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Legia Warsaw

Legia Warsaw
Full name Legia Warszawa SA
Nickname(s) Wojskowi ("Militarians"),
Legioniści ("Legionnaires", "Legionarries")
Founded March 1916 as Drużyna Sportowa Legia
Ground Polish Army Stadium
(Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium of Marshal Józef Piłsudski),
3 Łazienkowska Street, Warsaw, Poland
Ground Capacity 31,103[1]
Chairman Bogusław Leśnodorski
Manager Stanislav Cherchesov
League Ekstraklasa
2014–15 2nd
Website Club home page

Legia Warszawa (Polish pronunciation: ), known in English as Legia Warsaw, is a professional football club based in Warsaw, Poland. Legia is one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history winning ten Ekstraklasa Champions titles,[2] a record 16 Polish Cup trophies and a record four Polish SuperCup matches. The club's home venue is the Polish Army Stadium.

The club was founded in March 1916 during military operations in World War I on the Eastern Front in the Maniewicze area in Volhynia, as the football club of the Polish Legions. After World War I, it became the main official football club of the Polish ArmyWojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa (Military Sports Club Legia Warsaw). From 1949 to 1957, Legia was known as CWKS Warszawa (Central Military Sports Club Warsaw).

Before 8 April 2004 it was owned by Pol-Mot and from 8 April 2004 (sold for 3 million złoty) up until 9 January 2014, it was owned by media conglomerate ITI Group.[3] Currently the club is owned by Dariusz Mioduski (80%) and Bogusław Leśnodorski (20%) – who serves as the club's chairman. The duo have acquired the club for unpublished sum, which also included paying off debts made by previous ownership.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Before World War II 1.1
    • After World War II 1.2
    • The 1970s 1.3
    • The 1980s 1.4
    • The 1990s 1.5
    • 2000–2010 1.6
    • 2011-today 1.7
  • Stadium 2
  • Sponsors 3
    • Club partners 3.1
  • Supporters & Rivalries 4
    • Warsaw derby 4.1
  • Achievements 5
    • Domestic 5.1
    • Europe 5.2
  • Legia in Europe 6
    • UEFA Team ranking 6.1
    • Best results in European competitions 6.2
  • Club records 7
    • Most appearances 7.1
    • Top goalscorers 7.2
  • Players 8
    • Current squad 8.1
    • Out on loan 8.2
    • Reserve team 8.3
    • Retired numbers 8.4
    • Hall of Fame 8.5
  • Coaching staff 9
  • Coaches and managers 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

History

Before World War II

Legia Warsaw in 1916

Legia was formed between 5 and 15 March 1916 during military operations in World War I on the Eastern Front in the neighborhood of Maniewicze in Volhynia, as the main football club of the Polish Legions. The team had started its first training earlier in the spring of 1915, in the city of Piotrków Trybunalski. In July 1916, due to the Brusilov Offensive, Legia permanently moved to the capital city of Warsaw.

Its first game in Warsaw was played on 29 April 1917 against the local rival Polonia Warsaw. The score was a draw – 1–1. Up until the end of World War I, Legia had played nine games in Warsaw; it won six and drew three. Its first away game was against KS Cracovia, which Legia won 2–1. With the win over Cracovia, at that time the current Polish first league champion, Legia was baptized as the unofficial champion of the country.

Legia played its first match in Polish first league in Łódź on 8 May 1927 against ŁKS Łódź, winning 6–1. Marian Łańko scored the first league goal for the club (in the same game he scored a hat-trick). Since 1930, Legia has played at the Polish Army Stadium, the construction of which was a gift to the club from Józef Piłsudski. In 1936 Legia was relegated to the second division, where it remained until the end of World War II.

After World War II

Kazimierz Deyna monument near the Pepsi Arena

After World War II, Legia boosted its squad with many new players and at the end of 1949 the club changed its name again, this time to Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy (Central Army Sports Club). Eventually Kazimierz Górski joined the club and became a player for both the team and the Poland national team.

