and Polish Independence Day. Legia fans are also vocal with their views on domestic issues, e.g. their conflict with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, as well as on international politics, e.g. by way of displaying banners reading "Kosovo is Serbian" at the stadium. Legia Warsaw supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of Zagłębie Sosnowiec and Olimpia Elbląg. Internationally, Legia supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of ADO Den Haag and Juventus F.C.. Their main rivals include Polonia Warsaw, Lech Poznań, Wisła Kraków and Widzew Łódź.

Well known supporters include:

Warsaw derby[edit]

The Warsaw derby is a match between Legia and Polonia Warsaw.

Matches Legia wins Draws Polonia wins
78 29 20 29

Achievements[edit]

Legia Warsaw Museum opened in 2006.

Domestic[edit]

  • Polish championship (Ekstraklasa):
    • Winners (10): 1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014
    • 2nd place (11): 1960, 1968, 1971, 1985, 1986, 1993,[2] 1996, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2009
    • 3rd place (13): 1928, 1930, 1931, 1961, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
  • Polish Cup:
    • Winners (16-record): 1955, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
    • Finalist (6): 1952, 1969, 1972, 1988, 1991, 2004
  • Polish SuperCup:
    • Winners (4-record): 1989, 1994, 1997, 2008
    • Finalist (5): 1990, 1995, 2006, 2012, 2014
  • Polish League Cup:
    • Winner (1): 2002
    • Finalist (2): 2000, 2008

Europe[edit]

