GKS Bełchatów

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GKS Bełchatów
GKS Bełchatów.png
Full name PGE Górniczy Klub Sportowy Bełchatów
Nickname(s) Gieksa
Brunatni (the Browns)
Torfiorze (the Turfers)
Founded 1977
Ground GIEKSA Arena,
Bełchatów, Poland
Ground Capacity 5,238
Chairman Poland Marcin Szymczyk
Manager Poland Kamil Kiereś
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).

History[edit]

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.

Achievements[edit]

Fans[edit]

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 11 July 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
4 Poland MF Damian Szymański
9 Poland MF Lukas Klemenz
11 Poland MF Łukasz Wroński
16 Poland MF Mateusz Mak
17 Poland MF Jakub Serafin
20 Poland MF Patryk Rachwał
96 Poland DF Krystian Stolarczyk
96 Poland FW Dawid Flaszka
Czech Republic DF Václav Cverna
No. Position Player
25 Poland DF Piotr Witasik
30 Poland FW Szymon Zgarda
33 Poland GK Maciej Krakowiak
42 Poland DF Seweryn Michalski
45 Poland FW Bartłomiej Bartosiak
46 Poland DF Mateusz Szymorek
54 Poland GK Wiktor Baranowski
84 Poland GK Paweł Lenarcik
94 Poland DF Marcin Flis

Managers[edit]

Notable players[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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