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PGE Skra Bełchatów
Skra Bełchatów 2015-02
Full name PGE Skra Bełchatów SSA
Founded 1930
Ground Energia Hall
ul. Dąbrowskiego 11
97-400 Bełchatów
(Capacity: 2,700)
Chairman Konrad Piechocki
Manager Miguel Angel Falasca
Captain Mariusz Wlazły
League PlusLiga
Website Club home page
Uniforms
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PGE Skra Bełchatów
Medal record
Men’s Volleyball
CEV Champions League
Silver 2011/2012 Łódź
Bronze 2007/2008 Łódź
Bronze 2009/2010 Łódź
Club World Championship
Silver 2009 Doha
Silver 2010 Doha
Bronze 2012 Doha
Polish Championship (PlusLiga)
Gold 2004/2005
Gold 2005/2006
Gold 2006/2007
Gold 2007/2008
Gold 2008/2009
Gold 2009/2010
Gold 2010/2011
Gold 2013/2014
Silver 2011/2012
Bronze 2001/2002
Polish Cup
Gold 2004/2005
Gold 2005/2006
Gold 2006/2007 Kielce
Gold 2008/2009 Kielce
Gold 2010/2011 Warszawa
Gold 2011/2012 Rzeszów
Polish SuperCup
Gold 2012 Częstochowa
Gold 2014 Poznań

PGE Skra Bełchatów SSA – is a Polish professional volleyball team, based in Bełchatów, playing in PlusLiga. PGE Skra won the title of Polish Champion eight times (2004-2011, 2014) and Polish Cup six times. Club won a silver and two bronzes of CEV Champions League.

Bee - mascot of the PGE Skra.
Winiarski, Zatorski and Kurek during the match with Lotos Trefl Gdańsk on September 30, 2011, Ergo Arena, Gdańsk.
Setter Falasca and opposite, captain of PGE Skra Bełchatów Wlazły during the match against Lotos Trefl Gdańsk on September 30, 2011.
PGE Skra after winning silver medal of Polish Championship in season 2011/2012.
Daniel Pliński and Paweł Woicki during the match against Lotos Trefl Gdańsk in PlusLiga on March 17, 2013.
Opposite hitter - Aleksandar Atanasijević during the match against Lotos Trefl Gdańsk in PlusLiga on March 17, 2013.
First six during match of PlusLiga with Asseco Resovia Rzeszów at Atlas Arena, Łódź on November 30, 2014.
Head coach Miguel Angel Falasca and middle blocker Andrzej Wrona during a break on November 30, 2014.

Team history[edit]

Robotniczy Klub Sportowy (Workers Sports Club) Skra was founded in 1930 in Bełchatów. First, it was a football club. In 1957, a volleyball section was created. In 1977 the football section was separated from the club and incorporated into KWB Bełchatów. In 1991 Bełchatów Power Station became the sponsor of the club, and the club changed its name to Energetyczny Klub Sportowy (Energetic Sports Club) Skra. In 1994, the club advanced to Polish league II, and in 1997 to league I "B" series. In 1999, it was promoted to series "A", but after a year it fell back down to series "B" again.

In 2001, the club led by Wiesław Czaja was promoted to PlusLiga. In their first season there - 2001/2002 the team achieved the bronze medal in the Polish Men's Volleyball Championship, defeating Jastrzębski Węgiel after three matches. In 2002/2003 Skra took 6th place in league and lost in second round of the CEV Cup in match against Russian club Lokomotiv Yekaterinburg. The team had a new head coach - Ireneusz Mazur. In 2003/2004 club was close to achieve next medal. Skra lost with AZS Częstochowa after five matches. The team was also defeated in the final match of the Polish Cup by KP Polska Energia Sosnowiec. In 2004/2005 players of Skra began their masterful passe. They won first title of Polish Champion after three matches with AZS Olsztyn and achieved their first Polish Cup also after final match with club from Olsztyn (3-1). The team repeated this success in next season, when they won second title of Polish Champion in four final matches with Jastrzębski Węgiel, and Polish Cup for the second year in a row (winning final match with AZS Częstochowa (3-0)). They lost two matches against Greek Iraklis Thessaloniki V.C. in play-off 6 of CEV Champions League 2005/2006.

