Speedway Ekstraliga

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Ekstraliga żużlowa
Speedway Ekstraliga logo2.jpg
More power...
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Tomasz Chrzanowski (blue helmet), Robert Kościecha (white helmet)
Sport speedway
Founded 2000
CEO League Commissioner:
Ryszard Głód
Motto Więcej mocy...
More power...
No. of teams 8
Country Poland
Most recent champion(s) Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski
TV partner(s) nSport
Official website Official site

The Speedway Ekstraliga (English: Polish Extraleague, Polish: Ekstraliga żużlowa) is the top division of motorcycle speedway in Poland. It has been called the "richest and most popular speedway league in the world",[1] and attracts riders from all over the world. The Ekstraliga has the highest average attendances for any sport in Poland.[1]

With the fall of communism in Poland in the 1990s and the resultant sharp increase in the value of the Złoty, the sport began to attract a wider range of star riders from other countries. The first of these was Denmark’s Hans Nielsen.[1]

In 2000, the First Division was renamed Ekstraliga, and the number of teams was reduced.[1] Since 2012 the official sponsor of Ekstraliga is the Polish energy company ENEA, which signed the financial contract for three consecutive seasons through 2014. The top division tournaments are named Enea Ekstraliga respectively.[2]

Further information: Speedway in Poland

2014 Speedway Ekstraliga[edit]

Teams[edit]

City Club Current team name Seasons in Ekstraliga
Bydgoszcz Polonia Bydgoszcz Polonia Bydgoszcz 2000-07, 2009-10, 2012-13
Częstochowa Włókniarz Częstochowa Dospel Włókniarz Częstochowa 2000-
Gdańsk Wybrzeże Gdańsk Renault Zdunek Wybrzeże Gdańsk 2000, 2002-03, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2014-
Gniezno Start Gniezno Start Gniezno 2000, 2002-03, 2005, 2009, 2013
Gorzów Wlkp. Stal Gorzów Wlkp. Stal Gorzów 2000-02, 2008-
Leszno Unia Leszno Fogo Unia Leszno 2000-
Piła Polonia Piła Speedway Polonia Piła 2000-03
Rybnik RKM Rybnik ROW Rybnik 2004, 2006
Rzeszów Stal Rzeszów PGE Marma Rzeszów 2006-2008, 2011-13
Tarnów Unia Tarnów Unia Tarnów 2004-2008, 2010-
Toruń KS Toruń Unibax Toruń 2000-
Wrocław WTS Wrocław Betard Sparta Wrocław 2000-
Zielona Góra ZKŻ Zielona Góra Stelmet Falubaz Zielona Góra 2001, 2003-05, 2007-

Ekstraliga Champions[edit]

Year Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2000 Polonia Bydgoszcz Ludwik-Polonia Piła Pergo Gorzów Wlkp.
2001 Apator-Adriana Toruń Atlas Wrocław Bractwo-Polonia Bydgoszcz
2002 Point S-Polonia Bydgoszcz Unia Leszno Atlas Wrocław
2003 Top Secret-Włókniarz Częstochowa Apator-Adriana Toruń Plusssz-Polonia Bydgoszcz
2004 Unia Tarnów Atlas Wrocław Złomrex-Włókniarz Częstochowa
2005 Unia Tarnów Budlex-Polonia Bydgoszcz Złomrex-Włókniarz Częstochowa
2006 Atlas Wrocław Złomrex-Włókniarz Budlex-Polonia Bydgoszcz
2007 Unia Leszno Unibax Toruń Atlas Wrocław
2008 Unibax Toruń Unia Leszno ZKŻ Kronopol Zielona Góra
2009 Falubaz Zielona Góra Unibax Toruń Cognor Częstochowa
2010 Unia Leszno Falubaz Zielona Góra Unibax Toruń
2011 Falubaz Zielona Góra Unia Leszno Caelum Gorzów Wlkp.
2012 Azoty Tauron Tarnów Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski Unibax Toruń
2013 Stelmet Falubaz Zielona Góra Unibax Toruń Unia Tarnów
2014 Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski Unia Leszno Unia Tarnów
Year Winners Runner-up 3rd place

Juniors U-21 League[edit]

Year Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2008 Unia Leszno Marma Polskie Folie Rzeszów Atlas Wrocław
2009 Unia Leszno Falubaz Zielona Góra Caelum Gorzów Wlkp.
2010 Caelum Gorzów Wlkp. Polonia Bydgoszcz Unia Leszno
2011 Falubaz Zielona Góra Unibax Toruń Włókniarz Częstochowa

Individual Championship of Juniors U-21 League[edit]

Year Venue Winners Runner-up 3rd place
2008 Leszno
Alfred Smoczyk Stadium
Maciej Janowski
Atlas Wrocław
Robert Kasprzak
Unia Leszno
Przemysław Pawlicki
Unia Leszno
2009 Zielona Góra
City Stadium
Maciej Janowski
Atlas Wrocław
Grzegorz Zengota
Falubaz Zielona Góra
Patryk Dudek
Falubaz Zielona Góra
2010 Gorzów
Edward Jancarz Stadium
Przemysław Pawlicki
Caelum Gorzów
Piotr Pawlicki
Unia Leszno
Bartosz Zmarzlik
Caelum Gorzów
2011 Zielona Góra
City Stadium
Patryk Dudek
Stelmet Falubaz Zielona Góra
Emil Pulczyński
Unibax Toruń
Tobiasz Musielak
Unia Leszno

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kevin Meynell & Marcin Babnis (7 July 2004), History of Polish Speedway. Main competitions. Rules. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  2. ^ Poważny inwestor wchodzi do Speedway Ekstraligi! PrzegladSportowy.pl 01-12-2011. Ringier Axel Springer.