Polonia Bytom

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Polonia Bytom
Polonia-Bytom01
Full name Klub Sportowy Polonia Bytom Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s) "Blue & Reds", "Queen of Silesia"
Founded 4 January 1920
Ground Stadion Edwarda Szymkowiaka
Ground Capacity 5,500[1]
Chairman Radosław Nowakowski
Manager Vacant
League IV liga
2016–17 II liga, 18th (relegated)
Current season

Polonia Bytom (Polish pronunciation: [pɔˈlɔɲja ˈbɨtɔm]) is a Polish football club founded on 4 January 1920 in the Upper Silesian city of Bytom, during the hectic months of the Silesian Uprisings. In late 1922, however, as a result of the Upper Silesia plebiscite, Bytom became part of Germany and the club ceased to exist.

In May 1945, numerous players and officials of another Polish club, Pogoń Lwów, arrived in Bytom and decided to revive Polonia. On 17 May 1945, the team played its first game in over two decades, defeating Warta Poznań 3–2.

Polonia is considered the continuation of Pogoń Lwów; its logo is very similar to the logo of Lwów's team as well as their colours, red-blue.

Polish international player and goalkeeper Edward Szymkowiak played for the club. The club stadium is named after him, and has a capacity of 5,500 spectators.

Polonia has won the Polish championship twice, in 1954 and 1962. In 1952, 1958, 1959 and 1961 Bytom was the vice-champion of Poland. In June 2007 Polonia Bytom, after many years, returned to the Polish Ekstraklasa. However, in 2011, the club was relegated to the I liga after finishing bottom of the table with just six wins all season.[2]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Ekstraklasa
    • Winners (2): 1954, 1962
    • Runner-up (4): 1952, 1958, 1959, 1961
  • Polish Cup
    • Runner-up (3): 1964, 1973, 1977

Continental[edit]

Youth Teams[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Polonia Bytom supporters were the first organised fan-club in Poland. They have introduced scarfs, flags and organised chants. Many of the other supporters groups were travelling to Bytom only to watch how Polonia's fans are cheering their club and behaving on the stadium.

The fans have friendships with fans of Arka Gdynia which dates back to 1974, one of the longest friendships in supporter history which has survived to date;[3] and with fans of Odra Opole.

Polonia biggest rivals are local teams Górnik Zabrze, Ruch Radzionków, Ruch Chorzów (The Oldest Silesian Derby) and Szombierki Bytom (Derby of Bytom). The other groups which are not very welcome in Bytom are fans from Zaglebie Sosnowiec, Legia Warszawa and Lechia Gdansk.

Polonia Bytom firm is commonly known as Desperados.

League participations[4][edit]

Ekstraklasa: 1948–1949 (2 seasons), 1951–1955 (5 seasons), 1957–1976 (20 seasons), 1977–1980, 1986–1987, 2007–2011

First League: 1950, 1956, 1976–1977, 1980–1986, 1987–2001, 2005–2007, 2011–2013

Second League: 2001–2005, 2013–2014, 2015–

Third League: 2014–2015

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 February 2017.

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 Marcin Michalak
3 Slovakia DF Peter Jánošík
5 Poland DF Marek Szyndrowski
7 Poland MF Przemysław Szkatuła
8 Poland MF Michał Chrabąszcz
9 Poland DF Michał Szal
10 Poland MF Bartlomiej Setlak
11 Poland MF Patryk Stefański
12 Croatia GK Matko Perdijić
13 Poland MF Wojciech Mróz
14 Poland MF Piotr Ceglarz
16 Poland FW Jakub Zmuda (on loan from Poland Ruch Chorzow II)
17 Poland DF Dawid Skrzypiński
No. Position Player
18 Slovakia DF Peter Bašista
19 Poland DF Mateusz Słodowy
20 Poland MF Daniel Barbus (on loan from Poland Górnik Zabrze)
21 Poland MF Sławomir Musiolik (on loan from Poland Zagłębie Sosnowiec)
22 Poland FW Arkadiusz Kowalczyk
23 Poland MF Marcin Lachowski
24 Poland FW Kamil Włodyka
25 Czech Republic FW Adam Varadi
26 Poland FW Krzysztof Zaremba
28 Poland MF Jakub Kuzdra (on loan from Poland Piast Gliwice)
30 Poland DF Norbert Radkiewicz
31 Poland GK Mateusz Harkawy
Poland DF Jacek Broniewicz

Polonia in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
1958/59 European Cup Q Hungary MTK 0–3, 0–3
1962/63 European Cup Q Greece Panathinaikos FC 2–1, 4–1
1R Turkey Galatasaray S.K. 1–4, 1–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bytom, Polonia. "Polonia Bytom. Stadion im. Edwarda Szymkowiaka". www.poloniabytom.com.pl. 
  2. ^ http://fussball.wettpoint.com/en/archives/table/ekstraklasa_2010_poland.html "Fussball – League Table Ekstraklasa Season 2010/11 Poland" Retrieved 15 August 2011
  3. ^ "Polonia Bytom". 
  4. ^ pl:Polonia Bytom (piłka nożna)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°21′27.21″N 18°53′55.38″E / 50.3575583°N 18.8987167°E / 50.3575583; 18.8987167