In 2006, the new coach was Daniel Castellani, who was the first coach of the club outside Polish. He spent in Bełchatów three seasons. During his work PGE Skra won next three title of Polish Champion (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009) and two Polish Cups (2007, 2009). In 2008 PGE Skra as host played in Final Four of CEV Champions League 2007/2008 held at Hala MOSiR in Łódź. On March 29, 2008 the team lost semi final with Russian club Dynamo-Tattransgaz Kazan (2-3). Next day, PGE Skra players won bronze medal in match with Italian Sisley Treviso (3-2).

In 2009 new coach was hired. It was Jacek Nawrocki. The first success under the guidance of new coach was silver medal of the FIVB Club World Championship 2009. At this tournament after promoting from Pool B, PGE Skra won semi final with VC Zenit-Kazan (3-1), but on November 8, 2009 Polish club lost final against Trentino Volley (0-3). 2 of 7 individuall awards received PGE Skra players - Bartosz Kurek as the Best Scorer, Marcin Możdżonek as the Best Blocker. In 2010 Polish team was the host of Final Four CEV Champions League 2009/2010 again. They lost semi final with VC Dynamo Moscow and won bronze medal in match against ACH Volley Bled. Mariusz Wlazły was the Best Scorer of Final Four tournament. In 2009/2010 club won 6th title of Polish Champion. On December 21, 2010 PGE Skra achieved silver medal of the FIVB Club World Championship 2010. They lost with Trentino Volley (1-3). In 2010/2011 Polish club won 7th title of the Polish Champion and fifth Polish Cup. First trphy in 2012 was sixth Polish Cup in history of the club. On March 18, 2012 PGE Skra achieve silver medal of the CEV Champions League. They won the match against Arkas Izmir in semi final, but losing final against Russian club - VC Zenit-Kazan in the Final Four held at Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland.[1] The final match ended controversially, because the referee didn't see the block of Russian player and ended the match despite the fact that audience and all players saw the error on screen.[2] PGE Skra players received 3 of 8 individual awards. Best Receiver was Michał Winiarski, the award for Best Spiker received Bartosz Kurek and title of Most Valuable Player gained team captain - Mariusz Wlazły.[3] In season 2011/2012 club lost in final of PlusLiga with Asseco Resovia Rzeszów and achieved silver medal. On October 18, 2013 PGE Skra lost semi final of the FIVB Club World Championship with Sada Cruzeiro (2-3). Next day, Polish team won bronze in match with VC Zenit Kazan (3-2). Opposite Aleksandar Atanasijević was awarded the Best Scorer. In season 2012/2013 club took 5th place in PlusLiga and was eliminated from CEV Champions League by Arkas Izmir.

In 2013 to club from Bełchatów came back a former setter of this club - Miguel Angel Falasca, who after ending his sports career debuted as the head coach. In 2013/2014 PGE Skra competed in CEV Cup, continuing as far as the semi final, which they lost to Gubierniya Nizhny Novgorod. On October 24, 2013 one of the players - Stephane Antiga signed contract with Polish Association of Volleyball and became the new head coach of Poland men's national volleyball team. For the first time in the history of Polish national team, current coach was an active player. In season 2013/2014 PGE Skra won a title of Polish Champion 2014, which is 8th title of Polish Champion in history.[4] On October 8, 2014 PGE Skra as the Polish Champion 2014 played with ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle (winner of Polish Cup2014) for the ENEA Polish SuperCup2014.[5] PGE Skra won 3-1 at Arena Poznań in Poznań. Facundo Conte was awarded a title of the Most Valuable Player.[6] In season 2014/2015 PGE Skra has been playing in 2014–15 CEV Champions League. They won all matches in Pool F with Precura Antwerpen, Hypo Tirol Innsbruck, Jihostroj České Budějovice, with a perfect record, winning 18 and losing only 2 sets along the way.[7] In playoff 12 beat Italian club Cucine Lube Treia twice - 3–0 in Macerata[8] and 3–1 at Atlas Arena, Łódź.[9] They went to playoff 6, where their opponents were Italian Sir Safety Perugia. PGE Skra lost their first match with Italian team (2-3) and gained 1 point. In revenge match, on March 11, 2015 at Atlas Arena, Łódź PGE Skra Bełchatów beat Sir Safety Perugia 3-1, gained 3 points and went to the Final Four, which will be held in Berlin.[10] They will play with another Polish team - Asseco Resovia Rzeszów and for the firsat time in history two Polish teams will be playing at semifinal of CEV Champions League Final Four.[11] Club played in Final Four of 2014–15 CEV Champions League, but lost with Asseco Resovia Rzeszów in semifinal and next day in bronze medal match with Berlin Recycling Volleys and did not achieve any medal.

