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Wisła hold firm to claim 12th Polish title

Published: Saturday 30 May 2009, 20.22CET
Wisła Kraków have won the Polish title for the 12th time after a 2-0 win at home against Ślask Wrocław in the final round of Ekstraklasa matches maintained their three-point lead over nearest rivals Legia Warszawa.
by Piotr Koźmiński
from Warsaw
Wisła hold firm to claim 12th Polish title
Wisła are celebrating winning their 12th Polish title ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 30 May 2009, 20.22CET

Wisła hold firm to claim 12th Polish title

Wisła Kraków have won the Polish title for the 12th time after a 2-0 win at home against Ślask Wrocław in the final round of Ekstraklasa matches maintained their three-point lead over nearest rivals Legia Warszawa.

Wisła Kraków have won the Polish title for the 12th time in their history as a 2-0 win at home to Ślask Wrocław in the last round of Ekstraklasa matches maintained their three-point advantage over nearest rivals Legia Warszawa.

Dominant display
Wisła needed only a draw to be crowned champions for the second successive season but dominated in their final match and were rewarded by goals from Radosław Sobolewski on 27 minutes and Marek Zieńczuk (82). "This is one of the best days of my life," said midfielder Zieńczuk, who is leaving the club after five years as his contract expires this summer. "I scored a goal, set up another and we won the title. This is tremendous for me. I am leaving, but my heart will stay here."

European places
Legia finished second thanks to a 4-1 victory against KS Ruch Chorzów and KKS Lech Poznań were third. Wisła will play in the second qualifying round of next season's UEFA Champions League while Legia, Lech and KSP Polonia Warszawa will go into the qualification rounds of the UEFA Europa League. Paweł Brożek from Wisła and Takesure Chinyama from Legia ended the season as the top scorers in the league with 19 goals each.

Podolski stricken
Górnik Zabrze and MKS Cracovia Kraków were relegated into second division, with the demise of the former a major surprise given their status as 14-time champions. "I am totally shocked that Górnik have been relegated," said Polish-born German international Lukas Podolski, a big fan of the club. "I crossed my fingers for them, checked the table before the final round and was sure they would manage to win against Polonia. Unfortunately, they lost 1-0. This is a disaster for me."

Last updated: 30/05/09 23.55CET

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