Arka Gdynia

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For the rugby section of the club set up by its fans, see RC Arka Gdynia.
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 I Liga
2013–14 I Liga 4th
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 I Liga. 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.

Achievements[edit]

League Participation[edit]

By tier:[3]

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

Fans[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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 13 August, 2015

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

No. Position Player
2 Poland DF Tadeusz Socha
3 Poland DF Krzysztof Sobieraj
6 Poland MF Antoni Łukasiewicz
7 Poland MF Michał Renusz
8 Brazil MF Marcus da Silva
9 Poland FW Paweł Abbott
11 Poland FW Rafał Siemaszko
13 Poland GK Konrad Jałocha (on loan grom Legia Warsaw)
14 Poland MF Michał Nalepa
15 Poland MF Damian Mosiejko
16 Poland FW Maciej Wardziński
17 Poland FW Sebastian Szerszeń
19 Slovakia MF Miroslav Božok
No. Position Player
20 Poland MF Mateusz Czapłygin
21 Poland DF Tomasz Wojcinowicz
22 Finland MF Patrik Lomski
23 Poland DF Marcin Warcholak
24 Poland GK Jakub Miszczuk
25 Poland MF Paweł Wojowski
27 Poland MF Maciej Koziara
28 Poland MF Grzegorz Tomasiewicz
29 Poland DF Michał Marcjanik
30 Poland GK Kamil Kotkowski
32 Poland DF Przemysław Stolc
33 Brazil DF Alan Fialho (on loan from Fluminense)
34 England MF Rashid Yussuf

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

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[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]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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