Legia in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
1956–57 European Cup QR Czechoslovakia Slovan Bratislava 0–4, 2–0
1960–61 European Cup QR Denmark AGF Aarhus 0–3, 1–0
1964–65 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Austria ESV Admira-NÖ Energie Wien 3–1, 1–0
2R Turkey Galatasaray SK 2–1, 0–1, 1–0
QF Germany TSV 1860 München 0–4, 0–0
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R East Germany BSG Chemie Leipzig 0–3, 2–2
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Germany TSV 1860 München 6–0, 3–2
2R Belgium KSV Waregem 0–1, 2–0
3R Hungary Újpest FC 0–1, 2–2
1969–70 European Cup 1R Romania UT Arad 2–1, 8–0
2R France AS Saint-Étienne 2–1, 1–0
QF Turkey Galatasaray SK 2–1, 1–0
SF Netherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam 0–0, 0–2
1970–71 European Cup 1R Sweden IFK Göteborg 4–0, 2–1
2R Belgium Standard Liège 0–1, 2–0
QF Spain Atlético Madrid 0–1, 2–1
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1R Switzerland FC Lugano 3–1, 0–0
2R Romania Rapid București 0–4, 2–0
1972–73 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Iceland Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur 2–0, 9–0
2R Italy AC Milan 1–1, 1–2
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Greece PAOK FC 1–1, 0–1
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1R France FC Nantes Atlantique 2–2, 0–1
1980–81 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria PFC Slavia Sofia 1–3, 1–0
1981–82 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Norway Vålerenga 2–2, 4–1
2R Switzerland Lausanne Sports 2–1, 1–1
QF Soviet Union FC Dinamo Tbilisi 0–1, 0–1
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Norway Viking FK 3–0, 1–1
2R Hungary Videoton FC Fehérvár 1–0, 1–1
3R Italy Internazionale 0–0, 0–1
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Soviet Union FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–0, 1–0
2R Italy Internazionale 3–2, 0–1
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Bayern Munich 1–3, 3–7
1989–90 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Spain FC Barcelona 1–1, 0–1
1990–91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Luxembourg FC Swift Hesperange 3–0, 3–0
2R Scotland Aberdeen 0–0, 1–0
QF Italy UC Sampdoria 1–0, 2–2
SF England Manchester United 1–3, 1–1
1994–95 UEFA Champions League QR Croatia Hajduk Split 0–1, 0–4
1995–96 UEFA Champions League QR Sweden IFK Göteborg 1–0, 2–1
GR Norway Rosenborg BK 3–1, 0–4
GR Russia FC Spartak Moscow 1–2, 0–1
GR England Blackburn Rovers 1–0, 0–0
QF Greece Panathinaikos FC 0–0, 0–3
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1QR Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 4–2, 3–0
2QR Finland FC Haka 3–0, 1–1
1R Greece Panathinaikos FC 2–4, 2–0
2R Turkey Beşiktaş J.K. 1–1, 1–2
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Northern Ireland Glenavon FC 1–1, 4–0
1R Italy Vicenza Calcio 0–2, 1–1
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR Republic of Macedonia FK Vardar 5–0, 4–0
1R Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta FC 0–1, 2–0
2R Italy Udinese Calcio 0–1, 1–1
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Luxembourg FC Etzella Ettelbruck 4–0, 2–1
1R Sweden IF Elfsborg 4–1, 6–1
2R Spain Valencia CF 1–1, 1–6
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 2QR Republic of Macedonia FK Vardar 3–1, 1–1
3QR Spain FC Barcelona 0–3, 0–1
UEFA Cup 1R Netherlands FC Utrecht 4–1, 3–1
2R Germany FC Schalke 04 2–3, 0–0
2004–05 UEFA Cup 2QR Georgia (country) FC Tbilisi 1–0, 6–0
1R Austria FK Austria Wien 0–1, 1–3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 2QR Switzerland FC Zürich 0–1, 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 2QR Iceland FH Hafnarfjörður 1–0, 2–0
3QR Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1, 2–3
UEFA Cup 1R Austria FK Austria Wien 1–1, 0–1
2007 Intertoto Cup 2R Lithuania FK Vėtra 0–3 (Awarded), (w/o)
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1QR Belarus FC Gomel 0–0, 4–1
2QR Russia FK Moscow 1–2, 0–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2QR Georgia (country) Olimpi Rustavi 3–0, 1–0
3QR Denmark Brøndby IF 1–1, 2–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 3QR Turkey Gaziantepspor 1–0, 0–0
4QR Russia FC Spartak Moscow 2–2, 3–2
GR Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–1, 0–3
GR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. 3–2, 0–2
GR Romania Rapid București 1–0, 3–1
R32 Portugal Sporting Lisboa 2–2, 0–1
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2QR Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs 2–2, 5–1
3QR Austria SV Ried 1–2, 3–1
4QR Norway Rosenborg BK 1–1, 1–2
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2QR Wales The New Saints 3–1, 1–0
3QR Norway Molde 1–1, 0–0
4QR Romania Steaua București 1–1, 2–2
UEFA Europa League GR Italy Lazio 0–1, 0–2
GR Turkey Trabzonspor 0–2, 0–2
GR Cyprus Apollon Limassol 0–1, 2–0
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2QR Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 1–1, 5–0
3QR Scotland Celtic 4–1, 2–0 (0-3 w/o)
UEFA Europa League 4QR Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–0, 2–0
GR Ukraine FC Metalist Kharkiv 1–0, 2–1
GR Turkey Trabzonspor 1–0
GR Belgium KSC Lokeren 1–0

UEFA Team ranking[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
85 England Swansea City 21.592
86 England Birmingham City 21.592
87 Slovenia NK Maribor 21.175
88 Poland Legia Warszawa 20.600
89 England Fulham FC 20.592
90 Austria FK Austria Wien 20.335
91 Germany SC Freiburg 19.083

Best results in European competitions[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
European Cup / UEFA Champions League
1970 Semi-Final lost to Netherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam 0-0 in Warsaw, 0-2 in Rotterdam
1971 Quarter-Final lost to Spain Atlético Madrid 0-1 in Warsaw, 2-1 in Madrid
1996 Quarter-Final lost to Greece Panathinaikos FC 0–0 in Warsaw, 0-3 in Athens
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1965 Quarter-Final lost to Germany TSV 1860 München 0-4 in Warsaw, 0–0 in Munich
1982 Quarter-Final lost to Soviet Union FC Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 in Warsaw, 0–1 in Tbilisi
1991 Semi-Final lost to England Manchester United 1-3 in Warsaw, 1-1 in Manchester


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The numbers are established according to the official website: legia.com

