GKS Bełchatów

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GKS Bełchatów
GKS Bełchatów.png
Full namePGE Górniczy Klub Sportowy Bełchatów
Nickname(s)Gieksa
Brunatni (the Browns)
Torfiarze (the Turfers)
Founded1977
GroundGIEKSA Arena,
Bełchatów, Poland
Capacity5,264
ChairmanPoland Wiktor Rydz
ManagerPoland Artur Derbin
LeagueII Liga
2017-188th
WebsiteClub website
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 26 June 2017[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
2 Poland DF Mateusz Szymorek
3 Poland DF Marcin Grolik
4 Poland MF Mikołaj Bociek
6 Poland MF Szymon Zgarda
7 Poland MF Bartłomiej Bartosiak
10 Poland FW Dawid Flaszka
11 Poland MF Albin Maciejewski
12 Poland GK Kamil Bruchajzer
13 Poland GK Daniel Niźnik
14 Poland DF Adrian Klepczyński
16 Armenia MF Aghvan Papikyan
No. Position Player
17 Poland DF Damian Michalski
20 Poland MF Patryk Rachwał
21 Poland MF Marcin Ryszka
22 Poland DF Robert Pisarczuk
23 Poland MF Bartłomiej Kondracki
25 Poland DF Piotr Witasik
- Poland MF Robert Chwastek
- Poland MF Michał Ciarkowski
- Poland MF Marcin Garuch
- Senegal MF Émile Thiakane

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. ^ "I zespół" (in Polish). GKS Bełchatów. Retrieved 26 June 2017.

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