Widzew Łódź

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RTS Widzew Łódź
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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
Ground Stadion Widzewa
Łódź, Poland
Ground Capacity 10,500
Chairman Poland Marcin Ferdzyn
Manager Poland Marcin Płuska
League III liga (4th level)
2015–16 IV liga, 1st
(promoted)

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).

History[edit]

The club was founded on 5 November 1910; 106 years ago (1910-11-05) as Towarzystwo Miłośników Rozwoju Fizycznego Widzew (Society of Lovers of Physical Development Widzew) in Widzew, a then 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.

Recent history[edit]

In the beginning of season 2007/2008 Widzew was bought by one of the most wealthy man in Poland - Sylwester Cacek.[1]

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 leaded 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),[2] which continues tradition of old RTS Widzew Łódź. New association was registered in polish court in 2.07.2015 and within few weeks of summer 2015 they managed to find new coach Witold Obarek and collect new squad, which started season 2015/2016 in fifth tier of Polish football.

Achievements[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Ultras of Widzew
Ultras of Widzew

Europe[edit]

Youth Team[edit]

Honours in the Polish Ekstraklasa (to 2008 Polish 1st Division)[edit]

Season Position Matches Points Goals W.-D.-L.
1 1948 14 (relegation to 2nd division) 26 13 pts. 31–99 5–3–18
2 1975/76 5 30 32 pts. 33–33 10–12–8
3 1976/77 2 30 38 pts. 46–31 14–10–6
4 1977/78 10 30 28 pts. 34–40 9–10–11
5 1978/79 2 30 39 pts. 37–26 14–11–5
6 1979/80 2 30 36 pts. 47–39 13–10–7
7 1980/81 1 30 39 pts. 39–25 14–11–5
8 1981/82 1 30 39 pts. 45–31 14–11–5
9 1982/83 2 30 38 pts. 50–30 13–12–5
10 1983/84 2 30 42 pts. 43–25 15–12–3
11 1984/85 3 30 38 pts. 34–16 13–12–5
12 1985/86 3 30 41 pts. 40–25 15–11–4
13 1986/87 6 30 36 pts. 34–29 14–7–9
14 1987/88 5 30 31 pts. 28–24 8–15–7
15 1988/89 7 30 29 pts. 27–27 9–12–9
16 1989/90 15 (relegation to 2nd division.) 30 17 pts. 22–39 4–12–14
17 1991/92 3 34 43 pts. 48–28 17–9–8
18 1992/93 5 34 43 pts. 60–42 16–11–7
19 1993/94 6 34 39 pts. 45–33 12–15–7
20 1994/95 2 34 45 pts. 48–25 17–11–6
21 1995/96 1 34 88 pts. 84–22 27–7–0
22 1996/97 1 34 81 pts. 74–20 25–6–3
23 1997/98 4 34 61 pts. 53–34 18–7–9
24 1998/99 2 30 56 pts. 50–33 18–2–10
25 1999/00 7 30 40 pts. 48–54 11–7–12
26 2000/01 12 30 36 pts. 33–40 9–9–12
27 2001/02
Autumn round
– group A:
8 14 11 pts. 9–24 3–2–9
Spring round
– g. relegation:
2 14 31 pts. 19–8 6–7–1
28 2002/03 9 30 37 pts. 29–39 10–7–13
29 2003/04 14 (relegation) 26 19 pts. 25–52 4–7–15
30 2006/07 12 30 28 pts. 27–48 7–7–16
31 2007/08 15 (relegation) 30 26 pts. 27–42 5–11–14
32 2010/11 9 30 43 pts. 41–34 11–10–9
33 2011/12 11 30 39 pts. 25–26 9–12–9
34 2012/13 13 30 33 pts. 30–41 8–9–13
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[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R England Manchester City 2–2, 0–0
2R Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 3–5, 0–1
1979–80 UEFA Cup 1R France AS Saint-Étienne 2–1, 0–3
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1R England Manchester United 1–1, 0–0
2R Italy Juventus FC 3–1, 1–3 p. 4–1
3R England Ipswich Town 0–5, 1–0
1981–82 European Cup 1R Belgium RSC Anderlecht 1–4, 1–2
1982–83 European Cup 1R Malta Hibernians FC 4–1, 3–1
2R Austria SK Rapid Wien 1–2, 5–3
1/4F England Liverpool F.C. 2–0, 2–3
1/2F Italy Juventus FC 0–2, 2–2
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R Sweden IF Elfsborg 0–0, 2–2
2R Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 1–0, 0–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R Denmark Aarhus Gymnastik Forening 2–0, 0–1
2R West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–3, 1–0
3R Soviet Union FC Dinamo Minsk 0–2, 1–0
1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Turkey Galatasaray SK 0–1, 2–1
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Austria LASK Linz 1–1, 1–0
2R West Germany Bayer 05 Uerdingen 0–0, 0–2
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 2–2, 0–9
1995–96 UEFA Cup Q Wales Bangor City FC 4–0, 1–0
1R Ukraine FC Chornomorets Odessa 1–0, 0–1 p. 5–6
1996–97 UEFA Champions League Q Denmark Brøndby IF 2–1, 2–3
GR Germany Borussia Dortmund 1–2, 2–2
GR Spain Atlético Madrid 1–4, 0–1
GR Romania Steaua Bucureşti 0–1, 2–0
1997–98 UEFA Champions League 1Q Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 2–0, 8–0
2Q Italy Parma FC 1–3, 0–4
UEFA Cup 1R Italy Udinese Calcio 1–0, 0–3
1999–00 UEFA Champions League 2Q Bulgaria Litex Lovech 4–1, 1–4 p. 3–2
3Q Italy ACF Fiorentina 1–3, 0–2
UEFA Cup 1R Latvia Skonto FC 0–1, 2–0
2R France AS Monaco 1–1, 0–2

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 May 2016.[3]

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 Michał Choroś
69 Poland GK Konrad Reszka
88 Poland GK Michał Sokołowicz
15 Poland DF Kacper Bargieł
13 Poland DF Michał Czaplarski
7 Poland DF Damian Dudała
4 Poland DF Łukasz Fornalczyk
23 Poland DF Bartłomiej Gromek
2 Poland DF Daniel Maczurek
14 Poland DF Przemysław Rodak
87 Poland DF Kamil Tlaga
4 Poland DF Sebastian Zieleniecki
22 Poland MF Kamil Bartos
77 Poland MF Kamil Bartosiewicz
No. Position Player
21 Poland MF Daniel Bończak
16 Poland MF Adrian Budka
6 Poland MF Sebastian Kaczyński
96 Poland MF Damian Kozieł
70 Poland MF Krzysztof Możdżonek
8 Nigeria MF Princewill Okachi
18 Slovakia MF Tomas Pochyba
27 Poland MF Konrad Puchalski
17 Poland MF Patryk Strus
10 Poland MF Mariusz Zawodziński
9 Poland FW Robert Kowalczyk
19 Poland FW Michał Bondara
25 Poland FW Adrian Kralkowski
32 Poland FW Marcin Pieńkowski

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

[4]

Stadium[edit]

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.

In the 2014-2015 season, its last season as a professional club, Widzewa played their home matches in Byczyna near Poddębice, 40 km west of Łódź.[5]

After bankruptcy and relegation to 4th division a rebuilt team plays its domestic games in Łódź on UKS SMS Łódź stadium,[6] during the construction of a new Stadion Widzewa stadium.

Fans[edit]

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 who 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 .[7]

TMRF Widzew Łódź[edit]

Main article: TMRF Widzew

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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