Śląsk Wrocław are in serious danger of being relegated following yet another defeat, this time at the hands of Korona Kielce.
Śląsk have of course been poor for a number of years now. Therefore it came as little surprise when they failed to qualify for the Ekstraklasa’s ‘top 8’ following the conclusion of the regular season.
That said, the club have always managed to keep the threat of relegation at arms length – something that can’t be said for this year.
Only lowly new-promoted outfit Zagłębie Sosnowiec, who have a tiny budget compared to WKS, have lost more games than Śląsk Wrocław this season. Meanwhile Miedź Legnica, another promoted team on a shoestring budget, are the only side to have scored less than Śląsk.
Monday’s 2-0 defeat against Korona leaves WKS just 2 points above the drop zone. Given their poor form, it could easily get worse.
The performance on Monday was also poor according to the journalists covering the match. Gazeta Wrocławska’s reporter wrote that Śląsk had “no leader and no idea”, while Gazeta Wyborcza’s Artur Brzozowski described the team’s form as “terrible and embarrassing”. Even tuwroclaw.com, who have a media partnership with the club, described the team’s efforts on the pitch as “mediocre and insipid”.
Śląsk’s car-crash displays have sparked anger from many fans, not least former WKS basketball player Maciej Zielinski, whose Facebook rant yesterday tore into the players.
The genuine threat of WKS being relegated will no doubt be causing uncomfortable bowel movements at Wrocław City Council. Millions of złoty of public cash have been pumped into the club in order to keep them in the Ekstraklasa, in turn ensuring that the Municipal Stadium is used frequently. However if the club were to be relegated, the crowds would be so poor that there would be little to no point in hosting football matches there.
Śląsk Wrocław’s old stadium on Oporowska street is still intact, and many expect the club to return there full time in the event of relegation. The move would arguably please some of the team’s hard-core ultras, who prefer the rough-and-ready nature of the old ground.
If that were to happen, Stadion Wrocław would find itself even less used than it already is. That is genuinely considered a bad thing for the 40,000 seater arena, but there is a small chance of some silver linings. With no regular football to worry about, the stadium would have more flexibility with dates – making the stadium more accessible to those seeking to organise outdoor events (e.g. big concerts) during the warmer months.
Meanwhile, Śląsk Wrocław’s next game is a crunch clash against Górnik Zabrze – the very side they lost 1-0 to just a fortnight ago.