Gliwicki Klub Sportowy Piast Gliwice (pronounced [ɡlʲiˈvʲit͡sʲ.ci klup spɔrˈtɔ.vɨ pʲjasd ɡlʲiˈvʲi.t͡sɛ]) is a Polish football club based in Gliwice, Poland. In the 2018–19 season, Piast won its first Polish championship.
The club was founded in June 1945 by the Poles who had been forced to leave their homeland in present-day Western Ukraine. After the 1956 fusion of the three clubs, GKS Gliwice was formed. Piast continued to play their matches on ul. Robotniczej. In 1964, the 2 clubs merged. The new club name was 'GKS Piast Gliwice'. Piast's football team played as many as 32 seasons in the Polish Second Division, before finally being promoted to the Ekstraklasa in 2008. Having played two seasons in the top division, the club was relegated in 2010. Piast have twice (1978, 1983) managed to reach the final of the Cup of Poland, losing on both occasions. The club's name comes from the Piast dynasty, which ruled Poland from its beginnings as an independent state in the 10th century, until 1370. Piast is the first soccer team in Poland to gain promotion from the 7th tier to the Ekstraklasa (Polish top tier of football) and later to the European Cup.
3rd place: 2019–20
I Liga (Second Division)
Runners-up: 1978, 1983
Seasons in Ekstraklasa : 10 (2008–10, 2012–)
Seasons in I Liga : 32
Seasons in II Liga : 16
Seasons in III Liga : 23
Notes1Q: First qualifying round
2Q: Second qualifying round
3Q: Third qualifying round
UEFA Team ranking
As of 30 September 2021.
Piast plays their home games at the 10,000 capacity Stadion Miejski im. Piotra Wieczorka in Gliwice.
Piast have a friendship with fans of Belarusian club BATE Borisov since 2011. The friendship started when BATE fans on their way to a Champions League match in Copenhagen stopped for a Piast game against local rivals GKS Katowice. The Piast fans then went to Alkmaar to support BATE versus AZ. After another visit for a Champions League game against Sturm Graz, the friendship became official and both sets of fans regularly visit each other.Piast's major rivals are Górnik Zabrze, with whom they contest the local derby. The stadiums are located just a few kilometres from each other and Górnik have a sizeable support within Gliwice. Other rivals are local teams Ruch Chorzów, GKS Katowice and the two Bytom clubs, Szombierki and Polonia.
As of 25 October 2021Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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Krzysztof Zagórski (16 December 2001 – 23 October 2002)
Józef Dankowski (21 April 2003 – 19 October 2004)
Wojciech Borecki (19 October 2004 – 31 December 2004)
Jacek Zielinski (31 December 2004 – 14 September 2006)
Jan Furlepa (interim) (14–20 September 2006)
Boguslaw Pietrzak (20 September 2006 – 30 June 2007)
Piotr Mandrysz (3 July 2007 – 30 June 2008)
Marek Wlecialowski (1 July 2008 – 5 January 2009)
Dariusz Fornalak (5 January 2009 – 15 March 2010)
Ryszard Wieczorek (15 March 2010 – 31 May 2010)
Marcin Brosz (15 June 2010 – 6 May 2014)
Ángel García (7 May 2014 – 18 March 2015)
Radoslav Látal (20 March 2015 – 15 July 2016)
Jiří Neček (15 July 2016 – 30 August 2016)
Radoslav Látal (1 September 2016 – 2 March 2017)
Dariusz Wdowczyk (3 March 2017 – 19 September 2017)
Waldemar Fornalik (19 September 2017 – present)