Logo of the Ekstraklasa for the 2008-09 season.
12th Polish title
ŁKS (license revoked)
|UEFA Champions League||Wisła Kraków|
|UEFA Europa League||Lech Poznań (via Polish Cup)
|Top goalscorer||Paweł Brożek (19)
Takesure Chinyama (19)
|Biggest home win||7 matches with 4–0|
|Biggest away win||ŁKS 0–4 Wisła
Pol. Bytom 0–4 Pol. Warsaw
|Highest scoring||ŁKS 4–3 Cracovia|
The 2008–09 Ekstraklasa was the seventy-fifth season of top-tier football in Poland. It began on 8 August 2008 and ended on 30 May 2009. The season was originally scheduled to start on 25 July 2008. However, the first two rounds of games were postponed because of legal uncertainties about the number of teams in the competition following an association-wide corruption scandal.
Wisła Kraków won the league for the second time in a row and for the 12th time in their history after defeating Śląsk Wrocław 2–0 in the final match of the season. Legia Warsaw finished as runners-up and qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League 2009-10. Lech Poznań finished third and qualified for the third qualifying round of the Europa League after winning the Polish Cup. Polonia Warsaw also managed to earn a spot in Europe by finishing fourth, thereby qualifying for the first qualifying round of the Europa League. Paweł Brożek of Wisła Kraków and Takesure Chinyama of Legia Warsaw finished as joint topscorers with 19 goals in the season.
On the bottom end of the table, relegation was once again subject to several non-competitive events. On competitive criteria, Górnik Zabrze and Cracovia would have been relegated to the I Liga, while Arka Gdynia would have had to compete in the relegation play-offs. However, ŁKS Łódź were denied a license for the 2009–10 season and thus were automatically relegated. The club appealed the decision without any success. Since ŁKS city rivals Widzew were also denied of promoting from the First League and appealed against this decision, thus creating uncertainties about the First League play-off participant, the Polish FA decided in June to postpone the relegation play-offs to an unknown date before eventually cancelling the matches completely. (see below).
Team changes from last season
Due to the corruption scandal several teams from last season have been punished with relegation. Those teams include Zagłębie Lubin, Korona Kielce and Zagłębie Sosnowiec. Lubin and Kielce were relegated to the First League while Sosnowiec were demoted an additional level to the Second League because they also finished the season in 16th and last place, a regular demotion spot. Widzew Łódź, who ended the season in 15th place, originally were going to be penalized as well. However, the club successfully appealed the decision in front of the Polish Olympic Committee, so they were assigned to the First League as a regularly demoted club.
Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski has been sold to an owner of First League club Polonia Warsaw. The two clubs merged, with Grodzisk's players and Ekstraklasa license transferred to Polonia. The merger concluded a series of negotiations between Grodzisk and other clubs. The initially planned merger with Śląsk Wrocław was eventually denied by the latter after several months of discussions. Grodzisk chairman Zbigniew Drzymała then started conversations with Pogoń Szczecin, which were quickly stopped without an agreement as well, before eventually coming to an agreement with Polonia.
Stadia and locations
|Arka Gdynia||GOSiR Stadium||12.000|
|GKS Bełchatów||GKS Stadium||5.238|
|Górnik Zabrze||Ernest Pohl Stadium||17.722|
|Jagiellonia Białystok||Municipal Stadium||10.000*|
|Lech Poznań||Municipal Stadium||18.200*|
|Lechia Gdańsk||Lechia Stadium||12.244|
|Legia Warsaw||Polish Army Stadium||13.628*|
|Łódzki KS||ŁKS Stadium||12.160|
|Odra Wodzisław Śląski||MOSiR Stadium||6.620|
|Piast Gliwice||Piast Stadium||6.000|
|Polonia Bytom||Edward Szymkowiak Stadium||7.000|
|Polonia Warsaw||Polonia Stadium||7.000|
|Ruch Chorzów||Ruch Stadium||10.000|
|Śląsk Wrocław||Oporowska Stadium||8.346|
|Wisła Kraków||Henryk Reyman Stadium||15.595*|
*Stadiums are under redevelopment
Personnel and sponsoring
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Wisła Kraków (C)||30||19||7||4||53||21||+32||64||2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||Legia Warsaw||30||18||7||5||52||17||+35||61||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round|
|3||Lech Poznań||30||16||11||3||51||24||+27||59||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1|
|4||Polonia Warsaw||30||15||9||6||40||23||+17||54||2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round||GKS 1–2 PWA
PWA 1–0 GKS
|8||Jagiellonia Białystok||30||9||7||14||28||34||−6||34||JAG 1–0 RUC
RUC 0–0 JAG
|11||Lechia Gdańsk||30||9||5||16||30||44||−14||32||ODR 1–0 LGD
LGD 3–1 ODR
|13||Arka Gdynia||30||7||9||14||27||39||−12||30||ARK 2–1 CRA
CRA 0–0 ARK
|15||Górnik Zabrze (R)||30||7||8||15||20||33||−13||29||Relegation to First League 2009-10|
|16||ŁKS Łódź (R)||30||10||5||15||27||43||−16||352|
Source: 90minut.pl (Polish)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th head-to-head away goals scored; 6th goal difference; 7th goals scored
1Lech Poznań are the winners of the Polish Cup 2008-09 competition and therefore have qualified for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
2ŁKS Łódź did not receive a license for the 2009–10 season due to financial problems.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.
