Poland


Poland

Lowest playable division = I Liga (second level)

Starting with the 2008/09 season the top division in Poland became officially called Ekstraklasa with the levels below being I Liga, II Liga and so on.  So if you are playing FM08 or an earlier version the lowest playable league will be II Liga.

FM10: Unibet I liga 2009/2010 (18 teams)
This is the 62nd season of second division football in Poland.

Promotion: Top two teams get promoted to the Ekstraklasa

Relegation: Bottom four get relegated to II Liga

Teams:
Dolcan Ząbki
Flota Świnoujście
GKP Gorzów Wielkopolski
GKS Katowice
Górnik Łęczna
Górnik Zabrze (relegated from Ekstraklasa)
KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski (promoted from II Liga)
Łódzki KS (relegated from Ekstraklasa*)
MKS Kluczbork (promoted from II Liga)
Motor Lublin
Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała
Pogoń Szczecin (promoted from II Liga)
Sandecja Nowy Sącz (promoted from II Liga)
Stal Stalowa Wola
Warta Poznań
Widzew Łódź
Wisła Płock
Znicz Pruszków

– Łódzki KS actually finished in mid-table but were relegated for failing to maintain their licence to play in the Ekstraklasa.

The 2009/2010 I Liga season offers an intersting mix of teams, some are still waiting for thier first trophy, and one, Górnik Zabrze, is truly a fallen giant of Polish football.  It is the only Polish club to ever reach an European final and is tied for the most Ekstraklasa trophies with Ruch Chorzów.  Here is a list of each team’s best achievments (Ekstraklasa used throughout, although also known as I Liga in the past):

Dolcan Ząbki (8th I Liga – 2008/09 | Round of 16 Polish Cup – 2009/10)

Flota Świnoujście (7th I Liga – 2008/09)

Gorzów Wielkopolski (14th I Liga – 2008/09 | Round of 32 Polish Cup – 2009/10 | Winner OZPN Gorzów Wielkopolski Region Polish Cup)

GKS Katowice (4x runner up Ekstraklasa  – 1987/88, 1988/89, 1991/92, 1993/94 | 3x Winner Polish Cup – 1985/86, 1990/91, 1992/93 | 2x Winner Polish Supercup – 1991, 1995)

Górnik Łęczna (7th Ekstraklasa – 2004/05, Quarter-final Polish Cup – 2000/01)

Górnik Zabrze (14x Winner Ekstraklasa – 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1966/67, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1987/88 | 6x Winner Polish Cup – 1964/65, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72 | Winner Polish Supercup – 1988 | Final Cup Winners’ Cup – 1969/70 | Quarter-final European Champions Cup – 1967/68)

KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski (13th Ekstraklasa – 2001/02, Winner II Liga Eastern Group – 2008/09)

Łódzki KS (2x Winner Ekstraklasa – 1958, 1997/98 | Winner Polish Cup – 1956/57)

MKS Kluczbork (Winner II Liga Western Group – 2008/09)

Motor Lublin (9th Ekstraklasa – 1984/85 | Quarter-final Polish Cup – 1978/79, 1981/82)

Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała (4th I Liga – 2008/09)

Pogoń Szczecin (2x runner up Ekstraklasa – 1986/87, 2000/01 | 2x runner up Polish Cup – 1980/81, 1981/82)

Sandecja Nowy Sącz (16th II Liga [current I Liga] – 1986/87)

Stal Stalowa Wola (13th Ekstraklasa – 1993/94 | Quarter-final Polish Cup – 1991/92)

Warta Poznań (2x Winner Ekstraklasa – 1929, 1947 | Semi-final Polish Cup – 1926)

Widzew Łódź (4x Winner Ekstraklasa – 1980/81, 1981/82, 1995/96, 1996/97 | Winner Polish Cup – 1984/85 | Winner Polish Supercup – 1996 | Semi-final European Champions Cup – 1982/83)

Wisła Płock (4th Ekstraklasa – 2004/05 | Winner Polish Cup – 2005/06 | Winner Polish Supercup – 2006)

Znicz Pruszków (5th II Liga [current I Liga] – 2007/08)

Author: DomD