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Season review: Poland

Published: Saturday 20 June 2015, 9.00CET
A point separated the top two as KKS Lech Poznań beat Legia Warszawa to the title but the capital club gained revenge in the cup in a campaign when youth prospered.
by Piotr Koźmiński
from Warsaw
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Published: Saturday 20 June 2015, 9.00CET

Season review: Poland

A point separated the top two as KKS Lech Poznań beat Legia Warszawa to the title but the capital club gained revenge in the cup in a campaign when youth prospered.

Champions: KKS Lech Poznań
The Ekstraklasa title went to Lech for the first time in five years, the west-central club taking the honours last won in 2010 when Robert Lewandowski's goals had fired them to glory. Second after the season's 30-week opening section, Lech darted past Legia Warszawa once the table split to claim their seventh championship. "When the referee added five minutes [on the final day at Wisła Kraków] it was like an eternity. But then it was pure euphoria. We we will not suddenly have millions of złoty for new players, but we want achieve as much as possible in Europe," said club president Karol Klimczak.

Cup final: Legia Warszawa 2-1 KKS Lech Poznań
It was the game Poland was waiting for. Tickets sold out immediately and the 48,000 lucky spectators saw the league champions score first through an own goal by Tomasz Jodłowiec. The same player equalised and in the second half veteran forward Marek Saganowski struck the winner for Ekstraklasa runners-up Legia. The cup specialists did it again, landing the prize for a record 17th time and a fourth in the last five years.

European places
KKS Lech Poznań – UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
Legia Warszawa – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
Jagiellonia Białystok – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
WKS Śląsk Wrocław – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Player of the year: Karol Linetty (KKS Lech Poznań)
One of the most promising players in Poland, the 20-year-old was a key figure for the title winners. He played 23 times, scoring twice, one being absolutely crucial; his fantastic individual effort in Warsaw in a play-off match against Legia ensured Lech prevailed 2-1, and every one of his team-mates said that was a turning point in the championship race.

"In private he is very shy, you have the impression he would like to apologise for his existence," said captain Łukasz Trałka. "He is our little Karol. But during the match he is quite different and he is ready to put his head into the places where other players would not even put their leg. He became a fighter."

One to watch: Bartłomiej Drągowski (Jagiellonia Białystok)
The 17-year-old was voted best goalkeeper and discovery of the year by his fellow top-flight players. In Poland there are plenty who agree with the opinion he will become one of country's greatest keepers. His exceptional talent has had scouts travelling from afar to see the teenager who enjoyed an excellent first senior campaign. "Did I celebrate our third-place Ekstraklasa finish? Not at all as next day I had to go to school," said Drągowski.

Leading scorer: Kamil Wilczek (GKS Piast Gliwice) – 20 goals

Relegated: GKS Bełchatów, Zawisza Bydgoszcz

Promoted: Zagłębie Lubin, Termalika Bruk-Bet Nieciecza

Last updated: 20/06/15 9.07CET

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