Ekstraklasa

Wisla Dreams of Return to Golden Age After Pawlowski Arrival

New Wisla coach Pawlowski poses with club president Dunin-Suligostowski / Sportowefakty
Wisla Dreams of Return to Golden Age After Pawlowski Arrival

KRAKOW, Poland. January 9 (PSN) – Wisla Krakow have affirmed fans that the club will once again begin challenging for the league title.

Wisla is to now focus on achieving prestigious accomplishments, one of which is winning the Polish championship – says the new president of the White Star, Piotr Dunin-Suligostowski.

Since December 1997 during the start of the ‘Boguslaw Cupial era’ Wisla Krakow became the most successful club in Poland.

The White Star currently has 14 championship titles to its name, part of a collection which also includes 10 silver and 9 bronze medals. Most which were won from 1998 to 2011.

Starting with the 2011/2012 season, the Krakow club fell out off the league elite and has been struggling ever since – both on and off the pitch. Currently after the autumn round the club ranks only 13th in the Ekstraklasa standings. Something rather unheard of before 2011.

Regardless, the club officials have now begun to weave dreams of a return to Wisla’s golden age.

Much of this optimism has come as a result from recently signing Tadeusz Pawlowski as head coach. Pawlowski most recently coached Slask Wroclaw this season, dropping the Silesians to the relegation zone before being sacked on December 7th.

On January 22 he was announced as the new head coach of Wisla Krakow. Since then a surge of optimism has begun to flow at Reymonta 22.

“The (league) results have been weaker than our actual performance on the pitch. Sometimes you hit a rough stride, but we hope that the worst has been left behind us in 2015,” says club president Piotr Dunin-Suligostowski.

Wisla are now counting on the fact that a new coach and eventual transfers will be sufficient enough to ensure that the spring round erases any bad impression left from the first part of the season.

“We have an excellent, if not one of the country’s best training bases. Wisla is created now to fight for the highest goals possible.  The aim now is to qualify for the championship playoffs. For this goal we cannot imagine any failure.” adds Dunin-Suligostowski.

Of course, making the championship playoff group alone will not satisfy the appetites of the newly ambitious Krakow club.

“Wisla is always fighting for the highest goals possible. Like everyone else in the playoffs, we will be playing for the league championship.”

In addition to Pawlowski, the White Star have also signed most recently acquired 27-year olds Patryk Malecki and Czech striker Zdenek Ondrasek.

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