The 1970s

The 1970s were known as Poland's golden age of football. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Legia's roster included powerful football players such as Jan Tomaszewski, Kazimierz Deyna, and Robert Gadocha. In the European Cup 1969-70 Legia achieved a successful campaign by reaching the semi-finals alongside Feyenoord, Leeds United, and Celtic. The following year, Legia reached the quarter finals where they lost to Atlético Madrid.

The 1980s

Though the club had many national team players including Kazimierski, Okoński, Dziekanowski, Janas, Majewski, Buncol, Kubicki, Wdowczyk and others, the club had problems winning any league titles. However, thanks to winning four Polish Cups, the team was able to compete in European competitions.

One of the more memorable European runs was the near upset against Internazionale during the UEFA Cup 1985–86, after two 0–0 games Legia lost in extra time. The next season Legia were yet again drawn against Inter, this time winning at home 3–2 but losing away 1–0 thus losing on away goals.

Legia also won its first Polish SuperCup defeating Ruch Chorzów 3–0 in 1989.

The 1990s

Winning the Polish Cup for the 9th time in the 1989–90 season Legia subsequently played in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The team then managed by Władysław Stachurski went through to the semi-finals of the competition facing Manchester United. Legia lost the first match in Warsaw 1–3 and had drawn in Manchester 1–1. After winning the 1994–95 season, Legia qualified for the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League. The team got through to the quarter-finals stage against Panathinaikos drawing the first game 0–0 and losing 3–0 in the second.

2000–2010

In 2002, Legia lifted the seventh Ekstraklasa champion title. As a result, Legia qualified for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League. Following a win with FK Vardar in the second qualifying round, Legia lost the third qualifying round to FC Barcelona. In 2002, after a 3–0 win and 1–2 loss against Wisła Kraków, Legia won the Ekstraklasa Cup. The 2005–06 Ekstraklasa season resulted in Legia's eighth Polish championship.

2011-today

Legia won its 10th title with another league championship at the end of the 2013–14 Ekstraklasa season.

Stadium

Legia plays its games at Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium of Marshal Józef Piłsudski (Polish: Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego), traditionally also referred to as the Polish Army Stadium (Polish: Stadion Wojska Polskiego), which is an all-seater football-specific stadium in Warsaw, Poland. Legia has been playing there since 9 August 1930. With space for 31,800 spectators it is the 5th biggest football stadium in the Ekstraklasa. The stadium underwent significant reconstruction between 2008 and 2011, during which all of the stands were demolished and replaced with bigger and more modern ones which increased the stadium's capacity from 13,500 to 31,800 seats. The former Polish Army Stadium is currently owned by the City of Warsaw.

Stadium exterior 
VIP Stand 
The eastern stand named after Kazimierz Deyna 

Sponsors

Years Football kit Main sponsor
1978–90 Adidas
1990–91 Umbro Müller
1991 Lotto
1992–95 Adidas FSO
1995–96 Canal +
1996–00 Nike Daewoo
2001 Adidas
2001–02 Pol-Mot
2002–03 Kredyt Bank
2003–08 Królewskie
2008–10 n (Poland)
2011–14 Active Jet
2014– Fortuna

Club partners

Supporters & Rivalries

As one of the most successful clubs in Poland, Legia Warsaw is also one of its most popular clubs. Legia has gained devotion from generations of fans from Warsaw as well as around the country. Legia supporters are generally considered very spontaneous, dedicated and sometimes fanatical. Accordingly, in terms of quality of football support, they are also often described as the best supporters in Poland.[4] Groups of fans follow Legia on practically all away matches, both domestic and international. Supporters of Legia occasionally attract also some negative attention, in particular after events such as riots in Lithuania during a match against Vetra Vilnius on 10 July 2007.

The old Żyleta stand

Traditionally, the most devoted and spontaneous fans occupy the Żyleta stand in their stadium. Before the stadium renovation (2008–11), the "old" Żyleta referred only to the center section within the eastern stand of the stadium (occasionally, it would also refer to eastern stand as a whole). There is a special exhibition dedicated to the "old" Żyleta in the Legia club museum.[5] Today, after the stadium's renovation, the "new" Żyleta means the whole northern stand of stadium (located behind the goal).

