Krakow’s Star Sports Club
Wisla Krakow is one the city’s two best known sports clubs, the
other being its arch-rival Cracovia. Since 1997 Wisla has been
divided into two separate entities. The better known one
nowadays is Wisla Krakow S.A., a commercial football club based
Krakow, Poland and incorporated as a public limited
company, controlled by Krakow's businessman Boguslaw Cupial. By
contrast, TS Wisla has remained a municipal sports club
interested in a wider range of disciplines from judo to
basketball to swimming. TS in the name of TS Wisla is short for
Towarzystwo Sportowe, Sports Association in English, whereas
S.A. in Wisla Krakow S.A. equals the English abbreviation PLC
and stands for words Spolka Akcyjna.
TS Wisla and Wisla Krakow S.A. coexist and share the sports
ground at 22 Reymonta street.
Wisla Krakow football club.
Wisla Krakow is now Poland’s most successful soccer team. The
club won the country’s 13 championships, namely in years 1927,
1928, 1949, 1950, 1978, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008,
2009, and 2011. The Krakow football club also managed to secure
twelve second places and ten third places. Plus Krakow’s Wisla
prevailed in the Poland Cup on four occasions, in years 1926,
1967, 2002, and 2003, being a finalist ten times. And only three
times in its 100-year-plus history Wisla Krakow was relegated
from the premier league.
Internationally Wisla Krakow reached once the quarterfinal of
the Champions League in 1979 and it won the UEFA Intertoto Cup
three times – in 1970, 1971, and 1973.
Wisla holds the European football record of 73 home games in a
row without a defeat. Between September 16, 2001 and November
11, 2006 the Krakow soccer team never lost on its home turf to a
Long history of Wisla Krakow.
Football was in the beginning. The origins of the Wisla club
date back to October 1906 when the first soccer tournament in
Krakow took place on the
Blonia common. Four ad hoc teams of the city’s early
football enthusiasts competed in the contest, and three of them
would eventually unite in a club called Wisla in 1907. It was
its first captain and goalkeeper Jozef Szkolnikowski who came up
with the club name.
As soon as the first football league was started in Poland in
the early 1920s, Wisla Krakow joined the series. The club won
its first championship in 1927.
In 1997 the club’s soccer team was spun off as a public limited
company in order to attract investors with capital needed to
keep pace with changes in the Polish professional football.
The name, symbols, and colors of the Wisla Krakow
Wisla Krakow, the original Polish spelling Wisła Kraków,
pronounced ‘veeswa krakoof’’, has been named after Wisla river
(also known in English as Vistula) that flows through the center
of the city of Krakow. The club officially adopted its name in
The club’s emblem is a five-pointed white star. Its coat of arms
features it on a red shield with diagonal blue stripe.
The club colors of the Wisla Krakow are red, white, and blue.
Wisla Krakow football arena adjoins the city's vast Blonia
Stadium of the Wisla club.
Krakow’s Wisla Stadium, Stadion Wisly in Polish, is situated at
22 Reymonta street, ul. Reymonta 22, opposite the campus of the
AGH University of Science and Technology. Built in 1953, the
sports arena of Wisla Krakow can seat 33,300 after the expansion
and a thorough modernization completed in 2010. Fifty seats (in
section E) have been set aside and adapted for the disabled. A
bay for the press corps accommodates 322 and is situated in
section A. Also, facilities are provided for television and
radio crews of 120.
The playing field of the Wisla Stadium is 105 meters long and 72
meters wide and has heated turf.
Contact info for Wisla Krakow football club.
Postal address: Wisla Krakow S.A., ul. Reymonta 22, 30-059
Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 126307600; fax (+48) 126307691.
Email email@example.com Official web site
TS Wisla Krakow sports club
Apart from football TS Wisla Krakow maintains nine sports
sections, i.e. women’s basketball, male basketball, women’s
swimming, boxing, shooting, judo, and bridge ones.
The club’s professional teams, notably its basketball squads, as
well individual sportsmen and sportswomen are among Poland’s
Wisla Krakow’s leisure complex at 22 Reymonta street comprises
the football stadium, a sports hall, and an indoor swimming bath
as well as an open-air swimming pool, plus other sports
facilities. The Hala Wisly hall may accommodate 2,400 spectators
(1,600 seating and 800 standing) and it’s also a popular venue
for musical concerts,
ballet shows, congresses, etc.
Contact info for TS Wisla Krakow sports club
Postal address: Towarzystwo Sportowe Wisla Kraków, ul. Reymonta
22, 30-059 Krakow. Phone (+48) 126304500. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org Web site www.tswisla.pl
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