Stal Rzeszów

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Stal Rzeszów
Stal Rzeszow.png
Full name Zakładowy Klub Sportowy
Stal Rzeszów
Founded 1944
Ground Stadion Miejski w Rzeszowie
Rzeszów, Poland
Ground Capacity 12,000[1]
Chairman Poland Marek Poręba
Manager Poland Jacek Szczepaniak
Coach Poland Krzysztof Łętocha

Stal Rzeszów is a Polish football and speedway club based in Rzeszów, Poland.

History[edit]

The history of Stal Rzeszow dates back to November 1944, when a group of sports enthusiasts, working at WSK PZL Rzeszow (Transport Equipment Enterprise) decided to form a Sports Circle. With support of the Youth Organization of the Association of Workers University (Organizacja Mlodziezy Towarzystwa Uniwersytetu Robotniczego, OM TUR), the new club was managed by Bronislaw Szczoczarz.

In March 1945, football team of PZL OM TUR was formed, under manager Jan Polak. In its first game, OM TUR faced Szturmowiec (Walter) Rzeszow, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. By the summer of 1945, OM TUR played several friendly games, facing Sokol Rzeszow (4-6), Czuwaj Lancut (2-6), and in June 1945, it played in the City of Rzeszow Cup tournament, losing in the final 1-3 to Resovia.

In the autumn of 1946, a series of playoffs took place, in order to find best teams for the newly created Rzeszow A-Class. PZL OM TUR managed to qualify to the league, together with such teams, as Legia Krosno, Nafta Krosno, Orzel Gorlice, Sanoczanka, Cukrownia Przeworsk, Resovia, Sokol Rzeszów, Czuwaj Przemysl and Polonia Przemysl. By 1955, however, the team did not have its own field, and had to use the fields of other clubs. On June 26, 1955, first game took place at the newly built PZL Rzeszow stadium, at Hetmanska Street. The reserve team of Poland B faced Bulgarian reserves (1-1). In the second game of the day, Stal Rzeszow, the host, tied 1-1 with Poland U-19 team.

On February 15, 1948, the name of the club was changed into Union Sports Club of Metal Workers PZL Rzeszow (Zwiakzkowy Klub Sportowy Metalowców PZL w Rzeszowie). The club was overseen by the Central Union of Metal Workers, based in Katowice. By 1949, PZL Rzeszow had six departments: boxing (since 1944), football (since 1945), track and field (since 1945), chess (since 1947), table tennis (since 1948), speedway (since 1949). Finally, in May 1949, the name of the club was changed into Union Sports Club (Zakładowy Klub Sportowy) Stal Rzeszow.

In 1953, Stal qualified to the semifinal of the Polish Cup, where it lost 3-4 to AKS Chorzow. In 1956, Stal won regional games of Rzeszow League (III level of Polish football tier), qualifying to the Second Division playoffs, where it faced Piast Gliwice (2-2, 1-0), and Arkonia Szczecin (0-2, 2-0)

After the promotion, several players joined Stal for the upcoming 1957/58 season of the Second Division. Before the games, Polish Football Association decided to form two groups of the second level. Stal was in Group South, among such sides, as Cracovia, Garbarnia Krakow, Wawel Krakow, Piast Gliwice, Concordia Knurow, Bron Radom, Stal Mielec, AKS Chelmek, Naprzod Lipiny, Szombierki Bytom, AKS Chorzow.

In its first game, Stal faced Szombierki, beating the opponent 2-1. After the first round, Stal was in the 8th position, and after the whole season, Stal had 22 points, with goals 40-30, which made it the 6th team of the group.

In mid-1958, Tadeusz Hogendorf became new manager of Stal. By the end of the season, Stal was very lucky to avoid relegation. In 1960, Stal was 8th; in 1961, 5th; and in 1962, 9th. Before the 1962 season, PZPN divided the Second Division into two groups: A and B. Stal was in Group A, which consisted of 8 teams (Unia Raciborz, Unia Tarnów, Naprzód Lipiny, Piast Gliwice, MZKS Krosno, Polonia Bydgoszcz, Slavia Ruda Slaska), and won the games, qualifying to the Ekstraklasa. The decisive game took place on June 21, 1962 in Rzeszow, vs. Piast Gliwice. With the attendance of 25,000, Stal won 2-1.

