Odra Opole

Odra Opole (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɔdra ɔˈpɔlɛ]) is a football club based in Opole, Poland, currently playing in the I liga.

History

Beginnings

The history of Odra Opole began on 16 June 1945, when in the town hall of former German city of Oppeln, a group of sports officials gathered to form a Polish sports organisation. Under first chairman, lawyer Leonard Olejnik, Odra organised first sports competition in the now-Polish city: street running (July 1945). In 1948, Odra merged with Lwowianka Opole and Chrobry Groszowice, and in 1948 – 1958, the club was called Budowlani Opole. By 1950, Budowlani had several departments, including football, track and field, tennis, boxing, ice hockey and volleyball.

In 1951, managed by Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Budowlani won promotion to the second tier of Polish football system. In 1952, the team achieved promotion to the Ekstraklasa, after the playoffs with Wlokniarz Krakow (3–2, 1–1). The team from Opole debuted in the Polish top league on March 15, 1953, losing at home 1–2 to Gwardia Warszawa (the lone goal for Budowlani was scored by Augustyn Pocwa). After only one year, Budowlani was relegated back to the second division.

In 1955, Budowlani, with its top scorer Engelbert Jarek (who had been purchased from Polonia Nysa), returned to the Ekstraklasa. In the same year, Opole's favourites reached the semi-final of the Polish Cup, losing 0–2 to Lechia Gdansk. Budowlani, whose name was in 1958 changed back to Odra, remained in the Polish top class until 1958. After relegation, Odra quickly returned to Ekstraklasa, and in the early 1960s, it was among the best football teams of the nation.

1960s and 1970s

In 1960 Odra, which at that time featured several players of the Polish national team was close to winning Polish championship. Managed by Teodor Wieczorek, the team lost in the final round to Gwardia Warszawa, eventually finishing the competition in the fourth place. In 1962, Odra won third place in t

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Odra Opole

team squad

goalkeepers
TW
12
Tobiasz Weinzettel
KR
23
Kacper Rosa
MK
69
Mateusz Kuchta
defenders
PZ
2
Piotr Zemlo
MW
3
Mateusz Wypych
KK
15
Konrad Kostrzycki
UW
18
Łukasz Winiarczyk
LW
21
Legia Warsaw
JS
24
Jakub Szrek
MK
27
Mateusz Kamiński
midfielders
RN
5
Rafał Niziołek
JC
6
Jakub Czajkowski
KP
8
Kacper Pudlik
TM
9
Tomas Mikinic
DK
10
Dawid Kort
SB
14
Sebastian Bonecki
MW
32
Maciej Wróbel
MG
38
Mateusz Gancarczyk
MO
66
Miłosz Trojak
KT
80
Kacper Tabiś
KK
83
Kacper Kaczka
KN
94
Konrad Nowak
forwards
KJ
7
Krzysztof Janus
DC
11
Dawid Czapliński
Arkadiusz Piech
28
Arkadiusz Piech
MS
41
Marcel Sluga