|Founded||20 December 1919|
|FIFA affiliation||20 April 1923|
|UEFA affiliation||2 March 1955|
The Polish Football Association (Polish : Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej;PZPN) is the governing body of association football in Poland. It organizes the Polish football leagues (without the Ekstraklasa), the Polish Cup and the Polish national football team. It is based in the Polish capital of Warsaw.
The fully independent federation was established 20 December 1919 engulfing the autonomous Polish Football Union (PFU) that was part of the disintegrated Austrian Football Union. The PFU was established on 25 June 1911in Lwów, Austria-Hungary. Between 1911 and 1919 the national team of Poland played three games at the Czarni Lwów's stadium. The team was composed mainly of players from the city of Lwów.
When the Wehrmacht invaded Poland in September 1939, all Polish institutions and associations were dissolved, including the PZPN. The German occupying forces forbade Poles to organise football matches.
In September 2008, the leadership of the PZPN was suspended by the Polish Olympic Committee for "[violating] its statutes in a continuous and flagrant fashion."A year earlier, the Polish sports ministry also made an attempt to address corruption within the PZPN, but was threatened with suspension by FIFA, which forbids any form of government intervention. On 30 October 2008, Grzegorz Lato became the president of the PZPN. On 26 October 2012, Zbigniew Boniek was elected president after winning 61 votes from 118 delegates.
The football association turned 100 years with the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup during its centennial year. In 2019, Józef Klotz, who had played for the Poland national football team and was killed in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust, was honored by the Association.
|1.||Edward Cetnarowski||20 December 1919 – 15 January 1928|
|2.||Władysław Bończa-Uzdowski||15 January 1928 – 20 February 1937|
|3.||Kazimierz Glabisz||20 February 1937 – 1 September 1939|
|4.||Tadeusz Kuchar||29 June 1945 – 16 February 1946|
|5.||Władysław Bończa-Uzdowski||16 February 1946 – 1949|
|6.||Andrzej Przeworski||1949 – 1951|
|7.||Jerzy Bordziłowski||1951 – 1953|
|8.||Jan Rotkiewicz||1953 – 1954|
|9.||Roman Gajzler||1954 – 1954|
|10.||Władysław Rajkowski||1954 – 1956|
|11.||Stefan Glinka||1956 – 1961|
|12.||Wit Hanke||1961 – 1966|
|13.||Wiesław Ociepka||1966 – 1972|
|14.||Stanisław Nowosielski||1972 – 1973|
|15.||Jan Maj||1973 – 1976|
|16.||Edward Sznajder||1976 – 1978|
|17.||Marian Ryba||1978 – 1981|
|18.||Włodzimierz Reczek||1981 – 1985|
|19.||Edward Brzostowski||1985 – 1986|
|20.||Zbigniew Jabłoński||1986 – 1989|
|21.||Jerzy Domański||1989 – 25 March 1991|
|22.||Kazimierz Górski||25 March 1991 – 3 July 1995|
|23.||Marian Dziurowicz||3 July 1995 – 28 June 1999|
|-||Wiesław Pakoca||25 May 1998 – 7 August 1998||curator|
|24.||Michał Listkiewicz||28 June 1999 – 30 October 2008|
|-||Andrzej Rusko||19 January 2007 – 1 February 2007||curator|
|-||Marcin Wojcieszak||1 February 2007 – 5 March 2007||curator|
|-||Robert Zawłocki||29 September 2008 – 10 October 2008||curator|
|25.||Grzegorz Lato||30 October 2008 – 26 October 2012|
|26.||Zbigniew Boniek||26 October 2012 – present|
Zbigniew Boniek is a Polish former footballer and manager as well as current UEFA vice-president and head of the Polish Football Association (PZPN). A former midfielder, who was also capable of playing mostly as a right winger and second striker, he is considered one of the greatest Polish players of all time, and was selected by Pelé as one of the 100 best living footballers in 2004.
Football is the most popular sport in Poland. Over 400,000 Poles play football regularly, with millions more playing occasionally. The first professional clubs were founded in the early 1900s, and the Polish national football team played its first international match in 1921.
Poland's sports include almost all sporting disciplines, in particular: football, volleyball, motorcycle speedway, ski jumping, track and field, handball, basketball, tennis and combat sport. The first Polish Formula One driver, Robert Kubica, has brought awareness of Formula One Racing to Poland. Volleyball is one of the country's most popular sports, with a rich history of international competition. Poland has made a distinctive mark in motorcycle speedway racing thanks to Tomasz Gollob, Jaroslaw Hampel and Rune Holta. Speedway is very popular in Poland with them winning the world cup (2014) and the Polish Extraleague has the highest average attendances for any sport in Poland. The Polish mountains are an ideal venue for hiking, skiing and mountain biking and attract millions of tourists every year from all over the world. Cross country skiing and ski jumping are popular TV sports, gathering 4–5 million viewers each competition, with Justyna Kowalczyk, Adam Małysz and Kamil Stoch as the main attractions. Baltic beaches and resorts are popular locations for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and a broad-range of other water-themed sports.
