Cracovia has seen somewhat of a steady rise over the past few years as they look to compete with their city rivals Wisla Krakow. They hold the honour of being the oldest football club in Poland and have improved but by bit over the past few years, after having had a couple of near misses they were eventually relegated to Liga I 2011-12. The stay in the Polish second tier ended up being short lived though as immediately returned to the Ekstraklasa for the 2013/14 season. During the 2013-14 they managed to avoid relegation before finishing a respectable mid table last season. The high point of last season for Cracovia was their derby victory over Wisla Krakow in which Miroslaw Covilo scored with a 90th minute header to secure a huge win for his side.

The club were formed in 1906, shortly before their city rivals Wisla Krakow. It was Cracovia who won the first match between the two in 1908, picking up the large fan base in the process. They also enjoyed a lot more success on the pitch, picking up five Polish championships in the inter-war years. Despite their success before the second world war, Cracovia struggled somewhat afterwards and has to this date only won one title since the war which came in 1948. After this time, the club spent a lot of time yo-yoing between the first and second leagues. During the 1980s the club was really in decline and ended up playing in the third division. It wasn’t until 2002 when the clubs fortunes began to change when a lucrative sponsorship deal with Comarch was signed which resulted in new players being signed and a significant improvement in results. In the last decade the club has gone between the Ekstraklasa and Liga I, however with results improving the club are now looking in a much more stable position in Poland’s top flight.

Cracovia play their games at the Marshal Josef Pilsudski Stadium which is located just a stone’s throw away from Wisla’s stadium. The stadium holds 15,000 people, and thanks to a recent renovation looks very smart. It was recently used for a polish international game against Liechtenstein.

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Stuart Warren

Stuart is originally from Essex, England, but has been living and working in Krakow for SPT as a Senior Customer Advisor for the past two years. His passions include football, travel and running.

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