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Polonia Bytom
Polonia Bytom
Full nameKlub Sportowy Polonia Bytom Spó?ka Akcyjna
Nickname(s)"Blue & Reds", "Queen of Silesia"
Founded4 January 1920
GroundStadion Edwarda Szymkowiaka
ManagerMarcin Domaga?a
LeagueIV liga
2016-17II liga, 18th (relegated)
Current season

Polonia Bytom (Polish pronunciation: [p?'lja 'b?t?m]) is a Polish football club founded on 4 January 1920 in the Upper Silesian city of Bytom, during the hectic months of the Silesian Uprisings. In late 1922, however, as a result of the Upper Silesia plebiscite, Bytom became part of Germany and the club ceased to exist.

In May 1945, numerous players and officials of another Polish club, Pogo? Lwów, arrived in Bytom and decided to revive Polonia. On 17 May 1945, the team played its first game in over two decades, defeating Warta Pozna? 3-2.

Polonia is considered the continuation of Pogo? Lwów; its logo is very similar to the logo of Lwów's team as well as their colours, red-blue.

Polish international player and goalkeeper Edward Szymkowiak played for the club. The club stadium is named after him, and has a capacity of 5,500 spectators.

Polonia has won the Polish championship twice, in 1954 and 1962. In 1952, 1958, 1959 and 1961 Bytom was the vice-champion of Poland. In June 2007 Polonia Bytom, after many years, returned to the Polish Ekstraklasa. However, in 2011, the club was relegated to the I liga after finishing bottom of the table with just six wins all season.[2]




Youth Teams


Polonia Bytom supporters were the first organised fan-club in Poland. They have introduced scarfs, flags and organised chants. Many of the other supporters groups were travelling to Bytom only to watch how Polonia's fans are cheering their club and behaving on the stadium.

The fans have friendships with fans of Arka Gdynia which dates back to 1974, one of the longest friendships in supporter history which has survived to date;[3] and with fans of Odra Opole, since 1987.

Polonia biggest rivals are local teams Górnik Zabrze, Ruch Radzionków, Ruch Chorzów (The Oldest Silesian Derby) and Szombierki Bytom (Derby of Bytom). The other groups which are not very welcome in Bytom are fans from Zaglebie Sosnowiec, Legia Warszawa and Lechia Gdansk.

Polonia Bytom firm is commonly known as Desperados.

League participations[4]

Ekstraklasa: 1948-1949 (2 seasons), 1951-1955 (5 seasons), 1957-1976 (20 seasons), 1977-1980, 1986-1987, 2007-2011

First League: 1950, 1956, 1976-1977, 1980-1986, 1987-2001, 2005-2007, 2011-2013

Second League: 2001-2005, 2013-2014, 2015-

Third League: 2014-2015

Current squad

As of 21 January 2019.

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

No. Position Player
1 Poland GK Patryk Król
2 Poland MF Mariusz Fornalczyk
4 Poland MF Mariusz Przybylski
5 Poland DF Marcin Ganczarczyk
7 Poland MF Tomasz Po?piech
8 Poland MF Norbert B?benek
9 Poland MF ?ukasz Matusiak
10 Poland MF Jaros?aw Czernysz
11 Poland FW Szymon Wojtkowiak
12 Poland GK Maciej Wierzbicki
13 Poland MF Marcel Czypionka
No. Position Player
14 Poland DF Przemys?aw Szkatu?a
15 Poland DF Sebastian Kubik
17 Poland DF Dawid Skrzypi?ski
18 Poland MF Maciej Borycka
19 Poland FW Bartosz Gie?a?yn
21 Poland MF Krzysztof Ha?gas
23 Poland MF Marcin Lachowski
24 Poland MF Dominik Budzik
29 Poland DF Andrzej Buchcik
30 Poland DF Norbert Radkiewicz

Polonia in Europe

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate/Position
1964-65 Intertoto Cup Group C3 France Lens 4-0 1-3 Winner/1st
West Germany Schalke 04 6-0 0-2
Sweden Degerfors IF 6-0 1-1
1R Bye
Quarter final East Germany Karl-Marx-Stadt FC 0-2 4-1 4-3
Semi-final Belgium RFC Liège 0-1 3-1 3-2
Final East Germany Lokomotive Leipzig 0-3 5-1 5-4
1958/59 European Cup Q Hungary MTK Budapest 0-3 0-3 0-6
1962/63 European Cup Q Greece Panathinaikos FC 2-1 4-1 6-2
1R Turkey Galatasaray S.K. 1-4 1-0 2-4


  1. ^ Bytom, Polonia. "Polonia Bytom. Stadion im. Edwarda Szymkowiaka". www.poloniabytom.com.pl.
  2. ^ http://fussball.wettpoint.com/en/archives/table/ekstraklasa_2010_poland.html "Fussball - League Table Ekstraklasa Season 2010/11 Poland" Retrieved 15 August 2011
  3. ^ "Polonia Bytom".
  4. ^ pl:Polonia Bytom (pi?ka no?na)

External links

Coordinates: 50°21?27.21?N 18°53?55.38?E / 50.3575583°N 18.8987167°E / 50.3575583; 18.8987167

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