KS Cracovia, commonly known simply as Cracovia, is a Polish sports club based in Kraków. Five-time and also the first Polish champion, winner of the Polish Cup and the Polish Super Cup in 2020. Cracovia is the longest existing Polish club.
The Poland national football team has represented Poland in men's international football competitions since their first match in 1921. The team is controlled by the Polish Football Association, the governing body for football in Poland.
The Polish Cup in football is an elimination tournament for Polish football clubs, held continuously from 1950, and is the second most important national title in Polish football after the Ekstraklasa title. Due to mass participation of teams, the tournament is often called The Cup of the Thousand Teams.
Kazimierz Klaudiusz Górski was a coach of Poland national football team and honorary president of the Polish Football Association. He was also a football player, capped once for Poland.
Grzegorz Bolesław Lato is a Polish former professional footballer and manager who played as a winger. He was a member of Poland's golden generation of football players who rose to fame in the 1970s and early 80s. Over a decade, he represented Poland at five major tournaments starting with Gold at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich and ending with a third-place finish at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. He reached the peak of his career at the 1974 World Cup, where he was the leading scorer and the only Pole to-date to have won the honor. After retiring from his playing career he had a brief stint as manager in several clubs in and out of Poland.
Roman Jacek Kosecki is a Polish former professional footballer who played as a striker.
LKS Pogoń Lwów is a former Polish professional sports club which was located in Lwów, Lwów Voivodeship, and existed from 1904 until the outbreak of World War II in 1939. It was the second oldest Polish football club behind other teams from Lwów – Czarni and Lechia. With numerous departments, among them football, ice hockey and track and field, Pogoń was a major force of Polish sports in the interbellum period; its football team was never relegated from the elite Polish Football League. The club ceased to exist in September 1939, following German and Soviet aggression on Poland. On 2 July 1939, Pogoń played last pre-war official home game, drawing 1–1 with AKS Chorzów. The last pre-war game of the Pogoń's football team took place in Warsaw on 20 August 1939. Lwów's side lost 1–2 to Polonia Warsaw, scorer of the last goal was the 20-year-old forward Piotr Dreher. A club under the same name wishing to continue its traditions was formed in 2009.
The 1921 football game between Hungary and Poland was a historic event for the Poles. Even though Hungary won the match, the game helped Poland establish its national football team in the tense political aftermath of World War I.
The interwar period of Polish football began in the late fall of 1918 after First World War, when Poland regained independence, which had been lost at the end of 18th century (see: Partitions of Poland). The newly created country soon started to organize its administration and several national organizations. Among them was the PZPN - Polski Zwiazek Pilki Noznej, which was created on 20 and 21 December 1919 in Warsaw. According to some sources, several officials representing around 30 Polish Football clubs were then present in Warsaw, but the list of them has been lost.
Zygmunt Steuermann was a Polish footballer who played as a forward and is one of the most renowned members of the Hasmonea Lwów Football Club.
Ryszard Tadeusz Koncewicz was a Polish soccer player as well as a coach. In the interbellum period, Koncewicz played without notable successes for Lechia Lwów (1927–1939). Caught by the Wehrmacht during the Polish September Campaign), he spent the war in a German POW camp Oflag IIC Woldenberg, where he represented the unofficial team of the city of Lwów, which consisted of POWs from there.
President of Poland's Football Cup was an annual football competition, taking place in the Second Polish Republic in the years 1936–1939. It was sponsored by President Ignacy Moscicki, and unlike today's Polish Cup, it did not feature clubs. Instead, it was a competition of the local districts of the PZPN.
The Okęcie Airport incident was a dispute between players and technical staff of the Poland national football team on 29 November 1980, starting at the team hotel in Warsaw and climaxing at Okęcie Airport. As an incident of insubordination, when strikes and other forms of civil resistance were intensifying in communist Poland, it caused a domestic press storm, and led to the suspension of several prominent players and the resignation of Ryszard Kulesza, the team manager.
The Poland women's national football team represents Poland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Polish Football Association, has never qualified for a major international tournament.
The Ekstraklasa, named PKO Ekstraklasa since the 2019–20 season due to its sponsorship by PKO Bank Polski, is the top Polish professional league for men's association football teams.
Wojciech Wiesław Przybylski was a Polish sports and political activist, and a former football player and manager.
Adrian Małachowski is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for 1. FC Magdeburg.
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