Wisła Kraków

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Wisła Kraków
Wisła Kraków logo.svg
Full nameWisła Kraków Spółka Akcyjna
Nickname(s)Biała Gwiazda (The White Star)
Founded1906; 116 years ago (1906)
GroundStadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana
OwnerJakub Błaszczykowski
Tomasz Jażdżyński
Jarosław Królewski
PresidentDawid Błaszczykowski
ManagerAdrián Guľa
2020–2113th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Wisła Kraków (Polish pronunciation: [ˈviswa ˈkrakuf]) is a Polish professional football club based in Kraków, that competes in the Ekstraklasa, the top level of Polish football league system. Wisła is one of the oldest and most successful Polish football clubs. It ranks fourth in the number of national titles won (13), behind Górnik Zabrze, Ruch Chorzów (both on 14), and Legia Warsaw (15), and second in all-time victories. Wisła was founded in 1906 under the name TS Wisła (Polish: Towarzystwo Sportowe Wisła).

The club's coat of arms is a white star on a red background crossed by a blue ribbon.

Wisła Kraków has been one of the most successful Polish football clubs in recent years, winning eight league championships since 1999. Along with league titles, Wisła also won the Polish Cup on four occasions. Wisła also enjoyed some success in European competitions in the 1970s, reaching the quarter-finals in the 1978–79 European Cup and winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1969, 1970 and 1973.


1907 Wisła Kraków side

Wisła Kraków was founded in 1906 when students of the Second Practical School in Kraków, inspired by their professor Tadeusz Łopuszański, formed a football club.[2]

In this first, historic season of the League, the fight for the championship was decided between two teams: Wisła Kraków and 1. FC Kattowitz. This rivalry was treated very seriously, not only by the two sides involved, but also by the whole nation. 1. FC was regarded as the team supported by the German minority, while Wisła, at the end of this historic season, represented ambitions of all Poles.

1927 Wisła Kraków side.

Some time in the fall of 1927 in Katowice, an ill-fated game between 1.FC and Wisła took place. Stakes were very high – the winner would become the Champion. Kraków's side won 2–0 and became the Champion. 1.FC finished second, third was Warta Poznań.

In 1949, the club was renamed to Gwardia-Wisła Kraków. In 1955 the club returned to its original name, TS Wisła. In 1967, the club was once again renamed, to GTS Wisła, a name which held until 1990 when the club reverted to its original name, TS Wisła. In the late 1990s, the football section of the club was incorporated and was renamed Wisła Kraków SSA.

The club has had its ups and downs, winning national championships and earning European qualification. It was also relegated to the second division on three occasions. Since the football section has been bought by Tele-Fonika Kable S.A. in 1998, the team has been far and away the most successful club in Poland, winning seven national championships and finishing in second place three times, totalling ten top two finishes in 12 years.

At international level, Wisła has competed in all three of the European competitions. The club's greatest success came in the 1978–79 season, when Wisła was able to reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup, eventually to be knocked out by Malmö FF 3–5 on aggregate. Most recently, Wisła narrowly missed out on a chance to compete in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League group stage, being defeated 4–5 by Panathinaikos after extra time.[3]

Wisła also twice reached the second round of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1967–68 and 1984–85, falling 0–5 and 2–3 by Hamburger SV and Fortuna Sittard respectively.

The White Star has competed in the UEFA Cup ten times.


Wisła's Stadium is located at 22 Reymonta Street in Kraków. The stadium was originally built in 1953 and currently has a capacity of 33,326. The stadium was renovated in 2010, being upgraded to UEFA elite standards. The Wisła Stadium was also chosen as a reserve venue for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, jointly held in Poland and Ukraine. The record attendance of 45,000 at Wisła Stadium came on 29 September 1976 when Wisła defeated Celtic 2–0. The venue has been a fortress for Wisła, where the team is especially difficult to defeat. It is worth noting that Wisła holds the all-time European football record for consecutive home games without a loss. The streak began following a loss on 16 September 2001 to KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, and ended more than five years later on 11 November 2006, when GKS Bełchatów defeated Wisła 4–2. The number of matches without a loss was then settled at 73, overcoming the former Polish record of 48 which belonged to Legia Warsaw. During the 2008–09 season, Wisła lost points at home only twice, drawing with ŁKS Łódź and being defeated by Lech Poznań.

Supporters and rivalries

Fan Friendlies

Wisła fans formerly had relations with Lechia Gdańsk and Śląsk Wrocław until 2016, when their alliance fell apart.[citation needed] They formed a new group with Ruch Chorzów and Widzew Łódź which divided Wisła fans. The club also has relations with Italian side Lazio, Serbian Red Star, and formerly held relations with Unia Tarnów.

