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Legia Warszawa
Legia Warszawa.svg
Full nameLegia Warszawa SA
Nickname(s)Wojskowi ("Militarians"),

Legioniści ("Legionnaires", "Legionarries")
FoundedMarch 1916 as Drużyna Sportowa Legia
GroundPolish Army Stadium (Pepsi Arena),

3 Łazienkowska Street, Warsaw
Ground Capacity31,103
ManagerHenning Berg
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season
Legia Warszawa /ˈlɛɡjə/ (Polish pronunciation: [ˈlegia warszawa]) is a professional football club based in Warsaw, Poland.

It was founded in March 1916 (during military operations in World War I on the Eastern Front) in the Maniewicze area in Volhynia, as the football club of the Polish Legions. After World War I, it became the main official football club of the Polish Army – Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa (Military Sports Club Legia Warsaw). From 1949 to 1957, Legia was known as CWKS Warszawa (Central Military Sports Club Warsaw).

The club's home venue is the Polish Army Stadium. Legia is one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history winning a total of 10 Ekstraklasa Champions titles, a record 16 Polish Cup trophies and a record 4 Polish SuperCup matches.

Before 8 April 2004 it was owned by Pol-Mot and from 8 April 2004 (sold for 3 million złoty) up until 9 January 2014, it was owned by media conglomerate ITI Group. Currently the club is owned by Dariusz Mioduski (80%) and Bogusław Leśnodorski (20%), who acquired it for unpublished sum, which also included paying off debts of 19 million złoty.



            Before World War II

            Legia Warsaw in 1916
            Legia was formed between 5 and 15 March 1916 during military operations in World War I on the Eastern Front in the neighborhood of Maniewicze in Volhynia, as the main football club of the Polish Legions. The team had started its first training earlier in the spring of 1915, in the city of Piotrków Trybunalski. In July 1916, due to the Brusilov Offensive, Legia permanently moved to the capital city of Warsaw.

            Its first game in Warsaw was played on 29 April 1917 against the local rival Polonia Warsaw. The score was a draw - 1:1. Up until the end of World War I, Legia had played nine games in Warsaw; it won six and drew three. Its first away game was against KS Cracovia, which Legia won 2:1. With the win over Cracovia, at that time the current Polish first league champion, Legia was baptized as the unofficial champion of the country.

            Legia played its first match in Polish first league in Łódź on 8 May 1927 against ŁKS Łódź, winning 6:1. Marian Łańko scored the first league goal for the club (in the same game he scored a hat-trick). Since 1930, Legia has played at the Polish Army Stadium, the construction of which was a gift to the club from Józef Piłsudski. In 1936 Legia was relegated to the second division, where it remained until the end of World War II.

            After World War II

            Kazimierz Deyna monument near the Pepsi Arena.
            After World War II, Legia boosted its squad with many new players and at the end of 1949 the club changed its name again, this time to Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy (Central Army Sports Club). Eventually Kazimierz Górski joined the club and became a player for both the team and the Poland national team.

            The 1970s

            The 1970s were known as Poland's golden age of football. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Legia's roster included powerful football players such as Jan Tomaszewski, Kazimierz Deyna, and Robert Gadocha. In the European Cup 1969-70 Legia achieved a successful campaign by reaching the semi finals alongside Feyenoord, Leeds United, and Celtic. The following year, Legia reached the quarter finals where they lost to Atlético Madrid.

            The 1980s

            Though the club had many national team players including Kazimierski, Okoński, Dziekanowski, Janas, Majewski, Buncol, Kubicki, Wdowczyk and others, the club had problems winning any league titles. However, thanks to winning four Polish Cups, the team was able to compete in European competitions.

            One of the more memorable European runs was the near upset against Internazionale during the UEFA Cup 1985–86, after two 0–0 games Legia lost in extra time. The next season Legia were yet again drawn against Inter, this time winning at home 3–2 but losing away 1–0 thus losing on away goals.

            Legia also won its first Polish SuperCup defeating Ruch Chorzów 3–0 in 1989.


