PGE Skra Bełchatów
|Full name||PGE Skra Bełchatów SSA|
|Ground||Energia Hall, Bełchatów|
|Website||Club home page|
PGE Skra Bełchatów SSA is a Polish professional men's volleyball team, based in Bełchatów, playing in PlusLiga. PGE Skra won the title of Polish Champion eight times (2004-2011, 2014) and Polish Cup six times. Club won a silver and two bronzes of CEV Champions League. PGE is ranked 3rd (as of October 2016[update]) in the Men's European clubs ranking.
- CEV Champions League
- FIVB Club World Championship
- Polish Championship
- Polish Cup
- Polish SuperCup
Robotniczy Klub Sportowy (Workers Sports Club) Skra was founded in 1930 in Bełchatów. First, it was a football club. In 1957, a volleyball section was created. In 1977 the football section was separated from the club and incorporated into KWB Bełchatów. In 1991 Bełchatów Power Station became the sponsor of the club, and the club changed its name to Energetyczny Klub Sportowy (Energetic Sports Club) Skra. In 1994, the club advanced to Polish league II, and in 1997 to league I "B" series. In 1999, it was promoted to series "A", but after a year it fell back down to series "B" again.
In 2001, the club led by Wiesław Czaja was promoted to PlusLiga. In their first season there - 2001/2002 - the team achieved the bronze medal in the Polish Men's Volleyball Championship, defeating Jastrzębski Węgiel after three matches. In 2002/2003 Skra took 6th place in the league and lost in the second round of the CEV Cup in a match against Russian club Lokomotiv Yekaterinburg. The team had a new head coach - Ireneusz Mazur. In 2003/2004 the club was close to achieving its next medal. Skra lost against AZS Częstochowa after five matches. The team was also defeated in the final match of the Polish Cup by KP Polska Energia Sosnowiec. In 2004/2005 players of Skra began their masterful passe. They won first title of Polish Champion after three matches with AZS Olsztyn and achieved their first Polish Cup also after a final match with the club from Olsztyn (3-1). The team repeated this success in the next season, when they won second title of Polish Champion in four final matches with Jastrzębski Węgiel, and Polish Cup for the second year in a row (winning final match with AZS Częstochowa (3-0)). They lost two matches against Greek Iraklis Thessaloniki V.C. in play-off 6 of CEV Champions League 2005/2006.
In 2006, the new coach was Daniel Castellani, who was the first coach of the club from outside Poland. He spent three seasons in Bełchatów. During his work PGE Skra won next three title of Polish Champion (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009) and two Polish Cups (2007, 2009). In 2008 PGE Skra as host played in Final Four of CEV Champions League 2007/2008 held at Hala MOSiR in Łódź. On March 29, 2008 the team lost the semi final against Russian club Dynamo-Tattransgaz Kazan (2-3). Next day, PGE Skra players won bronze medal in match with Italian Sisley Treviso (3-2).
