This piece is brought to Rumori by Davide Matteoli from Calciodellest.com, an Italian webportal about Eastern European football.
Translation from Italian to English by Angelo Palmeri.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Piast Gliwice was born in 1945. Polish refugees from Ukraine created the club after World War II ended. The name ‘Piast’ comes from the Piast dynasty which ruled Poland in the first years of the Polish independence (Xth century).
One of the most important events of its life was the merging with GKS Hutnik (also based in Gliwice) allowing the club to become the most important football institution of the Katowice province (the full name is indeed GKS Piast Gliwice).
The club has been dealing also with other 13 sport disciplines. The most important ones were fencing, tennis and volleyball.
Before getting into Polish top-flight, the best results of the club were in 1978 and 1983 when they reached and lost the Polish Cup final. In 1978, they were beaten by Lechia Danzig whereas in 1983 Zaglebie Sosnowiec got better of them 2-0. They honours account only for a Liga 1 (second flight) title won in 2011-12
After 32 years spent in Polish second flight, they were promoted to Ekstraklasa in 2008. In their first season, they reached safety under the helm of Dariusz Fornalak (11th place). The season after, a coach change brought the club to be relegated to Liga 1 and Marcin Brosz replaced Riszard Wieczorek as a consequence of the bad result. It took two seasons for Brosz to get Piast back to Ekstraklasa after the debut season saw them close to the achievement. I
n 2013-13 Brosz remained at the club and brought it to its best placement ever: 4th place, with 0 goal difference (41 netted and the same conceded). After the great achievement, Spanish coach, Angel Garcia, has replaced Brosz. Garcia has managed to deliver the 12th place for two seasons in a row.
The Spanish coach has always chosen 4-2-3-1 since his debut in the Piast dugout.
Additionally, there’ve been a lot of Spanish players who joined forces with the Iberian gaffer. In fact, he managed to convince young and older Spanish players to move to play in Poland.
Averagely, there are 6 Polish players in the Piast starting XI.
Alberto Cifuentes (born 1979) is an experienced shot stopper who joined the club in the Summer. He has played in Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano. The only new entry in the defence department is the left full-back Piotr Brozec who reached Piast from Wisla Krakow, Sergei Pareiko’s previous club. The central pair of defenders is made up of the young talent Kornel Osyra (1993) and of the veteran Slovak player, Csaba Horvath. On the right full-back position, Garcia gives a start to Adrian Klepczynski who is a good ‘jolly’ as he can play also in the central defender’s and in the left full-back’s roles.
The defensive midfielders are Radoslaw Murawsky (the one Vassiljev replaced in the last game against Slask –edit) and Carles Martinez. Murawsky is a very young (1994) and talented player, a good prospect of Polish football who plays with the unusual nr.9 for a central midfielder. He pairs with 1988-born Spanish Carles Martinez who reached Poland last season. There are three quality players behind the lone striker: Gerad Badia, Kamil Wilczek and Tomasz Podgorski.
Badia (1989) reached Gliwice during the summer and can play both on the right and the left flank. On the left flank there’s usual Podgorski. The trequartista role is given to Wilczek, who wears also the typical nr.10. Wilczek, a very interesting player and still quite young (26 years old), scored 9 goals last season.
The lone striker is another Spanish, Ruben Jurado (1986) who has scored 4 goals in 12 games.
By Davide Matteoli