            Main article: Polish Army Stadium
            Legia plays its games at Marshal Józef Piłsudski Polish Army Stadium (Polish: Stadion Wojska Polskiego imienia Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego), which is an all-seater football-specific stadium in Warsaw, Poland. Legia has been playing there since 9 August 1930. With space for 31,800 spectators it is the 5th biggest football stadium in the Ekstraklasa. The stadium underwent significant reconstruction between 2008 and 2011, during which all of the stands were demolished and replaced with bigger and more modern ones which increased the stadium's capacity from 13,500 to 31,800 seats. The former Polish Army Stadium is currently owned by the City of Warsaw. On the basis of a sponsorship agreement with Pepsi the stadium has been named Pepsi Arena for commercial purposes.
            Stadium exterior 
            VIP Stand 
            The eastern stand named after Kazimierz Deyna 


            YearsFootball kitMain sponsor
            1995-1996Canal +
            2002-2003Kredyt Bank

            Club Partners

            • Came
            • Canal+
            • Eurolot
            • Fluminense FC
            • Gatorade
            • home.pl
            • KS SEMP Warszawa Ursynów
            • Legionovia Legionowo
            • Luxmed
            • Manta
            • MLKS Józefovia Józefów
            • PGNiG
            • Sport.pl
            • Ursus Warszawa
            • Varsovia Warszawa
            • Zagłębie Sosnowiec


            As one of the most successful clubs in Poland, Legia Warsaw is also one of its most popular clubs. Legia has gained devotion from generations of fans from Warsaw as well as around the country. Legia supporters are generally considered very spontaneous, dedicated and sometimes fanatical. Accordingly, in terms of quality of football support, they are also often described as the best supporters in Poland. Groups of fans follow Legia on practically all away matches, both domestic and international. Supporters of Legia occasionally attract also some negative attention, in particular after events such as riots in Lithuania during a match against Vetra Vilnius on 10 July 2007.

            The old Żyleta stand
            Traditionally, the most devoted and spontaneous fans occupy the Żyleta stand in their stadium. Before the stadium renovation (2008–2011), the "old" Żyleta referred only to the center section within the eastern stand of the stadium (occasionally, it would also refer to eastern stand as a whole). There is a special exhibition dedicated to the "old" Żyleta in the Legia club museum. Today, after the stadium's renovation, the "new" Żyleta means the whole northern stand of stadium (located behind the goal).

            As regards their political sentiments, the supporters of Legia tend to be more right wing. During communism times, in particular during the 1980s, Legia fans showed their patriotic and strongly anti-communistic views. Today, the fans actively participate in annual commemorations of the Warsaw Uprising and Polish Independence Day. Legia fans are also vocal with their views on domestic issues, e.g. their conflict with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, as well as on international politics, e.g. by way of displaying banners reading "Kosovo is Serbian" at the stadium as well as a huge 'Jihad' banner during the home leg of the 2011 Europa League group stage against Hapoel Tel Aviv, for which the club was fined €10,000.

            Legia Warsaw supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of Zagłębie Sosnowiec and Olimpia Elbląg. Internationally, Legia supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of ADO Den Haag and Juventus F.C.. Their main rivals include Polonia Warsaw, Lech Poznań, Wisła Kraków and Widzew Łódź.

            Well known supporters include:
            • Zbigniew Romaszewski
            • Marek Borowski
            • Zbigniew Zamachowski
            • Dariusz Szpakowski
            • Zygmunt Staszczyk
            • Albert Sosnowski
            • Tomasz Lis
            • Cezary Pazura
            • Jan Borysewicz
            • Marcin Meller
            • Janusz Zaorski
            • Olaf Lubaszenko
            • Kazik Staszewski
            • Andrzej Gołota
            • Andrzej Fonfara

            Warsaw derby

            The Warsaw derby is a match between Legia and Polonia Warsaw.
            MatchesLegia winsDrawsPolonia wins


            Legia Warsaw Museum opened in 2006.


            • Polish championship (Ekstraklasa):
              • Winners (10): 1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014
              • 2nd place (11): 1960, 1968, 1971, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2009
              • 3rd place (13): 1928, 1930, 1931, 1961, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
            • Polish Cup:
              • Winners (16-record): 1955, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
              • Finalist (6): 1952, 1969, 1972, 1988, 1991, 2004
            • Polish SuperCup:
              • Winners (4-record): 1989, 1994, 1997, 2008
              • Finalist (4): 1990, 1995, 2006, 2012
            • Polish League Cup:
              • Winner (1): 2002
              • Finalist (2): 2000, 2008


            • UEFA Champions League:
              • Semi-final (1): 1970
              • Quarter-final (2): 1971, 1996
            • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
              • Semi-final (1): 1991
              • Quarter-final (2): 1965, 1982
            • UEFA Europa League:
              • Round of 32 (1): 2012

