Arka Gdynia

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Arka Gdynia
Arka Gdynia logo.png
Full name Morski Związkowy Klub Sportowy Arka Gdynia
Nickname(s) Yellow-Blue, Herrings , "Władcy Północy"
Founded 1929, as Klub Sportowy Gdynia
Ground Stadion GOSiR
Gdynia, Poland
Ground Capacity 15,139[1]
Chairman Poland Wojciech Pertkiewicz
Manager Poland Grzegorz Niciński
League Ekstraklasa
2015–16 I Liga 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Morski Związkowy Klub Sportowy Arka Gdynia (Polish pronunciation: [ˈarka ˈɡdɨɲa]) is a Polish professional football club, based in Gdynia, Poland, that plays in the Polish Ekstraklasa. The club was founded as Klub Sportowy Gdynia in 1929.[2] Its activities were interrupted between 1939–1945 due to the German occupation of Poland.


The history of Arka dates back to 1929, when a group of workers of the Port of Gdynia founded Sports Club (Klub Sportowy, KS) Gdynia. In 1932, a new stadium of KS was opened at Polanka Redlowska. This location was used by the club until 2000. In 1934, Sports Club Kotwica (Anchor) was registered. Both team existed until 1939.

In 1949, Fishermen Sports Club (Rybacki Klub Sportowy) MIR was formed. Three years later, its name was changed into Klub Sportowy Kolejarz-Arka Gdynia. In 1953, the team for the first time won promotion to the third level of Polish football. In 1959, Arka’s U-19 became Polish runner-up, and in 1960, after a dramatic game vs. Hutnik Krakow, Arka won promotion to the Second Division.

In 1964, Arka merged with Doker Gdynia, to form Maritime United Sports Club (Morski Zwiazkowy Klub Sportowy, MZKS) Gdynia. In 1972, its name was changed into Arka. Two years later Arka won promotion to the Ekstraklasa. Relegated after one year, Arka returned to the top level in 1976. In 1979 Arka, managed by Czesław Boguszewicz, became the first team from Polish Baltic Sea coast to win the Polish Cup. In the final game, which took place in Lublin, Arka beat 2-1 Wisla Krakow. In its UEFA Cup Winners' Cup debut, Arka lost to Bulgarian side PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (3-2, 0-2).

In 1982, Arka was relegated from the top level, to return there in 2005. In the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Arka’s Janusz Kupcewicz was among top players of Polish national team, which won bronze medal.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Arka played either in the third or second division, with a number of promotions and relegations. In 2001, after six years in the third level, Arka again won promotion to the second division, and in 2005, the team returned to Ekstraklasa.

In 2011, the City of Gdynia completes the construction of a new stadium, located on Olimpijska Street. On February 19, 2011, in a friendly game to commemorate the opening of the stadium Arka ties 1-1 with Beroe Stara Zagora.


  • Polish Cup:
    • Winner (1): 1979
    • Semi-Finalist (3): 1982, 2012, 2014
  • Youth Teams:
    • Polish U-19 Champion: 2012
    • Polish U-19 Runner Up: 1956, 2013
    • Polish U-19 Bronze Medal: 2009
    • Polish U-17 Runner Up: 2010

League Participation[edit]

By tier:

  • Ekstraklasa: 1974–75, 1976–82, 2005–07, 2008–11, 2016–present;
  • I liga: 1961-62 (2 seasons), 1964–68, 1969–74, 1975–76, 1982–84, 1985–87, 1988–89, 1992–95, 2001–05, 2007–08, 2011–2016;
  • II liga: 1954–80 (7 seasons), 1962–64, 1968–69, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1989–92.



Arka is one of the most supported clubs in Poland, drawing in support from mostly across Pomerania. Outside the Tricity, Arka has fan-clubs in all major cities and towns in the region, such as Tczew, Wejherowo, Braniewo and Kościerzyna for example, as well as fan-clubs in places further away such as Zakopane and Lublin Voivodeship, and even two fan-clubs in Germany set up by expatriate Arka fans, in Oberhausen and Stuttgart.[3]

The fans have an alliance with fans of Cracovia Kraków and Lech Poznań, and the three are known as the "The Great Triad" (Wielka Triada). Fans of Lechia Gdańsk, Śląsk Wrocław and Wisła Kraków also share a friendship called "The Three Kings of Great Cities" (Trzej Królowie Wielkich Miast) and any match between the two alliances is a considered a big rivalry.[4]

Arka fans maintain alliances with several other fans aside from Cracovia and Lech, many of them lasting now for decades: fans of Górnik Wałbrzych (since 1983), Zagłębie Lubin (since 1983), Gwardia Koszalin (since 1989), and KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski (since 2004) are all considered good friends.[5] The friendship with Polonia Bytom fans dates back to 1974, and is one of the longest friendships in supporter history which has survived to date.[6]

The greatest rivalry is with their neighbours Lechia Gdańsk, with whom they contest the Tricity Derby. They contest the other Tricity Derby usually called the Derby of Gdynia with their other fierce rivals Bałtyk Gdynia, however due to Bałtyk's successive relegations and their declining numbers of fans this rivalry is slowly beginning to lose importance.

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 July 2016.[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Latvia GK Pāvels Šteinbors
2 Poland DF Tadeusz Socha
3 Poland DF Krzysztof Sobieraj (Captain)
4 Poland DF Dawid Sołdecki
6 Poland MF Antoni Łukasiewicz
7 Poland MF Adrian Błąd (on loan from Zagłębie Lubin)
8 Brazil MF Marcus da Silva
9 Poland FW Paweł Abbott
10 Poland MF Mateusz Szwoch (on loan from Legia Warsaw)
11 Poland FW Rafał Siemaszko
13 Poland GK Konrad Jałocha (on loan from Legia Warsaw)
14 Poland MF Michał Nalepa
15 Poland MF Damian Mosiejko
No. Position Player
17 Poland DF Adam Marciniak
18 England MF Rashid Yussuff
19 Slovakia MF Miroslav Božok
20 Poland FW Szymon Lewicki
21 Germany MF Yannick Kakoko
22 Poland FW Dariusz Zjawiński
23 Poland DF Marcin Warcholak
25 Poland MF Paweł Wojowski
29 Poland DF Michał Marcjanik
30 Poland GK Dawid Kędra
32 Poland DF Przemysław Stolc
33 Poland DF Damian Zbozień

On loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
28 Poland MF Grzegorz Tomasiewicz (at Pogoń Siedlce)

Notable former players[edit]


Arka in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
1979/80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora 3–2, 0–2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stadion" (in Polish). Arka Gdynia. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kalendarium" (in Polish). Arka Gdynia. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^,Wielka-Triada
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Pierwszy Zespół - Jesień 2016" (in Polish). Arka Gdynia. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  8. ^

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°29′35.29″N 18°31′52.37″E / 54.4931361°N 18.5312139°E / 54.4931361; 18.5312139