New digs for ‘pitch king’ Raków Częstochowa



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Poland new Raków Częstochowa stadium funding Image: Raków Częstochowa

The Prime Minister (PM) of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has promised PLN 40 million (EUR 8.85 million, USD 9.65 million) as fiscal aid to help build a new stadium for the country’s newly crowned football champions Raków Częstochowa (Polish professional football club).

‘polskieradio.pl’ quoted Morawiecki as stating during a visit to the club in the Southern City of Częstochowa recently, “We will support the construction of a new home for Raków Częstochowa.”

Robotniczy Klub Sportowy Raków Częstochowa Spółka Akcyjna is a Polish professional football club based in Częstochowa (Poland), which competes in the Ekstraklasa, the top tier of the national football league system.

The 5,500-capacity Miejski Stadion Piłkarski ‘Raków’ (Raków Municipal Football Stadium) is a football stadium in Częstochowa, Poland. It is the home ground of the Raków Częstochowa football club.

‘polskieradio.pl’ further stated that Raków have secured Poland’s top-flight league title, with three games to go until the end of the season, and are preparing to play in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League (abbreviated as UCL, or sometimes, UEFA CL) is an annual club association football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by the top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a round robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout format, and a single leg final. It is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of their national associations.

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the transcontinental countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, and Kazakhstan, as well as some Asian countries such as Israel, Cyprus and Armenia. The UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.

Morawiecki congratulated the club on its pitch achievements in recent years and promised to provide financial assistance to help the top-flight build a new residence keeping in conformity with the UEFA criteria.

He added, “We will use taxpayers’ money to build a new home for Raków Częstochowa. They deserve it for their splendid performance on the pitch and for making our country proud. The stadium will be made futuristic so that it can stage all European soccer showcases.”

Morawiecki informed that as per preliminary estimates, the new stadium price tag would be in the region of PLN 60 to PLN 70 million and the new digs would come with a capacity rise – “Out of this amount, the taxpayers would attribute for at least PLN 40 million.”

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