Travel to the past. Wisła Kraków is not in first division for the first time

In 1927, the Polish Championship was played in the league system. Wisła Kraków took part in the tournament from the start.

“White Star” played at the highest level of the game until 1964. By this time, she had won four championships.

In 1964, however, the Wisla fell, which was also a big blow. After that, however, the team fought for existence until the last round. The coach was changed for the decisive game against Górnik Zabrze. Czesław Skoraczyński replaced the Czech Karel Kolsky.

A similar story is associated with Kolsky as with Adrian Gula. In his country, he was an award-winning and respected coach. In Wisła, however, he failed, but he worked until the last lap. He flew away for the most important meeting. However, the change of coach was probably too late. Wisła drew 3-3 and although she had the same number of points as Pogoń Szczecin – 21, she was in penultimate, 13th place and fell back to the second division for the first time in history.

Skoraczyński, although he failed to save the team from relegation, was given the opportunity to work longer. He soon proved it was the right decision, as Wisła returned to the top tier of the competition after a year, though the season ended with a defeat in the derby with Cracovia 0-1. However, she won the second division.

In the years that followed, Wisła played with varying degrees of luck, but remained in the league without major problems. She even won another championship in the 1977/78 season. However, a year later, the team was only in 13th place.

In the following years it was close to the top and in 1981 even second place. The collapse came three years later. Wisła took 11th place, and in 1985 it was clearly the weakest and at the end of the season they closed the table with 16th place, which of course was accompanied by a relegation.

This time, Wisła spent more time in the backstage of the then Eredivisie. It was then played in two groups. Cracovians have always been in the lead, once second, once fourth. They only obtained their doctorate in 1988, when they also took second place, behind the back of Stal Mielec.

They did not stay in the elite for long, only six years. The systemic changes also affected the Vistula. The club was in a difficult financial situation. You had to save yourself by selling the best players, incl. Kazimierz Moskal, who moved on to Lech Poznań. Years later he returned, but it was a different Vistula. Polish hegemony, under the rule of Bogusław Cupiał, who enjoyed the Polish league and competed on an equal footing with solid European teams.

Before the golden age, Wisła fans still had to swallow a bitter pill in the form of inheritance. It happened in the 1993/94 season.

Once again we did not succeed in promoting directly, but Wisła has not buried itself in the second division for years. In the first season she took third place and in the next season she took second place and together with Polonia Warsaw she won promotion.

Wisła Kraków has been playing in Ekstraklasa continuously since 1996. A year later, the club came into the hands of a powerful investor – the company Tele-Fonika, owned by Bogusław Cupiał. The golden age has begun. Eight Polish Championships, two cups and a supercup. In addition, memorable matches in European cups, against Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, Lazio Rome, but also, en route to the long-awaited but unfulfilled Champions League, rivalries with Real Madrid or Barcelona and Panathinaikos Athens and APOEL Nicosia, where very little to the promotion.

After the last championship in 2011 and the lack of promotion to the Champions League, Boguslaw Cupiał did not invest as much money in the club as before, but the club was still among the leaders. In 2016, however, Tele-Fonika had to sell Wisła. It fell into the hands of the Sports Society and the rest of its history is very well known to this day.

History is complete. Ownership turmoil, terrible financial situation, the club on the brink of bankruptcy, we managed to get out of it all, but in terms of sport it looked bad all the time and finally there was another decline, the first in the 21st century.

Wisła has played in the back of the elite for more than three seasons. How long will it take to recover from the sports crisis this time around? In Fortuna I Liga there are several teams yearning for promotion and it will certainly not be an easy task, but Wisła has not recovered from such suppression. And this hope must be lived by his fans.

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