Piast Gliwice

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Piast Gliwice
GKS Piast Gliwice.png
Full nameGliwicki Klub Sportowy Piast Gliwice
Nickname(s)Piastunki (the Custodians, the Keepers)
Founded18 June 1945; 73 years ago (1945-06-18)
GroundStadion Piast
ChairmanMarek Kwiatek
ManagerWaldemar Fornalik
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Gliwicki Klub Sportowy Piast Gliwice ([ˈpʲast ɡlʲiˈvʲit͡sɛ], "Gliwice Piast Sport Club") is a Polish football club based in Gliwice, Poland. Piast is the current Polish champion, as of 2018-19 season


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 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




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.) Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 2Q Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–3 0–0 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1Q
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round


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


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 22 January 2019[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 Denmark DF Mikkel Kirkeskov (on loan from Aalesund)
3 Poland MF Tomasz Jodłowiec (on loan from Legia Warsaw)
4 Poland DF Jakub Czerwiński
5 Poland DF Marcin Pietrowski (captain)
6 England DF Tom Hateley
7 Poland FW Aleksander Jagiełło
9 Poland FW Piotr Parzyszek
10 Poland MF Patryk Dziczek
11 Spain FW Jorge Félix
13 Poland GK Karol Dybowski
17 Ecuador MF Joel Valencia
No. Position Player
18 Poland MF Patryk Sokołowski
19 Poland MF Mateusz Mak
20 Poland DF Martin Konczkowski
21 Spain MF Gerard Badía
22 Poland DF Tomasz Mokwa
24 Poland DF Damian Byrtek
25 Serbia DF Aleksandar Sedlar
26 Slovakia GK František Plach
27 Czech Republic FW Michal Papadopulos
29 Poland MF Remigiusz Borkala
88 Slovenia DF Uroš Korun
99 Poland FW Karol Stanek

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
46 Poland MF Aleksander Sopel (at Gwardia Koszalin)
93 Lithuania DF Edvinas Girdvainis (at Russia Tom Tomsk)
No. Position Player
Poland MF Igor Sapała (at Raków Częstochowa)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kapitan Piasta awansował z nim od B-klasy do ekstraklasy" (in Polish). Sport.pl. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  2. ^ Kuczyński, Tomasz. "Sztama GieKSy z Banikiem, Ruchu z Atletico, Piasta z BATE. Czy to ma sens? [SŁYNNE SZTAMY]". dziennikzachodni.pl. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Piast Gliwice - Górnik Zabrze 3:2. Festiwal goli w śląskich derbach [ZDJĘCIA]". sport.pl. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  4. ^ SG, JU,. "Piast Gliwice - Górnik Zabrze. Dziś derby przy Okrzei WYNIK NA ŻYWO GDZIE W TV, TRANSMISJA ONLINE". gazetawroclawska.pl. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Piast Gliwice current squad" (in Polish). Piast Gliwice. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Lech Poznań – Strona Oficjalna. Specjalista od awansów – Jacek Zieliński" (in Polish). Lechpoznan.pl. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  7. ^ "Waldemar Fornalik trenerem Piasta" (in Polish). 90minut. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.

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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