Polonia Bytom

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Polonia Bytom
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Full name Klub Sportowy Polonia Bytom Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s) Blue & Reds
Founded 4 January 1920
Ground Stadion Edwarda Szymkowiaka
Ground Capacity 5,500[1]
Chairman Radosław Nowakowski
Manager Piotr Mrozek
League II liga
2012–13 17th
Current season

Polonia Bytom (Polish pronunciation: [pɔˈlɔɲja ˈbɨtɔm]) is a Polish football club founded on 4 January 1920 in the Upper Silesian city of Bytom, during the hectic months of the Silesian Uprisings. In late 1922 however, as a result of the Upper Silesia plebiscite, Bytom became part of Germany and the club ceased to exist.

In May 1945, numerous players and officials of one of the most famous Polish clubs, Pogoń Lwów arrived in Bytom and decided to revive Polonia. On 17 May 1945 the team played its first game in over two decades, defeating Warta Poznań 3-2.

Polonia is considered the continuation of Pogoń Lwów, its logo is in fact very similar to the logo of Lwów's most famous Polish team as well as their colours, red-blue.

Polonia Bytom's most famous player is goalkeeper Edward Szymkowiak. Its stadium is named after him and has a capacity of 5,500 spectators.

Polonia has won the Polish championship twice, in 1954 and 1962. In 1952, 1958, 1959 and 1961 Bytom was the vice-champion of Poland. In June 2007 Polonia Bytom, after many years, returned to the Polish Ekstraklasa. However, in 2011, the club was relegated to the I liga after finishing bottom of the table with just six wins all season.[2]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Ekstraklasa
    • Winners (2): 1954, 1962
    • Runner-up (4): 1952, 1958, 1959, 1961
  • Polish Cup
    • Runner-up (3): 1964, 1973, 1977

Continental[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Polonia Bytom supporters were the first organised fan-club in Poland. They have introduced scarfs, flags and organised chants. Many of the other supporters groups were travelling to Bytom only to watch how Polonia's fans are cheering their club and behaving on the stadium.

Polonia biggest rivals are local teams Górnik Zabrze, Ruch Radzionków, Ruch Chorzów (The Oldest Silesian Derby) and Szombierki Bytom (Derby of Bytom). The other groups which are not very welcome in Bytom are fans from Zaglebie Sosnowiec, Legia Warszawa and Lechia Gdansk.

Polonia Bytom firm is commonly known as Desperados.

League participations[3][edit]

Ekstraklasa: 1948-1949 (2 seasons), 1951-1955 (5 seasons), 1957-1976 (20 seasons), 1977-1980, 1986-1987, 2007-2011

First League: 1950, 1956, 1976-1977, 1980-1986, 1987-2001, 2005-2007, 2011-

Second League: 2001-2005

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 August, 2013.

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 Miroslaw Kuczera
2 Poland DF Marcin Kowalski
3 Poland DF Pawel Odrzywolski
5 Poland MF Bartlomiej Setlak
7 Poland FW Robert Trznadel
8 Slovakia MF Miroslav Barčík
9 Poland FW Michał Płókarz
10 Poland MF Piotr Rocki
11 Poland MF Daniel Pietrycha
12 Poland GK Bartosz Soliński
13 Poland MF Wojciech Mróz
14 Poland DF Maciej Wierzbowski
15 Poland MF Dawid Krzemień
16 Poland DF Adrian Laskowski
No. Position Player
17 Poland FW Robert Wojsyk
18 Slovakia DF Marcel Ondráš
19 Poland DF Jacek Broniewicz
20 Poland FW Dawid Cempa
20 Poland MF Kacper Grzybek
21 Poland MF Kamil Zalewski
22 Poland FW Kamil Walesa
23 Poland MF Marcin Lachowski
25 Poland DF Kamil Banaś
27 Poland MF Damian Czupryna
28 Poland MF Michał Cioch
30 Poland DF Norbert Radkiewicz
33 Poland GK Mateusz Mika (captain)
71 Poland MF Kamil Białkowski

Notable players[edit]

Polonia in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
1958/59 European Cup Q Hungary MTK Budapest 0-3, 0-3
1962/63 European Cup Q Greece Panathinaikos FC 2-1, 4-1
1R Turkey Galatasaray S.K. 1-4, 1-0

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Coordinates: 50°21′27.21″N 18°53′55.38″E / 50.3575583°N 18.8987167°E / 50.3575583; 18.8987167