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Wisła Kraków
Wisła Kraków (crest).png
Full name Wisła Kraków Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s) Biała Gwiazda (The White Star)
Founded 1906
Ground Stadion im. Henryka Reymana
Ground Capacity 33,130[1]
Chairman Marzena Sarapata
Manager Kiko Ramírez
League Ekstraklasa
2015–16 9th
Website Club home page
Current season

Wisła Kraków (Polish pronunciation: [ˈviswa ˈkrakuf]) is a football club based in Kraków, Poland. Wisła contends in Ekstraklasa, the top level of Polish professional football competition. Wisła Kraków is one of the oldest and most successful Polish football clubs. It ranks third in the number of national titles won (13) behind Górnik Zabrze and Ruch Chorzów (14) and second as far as all time victories. Wisła was founded in 1906 under the name TS Wisła (Polish Towarzystwo Sportowe Wisła).

The club's coat of arms is a white star on a red background crossed by a blue ribbon.

Wisła Kraków has been one of the most successful football teams in Poland in recent years, winning 8 Polish league championships since 1999. Along with league titles Wisła also won the Polish Cup on 4 occasions. Wisła also enjoyed some success in European competition in the 1970s, reaching the quarter-finals in the 1978-79 European Cup and winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1969, 1970, and 1973.


Birth of the Club 1906[edit]

1907 Wisła Kraków side.

Wisła Kraków was founded in May 1906 when students of the Second Practical School in Kraków, inspired by their professor Tadeusz Łopuszański, formed a football team.[2]

Early Success Polish Champions 1927–1928[edit]

1927 Wisła Kraków side.

In this first, historic season of the League, fight for Championship was decided between two teams – Wisła Kraków and 1.FC Katowice. This rivalry was treated very seriously, not only by the two sides involved, but also by the whole nation. 1.FC was regarded as the team supported by German minority, while Wisła, at the end of this historic season, represented ambitions of all Poles.

Some time in the fall of 1927 in Katowice, an ill-fated game between 1.FC and Wisła took place. Stakes were very high – the winner would become the Champion. Kraków's side won 2–0 and became the Champion. 1.FC finished second, third was Warta Poznań.

In 1949 the club was renamed to Gwardia-Wisła Kraków. In 1955 the club returned to its original name TS Wisła. In 1967 was once again renamed, to GTS Wisła, a name which held until 1990 when the club reverted to its original name: TS Wisła. In the late nineteen-nineties the football (soccer) section of the club was incorporated and was renamed Wisła Kraków SSA.

The club has had its ups and downs, winning national championships and gaining European qualification. It was also relegated to the second division on three occasions. Since the football section has been bought by Tele-Fonika Kable S.A. in 1998, the team has been far and away the most successful club in Poland, winning 7 national championships and placing second 3 times, totaling 10 top 2 finishes in 12 years.

On the international stage Wisła has competed in all three of the European competitions. The club's greatest success came in the 1978/79 season, when Wisła was able to reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup eventually to be knocked out by Malmö FF,by an aggregate score of 3:5. Most recently Wisła narrowly missed out on a chance to compete in the 2005/06 Champions League group stage, being defeated 4:5 by Greek side Panathinaikos after extra time.[3]

Wisła also twice reached the second round of the Cup Winners Cup in 1967/68 and 1984/85, being beaten 0:5 and 2:3 by Hamburger SV and Fortuna Sittard respectively.

"The White Star" has competed ten times in the UEFA Cup.


Wisła's Stadium is located at 22 Reymonta Street in Kraków, Poland. The stadium was originally built in 1953 and currently has a capacity of 34,000. The stadium was renovated in 2010, being upgraded to UEFA elite standards. The Wisła Stadium has also been chosen as a reserve venue for the Euro 2012 tournament being organized jointly by Poland and Ukraine. The record attendance of 45,000 at Wisła Stadium came on 29 September 1976 when Wisła defeated Celtic 2:0. The venue has been a fortress for Wisła, where the team is especially difficult to defeat. It is worth noting that Wisła holds the all-time European football record for home games without a loss in a row. The streak was started following a loss on 16 September 2001, to KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski and ended more than five years later on 11 November 2006, when GKS Bełchatów defeated Wisła 4:2. The number of matches without a loss was then settled at 73, overcoming the former Polish record of 48 which belonged to Legia Warsaw. During the 2008–09 season, Wisła lost points at home only twice; tying ŁKS Łódź and being defeated by Lech Poznań.

Wisła Kraków Stadium 
Full view of the stadium 
West Vip stand 

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Fan Friendlies[edit]

Wisła formerly had relations with Lechia Gdańsk and Śląsk Wrocław until they made a new pack between Ruch Chorzów, Widzew Łódź and Elana Toruń which divided Wisła fans. Also have relations with S.S. Lazio. They also formerly held relation with Unia Tarnów.

