Zagłębie Lubin

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For the handball section of the club, see MKS Zagłębie Lubin (women's handball).
KGHM Zagłębie Lubin
Zagłębie Lubin crest.svg
Full name Zagłębie Lubin Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s) Miedziowi (The Coppers)
Founded September 10, 1945,
as OMTUR Lubin
Ground Stadion Zagłębia Lubin
Lubin, Poland
Ground Capacity 16,100
Chairman Poland Tomasz Dębicki
Manager Poland Piotr Stokowiec
League Ekstraklasa
2015–16 3rd
Current season

KGHM Zagłębie Lubin (Polish pronunciation: [zaˈɡwɛmbʲɛ ˈlubʲin]) is a Polish professional football club based in Lubin, Poland. It was founded on September 10, 1945 as OMTUR Lubin.

History[edit]

The history of Zagłębie Lubin dates back to August 1945, when former German town of Luben became Polish Lubin (see Recovered Territories). In a group of ethnic Poles, who were forced to abandon their homes in former Eastern Poland, was a number of football enthusiasts, including players and officials of Pogoń Lwów. Some of them were members of pre-1939, socialist Youth Organization of the Association of Workers’ Universities (Organizacja Mlodziezy Towarzystwa Uniwersytetow Robotniczych, OMTUR). In August 1945, they formed the OMTUR Lubin football team, which played its games at a former German field, located on Kosciuszko Street. The games of OMTUR Lubin were very popular, attracting crowds of people. Among the opponents, was the team of the local Red Army garrison, which faced the Poles in autumn 1945.

In March 1946, Sports Club Zawisza, based on OMTUR Lubin, was formed (the name comes after a medieval knight, Zawisza Czarny). Among its players were Emil Czyzewski of Pogoń Lwów, Tadeusz Rela of Tarnovia Tarnow, and Stanislaw Lesniewski, who had briefly played for Dynamo Kiev, and settled in the Recovered Territories. In April 1946, Autonomous District of Polish Football Association (PZPN) was formed in Wroclaw. Newly created teams from now Polish Lower Silesia were divided into four groups. Zawisza Lubin was in Group IV, winning promotion to the newly formed A Class. In 1947, Zawisza won the Cup of Lower Silesia, and in the same year, the team from Lubin faced the team of the Northern Group of Forces, headquartered in nearby Legnica. The game, which Poles won 1–0, was attended by Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky.

In 1949, Zawisza Lubin changed name into Gwardia, and in 1951, to Spojnia. In 1953, the team returned to its original name, Zawisza.

In 1957, rich deposits of copper were discovered in the area of Lubin. With construction of the Lubin mine, the team gained a rich sponsor (see also KGHM Polska Miedz). In 1960, its name was changed into Gornik, and new departments were added: volleyball, basketball, boxing, handball, track and field, weight lifting and table tennis. Finally, in 1966, the Inter-Enterprise Sports Club (MKS) Zagłębie Lubin was established. The new organization was a powerful establishment, with 10 departments. Its football team won promotion to the third division, but Zagłębie’s officials demanded more. In 1974, Alojzy Sitko became its new manager. Zagłębie was a sensation in the 1975–76 Polish Cup, beating Ruch Chorzów, and then losing to Górnik Zabrze.

In 1975, Zagłębie won promotion to the second division, only to be relegated after one year. In 1978, it again was promoted, and relegated after one year. The team was a sensation in the 1978–79 Polish Cup, beating GKS Katowice, Legia Warszawa and Górnik Zabrze, and reaching the semi-final, where it lost 0–3 to Wisła Kraków.

In 1982, under manager Stanislaw Swierk, Zagłębie again won promotion to the second division. In 1985, it was finally promoted to the Ekstraklasa. With a new manager, Eugeniusz Rozanski, and a new stadium, Zagłębie was at that time one of the most powerful sports organization in Poland. On July 27, 1985, Zagłębie played its first Ekstraklasa home game, beating 1–0 GKS Katowice, after a goal by Eugeniusz Ptak. In the 1985–86 season, Zagłębie was 12th, in 1986–87, 8th, and in 1987–88, 11th. To avoid relegation, the team from Lubin had to participate in the play-offs, in which it lost to Górnik Wałbrzych (1–2, 2–2).

After one year in the second division, Zagłębie returned to the Ekstraklasa (June 1989). Managed by Stanislaw Swierk, it was Polish runner-up (June 1990), winning a spot in 1990–91 UEFA Cup. In the first round, Zagłębie faced Italian side Bologna, losing both games 0–1, 0–1.

In June 1991, managed by Marian Putyra, Zagłębie won Polish championship, earning a spot in the 1991–92 European Cup, where it faced Brøndby Copenhagen. The champion of Poland lost 0–3 in the first leg, and won 2–1 at home, to be eliminated. Among Zagłębie’s top players at that time were Romuald Kujawa and Adam Zejer, both top scorers of the Ekstraklasa in 1990 and 1991.

In 1995 Zagłębie was the 4th team in Poland, winning a spot in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup, to lose to the European powerhouse, AC Milan (with Roberto Baggio, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta, Roberto Donadoni, Marcel Desailly, Zvonimir Boban, and manager Fabio Capello).

In June 2003, after 13 years, Zagłębie was relegated from the Ekstraklasa. Before that, Zagłębie played 20 games in the Intertoto Cup, with 7 victories, 5 ties and 8 losses. Furthermore, in 2001, it was the fifth team in Poland, also reaching semi-final of the Cup of Poland.