In July 1962, Stal went on a summer camp in Finland. First Ekstraklasa game took place on August 12, 1962: Stal lost 0-1 at home to Lechia Gdansk. In the second game, Stal lost in Krakow to Wisla Krakow (0-2). First, historic victory took place in the third round, when Stal beat at home 3-0 LKS Lodz.

Stal remained in the Ekstraklasa for ten years, until 1972. It was regarded as an average team, without major successes. Its top player at that time was Jan Domarski, who capped for Poland 17 times.

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 1975
Semifinalist (1): 1974
Quarterfinalist (4): 1972, 1976, 1991, 1992

Current squad[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 Miłosz Lewandowski
Poland GK Dawid Kaszuba
Poland DF Mateusz Lorenowicz
Poland DF Krzysztof Hus
Poland DF Konrad Hus
Poland DF Arkadiusz Drożdżal
Poland DF Kacper Drelich
Poland DF Dawid Łagowski
Poland DF Dominik Bednarczyk
Poland DF Arkadiusz Baran
Poland MF Kamil Jakubowski
Poland MF Łukasz Krzysztoń
No. Position Player
Poland MF Piotr Kitor
Poland MF Michał Lisańczuk
Poland MF Maciej Maślany
Poland MF Damian Jędryas
Poland MF Bartosz Daszyk
Poland FW Łukasz Szczoczarz
Poland FW Ernest Szela
Poland FW Konrad Maca
Poland FW Michał Szymański
Poland FW Bartosz Lekki
Poland FW Piotr Prędota
Lithuania DF Ernestas Pilypas

Season after season[edit]

