Lech Poznań

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Lech Poznań
KKS Lech Poznań.png
Full name Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech Poznań, S.A.
Nickname(s) Kolejorz (The Railwayman)
Founded 19 March 1922; 93 years ago (1922-03-19)
as KS Lutnia Dębiec
Ground INEA Stadion,
Poznań, Poland
Ground Capacity 43,269 [1]
Chairman Poland Karol Klimczak
Coach Poland Maciej Skorża
League Ekstraklasa
2014–15 1st (7th Title)
Website Club home page
Current season

Lech Poznań (Polish pronunciation: [lɛx ˈpɔznaɲ]) is a Polish professional football club based in Poznań and currently competing in the Ekstraklasa, the nation's highest division. The club is named after Lech, the legendary founder of the Polish nation.

The club was established in 1922 as Lutnia Dębiec, later changing its name several times. From 1933 until 1994, the club was closely linked to Polish State Railways (PKP). As a result, its popular nickname is Kolejorz [kɔˈlɛjɔʂ], which means The Railwayman in local slang. The club's debut in the Polish top division took place in the year 1948. The brightest era of Lech was in the early 1980s and early 1990s. Lech has won the Polish league a total of seven times, most recently in 2015, and is the most popular football club in the Greater Poland region.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Ekstraklasa (First Division):
    • Champion (7): 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2010, 2015
    • 2nd place (2): 2013, 2014
    • 3rd place (4): 1949, 1950, 1978, 2009
  • Polish Cup:
    • Winner (5): 1982, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2009
    • Finalist (3): 1980, 2011, 2015
  • Polish SuperCup:
    • Winner (4): 1990, 1992, 2004, 2009
    • Finalist (3): 1983, 1988, 2010
Poland Teodor Anioła (1949 - 20, 1950 - 21, 1951 - 20)
Poland Mirosław Okoński (1983 - 15)
Poland Andrzej Juskowiak (1990 - 18)
Poland Jerzy Podbrożny (1992 - 20, 1993 - 25)
Poland Piotr Reiss (2007 - 15)
Poland Robert Lewandowski (2010 - 18)
Latvia Artjoms Rudņevs (2012 - 22)

Europe Europe[edit]

UEFA participation[edit]

As of 16 December 2010, Lech Poznań had played a total of 62 games in European competition during the years 1978–2010. Among the most memorable games in the club's history were the clashes against FC Barcelona in the 1988–89 season of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round. After both matches ended with 1–1 draw, Lech Poznań lost the penalty shoot-out with 4–5. Barcelona eventually went on to win the tournament.

During the 1983–84 European Cup season, Lech earned a 2–0 win at home against Spanish champions Athletic Bilbao. During the 1990–91 season, Lech eliminated the Greek champions Panathinaikos in the first round, with a 5–1 score on aggregate. In the next tie Lech was knocked out by Olympique de Marseille but won the first leg 3–2 at home.

During the 2008–09 UEFA Cup season, Lech made it to the group stage of the competition after knocking out higher seeded teams of Grasshopper Club Zürich (notching its greatest margin of victory with a 6–0 win at home) and FK Austria Wien (scoring the decisive goal in the last minute of extra-time). In the group stage, Lech finished third-placed ahead of AS Nancy and Feyenoord to secure a place in the Third Round, where it was knocked out by the Italian side Udinese Calcio.

Their home ground Stadion Miejski has been totally rebuilt and completed in September 2010 for UEFA Euro 2012, during which it is expected to host 3 games in Group C.

Kolejorz wrote another glorious chapter in club's history during its 2010–11 UEFA Europa League campaign. After being knocked out by Sparta Prague during Champions League qualification, they made it to the group stage of the Europa League. This time the Polish underdog had to face the big names: Juventus and Manchester City. In Turin a hat-trick by Artjoms Rudnevs earned them a surprising 3–3 draw. After defeating the English side at home 3–1, Lech made it to the top of the group. The game against Juventus was played in very bad, snowy conditions and ended in a 1–1 draw. This was enough to put Lech Poznań into the knockout phase of the Europa League.