As regards their political sentiments, the supporters of Legia tend to be more right wing. During communist times, in particular during the 1980s, Legia fans showed their patriotic and strongly anti-communistic views. Today, the fans actively participate in annual commemorations of the Warsaw Uprising and Polish Independence Day. Legia fans are also vocal with their views on domestic issues, e.g. their conflict with former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, as well as on international politics, e.g. by way of displaying banners reading "Kosovo is Serbian" at the stadium. Legia fans have been known to provide excellent atmospheres at matches both domestic and around Europe. Legia Warsaw supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of Zagłębie Sosnowiec and Olimpia Elbląg. Internationally, Legia supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of ADO Den Haag and Juventus. Their main rivals include Polonia Warsaw, Lech Poznań, Wisła Kraków and Widzew Łódź.

Warsaw derby

The Warsaw derby is a match between Legia and Polonia Warsaw.

Matches Legia wins Draws Polonia wins
78 29 20 29

Achievements

Legia Warsaw museum opened in 2006

Domestic

  • Polish Championship (Ekstraklasa):
    • Winners (10): 1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014
    • 2nd place (12): 1960, 1968, 1971, 1985, 1986, 1993,[2] 1996, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2015
    • 3rd place (13): 1928, 1930, 1931, 1961, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
  • Polish Cup:
    • Winners (17-record): 1955, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
    • Finalist (6): 1952, 1969, 1972, 1988, 1991, 2004
  • Polish SuperCup:
    • Winners (4): 1989, 1994, 1997, 2008
    • Finalist (6): 1990, 1995, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Polish League Cup:
    • Winner (1): 2002
    • Finalist (2): 2000, 2008