As of 16 September, 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 Poland GK Łukasz Budziłek
2 Cyprus DF Dossa Júnior
3 Poland MF Tomasz Jodłowiec
4 Poland DF Igor Lewczuk
5 Poland DF Mateusz Wieteska
6 Brazil MF Guilherme
8 Slovakia MF Ondrej Duda
9 Poland FW Marek Saganowski
11 Poland FW Arkadiusz Piech
12 Slovakia GK Dušan Kuciak
14 Poland MF Mateusz Szwoch
15 Spain DF Iñaki Astiz
17 Poland DF Tomasz Brzyski
18 Poland MF Michał Kucharczyk
19 Poland DF Bartosz Bereszyński
No. Position Player
20 Poland MF Jakub Kosecki
21 Croatia MF Ivica Vrdoljak (captain)
23 Portugal MF Helio Pinto
25 Poland DF Jakub Rzeźniczak (vice-captain)
27 Poland MF Robert Bartczak
28 Poland DF Łukasz Broź
30 Brazil DF Ronan
31 Poland MF Krystian Bielik
32 Serbia MF Miroslav Radović (vice-captain)
33 Poland MF Michał Żyro
45 Poland FW Adam Ryczkowski
70 Portugal FW Orlando Sá
76 Poland MF Bartłomiej Kalinkowski
91 Poland GK Konrad Jałocha

Out 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 Mateusz Cichocki (At Dolcan Ząbki)
- Poland MF Aleksander Jagiełło (At Arka Gdynia)
- Poland MF Michał Kopczyński (At Wigry Suwałki)
No. Position Player
- Estonia FW Henrik Ojamaa (At Motherwell)
- Poland FW Patryk Mikita (At Dolcan Ząbki)

Reserve team[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

10 - Poland Kazimierz Deyna, Midfielder (1966–78) - Posthumous honour.

Coaches and managers[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Job Name Nationality
Head coach Henning Berg Norway
Personal assistant Pal Arne Johansen Norway
Assistant coach Kazimierz Sokołowski Poland
Assistant coach Lucjan Brychczy Poland
Match analyst Gonçalo Feio Portugal
Goalkeeping coach Krzysztof Dowhań Poland
Fitness coach Cesar Sanjuan-Szklarz Mexico
Team Spokesperson Marta Ostrowska Poland
Team Doctor Jacek Jaroszewski Poland
Team Doctor Maciej Tabiszewski Poland
Psychologist Piotr Wiśnik Poland
Physiotherapist Paweł Bamber Poland
Physiotherapist Wojciech Frukacz Poland
Physiotherapist Wojciech Spałek Poland
Reserve Team Coach Jacek Magiera Poland
Academy Director Ernest Waś Poland
U-19 Coach Darius Banasik Poland
U-17 Coach Kamil Socha Poland
U-19 and U-17 Goalkeeping coach Marcin Muszyński Poland
Scout Tomasz Kielbowicz Poland
Scout Marcin Żewłakow Poland
Scout Michał Żewłakow Poland

Club records[edit]

  • Number of seasons in Ekstraklasa: 73 (from 1927 to 1936 and from 1948 - present)
  • First win in the league: May 8, 1927 Turystów Łódź - Legia Warszawa 1:6 (0:5)
  • Biggest win in the league: 19 August 1956 Legia Warsaw - Wisła Kraków 12:0 (5:0)
  • Biggest defeat in the league: September 3, 1927 Pogoń Lwów - Legia Warsaw 11:2 (6:1)
  • Longest series of victories in the league: 9 (in 1931 and 1932 and 2005/2006)
  • Longest series of defeats in the league: 7 (1936)
  • Oldest goalscorer: Lucjan Brychczy - 37 years, 2 months, 31 days
  • Youngest goalscorer: Ariel Borysiuk - 16 years, 8 months, 21 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/EuroExperience/competitions/UEFACup/01/67/58/86/1675886_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. ^ a b Legia won 1st place in 1992–93 Ekstraklasa, but was accused of corruption. Result of the last match was cancelled and the team dropped into second place in the table. The Polish FA (PZPN) decided to give the championship to Lech Poznań.
    "Poland - List of final tables (RSSSF)". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  3. ^ http://ekstraklasa.wp.pl/kat,32284,title,Oficjalnie-ITI-sprzedalo-Legie,wid,16312159,wiadomosc.html
  4. ^ "Gazeta Wyborcza" (16 November 2008). "Żyleta - dr Jekyll i mr Hyde". gazeta.pl. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Legia Warsaw official website: Muzeum Legii - Żyleta". Legia.com. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 

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