List of results[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1R Germany MSV Duisburg 2–5 0–5 2–10
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Iceland ÍBV 3–0 1–0 4–0
2R Scotland Aberdeen 0–1 0–2 0–3
1983–84 European Cup 1R Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–0 0–4 2–4
1984–85 European Cup 1R England Liverpool 0–1 0–4 0–5
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–2 1–1 1–3
1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Albania Flamurtari Vlorë 1–0 3–2 4–2
2R Spain Barcelona 1–1 1–1 2–2 (4–5 pen)
1990–91 European Cup 1R Greece Panathinaikos 3–0 2–1 5–1
2R France Olympique de Marseille 3–2 1–6 4–8
1992–93 UEFA Champions League 1R Latvia Skonto 2–0 0–0 2–0
2R Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–3 0–1 0–4
1993–94 UEFA Champions League 1R Israel Beitar Jerusalem 3–0 4–2 7–2
2R Russia Spartak Moscow 1–5 1–2 2–7
1999–00 UEFA Cup Q Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs 3–1 2–3 5–4
1R Sweden IFK Göteborg 1–2 0–0 1–2
2004–05 UEFA Cup 2Q Russia Terek Grozny 0–1 0–1 0–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran 4–1 1–0 5–1
2Q Switzerland Grasshopper 6–0 0–0 6–0
1R Austria Austria Wien 4–2 1–2 5–4
GR France Nancy 2–2
Russia CSKA Moscow 1–2
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 1–1
Netherlands Feyenoord 1–0
3R Italy Udinese 2–2 1–2 3–4
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 3Q Norway Fredrikstad 1–2 6–1 7–3
4Q Belgium Club Brugge 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–4 Pen)
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Azerbaijan Inter Baku 0–1 1–0 1–1 (9–8 Pen)
3Q Czech Republic Sparta Praha 0–1 0–1 0–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 4Q Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–0 1–0 1–0
GR Italy Juventus 1–1 3–3
Austria FC Salzburg 2–0 1–0
England Manchester City 3–1 1–3
1/16 Portugal Braga 1–0 0–2 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan FC Zhetysu 2–0 1–1 3–1
2Q Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran 1–0 1–1 2–1
3Q Sweden AIK 1–0 0–3 1–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q Finland FC Honka 2–1 3–1 5–2
3Q Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Estonia JK Nõmme Kalju 3–0 0–1 3–1
3Q Iceland Stjarnan 0–0 0–1 0–1
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Sarajevo

As of 14 August 2014:

Competition App Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Champions League 6 20 8 1 11 23 34
Cup Winners' Cup 2 8 4 2 2 10 7
Europa League 10 50 20 12 18 70 60
Overall 18 78 32 15 31 103 101

Records[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Lech Poznań 2010–11
As of 27 June 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Jasmin Burić
3 Scotland DF Barry Douglas
4 Poland DF Tomasz Kędziora
5 Hungary DF Tamás Kádár
6 Poland MF Łukasz Trałka (captain)
7 Poland MF Karol Linetty
8 Poland MF Szymon Pawłowski
10 Switzerland MF Darko Jevtić
11 Hungary MF Gergő Lovrencsics
15 Poland DF Dariusz Dudka
16 Poland MF Jakub Serafin
17 Poland MF Szymon Drewniak
18 Germany FW Denis Thomalla
19 Finland MF Kasper Hämäläinen
20 Hungary MF Dávid Holman (on loan from Ferencváros)
21 The Gambia DF Kebba Ceesay
No. Position Player
22 Poland FW Marcin Robak
23 Finland DF Paulus Arajuuri
24 Poland FW Dawid Kownacki
26 Poland DF Maciej Wilusz
27 Poland GK Krzysztof Kotorowski
28 Poland MF Dariusz Formella
31 Poland MF Krystian Sanocki
33 Poland GK Maciej Gostomski
35 Poland DF Marcin Kamiński
36 Poland GK Mateusz Lis
37 Germany MF Niklas Zulciak
40 Poland DF Jan Bednarek
55 Ghana MF Abdul Aziz Tetteh
Poland FW Piotr Kurbiel
Poland MF Kamil Jóźwiak