Season Competition Position Matches Points Goals Comments Most goals
between us W D L + - +/-
1953 3rd league 2/12 22 16 3 3 35 67 19 +48 '
1954 2/9 16 10 2 4 22 42 17 +25 '
1955 3/12 22 10 6 6 26 51 31 +20 '
1956 1/12 22 16 4 2 36 60 18 +42 Promotion '
1957 2nd league 6/12 22 10 2 10 22 40 30 +10 10 Rafał Anioła
1958 10/12 22 6 7 9 19 28 33 −5 10 Ludwik Poświat
1959 8/12 22 8 7 7 23 24 23 +1 10 Ludwik Poświat
1960 5/12 22 9 5 8 23 26 29 −3 11 Ludwik Poświat
1961 9/18 34 11 12 11 34 41 40 +1 6 L.Szalacha, S.Stawarz
1962 1/8 14 10 1 3 21 26 13 +13 Promotion 7 Kazimierz Cholewa
1962/1963 1st league 9/14 26 7 9 10 23 33 39 −6 9 Ludwik Poświat
1963/1964 11/14 26 8 7 11 23 32 44 −12 8 Zygmunt Marciniak
1964/1965 12/14 26 5 13 8 23 30 35 −5 8 Joachim Krajczy
1965/1966 7/14 26 8 10 8 26 29 30 −1 8 Jan Domarski
1966/1967 8/14 26 9 8 9 26 24 30 −6 10 Jan Domarski
1967/1968 11/14 26 8 7 11 23 24 39 −15 8 Jan Domarski
1968/1969 12/14 26 7 8 11 22 18 31 −13 6 Stanisław Stawarz
1969/1970 9/14 26 9 5 12 23 30 36 −6 10 Jan Domarski
1970/1971 9/14 26 6 12 8 24 34 26 +8 9 Ryszard Duda
1971/1972 13/14 26 4 10 12 18 20 32 −12 Downfall 6 Ryszard Duda
1972/1973 2nd league 12/16 30 7 13 10 27 27 33 −6 6 Janusz Krawczyk
1973/1974 6/16 30 12 8 10 32 34 25 +9 12 Janusz Krawczyk
1974/1975 1/16 30 15 11 4 41 44 16 +28 Promotion, Won Polish Cup 11 Zdzisław Napieracz
1975/1976 1st league 15/16 30 8 8 14 24 23 35 −12 Downfall 8 Marian Kozerski
1976/1977 2nd league 14/16 30 7 12 11 26 23 40 −17 Downfall 6 Stanisław Curyło
1977/1978 3rd league 2/14 26 13 5 8 31 35 22 +13 '
1978/1979 2/15 28 19 5 4 43 67 13 +54 '
1979/1980 1/15 28 21 3 4 45 47 17 +30 Promotion '
1980/1981 2nd league 6/16 30 11 11 8 33 33 29 +4 7 Aleksander Siekieryn
1981/1982 14/16 30 7 10 13 24 23 34 −11 Downfall 5 M.Chamielec, A.Banasik
1982/1983 3rd league 2/14 26 13 12 1 38 44 16 +28 '
1983/1984 1/16 30 22 7 1 51 65 14 +51 Promotion '
1984/1985 2nd league 13/16 30 7 12 11 26 20 31 −11 Downfall 4 Zbigniew Znojek
1985/1986 3rd league 2/14 26 15 7 4 37 51 17 +34 '
1986/1987 1/14 26 17 6 3 47 61 15 +46 Promotion '
1987/1988 2nd league 4/16 30 13 7 10 35 41 32 +9 7 S.Sroczyński, R.Kaszuba
1988/1989 5/16 30 13 10 7 38 38 26 +12 8 Stanisław Sroczyński
1989/1990 7/20 38 15 13 10 44 37 31 +6 7 Paweł Kloc
1990/1991 15/20 38 10 15 13 35 44 50 −6 14 Robert Bąk
1991/1992 3/18 34 15 13 6 43 44 28 +16 7 Zbigniew Znojek
1992/1993 10/18 34 12 8 14 32 31 35 −4 11 Paweł Kloc
1993/1994 16/18 34 7 14 13 28 29 34 −5 Downfall 6 Marek Kogut
1994/1995 3rd league 3/18 34 17 11 6 45 55 28 +27 10 Tomasz Tułacz
1995/1996 4/18 34 20 6 8 66 70 32 +38 23 Paweł Koziołek
1996/1997 3/18 34 17 11 6 62 82 40 +42 26 Paweł Koziołek
1997/1998 10/18 34 11 10 13 43 43 48 −5 Downfall 10 M. Omiotek, G. Musiał
1998/1999 4th league 1/18 34 23 8 3 77 73 15 +58 Promotion 19 Jarosław Kuter 29
1999/2000 3rd league 6/18 34 15 7 12 52 37 32 +5 11 Marcin Pacuła
2000/2001 16/19 36 12 8 16 44 31 44 −13 Downfall 4 Jarosław Kuter
2001/2002 4th league 1/18 34 23 8 3 77 76 18 +58 Promotion 16 Paweł Kloc
2002/2003 3rd league 3/17 32 15 8 9 53 41 33 +8 9 Łukasz Szczoczarz
2003/2004 2/16 30 18 7 5 61 45 22 +23 Play-off to II league 7 P.Kloc, K.Wójcik
2004/2005 4/16 30 17 5 8 56 50 31 +19 9 Krzysztof Szymański
2005/2006 5/16 30 14 8 8 50 47 36 +11 17 Wojciech Fabianowski
2006/2007 5/16 30 15 5 10 50 58 31 +27 13 Łukasz Szczoczarz
2007/2008 10/17 32 10 10 12 40 28 34 −6 Downfall, competition reform 5 Krzysztof Szymański
2008/2009 3rd league 2/16 30 16 8 6 56 52 25 +27 Promotion 19 Ireneusz Gryboś
2009/2010 2nd league 12/18 34 11 9 14 42 47 49 −2 12 Ireneusz Gryboś
2010/2011 8/18 34 12 12 10 48 55 46 +9 14 Wojciech Fabianowski
2011/2012 11/17 30 9 9 12 36 31 34 −3 4 K.Maca, A.Prokić, D.Florian
2012/2013 11/18 34 9 15 10 42 37 32 5 10 Andreja Prokić
2013/2014 11/18 34 12 11 11 47 40 40 0 Downfall 16 Piotr Prędota
2014/2015 3rd league 1/18 34 21 10 3 73 84 29 +55 Playoff to 2nd league 30 Piotr Prędota
2015/2016 3rd league 2/18 34 23 5 6 74 80 33 +47 20 Piotr Prędota

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