Fascinating fact about Poland # 26
Speedway is probably the most popular motorsport in Poland.
A recent speedway match held in Gorzów Wielkopolski between Stal Gorzów and Zielona Góra.
The Polish word for speedway is żużlowy, which translates as ‘slag’ in English. This is derived from the times when coal slag was used on the surface of the oval tracks that races take place on.
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Speedway meetings have been held in Poland since the 1930s and today is one of the most popular sports in Poland.
A speedway programme from 1973 of a match between Great Britain and Poland in Rybnik.
The highest speedway league in Poland is ‘Speedway Ekstraliga’ and currently involves the teams: Stal Gorzów; Wybrzeze Gdańsk; Wlokniarz Częstochowa; Polonia Bydgoszcz; Start Gniezno; Unia Leszno; Polonia Piła; Stal Rzeszow; ROW Rybnik; Unia Tarnow; KS Torun; Sparta Wrocław; and ZKS Zielona Góra.
Poland has produced two Individual World Champions of Speedway – Jerzy Szczakiel in 1973 and Tomasz Gollob who won in 2010. The Polish national speedway team has one the world championships more than 25 times!