Stal Mielec

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50°17'54"N
021°26'08"E
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 Poland
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Stal Mielec (Polish pronunciation: [ˈstal ˈmjɛlɛt͡s]) is a Polish football club based in Mielec, Poland. The club was established on April 10, 1939. Historically, the club has enjoyed great successes within Poland's Ekstraklasa, winning the title twice (in 1973 and 1976) but had undergone significant management changes and financial difficulties within the past two decades, which forced the club from participation in the Poland's top league. After winning the third-tier II liga title in 2016, Stal Mielec was promoted to I liga. After finishing first in I liga in 2020, Stal Mielec was promoted to the Ekstraklasa for the first time since the 1995–96 season.

History

Naming history

1939 – Klub Sportowy PZL Mielec 1946 – Robotniczy Klub Sportowy PZL Zryw Mielec 1948 – Związkowy Klub Sportowy Metalowców PZL Mielec 1949 – Związkowy Klub Sportowy Stal Mielec 1950 – Koło Sportowe Stal przy Wytwórni Sprzętu Komunikacyjnego Mielec 1957 – Fabryczny Klub Sportowy Stal Mielec 1977 – Fabryczny Klub Sportowy PZL Stal Mielec 1995 – Autonomiczna Sekcja Piłki Nożnej FKS PZL Stal Mielec 1997 – Mielecki Klub Piłkarski Stal Mielec 1998 – Mielecki Klub Piłkarski Lobo Stal Mielec 1999 – Mielecki Klub Piłkarski Stal Mielec 2002 – Klub Sportowy Stal Mielec 2003 – Klub Sportowy FKS Stal Mielec

1939–1945 - the beginning and interwar period

The football club was one of the first two (next to the volleyball club) at the PZL Mielec, established in 1939. The team was made up of players playing in other clubs in Mielec and employees of the PZL, an aerospace company. In the first match played, the team defeated the Gymnastic Society "Sokół" Mielec with 4–1 victory. Three more matches were played against Dzikovia Tarnobrzeg (2–1), Metal Tarnów (3–1) and a team made up of players from an ammunition factory in Nowa Dęba (6–1). The match against Okęcie Warszawa planned for September did not take place, because World War II started and any sports games were forbidden. However, the matches were played illegally in the meadows beyond the communal forest and in other towns (including Dębica, Kolbuszowa, Sandomierz). The only official match was played against a German military unit and ended with the score 1–2.

Achievements

Ekstraklasa 1st place: 1972–73, 1975–76 2nd place: 1974–75 3rd place: 1973–74, 1978–79, 1981–82 Polish Cup Finalists: 1976 Youth Teams: Polish U-19 Runner Up: 1964, 2007 Polish U-19 Bronze Medal: 1968, 1969, 2006 Polish U-17 Champion: 2007 Polish U-17 Runner Up: 1996, 2012

Participation in European cups

Quarter-finalists of the UEFA Cup in 75/76 season. First round participants of the UEFA Cup in 79/80 season. First round participants of the UEFA Cup in 82/83 season. First round participants of the European Champions Cup in 73/74 season. First round participants of the European Champions Cup in 76/77 season.

Lower League Championships

B Class: 1949 A Class: 1950, 1954 II Liga: 1955, 1968–69, 2015–16 I Liga: 1960, 1969-70 (as 2nd), 1984–85, 1987–88, 2019-20 (as 2nd) V Liga: 1998-99 IV Liga: 2007-08 (as 4th) III Liga: 2012-13

Stadium

The construction of the club's current stadium, Stadion Miejski w Mielcu, was concluded in 1953. The stadium underwent a major renovation, completed in 2013. It maintains a seating capacity for 7,000 spectators. Before the 2013 renovation, it maintained seating capacity for 30,000 spectators, and hosted numerous European Champions Cup, UEFA Cup, and Polish national team matches, including FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship qualifiers.

Individual Player Awards

Ekstraklasa Top Goalscorer 1973 - Grzegorz Lato - 13 goals 1975 - Grzegorz Lato - 19 goals 1995 - Bogusław Cygan - 16 goalsAward given by Piłka Nożna: Player of the Year 1976 - Henryk Kasperczak 1977 - Grzegorz Lato Newcomer of the Year 1975 - Zbigniew Hnatio 1978 - Włodzimierz CiołekAward given by Przegląd Sportowy Polish Athlete of the Year 1974 - 4th place - Grzegorz Lato 1977 - 5th place - Grzegorz LatoAward given by Sport Player of the Year 1974 - Grzegorz Lato 1976 - Henryk Kasperczak 1977 - Grzegorz LatoAward given by Tempo Goalkeeper of the Year 1979 - Zygmunt Kukla

Reserves

The club operates a reserve team which currently plays in IV liga Subcarpathia, the fifth tier of the league pyramid. Moreover, there is the Stal Mielec III team, as they play in liga okręgowa (sixth tier) and participate in the 2020–21 Subcarpathian Rzeszów–Dębica Polish Cup edition.

Current squad

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.

Notable players

Grzegorz Lato, player of Polish national football team, Golden Shoe winner of the 1974 World Cup with 7 goals; former President of the Polish Football Association Henryk Kasperczak, player of Polish national football team, former coach of Wisła Kraków and Kavala F.C. Andrzej Szarmach, player of Polish national football team Jan Domarski, player of Polish national football team Dariusz Kubicki, player of Polish national football team Zygmunt Kukla, goalkeeper of Polish national football team 1978 - 1980 Bogusław Wyparło, goalkeeper of Polish national football team

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