Dolcan Ząbki

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Dolcan Ząbki
Full name Miejski Klub Sportowy Dolcan Ząbki
Founded 1927
Ground Nisha Arena[1],
Słowackiego 21, Ząbki, Poland
Ground Capacity 2,100[2]
Chairman Poland Tomasz Kochański[3]
Manager Poland Michał Pulkowski[4]
League IV liga (Poland)
Website Club website

Dolcan Ząbki (Polish pronunciation: [ˈdɔlkan ˈzɔmpkʲi]) is a Polish professional football club, based in Ząbki, Masovian Voivodeship. The club's colors are red, white, and blue[5].

The football team currently competes in the Polish IV Liga, after declaring bankruptcy during the 2015/16 season.

Achievements[edit]

  • 9 seasons at the second tier of Polish association football - including a 3rd place in 2013/14 and a 6th place in 2014/15,
  • Reaching the 8th-finals of the Polish Cup - 2009,
  • Regional level champions of the Polish Cup - 1994.

History[edit]

The exact date on which the club was established is unknown[5]. However, documents confirm that the club did exist in 1927[5]. Its initial name was Ząbkovia. In the beginning, the club had only a football section, while athletics and table tennis ones were launched in the 1930s[5]. The club functioned until 1939 and was reactivated in 1945, following World War II. Afterwards, the club's name was changed multiple times: to Związkowiec, Budowlani, Beton-Stal, then back to Ząbkovia before finally adopting the current one in March 1994[5].

League history[edit]

Following World War II, the club took part in mostly lower-level league competitions[5].

In 1995, the club took part in the III liga competition, the third division at the time. The following year, having won the Warsaw group of the third-tier league, Dolcan was promoted to the second division for the first time. However, the team only managed to finish 17th out of 18 teams in the 1996/97 eastern group of the II liga and was relegated back to the third tier after one season.

Back at the third tier, the club was consistently achieving good results. The club finished third in 1997/98, second in 1998/99, before claiming the first place in 1999/00 and being promoted to the II liga for the second time.

By that time, the number of teams in the second division was reduced to 20. Dolcan did not perform well against the second-tier teams and finished last being relegated to the third division after one season once again. The following year, Dolcan dropped to the fourth tier.

After two successive relegations, the club spent three seasons at the fourth tier. While Dolcan was promoted in 2005, the following season ended in defeat - last place and another relegation to IV liga.

This time, however, the club's fourth-tier tenure was short-lived. After managing to achieve two successive promotions, Dolcan joining the second tier of Polish association football, renamed in the meantime to I liga, for the third time.

In 2008/09, the club was ranked 8th at the second tier. The three following seasons were not as successful, though Dolcan managed to avoid relegation by finishing 14th, 13th and 14th. However, in 2012/13, Dolcan was 7th, far off the relegation zone. In 2013/14, although Dolcan scored just one point more than the previous season, it was enough to finish in third place, the club's best result so far. Next season, the seventh consecutive at the second tier, Dolcan was 6th.

Dolcan started the following season, 2015/16 in the second division. However, during the winter break problems of a financial nature started to surface.[6]. Following the bankruptcy of SK Bank which held the majority of financial assets belonging to the club's main sponsor, resulting in the accumulation of debt towards the players, coaching staff, and tax institutions[7], the club was withdrawn from the second division[8]. The club was ranked 6th at the time, having played 19 out of the 34 scheduled matches[9].

Following the withdrawal, Dolcan joined one of the Warsaw groups of the IV liga[10], the fifth tier of association football. In 2016/17, the club finished 12th, avoiding further relegation by just one point.

In the Polish Cup[edit]

The club's most notable result in the Polish Cup was achieved during the 2009/10 season. In the fall of 2009, Dolcan joined the competition by eliminating a lower-tier team, Ruch Zdzieszowice, in the first round 3–0. In the 16th-finals, the club managed to eliminate Śląsk Wrocław, a top-tier team, winning in a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 1–1 draw. However, in the following round, Dolcan lost against Korona Kielce in extra time[11].

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 May 2018[4]
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 Jacek Kozaczyński
2 Poland MF Przemysław Więczek
3 Poland DF Maciej Ofmański
4 Poland DF Grzegorz Krystosiak
5 Ukraine MF Andrii Rohozin
6 Poland MF Paweł Nowacki
7 Poland MF Mateusz Jaroszewski
8 Poland DF Adrian Żukiewicz
12 Poland GK Damian Krzyżewski
13 Poland DF Krystian Świderski
No. Position Player
14 Poland MF Krystian Lewandowski
16 Poland FW Patryk Szeliga
17 Poland DF Bartosz Wybraniec
18 Poland DF Dariusz Dadacz
19 Poland FW Paweł Barzyc
20 Poland FW Łukasz Zaniewski
21 Poland MF Piotr Augustyniak
24 Poland DF Przemysław Szulakowski
27 Poland MF Patryk Kozierkiewicz

Notable players[edit]

The following Dolcan players had international caps for Poland[12]. Only Rafał Leszczyński represented Poland while playing for Dolcan[13]. The years they played in Ząbki are given in parentheses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nowa nazwa stadionu miejskiego w Ząbkach". Urząd Miasta Ząbki (in Polish). 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Stadion". Dolcan Ząbki - oficjalny serwis klubu (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  3. ^ "O klubie". Dolcan Ząbki - oficjalny serwis klubu (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  4. ^ a b "I zespół". Dolcan Ząbki - oficjalny serwis klubu (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Historia". Dolcan Ząbki - oficjalny serwis klubu (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  6. ^ Maciej Wąsowski (2015-12-03). "Dolcanowi grozi bankructwo? Sponsor z poważnymi problemami". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  7. ^ Maciej Wąsowski (2016-03-01). ""To dla mnie dramat. Biorę leki uspokajające". Jak w Ząbkach upadła piłka". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  8. ^ Dariusz Dudkiewicz (2016-02-26). "Oświadczenie Zarządu "Dolcan Sport" S.A Ząbki". Dolcan Ząbki - oficjalny serwis klubu (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  9. ^ Paweł Mogielnicki (2016-02-26). "Dolcan wycofał się z rozgrywek I ligi". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  10. ^ Dariusz Dudkiewicz (2016-05-11). "Startujemy od IV ligi". Dolcan Ząbki - oficjalny serwis klubu (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  11. ^ Maciej Kusina. "Remes Puchar Polski 2009/10". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  12. ^ "Osiągnięcia". Dolcan Ząbki - oficjalny serwis klubu (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  13. ^ Artur Nieścieruk (2014-01-18). "Debiut Rafała Leszczyńskiego w reprezentacji". gol24.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  14. ^ "Jan Karaś". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  15. ^ "Kazimierz Buda". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  16. ^ "Artur Boruc". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  17. ^ "Tomasz Cebula". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  18. ^ "Artur Jędrzejczyk". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  19. ^ "Rafał Leszczyński". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  20. ^ "Tomasz Ciesielski". 90minut.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-05-31. 

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