Europe

Legia in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Score
1956–57 European Cup QR Slovan Bratislava 0–4, 2–0
1960–61 European Cup QR AGF Aarhus 0–3, 1–0
1964–65 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R ESV Admira-NÖ Energie Wien 3–1, 1–0
2R Galatasaray 2–1, 0–1, 1–0
QF 1860 München 0–4, 0–0
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R BSG Chemie Leipzig 0–3, 2–2
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R 1860 München 6–0, 3–2
2R KSV Waregem 0–1, 2–0
3R Újpest 0–1, 2–2
1969–70 European Cup 1R UT Arad 2–1, 8–0
2R Saint-Étienne 2–1, 1–0
QF Galatasaray 2–1, 1–0
SF Feyenoord 0–0, 0–2
1970–71 European Cup 1R IFK Göteborg 4–0, 2–1
2R Standard Liège 0–1, 2–0
QF Atlético Madrid 0–1, 2–1
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1R Lugano 3–1, 0–0
2R Rapid București 0–4, 2–0
1972–73 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Víkingur 2–0, 9–0
2R AC Milan 1–1, 1–2
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R PAOK 1–1, 0–1
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1R Nantes 2–2, 0–1
1980–81 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Slavia Sofia 1–3, 1–0
1981–82 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Vålerenga 2–2, 4–1
2R Lausanne-Sport 2–1, 1–1
QF Dinamo Tbilisi 0–1, 0–1
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Viking 3–0, 1–1
2R Videoton FC Fehérvár 1–0, 1–1
3R Internazionale 0–0, 0–1
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Dnipro 0–0, 1–0
2R Internazionale 3–2, 0–1
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Bayern Munich 1–3, 3–7
1989–90 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Barcelona 1–1, 0–1
1990–91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Swift Hesperange 3–0, 3–0
2R Aberdeen 0–0, 1–0
QF Sampdoria 1–0, 2–2
SF Manchester United 1–3, 1–1
1994–95 UEFA Champions League QR Hajduk Split 0–1, 0–4
1995–96 UEFA Champions League QR IFK Göteborg 1–0, 2–1
GR Rosenborg 3–1, 0–4
GR Spartak Moscow 1–2, 0–1
GR Blackburn Rovers 1–0, 0–0
QF Panathinaikos 0–0, 0–3
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1QR Jeunesse Esch 4–2, 3–0
2QR FC Haka 3–0, 1–1
1R Panathinaikos 2–4, 2–0
2R Beşiktaş 1–1, 1–2
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Glenavon 1–1, 4–0
1R Vicenza 0–2, 1–1
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR FK Vardar 5–0, 4–0
1R Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1, 2–0
2R Udinese 0–1, 1–1
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR FC Etzella 4–0, 2–1
1R IF Elfsborg 4–1, 6–1
2R Valencia CF 1–1, 1–6
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 2QR FK Vardar 3–1, 1–1
3QR Barcelona 0–3, 0–1
UEFA Cup 1R FC Utrecht 4–1, 3–1
2R Schalke 04 2–3, 0–0
2004–05 UEFA Cup 2QR FC Tbilisi 1–0, 6–0
1R Austria Wien 0–1, 1–3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 2QR Zürich 0–1, 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 2QR FH Hafnarfjörður 1–0, 2–0
3QR Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1, 2–3
UEFA Cup 1R Austria Wien 1–1, 0–1
2007 Intertoto Cup 2R FK Vėtra (0–3 w/o)
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1QR FC Gomel 0–0, 4–1
2QR Moscow 1–2, 0–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2QR Olimpi Rustavi 3–0, 1–0
3QR Brøndby 1–1, 2–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 3QR Gaziantepspor 1–0, 0–0
4QR Spartak Moscow 2–2, 3–2
GR PSV Eindhoven 0–1, 0–3
GR Hapoel Tel Aviv 3–2, 0–2
GR Rapid București 1–0, 3–1
R32 Sporting CP 2–2, 0–1
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2QR Liepājas Metalurgs 2–2, 5–1
3QR SV Ried 1–2, 3–1
4QR Rosenborg 1–1, 1–2
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2QR The New Saints 3–1, 1–0
3QR Molde 1–1, 0–0
4QR Steaua București 1–1, 2–2
UEFA Europa League GR Lazio 0–1, 0–2
GR Trabzonspor 0–2, 0–2
GR Apollon Limassol 0–1, 2–0
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2QR St Patrick's Athletic 1–1, 5–0
3QR Celtic 4–1, 2–0 (0–3 w/o)
UEFA Europa League 4QR Aktobe 1–0, 2–0
GR Metalist Kharkiv 1–0, 2–1
GR Trabzonspor 1–0, 2–0
GR KSC Lokeren 1–0, 0–1
R32 Ajax 0–1, 0–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 2QR Botoșani 1–0, 3–0
3QR Kukësi 3–0 (w/o), 1–0
4QR Zorya Luhansk 1–0, 3–2
GR Napoli 0–2, –
Club Brugge 1–1, –
Midtjylland 0–1, –

UEFA Team ranking

As of 24 May 2015[6]
Rank Team Points
81 Ludogorets Razgrad 25.350
82 Getafe CF 24.885
83 Legia Warsaw 24.800
84 Dinamo Zagreb 24.700
85 Girondins Bordeaux 24.483

Best results in European competitions

Club records

  • Number of seasons in Ekstraklasa: 73 (from 1927–36 and from 1948–present)
  • First win in the league: May 8, 1927 Turystów Łódź – Legia Warszaw 1–6 (0–5)
  • Biggest win in the league: 19 August 1956 Legia Warsaw – Wisła Kraków 12–0 (5–0)
  • Biggest defeat in the league: September 3, 1927 Pogoń Lwów – Legia Warsaw 11–2 (6–1)
  • Longest series of victories in the league: 9 (in 1931 and 1932 and 2005–06)
  • Longest series of defeats in the league: 7 (1936)
  • Oldest goalscorer: Lucjan Brychczy – 37 years, 2 months, 31 days
  • Youngest goalscorer: Ariel Borysiuk – 16 years, 8 months, 21 days

