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Legia Warszawa ( ), is a professional football club based in Warsawmarker, Polandmarker. It was founded in March, 1916 (during the military operations of the World War I on the eastern front) in the neighborhood of Maniewicze in Volhynia as the football club of the Polish Legions. After World War I (since 31 July 1922) it became the main football club of the Polish Army - Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa (Military Sports Club Legia Warsaw). In the years 1949 - 1957 Legia was known by the name CWKS Warszawa (Central Military Sports Club Warsaw). Currently it is one of two Warsawmarker-based football club participating in the Polish Ekstraklasa (alongside Polonia Warsaw). Legia is one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history winning a total of 8 league championships and a record 13 Polish Cups.

On 11 July 2007, Legia was expelled from the Intertoto Cup and put on probation for European competition for the following season, and for the following five seasons, if they qualified. This was as a result of some of their fans rioting during their match against the Lithuanianmarker club FK Vėtra in Vilniusmarker. The UEFA stated that there were ..."obvious problems with Legia supporters at away matches on the continent". The decision to ban Legia for the future European cups was later changed to 5 years probation, and Legia participated in the qualification for the UEFA Cup 2008.

History

Origins

In 1915 during World War I, some members of the Polish Legions decided to create a lasting Polish army club. This idea led to the creation of Legia Warsaw in April 1916. The club was formed almost entirely by soldiers from the Legion lead by Józef Piłsudski. Most of these players originated from southern Polandmarker and from the areas no longer held by Polandmarker. Many of these recruits played in Wisła, Cracovia, or Lwówmarker. The team was originally known as "drużyna legionowa" (Legion Club in English). The first games were played in the area of Volhynian village of Maniewicze, against other legion teams. The first game played in Warsawmarker was in 1917 on Agrykola street against the team of Polonia Warsaw which ended in a 1:1 draw. The induction into the PZPN was officially recognized as 14 March 1920. In the Polish league it was officially recognized as WKS or Wojskowy Klub Sportowy (Army Sports Club is the direct translation). In 1921 after the War had ended Legia played its first game in the Polish second league against local rivals Korona Warszawa which they lost 0-3. Since its early history Legia played home games on the field on Agrykola street. The first field was located in the same spot as today's training field, which during the annexation was used to house Russianmarker Cavalry.

The first League

The first match played in the first league was played against ŁKS Łódź on 8 May 1927 which resulted in a 6:1 away win. During that game Marian Łańko was the first player to score a hat-trick for the club. During the 1927-1936 seasons Legia held usually sixth place. From 1930 Legia played in a new stadiummarker, which was presented to them by Józef Piłsudski. After 1936 Legia was relegated to the second division , were it continued to be until after World War II .

After the war

After the 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 Polandmarker'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 Atletico 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 Cup the team was able to compete in European competitions.

One of the more memorable European runs was the near upset against Inter Milan 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 Milan this time winning at home 3-2 but losing away 1-0 thus losing on away goals.

Legia also won its first Superpuchar Polski defeating Hetman Zamość 3-0 in 1989

Into the 1990s

The 1990s started just as the 80s had been, Legia struggled to take any League wins but made a name for themselves in European competition. One of the best European runs to date was the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1990–91 where Legia advanced all the way to the Semi-Finals only to lose to the champions Manchester United.Also, they're one of the 2 Polish teams to have played in the current format of UEFA Champions League, and the only Polish team which advanced to the Quarter-Finals in the UEFA Champions League 1995-96 season, advancing in the Group Stage over Rosenborg and Blackburn Roversmarker.

The club was co-owned by media mogul Jan Wejchert.

Achievements

Domestic

  • Ekstraklasa :
    • 1st place (8): 1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006
    • 2nd place (11): 1960, 1968, 1971, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2009
    • 3rd place (11): 1928, 1930, 1931, 1961, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007
  • Polish Cup:
    • Winner (13-record): 1955, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008
    • Finalist (6): 1952 (team Legia B), 1969, 1972, 1988, 1991, 2004
  • Polish SuperCup:
    • Winner (4-record): 1989, 1994, 1997, 2008
    • Finalist (3): 1990, 1995, 2006
  • Polish League Cup:
    • Winner (1): 2002
    • Finalist (2): 2000, 2008


