Śląsk Wrocław (basketball)

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WKS Śląsk Wrocław
Founded1947;74 years ago (1947)
HistoryŚląsk Wrocław
(1947–present)
Arena Hala Orbita
Capacity3,000
Location Wrocław, Poland
Team colorsGreen, White, Red
   
Head coach Petar Mijović
Championships17 Polish Championships
14 Polish Cups
2 Polish Supercups
Website wks-slask.eu

WKS Śląsk Wrocław is a Polish basketball club, based in Wrocław. The home court is Hala Orbita. Since being founded in 1947 Śląsk Wrocław has been the most decorated and most recognizable Polish basketball club. The team has won the Polish league championships 17 times so far. Most recognized period of Śląsk's history is the "Great Śląsk Era" when the team won five championship titles in a row (1998-2002). Most of those successes where achieved with coach Andrej Urlep. The notable players playing for Śląsk Wrocław over the years were: Mieczysław Łopatka (1960s), Edward Jurkiewicz (1970s and 1980s), Jerzy Binkowski (1980s, 1990s), Dariusz Zelig (1980s, 1990s), Maciej Zieliński (1980s, 1990s, 2000s), Adam Wójcik and Dominik Tomczyk. In 2008 the club has gone into serious financial difficulties, which resulted in withdrawing the team from Polish Basketball League. After years of rebuilding attempts, the club is now back playing in the Polish Basketball League top division.

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History

In the 2020–21 PLK season, the team finished third. Sląsk defeated Legia Warszawa 86:85 in overtime of the decisive game 3 of the bronze medal series. The result exceeded expectations as it was the club's first league podium finish in 11 years. Key players of that team included Aleksander Dziewa, Elijah Stewart and Strahinja Jovanovic. [1]

Season by season (since 1990)

SeasonTierLeaguePos. Polish Cup European competitions
1990–911 PLK Champion2 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
T16
0-2
1991–921 PLK ChampionWinner1 FIBA European League / 2 European Cup
R3
1-3
1992–931 PLK Champion1 FIBA EuroLeague
R2
2-2
1993–941 PLK Champion1 FIBA EuroLeague
R1
0-2
1994–951 PLK 5th1 FIBA EuroLeague
R1
0-2
1995–961 PLK Champion3 FIBA Korać Cup
R1
1-1
1996–971 PLK 4thWinner2 FIBA EuroCup
QF
9-7
1997–981 PLK Champion2 FIBA EuroCup
QF
9-6
1998–991 PLK Champion2 FIBA Saporta Cup
R32
5-7
1999–001 PLK Champion2 FIBA Saporta Cup
QF
10-6
2000–011 PLK Champion1 FIBA SuproLeague
T16
7-13
2001–021 PLK Champion1 Euroleague
RS
4–10
2002–031 PLK 3nd1 Euroleague
RS
5–9
2003–041 PLK 2ndWinner1 Euroleague
RS
6–8
2004–051 PLK 5thWinner2 ULEB Cup
T16
6–6
2005–061 PLK 5th3 FIBA EuroCup
T16
6–6
2006–071 PLK 3rd
2007–081 PLK 3rd [lower-alpha 1] Runner-up
2008–093 II Liga 11th
2009–103II Liga12th
2010–113II Liga12th
2011–123II Liga1st
2012–132 I Liga 1st
2013–14 1 PLK 9thWinner
2014–15 1 PLK 5th Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 PLK 14th [lower-alpha 2] 3 FIBA Europe Cup
R32
4–8
2016–173II Liga 1st
2017–182I Liga9th
2018–192I Liga2nd
2019–201PLK7th [lower-alpha 3]
2020–211PLK3rd Quarterfinalist
  1. Withdrew from the PLK after bankruptcy.
  2. Withdrew from the PLK due to financial problems.
  3. Season shortened due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Players

Hala Orbita PLK Intermarche Basket Cup.jpg
Hala Orbita

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Śląsk Wrocław roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.Nat.Name
SG 2 Flag of the United States.svg Gibson, Kyle 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)34 – (1987-05-22)22 May 1987
G/F 3 Flag of the United States.svg Stewart, Elijah 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)25 – (1995-11-14)14 November 1995
G/F 4 Flag of Poland.svg Strzępek, Paweł 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)21 – (2000-03-25)25 March 2000
F/C 6 Flag of the United States.svg McCauley, Ben 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)34 – (1986-09-06)6 September 1986
PG 7 Flag of Poland.svg Gordon, Kacper 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)19 – (2002-05-06)6 May 2002
F/C 8 Flag of Poland.svg Bender, Maciej 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)24 – (1997-01-28)28 January 1997
F/C 10 Flag of Poland.svg Wójcik, Jan 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)21 – (1999-11-11)11 November 1999
F/C 11 Flag of Poland.svg Dziewa, Aleksander 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)23 – (1997-11-06)6 November 1997
C 12 Flag of Poland.svg Walski, Szymon 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)21 – (2000-03-27)27 March 2000
G 13 Flag of Serbia.svg Jovanović, Strahinja 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)24 – (1996-08-29)29 August 1996
SF 14 Flag of Poland.svg Kozłowski, Igor 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)20 – (2001-03-16)16 March 2001
PF 15 Flag of Poland.svg Gabiński, Michał  (C)2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)34 – (1987-02-11)11 February 1987
C 18 Flag of Poland.svg Tomczak, Szymon 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)23 – (1998-01-17)17 January 1998
F 21 Flag of Poland.svg Zagórski, Maksymilian 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)22 – (1999-05-13)13 May 1999
F 22 Flag of Poland.svg Żeleźniak, Tomasz 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)23 – (1998-04-15)15 April 1998
SG 24 Flag of Poland.svg Marchewka, Kacper 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)18 – (2002-07-24)24 July 2002
F 27 Flag of Croatia.svg Ramljak, Ivan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)30 – (1990-08-09)9 August 1990
SG Flag of Poland.svg Karolak, Jakub 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)27 – (1993-09-26)26 September 1993
F Flag of Poland.svg Sitnik, Michał 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)20 – (2000-09-15)15 September 2000
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of Poland.svg Marcin Grygowicz
  • Flag of Poland.svg Maciej Maciejewski

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: June 8, 2021

Retired numbers

Śląsk Wrocław retired numbers
Nat.PlayerPositionTenure
9 Flag of Poland.svg Maciej Zieliński F 1987–1992, 1995–2006

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Achievements

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References

  1. EBL: Aleksander Dziewa: To nieopisana radość. Nikt w Polsce na nas nie stawiał Mariusz Hawryszczuk (Polsat Sport), 25 April 2021. Accessed 20 May 2021.(in Polish)