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Football in Poland

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Polish Football Association

Football (soccer) is probably the most popular sport in Poland. Over 400.000 Poles play football regularly, millions more play football sometimes. The first professional clubs were founded in the early 1900s and the Polish national football team played its first international match in 1922.

There are hundreds of professional and amateur football teams in Poland. The football teams are organized into the national 1st league and 2nd league, 4 regional 3rd leagues, 19 regional 4th leagues, 49 regional 5th leagues and many more lower level leagues. There are also Polish Cup and Polish Supercup competitions.


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History

The first Polish professional football clubs were Czarni Lwów founded in 1903, Cracovia Kraków (1906), Wisła Kraków (1906), Widzew Łódź (1910), Polonia Warszawa (1911) and Lech Poznań (1922). The Polish national federation called Polish Football Union (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN) was founded on December 21, 1919, in Cracow. 31 delegates elected Edward Cetnarowski as the first president. PZPN joined FIFA in 1923 and UEFA in 1954.

The first league games were played in 1920, yet the season was not finished due to Polish-Bolshevik War. The first Polish Champions were Cracovia Kraków in 1921 and Pogoń Lwów in 1922. The first international match was held on May 28, 1922 in Budapest. Hungary-Poland 1:0. In the third international match in Stockholm on 28 May 1922 Poland defeated Sweden 2:1.

Idea Ekstraklasa (Polish Football First league)

First league in season 2005/2006

The number of teams will be increased from 14 to 16.

GKS Bełchatów and Kolporter Korona Kielce will be promoted from 2nd league an will play in the Idea Ekstrakalsa (1st league) next season. Arka Gdynia and Widzew Łódź are other possible candidates.

First league in season 2004/2005

There are 14 teams this season. The first 12 teams will continue to play in the 1st league, the 13th enter into a playoff, the last team is relegated; 3-4 teams are promoted from the 2nd league.

Standings after 24 out of 26 matches. Wisław Kraków is alrady Polish champion in the 2004/2005 season, and will play in the Champions League qualifications. Groclin Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wlkp is already vice-champion and will play in the UEFA Cup qualifications. GKS Katowice will be dropped to the 2nd league.

First league 2003/2004 (final results)

Polish Football Second league (2.liga)

2nd league 2004/2005 (in alphabetic order)

2nd league 2003/2004 (final results)

Polish Football Third league (3.liga)

Group I (Mazovia, Warmia i Mazury, Podlasie, Łódzkie)

(in alphabetic order)

Group II (Greater Poland, Pomerania, West-Pomerania, Kujawy)

(in alphabetic order)

Group III (Lubus, Silesia, Upper Silesia, Opolskie)

(in alphabetic order)

Group IV (Świętokrzyskie, Małopolska, Lubelskie, Podkarpacie)

(in alphabetic order)

Polish Football Fourth league (4.liga)

Group: Mazovia

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches). (Position, team, matches, points, wins-draws-loses, goals scored-lost)

Group: Podlasie

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Trak Victoria Łyski Klepacze returned to the name of Victoria Łyski.

Group: Warmia-Masuria

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Group: Lodz Land

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Ceramika Opoczno change its nameto WOY Opoczno. Pogoń Zduńska Wola got 2p penalty

Group: North Greater Poland

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Group: South Greater Poland

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 16 matches).

Group: West Pomerania

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 18 matches).

Group: Pomerania

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Group: Kuyavia-Pomerania

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 15 matches).

Group: Silesia I

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 15 matches).

Group: Silesia II

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 15 matches).

Group: Opole Silesia

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Group: Lower Silesia

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Group: Lubusz Land

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

- MKS Nowe Miasteczko has taken over the team of Czarni Jelenin.

Group: Little Poland I - Cracow

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 15 matches).

Group: Little Poland II - Nowy Sącz-Tarnów

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 15 matches).

Group: Subcarpathia

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

-- Kolejarz-Igloopol Dębica changes name to Igloopol Dębica

Group: Swietokrzyskie

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

Group: Lublin Land

Season 2004/2005: Autumn 2004 results (after 17 matches).

See also:

Template:Polish Football First league Template:Polish Football Second league Template:Polish Football Third leaguepl:Piłka nożna w Polsce

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