Górnik Łęczna

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Górnik Łęczna
Górnik Łęczna logo.png
Full name Górniczy Klub Sportowy Górnik Łęczna
Nickname(s) Zielono-Czarni
Founded 1979
Ground Arena Lublin[1]
Lublin, Poland
Ground Capacity 15,500
Chairman Artur Kapelko
Manager Franciszek Smuda
League Ekstraklasa
2015–16 14th
Website www.gornik.leczna.pl
Current season

GKS Górnik Łęczna is a sports club based in Łęczna, Poland. It is best known for its men's professional football team, which competes in Ekstraklasa, the highest division in the Polish football league system. The club also fields teams in women's football and wrestling.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1979, as a club for the local coal miners. As the years went, the local Bogdanka Coal Mine decided to invest more and more money and as a result the club quickly rose through the leagues. The club shed its relative obscurity when it gained promotion to the Ekstraklasa in 2003.

Górnik Łęczna played in the top division from 2003 until 2007, when they were relegated to the 3rd division, as a consequence of their involvement in a match fixing scandal. However they were promoted straight back up as league winners after the 2007–08 season and competed in the I Liga for six years before winning promotion to the 2014–15 Ekstraklasa.

Since January 1, 2007, the men's football department has been operating as a business entity separate from the rest of the club.

In February 2011 the team was renamed GKS Bogdanka (Polish pronunciation: [ˈboɢɖɐ͡kɑ]) for sponsorship reasons, a decision from the local Bogdanka coal mine.[2] As a result, a group of supporters opposing the name change formed an amateur team GKS Górnik 1979 Łęczna.[3] On 23 July 2013 GKS Bogdanka's board of directors announced the return to the former name.[4]

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 March 2017.[5]

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 Wojciech Małecki
2 Brazil DF Leândro
3 Poland DF Aleksander Komor
4 Brazil DF Gerson (on loan from Lechia Gdańsk)
5 Poland MF Łukasz Tymiński
6 Poland DF Paweł Sasin
7 Serbia MF Dragomir Vukobratović
8 Poland MF Grzegorz Piesio
9 Poland FW Piotr Grzelczak
10 Spain MF Javi Hernández
12 Georgia (country) FW Nika Dzalamidze
13 Peru MF Josimar Atoche
14 Romania DF Gabriel Matei
No. Position Player
15 Poland MF Grzegorz Bonin
16 Poland DF Adam Dźwigała
18 Poland FW Bartosz Śpiączka
19 Serbia FW Vojo Ubiparip
20 Poland FW Kamil Poźniak
21 Poland DF Dariusz Jarecki
22 Poland DF Łukasz Mierzejewski
23 Poland DF Maciej Szmatiuk
25 Poland MF Szymon Drewniak (on loan from Lech Poznań)
45 Poland FW Przemysław Pitry
77 Poland MF Krzysztof Danielewicz
79 Poland GK Sergiusz Prusak (Captain)
Republic of Macedonia DF Stefan Aškovski (on loan from Netherlands Fortuna Sittard)

Out 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
11 Croatia MF Slaven Juriša (at Motor Lublin)
17 Poland MF Radosław Pruchnik (at GKS Tychy)
93 Poland DF Łukasz Bogusławski (at Zagłębie Sosnowiec)
Poland MF Wojciech Kalinowski (at Legionovia Legionowo)
No. Position Player
Poland MF Marcin Świech (at Motor Lublin)
Poland FW Michał Paluch (at Motor Lublin)

GKS Górnik 1979 Łęczna[edit]

Górnik 1979 Łęczna was a club founded in 2011 by Górnik Łęczna fans who were unhappy with the name change to GKS Bogdanka. The club eventually changed its name back in 2013 but the fan owned counterpart has continued to operate in amateur football leagues. On 22 August 2014 the club withdrew from all competitions and ceased to operate, the reason cited were the lack of funds and the fact that the original Górnik Łęczna team went back to its original name scrapping the GKS Bogdanka name.[6]

Women's section[edit]

The women's section of Górnik Łęczna played for years in the second and third tier leagues of Poland. In 2006–07 the team reached the semi-finals of the Polish Cup but lost to Medyk Konin.[7] In the 2009–10 season with the expansion of the Ekstraliga Kobiet the team finally gained promotion to it by finishing second in its 2nd tier division.[8] In its Ekstraliga debut Górnik was 5th.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/news/2016/07/poland_stadium_relocation_that_might_go_terribly_bad
  2. ^ "Górnik Łęczna zmienił nazwę" (in Polish). 90minut.pl. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Olkiewicz, Jakub (26 March 2012). "Wyzwanie przyjęte – piłka w Łęcznej bez Bogdanki" (in Polish). Weszło!. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wracamy do historycznej nazwy – Górnik Łęczna" (in Polish). GKS Bogdanka. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pierwsza drużyna" (in Polish). Górnik Łęczna. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  6. ^ http://gornik-leczna.com/gornik-1979-leczna/
  7. ^ http://www.90minut.pl/liga/0/liga3120.html
  8. ^ http://www.90minut.pl/liga/0/liga4600.html
  9. ^ 2010–11 table in Soccerway.com

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