            Legia in Europe

            1956–57European CupQRCzechoslovakiaSlovan Bratislava0–4, 2–0
            1960–61European CupQRDenmarkAGF Aarhus0–3, 1–0
            1964–65UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1RAustriaESV Admira-NÖ Energie Wien3–1, 1–0
            2RTurkeyGalatasaray SK2–1, 0–1, 1–0
            QFGermanyTSV 1860 München0–4, 0–0
            1966–67UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1REast GermanyBSG Chemie Leipzig0–3, 2–2
            1968–69Inter-Cities Fairs Cup1RGermanyTSV 1860 München6–0, 3–2
            2RBelgiumKSV Waregem0–1, 2–0
            3RHungaryÚjpest FC0–1, 2–2
            1969–70European Cup1RRomaniaUT Arad2–1, 8–0
            2RFranceAS Saint-Étienne2–1, 1–0
            QFTurkeyGalatasaray SK2–1, 1–0
            SFNetherlandsFeyenoord Rotterdam0–0, 0–2
            1970–71European Cup1RSwedenIFK Göteborg4–0, 2–1
            2RBelgiumStandard Liège0–1, 2–0
            QFSpainAtlético Madrid0–1, 2–1
            1971–72UEFA Cup1RSwitzerlandFC Lugano3–1, 0–0
            2RRomaniaRapid București0–4, 2–0
            1972–73UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1RIcelandKnattspyrnufélagið Víkingur2–0, 9–0
            2RItalyAC Milan1–1, 1–2
            1973–74UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1RGreecePAOK FC1–1, 0–1
            1974–75UEFA Cup1RFranceFC Nantes Atlantique2–2, 0–1
            1980–81UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1RBulgariaPFC Slavia Sofia1–3, 1–0
            1981–82UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1RNorwayVålerenga2–2, 4–1
            2RSwitzerlandLausanne Sports2–1, 1–1
            QFSoviet UnionFC Dinamo Tbilisi0–1, 0–1
            1985–86UEFA Cup1RNorwayViking FK3–0, 1–1
            2RHungaryVideoton FC Fehérvár1–0, 1–1
            3RItalyInternazionale0–0, 0–1
            1986–87UEFA Cup1RSoviet UnionFC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk0–0, 1–0
            2RItalyInternazionale3–2, 0–1
            1988–89UEFA Cup1RGermanyBayern Munich1–3, 3–7
            1989–90UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1RSpainFC Barcelona1–1, 0–1
            1990–91UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1RLuxembourgFC Swift Hesperange3–0, 3–0
            2RScotlandAberdeen0–0, 1–0
            QFItalyUC Sampdoria1–0, 2–2
            SFEnglandManchester United1–3, 1–1
            1994–95UEFA Champions LeagueQRCroatiaHajduk Split0–1, 0–4
            1995–96UEFA Champions LeagueQRSwedenIFK Göteborg1–0, 2–1
            GRNorwayRosenborg BK3–1, 0–4
            GRRussiaFC Spartak Moscow1–2, 0–1
            GREnglandBlackburn Rovers1–0, 0–0
            QFGreecePanathinaikos FC0–0, 0–3
            1996–97UEFA Cup1QRLuxembourgJeunesse Esch4–2, 3–0
            2QRFinlandFC Haka3–0, 1–1
            1RGreecePanathinaikos FC2–4, 2–0
            2RTurkeyBeşiktaş J.K.1–1, 1–2
            1997–98UEFA Cup Winners' CupQRNorthern IrelandGlenavon FC1–1, 4–0
            1RItalyVicenza Calcio0–2, 1–1
            1999–00UEFA CupQRRepublic of MacedoniaFK Vardar5–0, 4–0
            1RCyprusAnorthosis Famagusta FC0–1, 2–0
            2RItalyUdinese Calcio0–1, 1–1
            2001–02UEFA CupQRLuxembourgFC Etzella Ettelbruck4–0, 2–1
            1RSwedenIF Elfsborg4–1, 6–1
            2RSpainValencia CF1–1, 1–6
            2002–03UEFA Champions League2QRRepublic of MacedoniaFK Vardar3–1, 1–1
            3QRSpainFC Barcelona0–3, 0–1
            UEFA Cup1RNetherlandsFC Utrecht4–1, 3–1
            2RGermanyFC Schalke 042–3, 0–0
            2004–05UEFA Cup2QRGeorgia (country)FC Tbilisi1–0, 6–0
            1RAustriaFK Austria Wien0–1, 1–3
            2005–06UEFA Cup2QRSwitzerlandFC Zürich0–1, 1–4
            2006–07UEFA Champions League2QRIcelandFH Hafnarfjörður1–0, 2–0
            3QRUkraineShakhtar Donetsk0–1, 2–3
            UEFA Cup1RAustriaFK Austria Wien1–1, 0–1
            2007Intertoto Cup2RLithuaniaFK Vėtra0–3 (Awarded), (w/o)
            2008–09UEFA Cup1QRBelarusFC Gomel0–0, 4–1
            2QRRussiaFK Moscow1–2, 0–2
            2009–10UEFA Europa League2QRGeorgia (country)Olimpi Rustavi3–0, 1–0
            3QRDenmarkBrøndby IF1–1, 2–2
            2011–12UEFA Europa League3QRTurkeyGaziantepspor1–0, 0–0
            4QRRussiaFC Spartak Moscow2–2, 3–2
            GRNetherlandsPSV Eindhoven0–1, 0–3
            GRIsraelHapoel Tel Aviv F.C.3–2, 0–2
            GRRomaniaRapid București1–0, 3–1
            R32PortugalSporting Lisboa2–2, 0–1
            2012–13UEFA Europa League2QRLatviaLiepājas Metalurgs2–2, 5–1
            3QRAustriaSV Ried1–2, 3–1
            4QRNorwayRosenborg BK1–1, 1–2
            2013–14UEFA Champions League2QRWalesThe New Saints3–1, 1–0
            3QRNorwayMolde1–1, 0–0
            4QRRomaniaSteaua București1–1, 2–2
            UEFA Europa LeagueGRItalyLazio0–1, 0–2
            GRTurkeyTrabzonspor0–2, 0–2
            GRCyprusApollon Limassol0–1, 2–0
            2014–15UEFA Champions League2QRRepublic of IrelandSt Patrick's Athletic