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
Poland GK Karol Szymański (At Ostrovia Ostrów Wielkopolski)
No. Position Player
77 Norway FW Muhamed Keita (At Stabæk Fotball)

Retired numbers[edit]

9 - Poland Piotr Reiss - Forward (1994–98, 2002–08, 2012–13)
12 - number retired for fans

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Coaching staff[edit]

Stadium[edit]

The Municipal Stadium in Poznań, Poland, It is the home ground of Lech Poznań, and is one of the venues for the finals of Euro 2012. It has a league capacity of 43,269 (all seated). The stadium was originally built between 1968 and 1980. From its inauguration in August 1980 Lech Poznań has used the ground as its main venue; since 2010 it has also been used by Warta Poznań, which currently plays in I Liga.[4] The ground is situated on the street ul. Bułgarska in the southwestern part of the city (Grunwald district).

In the years 2003–2010 the stadium underwent a complete reconstruction, including the building of four new fully covered stands.[5] Currently it is the fifth largest stadium in Poland (after National Stadium, Silesia Stadium, The Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw and PGE Arena Gdańsk) and third largest in Ekstraklasa (after the latter two).[6] The grand opening after final renovation took place on 20 September 2010, with Sting's Symphonicity Tour concert.

Exterior of the Municipal stadium in Poznań 
Full Exterior of the stadium 
Full interior showing vip stand 
Interior of the Municipal stadium 

Fans[edit]

Lech Poznań is considered to have one of the strongest fan support in Poland due to the club's high average attendance in the Ekstraklasa and the atmosphere during the games.

Lech's fanbase is mainly located in the Greater Poland region, with fan clubs in numerous other towns.

For over a decade Lech supporters have a fellowship with fans from Arka Gdynia and KS Cracovia (the popular watchword: 'Miłość, Wiara, Walka – Lech Cracovia Arka' i.e. 'Love, Faith, Fight – Lech, Cracovia, Arka'). Close friendship links Lech fans also with KSZO Ostrowiec supporters (since 1992).

The biggest rival is Legia Warsaw with whom they contest the "Derby of Poland". Wisła Kraków, Lechia Gdańsk and Śląsk Wrocław are also big rivals due to the fans friendship with Arka and Cracovia.

Relations with local rival Warta Poznań are neutral as the clubs have almost always played in different leagues and many fans attend matches of both teams.

The Poznań[edit]

Main article: The Poznań

The fans' goal celebration—involving the turning of their backs to the pitch, joining arms and jumping up and down in unison—originated in 1961[citation needed]. It is known in the English speaking world as "The Poznan" after Manchester City F.C. beginning using the celeration following their clash with Lech Poznań in the group stages of the 2010/2011 UEFA Europa League. Also popular with fans of Scottish club Celtic who call their version "The Huddle", in homage to the teams pre-match ritual of a huddle before every game kicks off.

Lech II Poznań[edit]

The club operates a reserve team which currently plays in the Third Division, the fourth tier of the league pyramid and the highest non-centralised league.

They gained promotion in the 2003/2004 season to the third tier after winning the league and beating Jarota Jarocin 2-0 twice, 4-0 on aggregate. In that same season they reached the First Round of the Polish Cup but were knocked out by Górnik Konin 3-1. In the 2006-07 season the reserve teams were scrapped in favour of a central youth league, but in the 2013-14 season they were reinstated, meaning that between 2007 and 2013 the team ceased to exist. They were reinstated to their previous league position for the 2013-14 season.

Lech Poznań Academy[edit]

The Lech Poznań Academy (Polish: Akademia Lecha Poznań) is the club's youth system, with several teams across all children's ages up until it's most senior U-19 youth team. The teams play in the Central Junior League, which was at first formed to replace the clubs' reserve teams which participated in the league pyramid. The club's youth system is one of the most extensive and advanced in the country and has produced many players which went on to play in the senior team.

KKS Wiara Lecha[edit]

Main article: KKS Wiara Lecha

KKS Wiara Lecha is a football club founded by Lech Poznań supporters in 2011. Only active supporters can play in the team and they have to have made a contribution to the supporter scene in order to be admitted to the squad.

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