Piast Gliwice

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Piast Gliwice
GKS Piast Gliwice.png
Full name Gliwicki Klub Sportowy Piast Gliwice
Nickname(s) Piastunki (the Nurses)
Szlachta (Noblemen)
Founded 18 June 1945; 71 years ago (1945-06-18)
Ground Stadion Piast,
Gliwice, Poland
Ground Capacity 10,037
Chairman Poland Adam Sarkowicz
League Ekstraklasa
2015–16 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Gliwicki Klub Sportowy Piast Gliwice ([ˈpʲast ɡliˈvit͡sɛ], "Gliwice Piast Sport Club") is a Polish football club based in Gliwice, Poland.

History[edit]

The club was founded in June 1945 by the Poles who had been forced to leave their homeland in present-day Western Ukraine. After the 1956 fusion of the three different clubs, GKS Gliwice was formed. Piast continued to play their matches on ul. Robotniczej. In 1964, the 2 clubs merged. The new club name was 'GKS Piast Gliwice'. Piast's football team played as many as 32 seasons in the Polish Second Division, before finally being promoted to the Ekstraklasa in 2008. Having played two seasons in the top division, the club was relegated in 2010. Piast have twice (1978, 1983) managed to reach the final of the Cup of Poland, losing on both occasions. The club's name comes from the Piast dynasty, which ruled Poland from its beginnings as an independent state in the 10th century, until 1370. Piast is the first soccer team in Poland to gain promotion from the 7th tier to the Ekstraklasa (Polish top tier of football) and later to the European Cup.[1]

Naming history[edit]

  • (18.06.1945) - KS Piast Gliwice
  • (23.05.1946) - KSM Piast Gliwice
  • (September/November 1947) - ZKSM Piast Gliwice
  • (05.03.1949) - ZS Metal Piast Gliwice (merged with ZKSM Huta Łabędy, ZKS Walcownia Łabędy, RKS Jedność Rudziniec, *RKS PZS Gliwice and ZKS Silesia Gliwice)
  • (01.11.1949) - ZKS Stal Gliwice
  • (11.03.1951) - ZKS Stal GZUT Gliwice
  • (15.03.1955) - ZKS Piast Gliwice
  • (20.01.1957) - KS Piast Gliwice
  • (01.01.1961) - SKS Piast Gliwice
  • (15.03.1964) - GKS Piast Gliwice (merged with GKS Gliwice and KS Metal Gliwice)
  • (17.10.1983) - MC-W GKS Piast Gliwice
  • (12.09.1989) - CWKS Piast-Bumar Gliwice
  • (1989) - [merged with ZTS Łabędy (Gliwice)]
  • (1990) - CWKS Bumar-Piast Gliwice
  • (04.04.1990) - KS Bumar Gliwice
  • (11.05.1990) - KS Bumar Łabędy (Gliwice)
  • (01.07.1990) - KS Bumar Gliwice
  • (1991) - KS Piast-Bumar Gliwice
  • (01.07.1992) - MC-W GKS Piast Gliwice
  • (01.08.1995) - KS Bojków Gliwice (merged with KS Bojków Gliwice)
  • (15.09.1995) - KS Piast Bojków Gliwice
  • (02.09.1996) - GKS Piast Gliwice

Achievements[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Seasons[edit]

  • Seasons in Ekstraklasa : 7 (2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17)
  • Seasons in I Liga : 32
  • Seasons in II Liga : 16
  • Seasons in III Liga : 23

European Record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q Azerbaijan Qarabağ FK 2–2 1–2 3–4 (a.e.t.)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 2Q Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–3 0–0 0–3
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

Stadium[edit]

Piast plays their home games at the 10,000 capacity Stadion Piast in Gliwice.

Supporters[edit]

Piast have a friendship with fans of Belarusian club BATE Borisov since 2011. The friendship started when BATE fans on their way to a Champions League match in Copenhagen stopped for a Piast game against local rivals GKS Katowice. The Piast fans then went to Alkmaar to support BATE versus AZ. After another visit for a Champions League game against Sturm Graz, the friendship became official and both sets of fans regularly visit each other.[2]

Piast's major rivals are Górnik Zabrze, with whom they contest the local derby.[3][4] The stadiums are located just a few kilometres from each other and Górnik have a sizeable support within Gliwice. Other rivals are local teams Ruch Chorzów, GKS Katowice and the two Bytom clubs, Szombierki and Polonia.

Current Squad[edit]

As of 14 July 2016.[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 Jakub Szmatuła
2 Slovakia DF Patrik Mráz
4 Poland DF Marcin Flis
5 Poland MF Marcin Pietrowski
7 Poland FW Maciej Jankowski
9 Poland MF Radosław Murawski (captain)
10 Croatia FW Josip Barišić
11 Poland MF Paweł Moskwik
12 Slovenia MF Saša Živec
15 Poland MF Michał Masłowski (on loan from Legia Warsaw)
19 Poland MF Mateusz Mak
No. Position Player
21 Spain MF Gerard Badía
22 Poland DF Tomasz Mokwa
25 Serbia DF Aleksandar Sedlar
26 Poland MF Bartosz Szeliga
31 Slovakia GK Dobrivoj Rusov
53 Poland GK Jakub Freitag
77 Poland MF Igor Sapała
82 Slovakia MF Martin Bukata
88 Slovenia DF Uroš Korun
91 Brazil DF Hebert
93 Lithuania DF Edvinas Girdvainis

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
6 Poland MF Piotr Kwaśniewski (at MKS Kluczbork)
13 Poland GK Rafał Leszczyński (at Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała)
28 Poland DF Kornel Osyra (at Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza)
No. Position Player
55 Poland MF Jakub Kuzdra (at Polonia Bytom)
95 Poland FW Daniel Ciechański (at Polonia Bytom)
Poland DF Mateusz Długołęcki (at Znicz Pruszków)

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 50°18′23.69″N 18°41′45.42″E / 50.3065806°N 18.6959500°E / 50.3065806; 18.6959500