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Wawel Kraków is a Polish multisports club based in Kraków, Poland. It was founded in 1919. Wawel Kraków was the first Polish club to win the Polish League Cup back in 1952. They won the final against their rivals from Cracovia Kraków, by beating them 5-1.
Kraków, also spelled Cracow or Krakow, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków was the official capital of Poland until 1596 and has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, its Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions, covering an area of 312,696 square kilometres (120,733 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. Poland's capital and largest metropolis is Warsaw. Other major cities include Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.
The Ekstraklasa Cup was an elimination tournament for Polish football clubs who play in the Polish 1st Division Ekstraklasa. The first ever Ekstraklasa Cup was held in 1952 in which Wawel Kraków came out victorious over Cracovia Kraków with the final score being 5-1. Two tournaments were also held in 1976–77 and 1977–78. In these two editions Odra Opole won 3-1 against Widzew Łódź and in 1978 Górnik Zabrze beat Zagłębie Sosnowiec 2-0. The tournament was later dismissed until the 1999–2000 season when it resumed for three years till the 2001–02 season. It was later dismissed again and resumed in the 2006–07 season, before it was dismissed for good in 2009–10 season.
The club was founded in 1919, and in 1928, after a merger with Wojskowy Klub Sportowy (Military Sports Club, WKS), it took on the name WKS Wawel. For most of its history, Wawel was an organization supported by Kraków garrison of the Polish Army. It still keeps its traditional name of Military Sports Club, even though since 1 January 2002 the army does not support it any longer. Currently, WKS Wawel has seven departments: track and field, football, volleyball, cross country running, parachuting and tennis.
Over the years, Wawel’s athletes won several medals at different competitions, including 4 gold Olympic medals of Robert Korzeniowski (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). Furthermore, Korzeniowski won 3 gold medals at World Championships (Athens 1997, Edmonton 2001, Paris 2003), and 2 at European Championships (Budapest 1998, Munich 2002).
Robert Marek Korzeniowski is a Polish former racewalker. He won four gold medals at the Summer Olympics and three at world championships. Korzeniowski is a three-peat winner of the 50 km walk at the Summer Olympics. He won 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney, and 2004 in Athens. In addition, he became the first athlete to claim both the long distance and the short distance crown, when he won the 20 km title at the 2000 games.
Among other achievements of Wawel’s athletes are:
Helena Rakoczy, also Rákóczy or Rákóczi was a world champion Polish gymnast. She was born in Kraków, Poland.
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Statistics of Ekstraklasa for the 1953 season.
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.
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