The Holy War

The term "Holy War" refers to the intense rivalry between the two Kraków-based teams; Wisła and KS Cracovia. In 1906, the establishment of the two first Polish football clubs, Cracovia and Wisła, created a rivalry that now dates back more than 100 years. The term "Holy War" was first used to describe the rivalry of Kraków's Jewish teams, Makkabi and Jutrzenka. A Jutrzenka defender, Ludwik Gintel, who later joined the Cracovia side referred to the derby match against Wisła as the "Holy War". The phrase was incorporated into a song and has since been popular amongst both Wisła and Cracovia fans.

The first recorded Kraków Derby was contested on 20 September 1908, a 1–1 draw. A historic derby match between Cracovia and Wisła occurred on 8 May 1913. It was the first time Polish teams played a championship game officially sanctioned by FIFA; Cracovia won 2–1. The most famous derby took place in 1948 when after the first post-war season, both Cracovia and Wisła accumulated an even number of points and the championship had to be decided by an additional game played at a neutral venue. On 5 December 1948, Cracovia defeated Wisła 3–1 and was crowned national champions. As of May 2011, the Kraków derby game between Wisła and Cracovia has been contested 183 times, with Wisła winning 82 times, tying 42 times and Cracovia winning 59 times.

Poland's Derby

The match contested between Wisła Kraków and Legia Warsaw is commonly recognized as the greatest rivalry in Polish club football. Historically the two sides have been the most successful clubs in Poland, both in the top 2 in the all-time table. The rivalry between two of Poland's premier cities of Kraków and Warsaw sparks the rivalry even more. The regional differences of Kraków (South) and Warsaw (North), and the fact that Kraków used to be the capital of Poland before Warsaw (in the years 1041–1596)[4] and the full official name of Kraków is Stołeczne Królewskie Miasto Kraków, or "Royal Capital City of Kraków" in English, also add a greater meaning to the match.

Additional teams

In addition to the professional team, Wisła Kraków plays also in the Polish Junior league.[5]

Current squad

As of 18 January 2021[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Poland POL Paweł Kieszek
4 DF Poland POL Maciej Sadlok (vice-captain)
6 DF Poland POL Alan Uryga
7 MF Israel ISR Dor Hugi
8 MF Netherlands NED Aschraf El Mahdioui
9 FW Czech Republic CZE Jan Kliment
10 MF Kazakhstan KAZ Georgy Zhukov
11 MF Poland POL Mateusz Młyński
13 FW Czech Republic CZE Zdeněk Ondrášek
15 DF Czech Republic CZE Matěj Hanousek (on loan from Sparta Prague)
16 MF Poland POL Jakub Błaszczykowski (captain)
17 DF Poland POL Serafin Szota
19 FW Poland POL Hubert Sobol
20 DF Poland POL Konrad Gruszkowski
21 MF Serbia SRB Nikola Kuveljić
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF Czech Republic CZE Michal Frydrych (3rd captain)
30 FW Spain ESP Luis Fernández
31 GK Poland POL Mikołaj Biegański
32 DF Poland POL Paweł Koncewicz-Żyłka
36 DF Sweden SWE Sebastian Ring
43 DF Poland POL Dawid Szot
54 MF Poland POL Piotr Starzyński
59 FW Poland POL Przemysław Zdybowicz
70 MF Guinea GUI Momo Cissé
77 MF Austria AUT Stefan Savić
80 MF Poland POL Patryk Plewka
91 FW Costa Rica CRC Felicio Brown Forbes
92 MF Slovakia SVK Michal Škvarka
99 GK Poland POL Kacper Rosa
- MF Sweden SWE Joseph Colley

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Poland POL Krystian Wachowiak (at GKS Tychy until 30 June 2022)
3 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Adi Mehremić (at Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C. until 30 June 2022)
14 DF Poland POL Daniel Hoyo-Kowalski (at Hutnik Kraków until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
41 MF Poland POL Kacper Duda (at Garbarnia Kraków until 31 December 2021)
48 GK Poland POL Kamil Broda (at Chojniczanka Chojnice until 30 June 2022)
MF Poland POL Wiktor Szywacz (at Garbarnia Kraków until 30 June 2022)

Current coaching staff

Head Coach Slovakia Adrián Guľa
Assistant Coach Slovakia Marián Zimen
Assistant Coach Poland Kazimierz Kmiecik
Fitness Coach Slovakia Martin Kojnok
Goalkeeping Coach Poland Maciej Kowal
Analyst Slovakia Ladislav Kubalík



  1. ^ (In 1951 Wisła was league champion, however, the Polish Championship title was awarded to the Cup winner, Ruch Chorzów)