|Home ╲ Away||ARK||CRA||BEŁ||GÓR||JAG||LPO||LGD||LEG||ŁKS||ODR||PIA||PBY||PWA||RUC||ŚLĄ||WIS|
- First goal of the season: Hernán Rengifo (Lech Poznań) Match: 2-3 GKS Bełchatów, 47th minute (8 August 2008)
- Last goal of the season: Grzegorz Niciński (Arka Gdynia) Match: 2-1 Odra Wodzisław, 79th minute (30 May 2009)
- Fastest goal in a match: Arkadiusz Aleksander (Odra Wodzisław) Match: 2-0 Legia Warsaw, 1st minute (17 August 2008)
- First hat-trick of the season: Filip Ivanovski (Polonia Warsaw) Match: 3-0 Śląsk Wrocław, 21', 24', 67'.(29 August 2008);
- Fastest hat-trick of the season: Rafał Boguski (Wisła Kraków) Match: 3-1 Odra Wodzisław, 52', 62', 77', 25 minutes. (5 December 2008)
- Most goals scored by a player in one game: Daniel Mąka (Polonia Warsaw) Match: 4-0 Polonia Bytom, 64', 87', 89', 3 goals.(13 September 2008);
- Widest winning margin: 8 teams tied Match: 4-0, 4 goals.
- Most goals in a match: ŁKS Łódź Match: 4-3 Cracovia, 7 goals.(6 March 2009)
- Most wins: Wisła Kraków (19 wins)
- Fewest wins: Cracovia, Arka Gdynia, Górnik Zabrze (7 wins)
- Most draws: Śląsk Wrocław (12 draws)
- Fewest draws: GKS Bełchatów (3 draws)
- Fewest losses: Lech Poznań (3 losses)
- Most losses: Lechia Gdańsk (16 losses)
- Most goals scored:Wisła Kraków (53 goals)
- Fewest goals scored: Piast Gliwice (17 goals)
- Most goals conceded: Polonia Bytom (46 goals)
- Fewest goals conceded: Legia Warsaw (17 goals)
Source: onet.pl (Polish)
- 19 goals
- 14 goals
- 12 goals
- 10 goals
- 9 goals
- Rafał Boguski (Wisła Kraków)
- Hernan Rengifo (Lech Poznań)
- Semir Štilić (Lech Poznań)
- Tomasz Szewczuk (Śląsk Wrocław)
The relegation play-offs were cancelled after a series of appeals over the question in which division both ŁKS Łódź and First League 2008–09 champions Widzew Łódź will play in the 2009-10 season. Originally, Arka Gdynia as 14th-placed team (sports court decisions excluded) of the Ekstraklasa and Korona Kielce as 3rd-placed team of the First League were scheduled to play in a two-legged play-off for a spot in Ekstraklasa 2009–10. However, the Polish FA were forced to postpone the series to an unknown later date due to the appeals and, after the issues could not be settled in time, eventually decided not to hold any matches.
- Official site (Polish)
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- Dwa kluby z Warszawy w piłkarskiej ekstraklasie. (Polish) Retrieved on 11 July 2008.
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