The Holy War[edit]

The term Holy War refers to the intense rivalry between the two Kraków based teams; Wisła and KS Cracovia. In 1906 the establishment of the two first Polish football clubs, Cracovia and Wisła, created a rivalry that now dates back more than one hundred years. The term Holy War was first used to describe the rivalry of Kraków's Jewish teams, Makabbi and Jutrzenka. A Jutrzenka defender, Ludwik Gintel, who later joined the Cracovia side referred to the derby match against Wisła as the Holy War. The phrase was incorporated into a song and has since been popular among Wisła and Cracovia fans.

The first recorded Kraków Derby was contested on 20 September 1908, the game was a 1:1 tie. A historic derby game between Cracovia and Wisła took place on 8 May 1913. It was the first time Polish teams played a championship game officially sanctioned by FIFA. Cracovia won the game 2:1. The most famous derby took place in 1948 when after the first postwar season both Cracovia and Wisła accumulated an even amount of points and the championship had to be decided by an additional game played at a neutral venue. On 5 December 1948 Cracovia defeated Wisła 3:1 and was crowned national champions. As of May 2011, the Kraków derby game between Wisła and Cracovia has been contested 183 times, with Wisła prevailing 82 times, tying 42 times and Cracovia coming away the victor 59 times.

Poland's Derby[edit]

The match contested between Wisła Kraków and Legia Warsaw is commonly recognized as the greatest rivalry in Polish club football. The two sides have been the most successful clubs in Poland during the past decade and the rivalry between two of Poland's premier cities of Kraków and Warsaw sparks the rivalry even more. The regional differences of Kraków (South) and Warsaw (North), and the fact that Kraków used to be the capital of Poland before Warsaw (in the years 1041–1596)[4] and the full official name of Kraków is Stołeczne Królewskie Miasto Kraków, or "Royal Capital City of Kraków" in English, also add a greater meaning to the match.

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 March 2017.[5]

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 Miśkiewicz
2 Poland DF Rafał Pietrzak
4 Poland DF Maciej Sadlok
5 Poland DF Jakub Bartkowski
6 Poland DF Arkadiusz Głowacki (captain)
7 Spain MF Pol Llonch
8 Poland MF Alan Uryga
9 Poland MF Rafał Boguski
11 Poland MF Wojciech Słomka
10 Colombia MF Ever Valencia (on loan from Colombia Independiente Medellín)
14 Czech Republic FW Zdeněk Ondrášek
16 Colombia MF Cristian Echavarría (on loan from Colombia Independiente Medellín)
17 Poland DF Jakub Bartosz
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Semir Štilić
19 Poland MF Tomasz Cywka
No. Position Player
20 Poland FW Mateusz Zachara
21 Croatia MF Petar Brlek
22 Poland GK Michał Buchalik
23 Poland FW Paweł Brożek
24 Poland GK Łukasz Załuska
29 Poland MF Krzysztof Mączyński
32 Spain DF Iván González López
33 Croatia DF Matija Špičić
34 Poland GK Kacper Chorążka
36 Poland GK Mateusz Zając
37 Poland MF Grzegorz Kociołek
40 Poland MF Przemysław Porębski
41 Poland DF Jakub Ptak
43 Poland MF Bartłomiej Purcha
88 Poland MF Patryk Małecki
93 France MF Hugo Vidémont

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Poland DF Piotr Żemło (at Wisła Puławy)
13 Poland FW Krzysztof Drzazga (at Stal Mielec)
No. Position Player
27 Poland MF Kamil Kuczak (at Pelikan Łowicz)
42 Poland DF Krystian Kujawa (at Garbarnia Kraków)

Current coaching staff[edit]

Coach Spain Kiko Ramírez
Assistant Coach Poland Radosław Sobolewski
Assistant Coach Poland Kazimierz Kmiecik
Assistant Coach Portugal Gonçalo Feio
Goalkeeping Coach Poland Paweł Primel
Fitness Coach Spain Jordi Jódar
Club doctor Poland Jacek Jurka
Masseur Poland Marcin Bisztyga
Masseur Poland Zbigniew Woźniak
Physiotherapist Poland Filip Pięta
Reserve Team Head Coach Poland Maciej Musiał
U-19 Team Head Coach Poland Dariusz Marzec
U-17 Team Head Coach Poland Jacek Matyja



  1. ^ (In 1951 Wisła was league champion, however, the Polish Championship title was awarded to the Cup winner, Ruch Chorzów)



Youth Teams[edit]