            UEFA Team ranking

            117PortugalPaços Ferreira15.593
            118PortugalAcadémica de Coimbra15.593
            119Czech RepublicSlovan Liberec15.570
            120PolandLegia Warszawa15.275
            121SloveniaNK Maribor15.150
            122UkraineChornomorets Odesa15.026
            123BulgariaLudogorets Razgrad14.975

            Best results in European competitions

            European Cup / UEFA Champions League
            1970Semi-Finallost to Netherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam 0-0 in Warsaw, 0-2 in Rotterdam
            1971Quarter-Finallost to Spain Atlético Madrid 0-1 in Warsaw, 2-1 in Madrid
            1996Quarter-Finallost to Greece Panathinaikos FC 0–0 in Warsaw, 0-3 in Athens
            UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
            1965Quarter-Finallost to Germany TSV 1860 München 0-4 in Warsaw, 0–0 in Munich
            1982Quarter-Finallost to Soviet Union FC Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 in Warsaw, 0–1 in Tbilisi
            1991Semi-Finallost to England Manchester United 1-3 in Warsaw, 1-1 in Manchester


            Current squad

            The numbers are established according to the official website: legia.com

            As of 25 June 2014

            Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
            1PolandGKAleksander Wandzel
            2CyprusDFDossa Júnior
            3PolandDFTomasz Jodłowiec
            4PolandDFIgor Lewczuk
            5PolandMFKamil Kurowski
            6BrazilMFGuilherme (on loan from S.C. Braga)
            7EstoniaFWHenrik Ojamaa
            8SlovakiaMFOndrej Duda
            9PolandFWMarek Saganowski
            11PolandFWArkadiusz Piech
            12SlovakiaGKDušan Kuciak
            14PolandMFMateusz Szwoch
            15SpainDFIñaki Astiz
            17PolandDFTomasz Brzyski
            18PolandFWMichał Kucharczyk
            19PolandDFBartosz Bereszyński
            20PolandMFJakub Kosecki
            21CroatiaMFIvica Vrdoljak (captain)
            22PolandMFMichał Kopczyński
            23PortugalMFHelio Pinto
            25PolandDFJakub Rzeźniczak (vice-captain)
            27PolandMFBartlomiej Kalinkowski
            28PolandDFŁukasz Broź
            32SerbiaMFMiroslav Radović (vice-captain)
            33PolandMFMichał Żyro
            35PolandFWAdam Ryczkowski
            37PolandDFMateusz Wieteska
            66BrazilDFRonan (on loan from Fluminense FC)
            70PortugalFWOrlando Sá
            91PolandGKKonrad Jałocha
            -PolandMFLukasz Moneta
            -PolandMFRobert Bartczak

            Out on loan

            Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
            -PolandDFMateusz Cichocki (At Arka Gdynia)
            -PolandDFMateusz Długołęcki (At Dolcan Ząbki)
            -PolandMFMarcel Gasior (At GKS Tychy)
            -PolandFWMichał Efir (At Ruch Chorzów)
            -PolandMFAleksander Jagiełło (At Lechia Gdańsk)
            -PolandFWPatryk Mikita (At Ruch Chorzów)
            -PolandMFBartosz Żurek (At KS Cracovia)
            -PolandMFPrzemysław Mizgała (At Zagłębie Sosnowiec)

            Reserve team

            • Legia Warszawa Reserve Team

            Retired numbers

            10 - Poland Kazimierz Deyna, Midfielder (1966–78) - Posthumous honour.

            Notable former players

            This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they playe
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