GKS Bełchatów

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GKS Bełchatów
GKS Bełchatów.png
Full name PGE Górniczy Klub Sportowy Bełchatów
Nickname(s) Gieksa
Brunatni (the Browns)
Torfiarze (the Turfers)
Founded 1977
Ground GIEKSA Arena,
Bełchatów, Poland
Ground Capacity 5,238
Chairman Poland Marcin Szymczyk
Manager Poland Rafal Ulatowski
League I Liga
2014–15 Ekstraklasa 16th, (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

PGE GKS Bełchatów [ˌpɛɡʲɛˈʔɛ ˌɡʲɛkaˈɛs bɛwˈxatuf] is a professional football club that competes in the Polish First League. GKS is an abbreviation for the Miners' Sport Club (Górniczy Klub Sportowy).


GKS Bełchatów entered Poland's Division 4 in 1977 and gained promotion to Division 3 after four years (in the 1981/1982 season). It took the club another seven years to rise to Division 2 (1986/1987 season), before winning a place in the Polish Premier League in 1992. After another spell in Division 2, the club again won promotion to the First league at the end of the 2004/2005 season. The club finished the 2005/2006 season in 10th place, with 37 points. The following season they challenged for the league title. After spending much of the latter part of the 2006/07 season in first place, they were ultimately overtaken by Zagłębie Lubin and had to settle for second place.



The fans are called Torfiorze (the "Turfers" in translation). They have friendly relations with fans of Wisła Sandomierz. Their biggest rivals are neighbours RKS Radomsko, and as Bełchatów is located in the Łódź Province, they also have rivalries with the two traditional well-established Łódź teams, ŁKS and Widzew.

Bełchatów in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
2007/08 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) FC Ameri Tbilisi 2–0, 0–2 (4–2 p.)
2Q Ukraine FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1–1, 2–4

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2015[1]

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 Paweł Lenarcik
3 Poland DF Marcin Wdowiak
4 Poland MF Damian Szymański
5 Czech Republic DF Václav Cverna
6 Poland MF Szymon Zgarda
7 Poland FW Bartłomiej Bartosiak
8 Czech Republic DF Lukáš Kubáň
9 Poland MF Paweł Zięba
10 Poland FW Dawid Flaszka
11 Poland MF Łukasz Wroński
12 Poland GK Kamil Bruchajzer
15 Poland FW Hieronim Gierszewski (on loan from Lechia Gdansk)
No. Position Player
16 Armenia MF Aghvan Papikyan
17 Poland DF Krystian Stolarczy
18 Poland MF Łukasz Klemenz
20 Poland MF Patryk Rachwał
21 Poland MF Jakub Serafin
22 Poland GK Maciej Krakowiak
23 Poland FW Cezary Demianiuk (on loan from Piast Gliwice)
25 Poland DF Piotr Witasik
42 Poland DF Seweryn Michalski
46 Poland DF Mateusz Szymorek
66 Poland FW Szymon Stanisławski
94 Poland DF Marcin Flis


Notable players[edit]

Players who have been capped and/or have over 80 appearances for the club

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lista zawodników" (in Polish). GKS Bełchatów. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 

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