After one year Zagłębie returned to the Ekstraklasa (June 2004), and in spring 2005, it again reached the final of Polish Cup, losing 0–2 to Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski. In 2005–06, under Franciszek Smuda, Zagłębie, with its top scorer Michal Chalbinski, finished third in the league, winning a spot in European cups. Furthermore, the team again reached the final of the Polish Cup, losing 2–3, 1–3 to Wisła Płock. In the UEFA Cup, Zagłębie was eliminated by Dinamo Minsk (1–1, 0–0).

Achievements[edit]

Achievements of Other Departments[edit]

Apart from football, Zagłębie had as many as 15 different departments. Most of its teams were ranked high in Polish leagues, but with the collapse of the Communist system, the source of the money dried out. In 1991, boxing department was closed, in 1992, table tennis, track and field, chess and bridge. The activities of other departments were limited due to lack of money. Currently, Zagłębie runs only two departments: football and handball (both men’s and women’s).

In 1960–62, Stanislaw Gosciniak played volleyball in Zaglebie. In the 1960s and 1970s, Kazimierz Pazdzior was boxing instructor in Zagłębie. Among his fighters was Wieslaw Niemkiewicz (1976 and 1978 Polish champion). In 1988, Janusz Zarankiewicz won bronze at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. Due to injury, he forfeited his semi-final fight against Lennox Lewis. Among other boxers from Lubin were Polish champions Wojciech Misiak (1987, 1988, 1989), Wlodzimierz Zgierski (1989), Rafal Rudzik (1987, 1989, who also won bronze at the European Championships in Athens, 1987).

Zagłębie’s Dorota Djaczynska was twice table tennis champion of Poland (1986, 1988). Ice-skater Lilianna Morawiec represented Poland at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. Among top athletes also were long jumper Grzegorz Cybulski, shot putter Edward Sarul, marathon runner Tadeusz Lawicki.

In 1993, Zagłębie’s men’s handball team won the Cup of Poland. In 2005, it won silver in Polish Championship., and in 2006, bronze. In the 2006 EHF Challenge Cup, Zagłębie reached the semi-final, losing to Romanian side CS Caraș - Severin Reșița. Finally, in 2007, Zagłębie won Polish Championship, earning a spot in the 2007–08 EHF Champions League, where it finished last in Group G. In 2008, Zagłębie won silver in Poland.

Women’s handball team also won several medals in Polish competitions. In 1995, it won silver, in 1996 bronze. In 2001 it reached the semi-final of the Women's EHF Cup, losing to Montex Lublin. In 2002, Zagłębie again reached the European semi-finals, losing to Lada Togliatti. In 2009 and 2011 Zagłębie won Polish Cup, in 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2010 it won Polish silver, and in 2001, 2007 and 2008, bronze.

Zagłębie in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Bologna 0–1 0–1 0–2
1991–92 European Cup 1R Denmark Brøndby 2–1 0–3 2–4
1995–96 UEFA Cup Q Armenia Shirak 0–0 1–0 1–0
1R Italy AC Milan 0–4 1–4 1–8
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup GR Austria SV Ried 2–1 2nd
Denmark Silkeborg 0–0
Wales Conwy United 3–0
Belgium Charleroi 0–0
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Azerbaijan Vilash Masalli 4–0 3–1 7–1
2R Croatia Slaven Belupo 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Malta Hibernians 4–0 0–1 4–1
2R Belgium Lokeren 2–2 1–2 3–4
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Latvia Dinaburg 1–1 0–1 1–2
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 2Q Romania Steaua București 0–1 1–2 1–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bulgaria Slavia Sofia 3–0 0–1 3–1
2Q Serbia Partizan 0–0 0–0 0–0 (4–3 p)
3Q Denmark SønderjyskE

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 July 2016.[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Slovakia GK Martin Polaček
2 Poland DF Maciej Dąbrowski
3 Serbia DF Đorđe Čotra
4 Republic of Macedonia DF Aleksandar Todorovski
5 Poland DF Jarosław Jach
7 Poland MF Krzysztof Janus
9 Poland FW Arkadiusz Woźniak
11 Poland FW Artur Siemaszko
12 Poland GK Konrad Forenc (Captain)
14 Poland MF Łukasz Janoszka
16 Poland MF Paweł Żyra
17 Poland MF Adrian Rakowski
18 Poland MF Filip Starzyński
No. Position Player
19 Poland MF Filip Jagiełło
20 Poland MF Jarosław Kubicki
23 Poland DF Daniel Dziwniel
24 Poland DF Jakub Tosik
25 Poland MF Patryk Mucha
26 Poland FW Krzysztof Piątek
27 Czech Republic FW Michal Papadopulos
28 Poland MF Łukasz Piątek
30 Poland GK Dominik Hładun
33 Slovakia DF Ľubomír Guldan
77 Poland MF Sebastian Madera
90 Slovakia MF Ján Vlasko

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
8 Poland MF Sebastian Bonecki (at Chrobry Głogów)
15 Poland MF Adrian Błąd (at Arka Gdynia)
No. Position Player
22 Poland FW Eryk Sobków (at GKS Katowice)
25 Poland GK Piotr Smołuch (at Legionovia Legionowo)

Staff[edit]

As of 18 May 2014[2]
  • Piotr Stokowiec – I Coach
  • Łukasz Smolarow – II Coach
  • Miłosz Stępiński – analyst team
  • Ryszard Jankowski – goalkeeping coach
  • Wiesław Stańko – Head of the Team
  • Dariusz Puchalski – Chief physiotherapist
  • Tomasz Pełech – Physiotherapist / Masseur
  • Rafał Gąsecki – Physiotherapist / Masseur

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Pierwsza drużyna" (in Polish). KGHM Zagłębie Lubin. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Staff

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