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The Ekstraklasa is a Polishmarker professional league for football clubs. At the top of the Polish football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 16 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the Polish First League (Orange Liga). The Ekstraklasa season starts in late July, and ends in May the following year, teams play a total of 30 games each. The Ekstraklasa (former I liga) was formed as Liga Piłki Nożnej (LPN) on 1 March 1927 in Warsawmarker, but Polish Championships as non-league competition and The Polish Football Federation PZPN (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej) had been organized on 20 December 1919 in Warsawmarker, a year after the independence of Poland in 1918. First, historic games of the freshly created League took place on April 3, 1927.

A total of 78 clubs have played in the top division of polish football since the founding of the league in 1921, of which, 17 clubs have won the title. Only 4 clubs (Polonia Warszawa, Legia Warszawa, Wisła Kraków and Zagłębie Lubin) have won the title in the last decade. The current champions are Wisła Kraków, who won their 12th title in 2008–09.

Corruption scandal

Several clubs have been involved in a corruption scandal and were/are in danger of relegation:

  • Arka Gdynia - relegated from 1st to 2nd division, -5 points at the start of 2007/08 season
  • Górnik Łęczna - relegated from 1st to 3rd division, -6 points at the start of 2007/08 season
  • Górnik Polkowice - 70 000 zł penalty, relegated from 2nd to 4th division, -6 points at the start of 2007/08 season
  • Jagiellonia Białystok - docked 10 points at the start of the 2009/10 season, fine of 300,000 zloty
  • KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski - relegated from 2nd to 3rd division, - 6 points at the start of 2007/08 season


  • Zagłębie Sosnowiec - at the end of 2007/08 they were relegated from the top division to the 3rd, as they finished the season in the relegation zone, plus one division lower due to corruption.
  • Korona Kielce - at the end of 2007/08 they were relegated one level lower due to corruption.
  • Zagłębie Lubin (Polish champion 2006-2007) - at the end of 2007/08 they were relegated one level lower due to corruption.


Television

Three matches weekly - usually Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday - are telecast nationally by Canal+ Sport of Poland. Since the 2008-09 season, the remaining matches will be broadcast on Orange Sport. Telewizja Polska has the rights to air live 4 games per season on a non scrambled channel. [224885]

List of champions



1921-1926, 1946, 1947 non league champions

² Not held due to the 1924 Summer Olympics

³ Abandoned due to the outbreak of World War II. On 31 August 1939 Ruch Chorzów was the leader.

Clubs by number of championships

Titles Team Year(s)
14 Górnik Zabrzemarker 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
14 Ruch Chorzów 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1989
12 Wisła Kraków 1927, 1928, 1949, 1950, 1978, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
8 Legia Warsaw 1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006
5 Cracovia Kraków 1921, 1930, 1932, 1937, 1948
5 Lech Poznań 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993
4 Widzew Łódź 1981, 1982, 1996, 1997
4 Pogoń Lwów 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926
2 Polonia Warsaw 1946, 2000
2 Zagłębie Lubin 1991, 2007
2 ŁKS Łódź 1958, 1998
2 Stal Mielecmarker 1973, 1976
2 Polonia Bytommarker 1954, 1963
2 Warta Poznań 1929, 1947
1 Śląsk Wrocław 1977
1 Szombierki Bytommarker 1980
1 Garbarnia Kraków 1931


The following table lists the Polish football champions by the Polish voivodeship regions.
Region Titles Winning Clubs
Silesiamarker
31
Górnik Zabrzemarker (14), Ruch Chorzów (14), Polonia Bytommarker (2), Szombierki Bytommarker (1)
Lesser Polandmarker
18
Wisła Kraków (12), Cracovia Kraków (5), Garbarnia Kraków (1)
Masoviamarker
10
Legia Warsaw (8), Polonia Warsaw (2)
Greater Polandmarker
7
Lech Poznań (5), Warta Poznań (2)
Łódźmarker
6
Widzew Łódź (4), ŁKS Łódź (2)
Lower Silesiamarker
3
Zagłębie Lubin (2), Śląsk Wrocław (1)
Subcarpathianmarker
2
Stal Mielecmarker (2)


Honored Teams

In European Football teams are especially honored for winning multiple league titles, after 10 league titles a representative golden star is placed above the teams badge to indicate 10 league titles. Ruch Chorzów became the first Polish team to achieve this prestigious honor of winning the league for the 10th time in 1968. Four years later in 1972, Górnik Zabrze matched this achievement by winning its 10th title. Most recently Wisła Kraków has been dubbed by this honor winning their 10th league title in 2005.

The current (as of August 2008) officially-sanctioned Ekstraklasa stars are:

Top goalscorers

1927-39



Year Tally Player Club
1927 37 goals Henryk Reyman Wisła Kraków
1928 28 goals Ludwik Gintel Cracovia Kraków
1929 25 goals Rochus Nastula Czarni Lwów
1930 24 goals Karol Kossok Cracovia Kraków
1931 24 goals Walerian Kisieliński Wisła Kraków
1932 16 goals Kajetan Kryszkiewicz Warta Poznań
1933 19 goals Artur Woźniak Wisła Kraków
1934 33 goals Ernst Willimowski Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
1935 22 goals Michał Matyas Pogoń Lwów
1936 18 goals Teodor Peterek

Ernst Willimowski
Ruch Hajduki Wielkie

Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
1937 12 goals Artur Woźniak Wisła Kraków
1938 21 goals Teodor Peterek Ruch Hajduki Wielkie
1939 12 goals Ernst Willimowski Ruch Hajduki Wielkie


