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Lech Poznań ( ) is a Polish football club based in Poznańmarker, Poland. The club is named after Lech, the legendary founder of Poland.

It originates from the established in 1922 Lutnia Poznań, which since then changed its name several times. From 1933 until 1994 club has been linked closely to Polish State Railways . That is why its popular nickname is Kolejorz, which means The Railwayman in local slang. The club's debut in Polish top division took place in March 1948. The brightest era of Lech were the early 1980s and early 1990s. Lech Poznań is the most popular football club in the Greater Poland region.

Achievements

Domestic

  • Ekstraklasa :
    • 1st place (5): 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993
    • 3rd place (4): 1949, 1950, 1978, 2009
  • Polish Cup:
    • Winner (5): 1982, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2009
    • Finalist (1): 1980
  • Polish SuperCup:
    • Winner (4): 1990, 1992, 2004, 2009
    • Finalist (2): 1983, 1988


UEFA participations

Lech Poznań has played total of 46 games in the European Cups during the years 1978–2009 (as for 28 February 2009). The most memorable games in the club's history were the clashes against FC Barcelona in the 1988/1989 season of Cup Winners' Cup second round. After both matches ended with 1-1 draw, Lech Poznań lost the penalty shoot-out with 4-5. FC Barcelona finally won Cup Winners' Cup that season.

The club's biggest success in European Cup appearances was passing through the Greek champion Panathinaikos during the 1990/1991 season First Round, with 5-1 on aggregate. In the next tie Lech was knocked out by Olympique de Marseille, but achieved a good result at home with a 3-2 win. Few years earlier, during the 1983/1984 season Lech made quite a big surprise with a 2-0 win at home against Spanish champions Athletic Bilbao.

Currently, during the UEFA Cup 2008–09 season, Lech made it to the group stage of the competition after knocking out higher seeded teams of Grasshopper-Club Zürich (notching its greatest margin of victory with a 6-0 win at home) and FK Austria Wien (scoring the decisive goal in the last minute of extra-time). In the group stage, Lech finished third-placed ahead of AS Nancy and Feyenoord to secure a place in the Third Round, where it was knocked out by the Italian side Udinese Calcio.

Lech Poznań in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg
1978/79 UEFA Cup 1R MSV Duisburg 2-5 0-5 2-10
1982/83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar 3-0 1-0 4-0
2R Aberdeen F.C. 0-1 0-2 0-3
1983/84 European Cup 1R Athletic Bilbao 2-0 0-4 2-4
1984/85 European Cup 1R Liverpool F.C. 0-1 0-4 0-5
1985/86 UEFA Cup 1R Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-2 1-1 1-3
1988/89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R KS Flamurtari Vlorë 1-0 3-2 4-2
2R FC Barcelona 1-1 1-1 2-2 (4-5 pen)
1990/91 European Cup 1R Panathinaikos 3-0 2-1 5-1
2R Olympique de Marseille 3-2 1-6 4-8
1992/93 UEFA Champions League 1R Skonto FC 2-0 0-0 2-0
2R IFK Göteborg 0-3 0-1 0-4
1993/94 UEFA Champions League 1R Beitar Jerusalem F.C. 3-0 4-2 7-2
2R FC Spartak Moscow 1-5 1-2 2-7
1999/00 UEFA Cup Q FK Liepājas Metalurgs 3-1 2-3 5-4
1R IFK Göteborg 1-2 0-0 1-2
2004/05 UEFA Cup 2Q FC Terek Grozny 0-1 0-1 0-2
2008/09 UEFA Cup 1Q FK Khazar Lenkoran 4-1 1-0 5-1
2Q Grasshopper Zürich 6-0 0-0 6-0
1R FK Austria Wien 4-2 1-2 5-4
GR AS Nancy 2-2
GR PFC CSKA Moscow 1-2
GR Deportivo La Coruña 1-1
GR Feyenoord Rotterdam 1-0 3rd in Gr. H
3R Udinese Calcio 2-2 1-2 3-4
2009/10 UEFA Europa League 3Q Fredrikstad FK 1-2 6-1 7-3
4Q Club Brugge K.V. 1-0 0-1 1-1 (3-5 Pen)


Records



Current squad

 


Out on loan

Coaching staff



Notable players



Fans

Lech Poznań is considered to have the strongest fan support in Poland due to club's highest average attendance in Ekstraklasa and the atmosphere during the games.

For over a decade Lech supporters have a fellowship with fans from Arka Gdyniamarker and Cracovia Kraków (the popular watchword: 'Miłość, Wiara, Walka - Lech Cracovia Arka' i.e. 'Love, Faith, Fight - Lech, Cracovia, Arka'). Close friendship links Lech fans also with KSZO Ostrowiec supporters.

Relations with local rival Warta Poznań are neutral as the clubs have almost always played in different leagues.

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