The Ruch Chorzów team with the Juvella Cup before the sparring match against Śląsk Świętochłowice on 22 February 1931. During WWII, the cup was lost forever.
The Ruch Chorzów team with the Juvella Cup before the sparring match against Śląsk Świętochłowice on 22 February 1931. During WWII, the cup was lost forever.

A Tale of Trophies

Ruch Chorzów, like other sports clubs, boasts a rich history filled with victories, defeats, goals scored, and trophies won – a testament to their relentless struggle and determination. Despite facing some failures on the field, players refuse to give up, instead striving relentlessly to improve.

They ponder over what more they can do to avoid repeating mistakes. The proverb ‘Practice makes perfect’ is a sentiment that resonates perfectly with football. Athletes undergo rigorous training year-round to hone their skills. In this sport, teamwork reigns supreme; without it, there would be no victorious matches, resounding cheers, or gleaming trophies. The trophy represents triumph, success, and the fruits of hard labour – a symbol coveted by every club.

Fight for the Juvella Cup

In 1930, a well-known jewellery company from Katowice founded a cup for the winner of a football tournament. The Cup was made of pure silver, measured about 55 cm and weighed 1200g and  was presented by the owner of the jewellery company, Samuel Futterweit. When German troops invaded Poland in September 1939, this cup and many others disappeared. Those who knew anything about it are dead. Today we wonder what happened to the Juvella Cup and the other trophies.

King Mohammed V Cup

It is worth noting that the Ruch Chorzów is the only Polish football team selected to take part in the tournament for the King Mohammed V Cup. The tournament of 1974 consisted of the Chorzów Movement, which was then the Polish champion, the Uruguayan Peñarol, the Hungarian Ferenevares and the Moroccan national team. In the final, Ruch faced Uruguayan Peñarol but unfortunately lost 0:1. Peñarol received the same trophy, albeit slightly larger than the one awarded to Ruch Chorzów.  

The cup has been restored and can be viewed in the club café in Chorzów, where it proudly stands as a testament to the immense effort the players put in to achieve such great success. They can now take pride in their accomplishment.

Polish Cup Match

Ruch Chorzów also won the Polish Cup. In the final, Ruch met GKS Bełchatów at the Polonia Ruch Chorzów also clinched victory in the Polish Cup. In the final, Ruch faced GKS Bełchatów at the Polonia Warszawa Stadium in Warsaw. The match took place in June 1997. The decisive goal came in the 86th minute of the match, scored from a free kick by Ruch Chorzów player Dariusz Gęsior. The ball soared over the wall of the GKS Bełchatów team and found the back of the net. This marked the third time that the Chorzów team had won the Polish Cup. The Polish Cup was presented by the President of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski.

Thinking points

The history of cups offers a snapshot of the various stages at which a club could perform. It could inspire young people less familiar with successes from the past, to find more confidence and trust.

Find out more

You can find more information about the cups of the Ruch Chorzów on the KS Ruch Chorzów Detailed is a chronological history of the club. More information can be found at FootballHistory.org.

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The Ruch Chorzów team with the Juvella Cup before the sparring match against Śląsk Świętochłowice on 22 February 1931. During WWII, the cup was lost forever.
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