|Full name||Reaktywacja Tradycji Sportowych Widzew Łódź|
|Nickname(s)||The Red-White-Reds (Czerwono-biało-czerwoni),
The Red Army (Czerwona Armia),
Team with Character (Drużyna z charakterem)
|Founded||1910 as TMRF Widzew
1922 reformed as RTS Widzew
2014 reformed as RTS Widzew
|League||III liga (4th level)|
RTS Widzew Łódź (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɛr ˈtɛ ˈɛs ˈvʲidzɛf ˈwut͡ɕ]) is a Polish football club based in Łódź. The club was founded in 1910 and initially called TMRF Widzew, referring to the Widzew-district of Łódź. Its official colors are red and white, hence their nicknames Czerwona Armia (Red Army) and Czerwono-biało-czerwoni (Red-white-reds).
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The club was founded on 5 November 1910as Towarzystwo Miłośników Rozwoju Fizycznego Widzew (Society of Lovers of Physical Development Widzew) in Widzew, then a suburb (now district) of Łódź. In 1922 the club transformed into Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew (Workers' Sports Society Widzew).
Widzew has won four Polish league championships (in 1981, 1982, 1996 and 1997) and the 1985 Polish Cup.
They have appeared in 117 matches in European Cups, of which they won 42. Widzew knocked European giants Manchester United out of the 1980-81 UEFA Cup, although their biggest achievement was reaching the semi-final of the 1982–83 European Cup.
In January 2008, while playing in the Second League, the Polish Football Association ruled that Widzew Łódź should be relegated due to their involvement in a corruption scandal. However, Widzew became champion that year, and were allowed to stay in the second division, which was renamed First League (I liga) before the start of the 2008-2009 season. Despite the deduction of six points as a penalty, Widzew managed to become champions once again, and were finally promoted to the Ekstraklasa. In total, Widzew played 35 seasons at the highest level before being relegated in the 2013-2014 season.
Due to financial problems, Widzew finished last at the end of the 2014–15 I Liga season. Subsequently, the club ruled by Sylwester Cacek went bankrupt.
In consequence local businessmen led by Marcin Ferdzyn and Grzegorz Waranecki decided to take on amateur status as a new association called Stowarzyszenie Reaktywacja Tradycji Sportowych Widzew Łódź (Association of the Reactivation of the Sports Traditions of Widzew Łódź), which continues the tradition of the old RTS Widzew Łódź. The new association was registered in a Polish court on 2.07.2015, and within a few weeks of summer 2015 they managed to find new coach Witold Obarek and collect a new squad, which started the 2015/2016 season in the fifth tier of Polish football.
- Ekstraklasa (First Division):
- Winner (4): 1981, 1982, 1996, 1997
- 2nd place (7): 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1999
- Polish First League (Second Division):
- Winner (3): 2006, 2009, 2010
- Polish Cup:
- Winner (1): 1985
- Polish SuperCup:
- Winner (1): 1996
- Finalist (1): 1997
- Polish League Cup:
- Finalist (1): 1977
- Polish U-19 Runner Up: 1995
- Polish U-19 Bronze Medal: 1936, 1937, 1997
Honours in the Polish Ekstraklasa (to 2008 Polish 1st Division)
|1||1948||14 (relegation to 2nd division)||26||13 pts.||31–99||5–3–18|
|16||1989/90||15 (relegation to 2nd division.)||30||17 pts.||22–39||4–12–14|
– group A:
– g. relegation:
|29||2003/04||14 (relegation)||26||19 pts.||25–52||4–7–15|
|31||2007/08||15 (relegation)||30||26 pts.||27–42||5–11–14|
|35||2013/14||15 (relegation to 1st division)||37||22 pts.||36-59||8–9–20|
|36||2014/15||17 (relegation to 4th division)||34||22 pts.||25-58||4–10–20|
Widzew in Europe
- As of 7 May 2016.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The club's home stadium was the Stadion Widzewa, also called Stadion im. Ludwika Sobolewskiego, which opened in 1930. The stadium, which was owned by the city of Łódź, had a capacity of 10,500 seats. In early 2015, it was demolished to make way for a new stadium with 18,000 seats. It was intended the new stadium will be completed by November 2016.
Widzew has one of the largest fan-bases in Poland with fan-clubs all around the country. Widzew's biggest rival is ŁKS Łódź, with whom they contest the Łódź Derby. Legia Warsaw are also big rivals, with whom they contest the Derby of Poland, which stems from the fact there were frequent title races between the two clubs. Widzew fans maintain friendly relations with fans of Ruch Chorzów, Elana Toruń, Wisła Kraków and PFC CSKA Moscow.
TMRF Widzew Łódź
TMRF Widzew is a football team created by the active supporters of Widzew in 2014, who are in a long conflict with the club board. Only Widzew supporters can be admitted to the squad.
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- If not marked in a different way – I league
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