Youth Teams


Team records

  • Biggest win: 21–0 (8–0) – in Polish Championship elimination match with Pogoń Siedlce in Kraków, 24 August 1947.
  • Highest home attendance: 45,000 – Wisła Kraków 2–0 Scotland Celtic (UEFA Cup), 29 September 1976.
  • Highest home league attendance: 40,000 – Wisła Kraków 2–1 Legia Warszawa (Polish league), 7 August 1977.
  • Debut in the league: 3 April 1927 in the first in league history.
  • In the table of all time: 2nd place
  • Consecutive matches without defeat in the league: 38 (25 October 2003 – 22 May 2005) – a record in the league
  • Consecutive home matches without defeat: 73 (16 September 2001 – 11 November 2006) – a record in the league
  • Biggest win in European competition: Georgia (country) WIT Georgia Tbilisi 2:8 Wisła Kraków, in Georgia, 27 July 2004 year. Wisła Kraków 7–0 Wales Newtown, in Kraków, 29 July 1998.

Records individual

Wisła in European football

  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-Off
Season Competition Round Club Score
1967–68 European Cup Winners' Cup 1 Finland HJK Helsinki 4–1, 4–0
2 Germany Hamburger SV 0–1, 0–4
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1 Scotland Celtic 2–2, 2–0
2 Belgium Molenbeek 1–1, 1–1
1978–79 European Cup 1 Belgium Club Brugge 1–2, 3–1
2 Czechoslovakia Zbrojovka Brno 2–2, 1–1
1/4F Sweden Malmö FF 2–1, 1–4
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1 Sweden Malmö FF 0–2, 1–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 Iceland ÍBV 4–2, 3–1
2 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard 0–2, 2–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup Q1 Wales Newtown 0–0, 7–0
Q2 Turkey Trabzonspor 5–1, 2–1
1 Slovenia Maribor 2–0, 3–0
2 Italy Parma 1–1, 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar Sarajevo 0–0, 3–1
1 Spain Real Zaragoza 1–4, 4–1
2 Portugal Porto 0–0, 0–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League Q2 Latvia Skonto 2–1, 1–0
Q3 Spain Barcelona 3–4, 0–1
UEFA Cup 1 Croatia Hajduk Split 2–2, 1–0
2 Italy Internazionale 0–2, 1–0
2002–03 UEFA Cup Q Northern Ireland Glentoran 2–0, 4–0
1 Slovenia Primorje 2–0, 6–1
2 Italy Parma 1–2, 4–1
3 Germany Schalke 04 1–1, 4–1
4 Italy Lazio 3–3, 1–2
2003–04 UEFA Champions League Q2 Cyprus Omonia 5–2, 2–2
Q3 Belgium Anderlecht 1–3, 0–1
UEFA Cup 1 Netherlands NEC 2–1, 2–1
2 Norway Vålerenga 0–0, 0–0
2004–05 UEFA Champions League Q2 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia 8–2, 3–0
Q3 Spain Real Madrid 0–2, 1–3
UEFA Cup 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 4–3, 1–2
2005–06 UEFA Champions League Q3 Greece Panathinaikos 3–1, 1–4
UEFA Cup 1 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 0–3, 0–1
2006–07 UEFA Cup Q2 Austria SV Mattersburg 1–1, 1–0
1 Greece Iraklis 0–1, 2–0
Group England Blackburn Rovers 1–2
France Nancy 1–2
Switzerland Basel 3–1
Netherlands Feyenoord 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League Q2 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–2, 5–0
Q3 Spain Barcelona 0–4, 1–0
UEFA Cup 1 England Tottenham Hotspur 1–2, 1–1
2009–10 UEFA Champions League Q2 Estonia Levadia Tallinn 1–1, 0–1
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Q2 Lithuania Šiauliai 2–0, 5–0
Q3 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–1, 2–3
2011–12 UEFA Champions League Q2 Latvia Skonto 1–0, 2–0
Q3 Bulgaria Litex Lovech 2–1, 3–1
PO Cyprus APOEL 1–0, 1–3
UEFA Europa League Group Netherlands Twente 1–4, 2–1
England Fulham 1–0, 1–4
Denmark OB 1–3, 2–1
1/16F Belgium Standard Liège 1–1, 0–0

Notable players

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Wisła.

Managerial history


Wisła Kraków also has an esports division, with teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and FIFA 20.[8]


  1. ^ "Informacje - Wisła Kraków". Wisła Kraków (in Polish). Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Historia TS Wisła w pigułce". Towarzystwo Sportowe Wisła (in Polish). Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Kotsios completes comeback". UEFA. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ pl:Kraków
  5. ^ "Drużyny - Wisła Kraków S.A." Wisła Kraków (in Polish). Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Drużyna - Wisła Kraków". Wisła Kraków (in Polish). Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Wisła przedstawiła asystentów trenera Adriána Guľi".
  8. ^ "Wisla All in Games".

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