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Holy War (Kraków)

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Locale  Kraków
First meeting  20 September 1908
Holy War (Kraków)
Teams  Wisła Kraków KS Cracovia
Most wins  Wisła Kraków (83-60-42)

The Holy War (Polish: Święta Wojna, also Derby Krakowa) is a rivalry in Polish football between Wisła Kraków and KS Cracovia, the two biggest clubs in Kraków and reportedly the oldest in Poland, both founded in 1906. The term Holy War was coined by the defender from KS Cracovia, Ludwik Gintel. It is also the theme of a song devoted to their never-ending shenanigans, played by Andrusy.



The earliest extant records of the Holy War originate from the newspaper published on September 20, 1908 informing that the match played at Błonia Park between the two teams resulted in a 1:1 draw. Earlier matches were also reported, but their results are missing from archives of the local media. The first competition in accordance with the 1904 official FIFA standards, took place on May 8, 1913 at the Cracovia stadium in Kraków, with the home team winning over Wisła 2:1.

The Holy War is considered the most intense rivalry in Poland and one of the most intense in all of Europe. Despite the fact that the two stadiums are less than a kilometer away, the fans are two bitter rivals against each other, often resulting in fights between them as well as the police.

All-time results

  • 1982 Puchar Polski match ended 2 - 2, Wisła won 5 - 3 on penalties.
  • References

    Holy War (Kraków) Wikipedia

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