Pogoń Szczecin

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Pogoń Szczecin
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Full name Morski Klub Sportowy
Pogoń Szczecin
Nickname(s) Portowcy (The Dockers)
Duma Pomorza (Pride of Pomerania)
Founded 21 April 1948; 66 years ago (1948-04-21)
Ground Stadion Florian Kryger
Szczecin, Poland
Ground Capacity 18,027
Chairman Poland Jarosław Mroczek
Manager Slovakia Ján Kocian
League Ekstraklasa
2013–14 7th
Current season

MKS Pogoń Szczecin (Polish pronunciation: [ˌɛmkaˈɛs ˌpɔɡɔɲ ˈʂt͡ʂɛt͡ɕin]) is a Polish professional football club, based in Szczecin, Poland.

History[edit]

The club was founded by Poles from Lwów (now Lviv, Ukraine), who had been transferred west after the Soviet annexation of Poland's eastern territories in 1945. The founders of Pogoń Szczecin had previously been supporters of Pogoń Lwów and the colors of their new club reflect their old club. Polonia Bytom and Odra Opole were likewise founded or revived by the former inhabitants of Lwów.

Pogoń in 2002 was on the brink of bankruptcy. As a result fans created a new team on the basis of the reserves in the fourth division. However owner of Piotrcovia Piotrków Trybunalski Antoni Ptak decided to move the team and renamed the club MKS Pogoń Szczecin. The initial distrust was lost when the team performed well and used local players, however halfway through the 2005-06 season the team started underperforming and Ptak decided to replace almost the entire squad with only Brazilian nationals, making it the "most Brazilian team outside Brazil". Antoni Ptak also built a small training facility in Gutów Mały, meaning the home games were played almost 500km away from Szczecin. The experiment failed and in 2007 Antoni Ptak moved away from football, leaving the club to be rebuilt on the basis of the 4th division counterpart set up originally by the fans, which acted as the reserve team in the meantime.

The club was promoted to the Zachodnia (Western) group of the new II Liga (formerly the Third League) for the 2007-08 season. The club earned promotion to the Polish First League after finishing 2nd in Western Group of Polish Second League in 2008-09 season. Finally Pogoń returned to top division after finishing First League as runner-up in 2011-12 season.

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 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
3 Poland DF Maciej Dąbrowski
4 Poland DF Michał Koj
6 Poland MF Rafał Murawski
7 Poland MF Dominik Kun
8 Poland MF Jakub Bak
9 Poland DF Adam Frączczak
11 Poland FW Marcin Robak
13 Japan MF Takuya Murayama
14 Poland DF Wojciech Golla
16 Poland MF Michał Walski
17 Poland MF Maksymilian Rogalski
18 Poland FW Filip Kozłowski
19 Poland MF Patryk Małecki
No. Position Player
20 Japan MF Shohei Okuno
23 Poland MF Mateusz Matras
25 Poland DF Sebastian Rudol
26 Poland DF Tomasz Lisowski
30 Portugal MF Bruno Loureiro
44 Brazil DF Hernâni
66 Poland GK Dawid Kudla
77 South Africa DF Ricardo Nunes
84 Poland GK Radosław Janukiewicz
93 Poland FW Łukasz Zwoliński
98 Poland MF Kamil Wojtkowski
99 Poland MF Andrzej Kotłowski

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 GK Krystian Rudnicki (At MKS Kluczbork)
- Poland DF Mateusz Lewandowski (At Virtus Entella)
- Poland DF Julien Tadrowski (At Dolcan Ząbki)
No. Position Player
- Poland MF Dawid Kort (At Flota Świnoujście)
- Poland FW Kamil Zieliński (At Flota Świnoujście)
- Poland FW Radosław Wiśniewski (At Ina Goleniów)

Notable players[edit]

Players who have played in the Ekstraklasa and/or in a national team

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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