ŁKS Łódź

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ŁKS Łódź
LKS Lodz.png
Full name Łódzki Klub Sportowy Spółka Sportowa
Nickname(s) Rycerze wiosny (Knights of Spring)
Founded 1908
2008 (first reformation)
2013 (second reformation)
Ground Stadion ŁKS,
Łódź, Poland
Ground Capacity 2200
Chairman Łukasz Bielawski
Manager Robert Szwarc
League III liga (4th level)

ŁKS Łódź (Łódzki Klub Sportowy; Polish pronunciation: [ˌɛwkaˈɛs ˈwut͡ɕ]) is a Polish sports club that is owned by Łódź city council. They are best known for their football club, but are represented in many sports such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, athletics and in the past ice hockey. The club is based at Al. Unii Lubelskiej 2 in the West of Łódź. The club was founded in 1908. The football section had since been sold to private investors as the city could no longer afford to support it.[1] After years of financial hardships, the club declared bankruptcy in May 2013.[2] It will start from Fifth Category the next season, when it will be re-founded by a partnership between fans and local investors. It is still based at the Stadion LKS.

Their nickname "Rycerze Wiosny" ("Knights of Spring") has been given to them due to their usually strong performance in the second round of the league, after Winter break.

Facilities[edit]

1936 ŁKS side.
Club crest 2008–2013

In 2009 the new Atlas Arena[3][4] was completed adjacent to the football stadium. It is an indoor arena and has already hosted international events in basketball, volleyball and boxing.

The City council still intend to construct a brand new stadium on the site of the current football stadium. It was intended to be complete in time for UEFA Euro 2012, but now is expected to be finished in late 2013-early 2014. Although Łódź is not a Euro 2012 host city, it had been believed that a failure by Ukraine to be ready on time[5] would lead to Poland hosting the entire tournament on its own and therefore requiring more host cities. There were four Polish host cities (Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań and Wrocław) involved in hosting the tournament. It was envisioned the new stadium will hold approximately 34,000 seats, as required by UEFA.[6] Due to their rivalry, Widzew Łódź have ruled out using this new stadium and instead intend to rebuild their own stadium. Support for the project was undermined by the successful re-call of the Łódź city president in early 2010. The city has also announced a public auction for their stake in the club as they can no longer afford to cover the clubs loses. Due to financial constraints and lack of demand from LKS fans, the stadium size was scaled down to 16,500 in 2012.[7][8]

As part of renovations, a new 3,000 seat arena was supposed to be built to compliment the existing Atlas Arena. All work was expected to cost 218 million PLN.

All plans to provide the club with new facilities, however, have been abandoned as of 2013, due to financial constraints and the bankruptcy of the club in May 2013.[9]

Rivalries[edit]

The club has a fierce rivalry with cross-town club Widzew Łódź, with the derby match between the two clubs being intense both on and off the field. See Łódź derby

Achievements[edit]

  • Ekstraklasa (First division):
    • 1st Place (2): 1958, 1998
    • 2nd Place (1): 1954
    • 3rd Place (3): 1922, 1957, 1993
  • Polish Cup:
    • Winner (1): 1957
    • Finalist (1): 1994
  • Polish SuperCup:
    • Finalist (2): 1994, 1998
  • Youth Teams:
    • Polish U-19 Champion: 1962, 1983, 1999
    • Polish U-19 Runner-up: 1953, 1955, 1973, 2002
    • Polish U-19 Bronze Medal: 1971, 1981
    • Polish U-17 Champion: 1994, 1999

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 April 2016

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 Adam Sekuterski
2 Poland MF Michał Stryjewski
3 Poland MF Damian Nowacki
4 Poland MF Marcin Kacela
5 Poland DF Mariusz Cichowlas
6 Poland DF Damian Pawlak
7 Poland MF Artur Golański
8 Poland DF Kamil Rozmus
9 Poland FW Rafał Barzyc
10 Poland FW Adam Patora
11 Brazil MF Maurício Martins Rodrigues
12 Poland GK Mikołaj Gorzelański
13 Poland MF Fabian Woźniak
14 Poland MF Patryk Bryła
No. Position Player
15 Poland MF Przemysław Kocot
16 Poland MF Dawid Sarafiński
17 Poland DF Bartosz Placek
18 Poland DF Aleksander Ślęczka
19 Poland MF Mateusz Krysiński
20 Poland DF Aleksander Ślęzak
21 Poland DF Paweł Pyciak
22 Poland MF Tomasz Ostalczyk
23 Poland DF Radosław Jacek
24 Poland FW Adrian Świątek
25 Poland GK Michał Kołba
26 Poland MF Damian Henc
28 Poland DF Marcin Zimoń

ŁKS in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
1959–60 European Cup Q Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 0–5, 2–1
1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Portugal Porto 0–2, 0–1
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup GR Russia KAMAZ 0–3
Bulgaria Spartak Varna 1–1
Germany 1860 Munich 0–5
Czech Republic Kaučuk Opava 0–3
1998–99 UEFA Champions League 1Q Azerbaijan Kapaz 4–1, 3–1
2Q England Manchester United 0–2, 0–0
UEFA Cup 1R France Monaco 1–3, 0–0

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

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