Former names[edit]

1957–1991 KS Skra Bełchatów
1991–2004 EKS Skra Bełchatów
2004–2005 KPS Skra Bełchatów SSA
2005–2007 BOT Skra Bełchatów SSA
2007–? PGE Skra Bełchatów SSA

Coaches[edit]

1997–1999 Poland Paweł Blomberg
1999–1999 Poland Waldemar Kuczewski
1999–2000 Poland Zbigniew Zarzycki
2000–2003 Poland Wiesław Czaja
2003–2006 Poland Ireneusz Mazur
2006–2009 Argentina Daniel Castellani
2009–2013 Poland Jacek Nawrocki
2013–? Spain Miguel Angel Falasca

Team 2014/2015[edit]

Coach: Spain Miguel Angel Falasca
Second coach: Italy Fabio Storti
Coach of physical preparation: Daniel Lecouna
Doctor: Wojciech Łucarz
Physiotherapist: Michał Woźniak
Tomasz Kuciapiński
Scoutman: Francesco Oleni
Manager: Sebastian Gaszek
Shirt No Player Birth Date Height [cm] Position
1 Serbia Srećko Lisinac (1992-05-17) May 17, 1992 (age 22) 205 middle-blocker
2 Poland Mariusz Wlazły (C) (1983-08-04) August 4, 1983 (age 31) 194 opposite hitter
6 Poland Karol Kłos (1989-08-08) August 8, 1989 (age 25) 201 middle-blocker
7 Argentina Facundo Conte (1989-08-25) August 25, 1989 (age 25) 198 outside hitter
8 Poland Andrzej Wrona (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 26) 205 middle-blocker
9 Poland Maciej Muzaj (1994-05-21) May 21, 1994 (age 20) 207 opposite hitter
10 Argentina Nicolás Uriarte (1990-03-21) March 21, 1990 (age 25) 192 setter
11 Poland Piotr Badura (1995-02-20) February 20, 1995 (age 20) 206 middle-blocker
12 Poland Wojciech Włodarczyk (1990-10-28) October 28, 1990 (age 24) 200 outside hitter
13 Poland Michał Winiarski (1983-09-28) September 28, 1983 (age 31) 200 outside hitter
15 Serbia Aleksa Brđović (1993-07-29) July 29, 1993 (age 21) 203 setter
16 Poland Kacper Piechocki (1995-12-17) December 17, 1995 (age 19) 184 libero
17 Germany Ferdinand Tille (1988-12-08) December 8, 1988 (age 26) 185 libero
18 FrancePoland Nicolas Marechal (1987-03-04) March 4, 1987 (age 28) 198 outside hitter

Notable players[edit]

2002–2003 Poland Łukasz Żygadło
2003–? Poland Mariusz Wlazły
2003–2004 Poland Michał Ruciak
2003–2004
2007–2013
Poland Michał Bąkiewicz
2003–2007 Poland Krzysztof Ignaczak
2004–2005
2006–2008
Poland Piotr Gruszka
2005–2006
2009–2013
2014–?
Poland Michał Winiarski
2006–2007 Bulgaria Evgeni Ivanov
2006–2008 Canada Daniel Lewis
2006–2009 Finland Janne Heikkinen
2007–2011
2013–2014
France Stephane Antiga
2007–2014 Poland Daniel Pliński
2008–2009 Poland Jakub Jarosz
2008–2012 Poland Marcin Możdżonek
2008–2012 Poland Bartosz Kurek
2008–2012 Spain Miguel Angel Falasca
2010–2014 Poland Paweł Zatorski
2010–? Poland Karol Kłos
2011–2013 Serbia Aleksandar Atanasijević
2012–2013 Italy Dante Boninfante
2013–2014 France Samuel Tuia
2013–? Poland Andrzej Wrona
2013–? Argentina Nicolás Uriarte
2013–? Argentina Facundo Conte
2014–? Germany Ferdinand Tille
2014–? Serbia Srećko Lisinac
2014–? FrancePoland Nicolas Marechal

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