In 2009 a new coach was hired. It was Jacek Nawrocki. The first success under the guidance of the new coach was the silver medal in the FIVB Club World Championship 2009. At this tournament after promoting from Pool B, PGE Skra won their semi final against VC Zenit-Kazan (3-1), but on November 8, 2009 the Polish club lost the final against Trentino Volley (0-3). 2 of 7 individual awards were received by PGE Skra players - Bartosz Kurek as the Best Scorer, Marcin Możdżonek as the Best Blocker. In 2010 the Polish team was the host of the Final Four CEV Champions League 2009/2010 again. They lost the semi final against VC Dynamo Moscow and won bronze medal in a match against ACH Volley Bled. Mariusz Wlazły was the Best Scorer of the Final Four tournament. In 2009/2010 the club won their 6th title of Polish Champion. On December 21, 2010 PGE Skra achieved silver medal of the FIVB Club World Championship 2010. They lost against Trentino Volley (1-3). In 2010/2011 Polish club won their 7th title of the Polish Champion and fifth Polish Cup. The first trophy in 2012 was the sixth Polish Cup in the history of the club. On March 18, 2012 PGE Skra achieved the silver medal of the CEV Champions League. They won the match against Arkas Izmir in the semi final, but lost the final against Russian club - VC Zenit-Kazan in the Final Four held at Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland. The final match ended controversially, because the referee didn't see the block of Russian player and ended the match despite the fact that the audience and all the players saw the error on screen. PGE Skra players received 3 of 8 individual awards. Best Receiver was Michał Winiarski, the award for Best Spiker was received by Bartosz Kurek and the title of Most Valuable Player was gained by team captain Mariusz Wlazły. In season 2011/2012 the club lost in the final of the PlusLiga with Asseco Resovia Rzeszów and achieved the silver medal. On October 18, 2013 PGE Skra lost the semi final of the FIVB Club World Championship with Sada Cruzeiro (2-3). Next day, Polish team won bronze in their match with VC Zenit Kazan (3-2). Opposite Aleksandar Atanasijević was awarded the Best Scorer. In season 2012/2013 the club took 5th place in the PlusLiga and was eliminated from the CEV Champions League by Arkas Izmir.
In 2013 a former setter of this club, Miguel Angel Falasca, returned to the club from Bełchatów, who after ending his sports career debuted as the head coach. In 2013/2014 PGE Skra competed in the CEV Cup, continuing as far as the semi final, which they lost to Gubierniya Nizhny Novgorod. On October 24, 2013 one of the players - Stephane Antiga - signed a contract with the Polish Association of Volleyball and became the new head coach of Poland men's national volleyball team. For the first time in the history of the Polish national team, the current coach was an active player. In season 2013/2014 PGE Skra won a title of Polish Champion 2014, which is the 8th title of Polish Champion in its history. On October 8, 2014 PGE Skra as the Polish Champion 2014 played with ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle (winner of Polish Cup2014) for the ENEA Polish SuperCup2014. PGE Skra won 3-1 at Arena Poznań in Poznań. Facundo Conte was awarded a title of the Most Valuable Player. In season 2014/2015 PGE Skra has been playing in 2014–15 CEV Champions League. They won all matches in Pool F with Precura Antwerpen, Hypo Tirol Innsbruck, Jihostroj České Budějovice, with a perfect record, winning 18 and losing only 2 sets along the way. In playoff 12 beat Italian club Cucine Lube Treia twice - 3–0 in Macerata and 3–1 at Atlas Arena, Łódź. They went to playoff 6, where their opponents were Italian Sir Safety Perugia. PGE Skra lost their first match with Italian team (2-3) and gained 1 point. In a revenge match, on March 11, 2015 at Atlas Arena, Łódź PGE Skra Bełchatów beat Sir Safety Perugia 3-1, gained 3 points and went to the Final Four, which will be held in Berlin. They will play with another Polish team - Asseco Resovia Rzeszów and for the firsat time in history two Polish teams will be playing at semifinal of CEV Champions League Final Four. Club played in Final Four of 2014–15 CEV Champions League, but lost with Asseco Resovia Rzeszów in semifinal and next day in bronze medal match with Berlin Recycling Volleys and did not achieve any medal. On May 6, 2015 they won bronze medal of Polish Championship after winning matches with Jastrzębski Węgiel.