1948-2008

Year Tally Player Club
1948 31 goals Józef Kohut Wisła Kraków
1949 20 goals Teodor Anioła Lech Poznań
1950 21 goals Teodor Anioła Lech Poznań
1951 20 goals Teodor Anioła Lech Poznań
1952 11 goals Gerard Cieślik Ruch Chorzów
1953 24 goals Gerard Cieślik Ruch Chorzów
1954 13 goals Henryk Kempny

Ernst Pohl
Polonia Bytommarker

Legia Warsaw
1955 16 goals Stanisław Hachorek Gwardia Warsaw
1956 21 goals Henryk Kempny Legia Warsaw
1957 19 goals Lucjan Brychczy Legia Warsaw
1958 19 goals Władysław Soporek ŁKS Łódź
1959 21 goals Jan Liberda

Ernst Pohl
Polonia Bytommarker

Górnik Zabrzemarker
1960 17 goals Marian Norkowski Polonia Bydgoszcz
1961 24 goals Ernst Pohl Górnik Zabrzemarker
1962 16 goals Jan Liberda Polonia Bytommarker
1963 18 goals Marian Kielec Pogoń Szczecin
1964 18 goals Lucjan Brychczy

Józef Gałeczka

Jerzy Wilim
Legia Warsaw

Zagłębie Sosnowiecmarker

Szombierki Bytommarker
1965 18 goals Lucjan Brychczy Legia Warsaw
1966 23 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrzemarker
1967 18 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrzemarker
1968 24 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrzemarker
1969 22 goals Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrzemarker
1970 18 goals Andrzej Jarosik Zagłębie Sosnowiecmarker
1971 13 goals Andrzej Jarosik Zagłębie Sosnowiecmarker
1972 16 goals Ryszard Szymczak Gwardia Warsaw
1973 13 goals Grzegorz Lato Stal Mielecmarker
1974 15 goals Zdzisław Kapka Wisła Kraków
1975 19 goals Grzegorz Lato Stal Mielecmarker
1976 20 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1977 17 goals Włodzimierz Mazur Zagłębie Sosnowiecmarker
1978 15 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1979 17 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1980 24 goals Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków
1981 18 goals Krzysztof Adamczyk Legia Warsaw
1982 15 goals Grzegorz Kapica Szombierki Bytommarker
1983 15 goals Mirosław Okoński

Mirosław Tłokiński
Lech Poznań

Widzew Łódź
1984 14 goals Włodzimierz Ciołek Górnik Wałbrzych
1985 14 goals Leszek Iwanicki Motor Lublin
1986 20 goals Andrzej Zgutczyński Górnik Zabrzemarker
1987 24 goals Marek Leśniak Pogoń Szczecin
1988 20 goals Dariusz Dziekanowski Legia Warsaw
1989 24 goals Krzysztof Warzycha Ruch Chorzów
1990 18 goals Andrzej Juskowiak Lech Poznań
1991 21 goals Tomasz Dziubiński Wisła Kraków
1992 20 goals Jerzy Podbrożny

Mirosław Waligóra
Lech Poznań

Hutnik Kraków
1993 25 goals Jerzy Podbrożny Lech Poznań
1994 21 goals Zenon Burzawa Sokół Pniewy
1995 16 goals Bogusław Cygan Stal Mielecmarker
1996 29 goals Marek Koniarek Widzew Łódź
1997 18 goals Mirosław Trzeciak ŁKS Łódź
1998 14 goals Arkadiusz Bąk

Sylwester Czereszewski

Mariusz Śrutwa
Polonia Warsaw

Legia Warsaw

Ruch Chorzów
1999 21 goals Tomasz Frankowski Wisła Kraków
2000 19 goals Adam Kompała Górnik Zabrzemarker
2001 18 goals Tomasz Frankowski Wisła Kraków
2002 21 goals Maciej Żurawski Wisła Kraków
2003 24 goals Stanko Svitlica Legia Warsaw
2004 20 goals Maciej Żurawski Wisła Kraków
2005 25 goals Tomasz Frankowski Wisła Kraków
2006 21 goals Grzegorz Piechna Kolporter Korona Kielce
2007 15 goals Piotr Reiss Lech Poznań
2008 23 goals Paweł Brożek Wisła Kraków
2009 19 goals Paweł Brożek

Takesure Chinyama
Wisła Kraków

Legia Warsaw


Ekstraklasa Top 10 Goal Scorers

# Player Club(s) Years Goals
1 Ernst Pohl Legia Warsaw, Górnik Zabrzemarker 1954-67 186
2 Lucjan Brychczy Legia Warsaw 1954-71 182
3 Gerard Cieślik Ruch Chorzów 1948-59 167
4 Włodzimierz Lubański Górnik Zabrzemarker 1963-75 155
5 Teodor Peterek Ruch Chorzów 1928-48 154
6 Kazimierz Kmiecik Wisła Kraków 1968-82 153
7 Jan Liberda Polonia Bytommarker 1955-71 145
8 Teodor Anioła Lech Poznań 1948-57 141
9 Fryderyk Scherfke Warta Poznań 1927-39 131
10 Tomasz Frankowski Wisła Kraków, Jagiellonia Białystok 1992- 123


League presidents

Nr. League President Term
from to
1. Roman Górecki March 1, 1927 January 1929
2. Ignacy Izdebski January 1929 January 16, 1933
3. Zygmunt Żołędziowski January 16, 1933 January 17, 1936
4. Juliusz Geib January 17, 1936 August 30, 1936
5. Michał Jaroszyński August 30, 1936 Fall 1938
6. Karol Stefan Rudolf Fall 1938 September 17, 1939
7. Tadeusz Dręgiewicz August 10, 1946 August 18, 1946
- League suspended August 18, 1946 February 22, 1947
- VP PZPN ds. League February 22, 1947 June 14, 2005
8. Michał Tomczak June 14, 2005 November 29, 2005
9. Andrzej Rusko November 29, 2005 present


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