Europe



Legia in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Score
1956–57 European Cup Q Slovan Bratislava 0-4, 2-0
1960–61 European Cup Q AGF Aarhus 0-3, 1-0
1964–65 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R ESV Admira-NÖ Energie Wien 3-1, 1-0
2R Galatasaray SK 2-1, 0-1, 1-0
1/4F TSV 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 TSV 1860 München 6-0, 3-2
2R KSV Waregem 0-1, 2-0
3R Újpest FC 0-1, 2-2
1969–70 European Cup 1R UT Arad 2-1, 8-0
2R AS Saint-Étienne 2-1, 1-0
1/4F Galatasaray SK 2-1, 1-0
SF Feyenoord Rotterdam 0-0, 0-2
1970–71 European Cup 1R IFK Göteborg 4-0, 2-1
2R Standard Liege 0-1, 2-0
1/4F Atlético Madrid 0-1, 2-1
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1R FC Lugano 3-1, 0-0
2R Rapid Bucharest 0-4, 2-0
1972–73 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur 2-0, 9-0
2R AC Milan 1-1, 1-2
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R PAOK FC 1-1, 0-1
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1R FC Nantes Atlantique 2-2, 0-1
1980–81 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R PFC Slavia Sofia 1-3, 1-0
1981–82 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Vålerenga 2-2, 4-1
2R Lausanne Sports 2-1, 1-1
3R FC Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1, 0-1
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Viking FK 3-0, 1-1
2R Videoton FC Fehérvár 1-0, 1-1
3R Inter Milan 0-0, 0-1
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0-0, 1-0
2R Inter Milan 3-2, 0-1
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Bayern Munich 1-3, 3-7
1989–90 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R FC Barcelona 1-1, 1-0
1990–91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R FC Swift Hesperange 3-0, 3-0
2R Aberdeen FC 0-0, 1-0
1/4F UC Sampdoria 1-0, 2-2
SF Manchester United 1-3, 1-1
1994–95 UEFA Champions League Q Hajduk Split 0-1, 0-4
1995–96 UEFA Champions League Q IFK Göteborg 1-0, 2-1
GR Rosenborg BKmarker 3-1, 0-4
FC Spartak Moscow 1-2, 0-1
Blackburn Roversmarker 1-0, 0-0
1/4F Panathinaikos FC 0-0, 0-3
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q Jeunesse Esch 4-2, 3-0
2Q FC Haka 3-0, 1-1
1R Panathinaikos FC 4-2, 0-2
2R Beşiktaş J.K. 1-1, 1-2
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Glenavon FC 1-1, 0-4
1R Vicenza Calcio 0-2, 1-1
1999–00 UEFA Cup Q FK Vardar 5-0, 4-0
1R Anorthosis Famagusta FC 0-1, 2-0
2R Udinese Calcio 0-1, 1-1
2001–02 UEFA Cup Q FC Etzella Ettelbruck 4-0, 2-1
1R IF Elfsborg 4-1, 6-1
2R Valencia CF 1-1, 1-6
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 2Q FK Vardar 3-1, 1-1
3Q FC Barcelona 0-3, 0-1
UEFA Cup 1R FC Utrecht 4-1, 3-1
2R FC Schalke 04 2-3, 0-0
2004–05 UEFA Cup 2Q FC Tbilisi 1-0, 6-0
1R FK Austria Wien 0-1, 1-3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 2Q FC Zürich 0-1, 1-4
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 2Q FH Hafnarfjörður 1-0, 2-0
3Q Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1, 2-3
UEFA Cup 1R FK Austria Wien 1-1, 0-1
2007 Intertoto Cup 2R FK Vėtra 0-3 (Awarded), (w/o)
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q FC Gomel 0-0, 4-1
2Q FK Moscow 1-2, 0-2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Olimpi Rustavi 3-0, 1-0
3Q Brøndby IF 1-1, 2-2


Current squad

The players in bold have senior international caps for their respective countries.

Out on loan

Reserve team



Sponsors



Notable players



Retired numbers



Coaches and managers

   


Main rivals



Warsaw derby

The Warsaw derby is a match between Legia and Polonia Warsaw.
All matches
Matches Legia wins Draws Polonia wins
51 25 13 13


See also



References

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