Legia Warszawa was founded in 1916 as a sports club whose members were soldiers fighting in the Polish Legions in the region of Volhynia. The “Legions’ team”, as it was called at the time, used to play its first matches against teams of other military units. After World War One ended, the club moved to Warsaw, and since then it has been playing there as Legia Warszawa.
In 1927, the Polish premier football league was created, in which Legia has been successful from the very start. The most important time for the club was the post-war period, with Legia’s double victory in two consecutive years, 1955 and 1956, as both champion of Poland and winner of the Polish Cup. Legia repeated this feat in 1969 and in 1970, when it also qualified for the semi-finals of the European Cup, predecessor of today’s Champions League. Fans had to wait 20 years for a similar success. In the early 1990s, Legia Warszawa became once more the best team in Poland, winning the championship, the Cup and the Super Cup of Poland repeatedly. In 1995, Legia was the first Polish team to qualify for the group stage of UEFA Champions League, and was the only Polish team to advance to the quarter-finals. In 2002, Legia repeated the double victory, winning the two most important football trophies: championship of Poland and the League Cup. The team triumphed again in Poland in 2006. Legia also won the Polish Cup in 2008 (plus the Super Cup), as well as in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the team became champion of Poland again, after seven years.