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Ekstraklasa
Ekstraklasa
Country Flag of Poland Poland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1927
Number of teams 16
Relegation to I Liga
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Polish Cup
Polish SuperCup
UEFA cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Legia Warszawa (2015–16)
Most successful club Górnik Zabrze
Wisła Krakow (14)
TV Canal+ Sport
Eurosport 2
Website Official website
Football current event 2016–17 Ekstraklasa

Ekstraklasa is the top tier of Polish football.

The Ekstraklasa (Polish pronunciation: [ˌɛkstraˈklasa]), since 2016 Lotto Ekstraklasa is a Polish professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the Polish football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 16 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the I liga. The Ekstraklasa season starts in late July, and ends in May or June the following year, teams play a total of 37 games each.

The Ekstraklasa (former I liga) was officially formed as Liga Piłki Nożnej (Polish pronunciation: [ˈlʲiɡa ˈpiwki ˈnɔʐnɛj]; LPN) on 1 March 1927 in Warsaw, but Polish Championships and the Polish Football Federation PZPN (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej) had been in existence since 20 December 1919, a year after the independence of Poland in 1918. The first games of the freshly created league took place on 3 April 1927, while first national non-league football championship took place in 1921. First, historic champion of the newly restored Second Polish Republic was Cracovia, after which Pogon Lwow was the champion in 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1926.

2016-17 Ekstraklasa Clubs

Club Position in 2015–16 Top division
titles
Last top division title
Arka Gdynia 1st in I liga 0 n/a
Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza 13th 0 n/a
Cracovia 4th 4 1948
Górnik Łęczna 14th 0 n/a
Jagiellonia Białystok 11th 0 n/a
Korona Kielce 12th 0 n/a
Lech Poznań 7th 7 2014–15
Lechia Gdańsk 5th 0 n/a
Legia Warsawa 1st 11 2015–16
Piast Gliwice 2nd 0 n/a
Pogoń Szczecin 6th 0 n/a
Ruch Chorzówa 8th 14 1988–89
Śląsk Wrocław 10th 2 2011–12
Wisła Krakówa 9th 13 2010–11
Wisła Płock 2nd in I liga 0 n/a
Zagłębie Lubin 3rd 2 2006–07

a: Founding member of Ekstraklasa

Champions

A total of 80 clubs have played in the top division of Polish football since the founding of the league, of which 16 clubs have won the title.

Titles Team Year(s)
14
Górnik Zabrze 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Wisła Kraków 1927, 1928, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1978, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011
13
Ruch Chorzów 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1989
11
Legia Warsaw 1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2016
7
Lech Poznań 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2010, 2015
4
Cracovia 1930, 1932, 1937, 1948
Widzew Łódź 1981, 1982, 1996, 1997
2
Polonia Bytom 1954, 1962
Stal Mielec 1973, 1976
ŁKS Łódź 1958, 1998
Zagłębie Lubin 1991, 2007
Śląsk Wrocław 1977, 2012
1
Warta Poznań 1929
Garbarnia Kraków 1931
Szombierki Bytom 1980
Polonia Warsaw 2000


External links

Ekstraklasa 2016-17

Arka Gdynia · Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza · Cracovia · Górnik Łęczna · Jagiellonia Białystok · Korona Kielce · Lech Poznań · Lechia Gdańsk · Legia Warsaw · Piast Gliwice · Pogoń Szczecin · Ruch Chorzów · Śląsk Wrocław · Wisła Kraków · Wisła Płock · Zagłębie Lubin

Template:Ekstraklasa seasons
Football in Poland
League competitions PZPN Cup competitions
Ekstraklasa Poland Polish Cup
I liga (U-21 · U-20 · U-19) Polish SuperCup
II liga List of stadiums Ekstraklasa Cup
III liga (8 groups) List of leagues
IV liga (20 groups) List of players
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