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A few facts on...Wisla Krakow

Posted on 18 September 2008  - 12:00

Polish giants Wisla Krakow will step out at the Lane in the UEFA Cup tonight having initially kicked-off in the Champions League this season.

A few facts on...Wisla Krakow

Polish giants Wisla Krakow will step out at the Lane in the UEFA Cup tonight having initially kicked-off in the Champions League this season.

The reigning Polish champions were denied a place in the group stages of the Champions League by Barcelona with the damage done in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie and a 4-0 loss at the Nou Camp.

There was some consolation though as Wisla beat the Catalan side 1-0 back on home soil - celebrations pictured right - the first time a Polish team had beaten Barca in European competition.

Here are a few more facts on tonight's opponents...

- Wisla are currently one of five teams sharing top spot in the Polish League. They are actually third on goal difference having lost their first match of the league campaign 4-1 at home to Lech Poznan last time out on Sunday.

- They have won six of the last 10 Polish titles.

- Last season they lost just one of their 30 league games and finished a huge 14 points clear of Legia.

- They also outscored everyone last season with 68 goals, 23 going to top scorer Pawel Brozek.

- Wisla have never reached the group stage of the Champions League. They came closest in 2006 when they lost their third qualifying round tie in extra time against Panathinaikos of Greece.

- Their finest season in Europe remains 1978-79 when they reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup and were knocked out by eventual finalists Malmo - Forest won it that year.

- Founded in 1906, Wisla have 11 Polish championships to their name. They completed the league, Polish Cup and Polish Super Cup treble in 2001.

- Nicknamed the White Stars, Wisla play in the Stadion Wisly, capacity 15,577.