On February 7, 2016 PGE Skra achieved Polish Cup 2016 (beat ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle 3-2 in the finale). They received four individual awards: Conte was the Best Receiver, Lisinac was the Best Blocker, Wlazły was the Best Opposite Spiker and Most Valuable Player of tournament. During the final with ZAKSA, the captain Mariusz Wlazły was injured in tie-break. Skra got eliminated from 2015–16 CEV Champions League in playoffs 6 by Zenit Kazan (first match 3-2, second 0-3). After the failure head coach Miguel Angel Falasca was fired during clubs meeting. The decision was announced on March 28, 2016. Management of Skra announced also that duties of head coach to the end of season 2015/16 were taken by Falasca's assistant Italian Fabio Storti, but next day on March 29, 2016 club signed a contract with a new head coach - Philippe Blain. On February 7, 2016 PGE Skra 2016 won the Polish Cup after beating ZAKSA in the final. In April 2016 the team won a bronze medal in the 2015–16 PlusLiga.
|1957–1991||KS Skra Bełchatów|
|1991–2004||EKS Skra Bełchatów|
|2004–2005||KPS Skra Bełchatów SSA|
|2005–2007||BOT Skra Bełchatów SSA|
|2007–present||PGE Skra Bełchatów SSA|
|2013–Mar 2016||Miguel Angel Falasca|
|Mar 2016–2017||Philippe Blain|
|Head coach:||Roberto Piazza|
|No.||Name||Date of birth||Position|
|1||Kamil Droszyński||January 28, 1997||setter|
|2||Mariusz Wlazły (C)||August 4, 1983||opposite|
|3||Renee Teppan||September 16, 1993||opposite|
|6||Karol Kłos||August 8, 1989||middle blocker|
|7||Jakub Kochanowski||July 17, 1997||middle blocker|
|8||Milan Katić||October 22, 1993||outside hitter|
|9||Patryk Czarnowski||November 1, 1985||middle blocker|
|10||Robert Milczarek||November 28, 1983||libero|
|11||Milad Ebadipour||October 17, 1993||outside hitter|
|12||Artur Szalpuk||March 20, 1995||outside hitter|
|15||Grzegorz Łomacz||October 1, 1987||setter|
|16||Kacper Piechocki||December 17, 1995||libero|
|17||Piotr Orczyk||March 19, 1993||outside hitter|
The table below shows the history of kit providers for the PGE volleyball team.
- Zenit KAZAN shatters PGE Skra dreams of home glory - cev.lu - 18-03-2012
- PGE Skra Bełchatów - Zenit Kazań 2:3. Sędzia odebrał PGE Skrze szanse na sukces - lodz.naszemiasto.pl - 19-03-2012
- Mariusz Wlazły MVP Final Four LM - plusliga.pl - 18-03-2012
- PGE Skra mistrzem Polski - plusliga.pl - 27-04-2014
- ENEA Super Puchar w piłce siatkowej 2014 dla PGE Skry Bełchatów - plusliga.pl - 08-10-2014
- Facundo Conte MVP ENEA Super Pucharu w piłce siatkowej mężczyzn 2014 - plusliga.pl - 08-10-2014
- PGE Skra make it six in a row to cap memorable campaign in CL League Round - cev.lu - 27-01-2015
- Skra makes big step forward towards Playoffs 6 - cev.lu - 11-02-2015
- PGE Skra BELCHATOW claim last spot in Playoffs 6 in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000 fans - cev.lu - 19-02-2015
- PGE Skra BELCHATOW secure Final Four ticket to delight 12,000 home fans - cev.lu - 11-03-2015
- Asseco Resovia RZESZOW claim historic Final Four ticket to set up much anticipated Polish derby with Skra in semis - cev.lu - 11-03-2015
- PGE Skra z brązowym medalem - plusliga.pl - 06-05-2015
- PGE Skra Bełchatów zwycięzcą Pucharu Polski! - plusliga.pl - 07-02-2016
- MIGUEL FALASCA ODCHODZI Z PGE SKRY BEŁCHATÓW - skra.pl - 28-03-2016
- MISTRZ ŚWIATA POPROWADZI PGE SKRĘ - 29-03-2016
- POLISH CUP M: Venture of all time - Skra win trophy after annulling 3-8 in tie-break! - worldofvolley.com - 07-02-2016
- BRĄZOWA PGE SKRA! - skra.pl - 26-04-2016
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