Players

Current squad

As of October 2015.[7]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Arkadiusz Malarz
2 DF Michał Pazdan
3 MF Tomasz Jodłowiec
4 DF Igor Lewczuk
6 MF Guilherme
7 MF Pablo Dyego (on loan from Fluminense)
8 MF Ondrej Duda
9 FW Marek Saganowski
11 FW Nemanja Nikolić
12 GK Dušan Kuciak
13 FW Arkadiusz Piech
14 MF Mateusz Szwoch
15 MF Michał Kopczyński
16 MF Michał Masłowski
17 DF Tomasz Brzyski
18 MF Michał Kucharczyk
No. Position Player
19 DF Bartosz Bereszyński
20 MF Ivan Tričkovski
21 MF Ivica Vrdoljak (Captain)
23 MF Stojan Vranješ
25 DF Jakub Rzeźniczak (Vice-captain)
27 MF Robert Bartczak
28 DF Łukasz Broź
33 MF Michał Żyro
37 MF Dominik Furman (on loan from Toulouse)
45 FW Adam Ryczkowski
47 DF Rafał Makowski
91 GK Artur Haluch
99 FW Aleksandar Prijović
GK Artur Haluch
GK Jakub Szumski

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
- FW Jakub Arak (At Zagłębie Sosnowiec)
- MF Aleksander Jagiełło (At Arka Gdynia)
- MF Bartłomiej Kalinkowski (At Wigry Suwałki)
No. Position Player
- MF Jakub Kosecki (At SV Sandhausen)
- MF Łukasz Moneta (At Wigry Suwałki)
- DF Mateusz Wieteska (At Dolcan Ząbki)

Reserve team

Retired numbers

10 Kazimierz Deyna, Midfielder (1966–78) – Posthumous honour.

Hall of Fame

This is a list of former players and coaches who have been inducted into the Legia Warsaw Hall of Fame.[8]

Coaching staff

Job Name Nationality
Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov
Assistant coach Miroslav Romaschenko
Goalkeeping coach Gintaras Staučė
Goalkeeping coach Krzysztof Dowhań
Match analyst Gonçalo Feio
Match analyst Maciej Krzymień
Dietitian Wojciech Zep
Fitness coach Wladimir Panikov
Team Spokesperson Konrad Paśniewski
Team Doctor Jacek Jaroszewski
Team Doctor Maciej Tabiszewski
Physiotherapist Paweł Bamber
Physiotherapist Wojciech Frukacz
Physiotherapist Wojciech Spałek
Reserve Team Coach Krzysztof Dębek
Academy Director Ernest Waś
U-19 Coach Darius Banasik
U-17 Coach Kamil Socha
U-19 and U-17 Goalkeeping coach Marcin Muszyński
Scout Dominik Ebebenge
Scout Tomasz Kiełbowicz
Scout Marcin Żewłakow
Scout Michał Żewłakow
Scout Danijel Ljuboja

Coaches and managers

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/EuroExperience/competitions/UEFACup/01/67/58/86/1675886_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. ^ a b Legia won 1st place in 1992–93 Ekstraklasa, but was accused of corruption. Result of the last match was cancelled and the team dropped into second place in the table. The Polish FA (PZPN) decided to give the championship to Lech Poznań.
    "Poland – List of final tables (RSSSF)". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  3. ^ http://ekstraklasa.wp.pl/kat,32284,title,Oficjalnie-ITI-sprzedalo-Legie,wid,16312159,wiadomosc.html
  4. ^ " 
  5. ^ "Legia Warsaw official website: Muzeum Legii – Żyleta". Legia.com. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  6. ^ UEFA Team Ranking 2015 (http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert)
  7. ^ "Pierwsza drużyna" (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  8. ^ http://legia.com/druzyna/485/224

External links

  • Official website (Polish) (English)
  • Legia Fansite (Polish)
  • Legionisci Fansite (Polish)
  • Team profile at Naszaliga (Polish)
  • Team profile on Polish Football Clubs Database (Polish)
  • LEGIA.us – Unofficial forum of Legia Warszawa fans (Polish)
  • Legia Warszawa Ultras Group
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