Team records

  • Biggest win: 21–0 (8–0) – in Polish Championship Elimination match with Pogoń Siedlce in Kraków, 24 August 1947.
  • The highest turnout: 45 000 – Wisła Kraków 2–0 Scotland Celtic Glasgow (UEFA Cup), 29 September 1976.
  • The highest attendance in the league: 40 000 – Wisła Kraków 2–1 Legia Warszawa (Polish league), 7 August 1977.
  • Debut in the league: 3 April 1927 in the first in league history.
  • In the table of all time: 2nd place
  • Consecutive matches without defeat in the league: 38 (25 October 2003 – 22 May 2005) – a record in the league
  • Consecutive home matches without defeat: 73 (16 September 2001 – 11 November 2006) – a record in the league
  • Biggest win in European competition: Georgia (country) WIT Georgia Tbilisi 2:8 Wisła Kraków, in Georgia, 27 July 2004 year. Wisła Kraków 7–0 Wales Newtown, in Kraków, 29 July 1998.

Records individual

Wisła in European football[edit]

  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-Off
Season Competition Round Club Score
1967–68 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 Finland HJK Helsinki 4–1, 4–0
2 Germany Hamburg 0–1, 0–4
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1 Scotland Celtic 2–2, 2–0
2 Belgium Molenbeek 1–1, 1–1
1978–79 European Cup 1 Belgium Club Brugge 1–2, 3–1
2 Czechoslovakia Zbrojovka Brno 2–2, 1–1
1/4F Sweden Malmö 2–1, 1–4
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1 Sweden Malmö 0–2, 1–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 Iceland ÍBV 4–2, 3–1
2 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard 0–2, 2–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup Q1 Wales Newtown 0–0, 7–0
Q2 Turkey Trabzonspor 5–1, 2–1
1 Slovenia Maribor 2–0, 3–0
2 Italy Parma 1–1, 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar Sarajevo 0–0, 3–1
1 Spain Real Zaragoza 1–4, 4–1
2 Portugal Porto 0–0, 0–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League Q2 Latvia Skonto 2–1, 1–0
Q3 Spain Barcelona 3–4, 0–1
UEFA Cup 1 Croatia Hajduk Split 2–2, 1–0
2 Italy Inter Milan 0–2, 1–0
2002–03 UEFA Cup Q Northern Ireland Glentoran 2–0, 4–0
1 Slovenia Primorje 2–0, 6–1
2 Italy Parma 1–2, 4–1
3 Germany Schalke 04 1–1, 4–1
4 Italy Lazio 3–3, 1–2
2003–04 UEFA Champions League Q2 Cyprus Omonia 5–2, 2–2
Q3 Belgium Anderlecht 1–3, 0–1
UEFA Cup 1 Netherlands NEC 2–1, 2–1
2 Norway Vålerenga 0–0, 0–0
2004–05 UEFA Champions League Q2 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia 8–2, 3–0
Q3 Spain Real Madrid 0–2, 1–3
UEFA Cup 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 4–3, 1–2
2005–06 UEFA Champions League Q3 Greece Panathinaikos 3–1, 1–4
UEFA Cup 1 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 0–3, 0–1
2006–07 UEFA Cup Q2 Austria Mattersburg 1–1, 1–0
1 Greece Iraklis Thessaloniki 0–1, 2–0
Group England Blackburn Rovers 1–2
France Nancy 1–2
Switzerland Basel 3–1
Netherlands Feyenoord 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League Q2 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–2, 5–0
Q3 Spain FC Barcelona 0–4, 1–0
UEFA Cup 1 England Tottenham Hotspur 1–2, 1–1
2009–10 UEFA Champions League Q2 Estonia Levadia Tallinn 1–1, 0–1
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Q2 Lithuania FK Šiauliai 2–0, 5–0
Q3 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–1, 2–3
2011–12 UEFA Champions League Q2 Latvia Skonto FC 1–0, 2–0
Q3 Bulgaria Litex Lovech 2–1, 3–1
PO Cyprus APOEL 1–0, 1–3
UEFA Europa League Group Netherlands Twente 1–4, 2–1
England Fulham 1–0, 1–4
Denmark OB 1–3, 2–1
1/16F Belgium Standard Liège 1–1, 0–0

UEFA Ranking[edit]

Club Ranking for 2014 (Previous year rank in italics, UEFA Club Coefficients in parentheses)

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Wisła.

Manager history[edit]


  1. ^ "Informacje". wisla.krakow.pl. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Historia TS Wisła w pigułce". tswisla.pl. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kotsios completes comeback". UEFA. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ pl:Kraków
  5. ^ "Pierwsza drużyna" (in Polish). Wisła Kraków. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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