SK Slavia Prague

SK Slavia Prague
Full name Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal a.s.
Nickname(s) Červenobílí
(The red and whites)
Sešívaní[nb 1]
Věčná Slavia
(The Eternal Slavia)
Founded 2 November 1892 (1892-11-02) as ACOS (Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia)
Ground Eden Arena,
Vršovice, Prague 10, Prague
Capacity 20,800
Owner CEFC China Energy
Chairman Jaroslav Tvrdík
Manager Jindřich Trpišovský
League Czech First League
2017–18 2nd
Website Club website

Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal (Sports Club Slavia Prague – Football, pronounced [ˈsla:vja ˈpraɦa]), commonly known as Slavia Praha / Slavia Prague, is a Czech professional football club in Prague. Founded in 1892, they are the second most successful club in the Czech Republic since its independence in 1993.[1]

They play in the Czech First League, the highest competition in the Czech Republic. They play the Prague derby with Sparta Prague, an important rivalry in Czech football. Slavia has won 18 titles, several Czech cups and the Mitropa Cup in 1938. The club has won four league titles since the foundation of the Czech league in 1993. They have also reached the semi-finals of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup and qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in their history.

In addition to their men's squad, Slavia Prague has reserve, youth, women's, and futsal teams.

History

Slavia was founded on 2 November 1892 by medicine students in Vinohrady, Prague, as a sport club aimed at increasing sport activity among students. Initially the club focused on cycling, and expanded to football in 1896.[2] On 25 March of that year, Slavia won their first match against AC Prague 5–0.[2] Four days later, Slavia played against Sparta Prague, with the match finishing 0–0, this match being the start of the rivalry between these two clubs.[3][4] In 1905, Scottish manager and former Celtic player John Madden brought new tactics and views on football from his home country to the club. He managed to set up an early golden age for the club that lasted 25 years. Under Madden Slavia won 134 domestic matches out of a total of 169, and 304 internationals out of 429 between the years 1905 and 1930. In 1930, Madden retired from Slavia and professional football at the age of 66, though he remained in Prague for the rest of his life.

In the 1934 FIFA World Cup, the Czechoslovak national team included eight Slavia players. The second golden period came when Slavia bought Josef Bican from Admira Vienna. Slavia with Bican won titles in 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943. In 1951 Slavia finished in 11th position in the league. Poor results continued during the 1950s and 1960s when Slavia were relegated twice, in 1961 and 1963. They next played in the top level of football in 1965.

In 1996, Slavia won their 14th title after 49 years.[5] During this season, Slavia played in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup and four players of this team had big importance for the silver-medal winning Czech team from UEFA Euro 1996.[6][7]

Slavia participated in the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League five times (1996, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005), being eliminated each time until finally qualifying for the group stage in the 2007–08 season following a 3–1 aggregate victory over Ajax in the third qualifying round. For the group stage, Slavia were drawn in Group H along with Arsenal, Steaua București and Sevilla. They started with a 2–1 win at home against Steaua and a 4–2 loss to Sevilla. Next came two matches against Arsenal; Slavia lost 7–0 at the Emirates Stadium, but in the second leg they managed to draw 0–0. In Bucharest came a 1–1 draw, which qualified the Czech team for the UEFA Cup round of 32, from third place in Group H, in spite of a home 0–3 defeat against Sevilla.

In October 2006, the construction of the new and long-awaited stadium at Eden for 21,000 spectators began. The stadium was opened on 7 May 2008 with an exhibition match against Oxford University.[8]

In the 2007–08 and 2008–09, Slavia were back-to-back Czech champions, although they did not play in the Champions League group stage due to elimination in the qualifying rounds by Fiorentina (0–2 on aggregate in 2008–09) and Sheriff Tiraspol (1–1 on away goals rule in 2009–10). In the 2009–10 season the club managed only 7th place in the league.

In the autumn of 2010, the club found itself in crisis due to its economic problems. It was discovered that Slavia owed 112 million Czech koruna to the club's former owner, ENIC Sports Ltd (English National Investment Company).[9] As a result of this, major cost-cutting was needed to service this debt and it was confirmed that the squad would need to be purged.[9] In addition to the players sold, midfielder Petr Trapp left the club mid-season, claiming that Slavia had not paid his wages for three months.[10]

On 5 May 2011, a cup semi-final against Olomouc was cancelled due to protests of fans against the financial situation of the club.[11]

In September 2015, CEFC China Energy Company bought the team.

Historical names

  • 1892 SK ACOS Praha (Sportovní klub Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia Praha)
  • 1893 SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1948 Sokol Slavia Praha
  • 1949 ZSJ Dynamo Slavia Praha (Základní sportovní jednota Dynamo Slavia Praha)
  • 1953 DSO Dynamo Praha (Dobrovolná sportovní organizace Dynamo Praha)
  • 1954 TJ Dynamo Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Dynamo Praha)
  • 1965 SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1973 TJ Slavia Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Slavia Praha)
  • 1977 TJ Slavia IPS Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Slavia Inženýrské průmyslové stavby Praha)
  • 1978 SK Slavia IPS Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Inženýrské průmyslové stavby Praha)
  • 1991 SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal, a.s.)

Club symbols

The club's colours, red and white, were chosen as standing for the heart and blood, and fair play and sportsmanship respectively. The inverted five-pointed star was intended to symbolise "new hope, forever strengthening the mind and uplifting the spirit."[2] The name "Slavia" is a Latin term used in older literature to denote the lands inhabited by Slavs.[12]

Rivalries

Slavia's greatest rivals are Sparta Prague, with whom they contest the Prague derby. A local Vršovice derby is also contested between Slavia and Bohemians 1905, whose stadium is situated a kilometre from Eden.[13]

Slavia is widely misconceived as being a Jewish club among other fans, particularly Sparta fans, and its fans and players are often subjected to anti-semitic abuse. However, the club was not founded by Jews nor did it have any Jewish history. Football historian Vladimír Zapotocký commented in an interview that were this the case, the Nazis would have shut the club down during the wartime occupation, as they did with DFC Prag. The association stems from a friendly match played against West Ham United in 1922, when Slavia insured the match against adverse weather conditions, and the match was later cancelled due to rain. They then agreed with West Ham to play the fixture the next day, while also collecting money from the insurance company for cancelling the fixture. A week later in a Prague derby fixture, Slavia were greeted onto the pitch by chants of "vy židi!" ("you Jews!") from the Sparta fans.[14]

Cooperations

In May 2018 a strategic cooperation with Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoanfor both professional and youth level football. [15]

Players

Current squad

As of 9 August 2018[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Ondřej Kolář
4 DF Jakub Jugas
5 DF Vladimír Coufal
6 MF Jan Sýkora
8 MF Jaromír Zmrhal
9 MF Peter Olayinka
10 MF Josef Hušbauer
11 FW Stanislav Tecl
12 DF Jaroslav Zelený
13 DF Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui
14 FW Mick van Buren
15 DF Ondřej Kúdela
16 MF Jonas Auer
17 MF Miroslav Stoch
No. Position Player
18 DF Jan Bořil
19 DF Simon Deli
20 MF Alexandru Băluță
21 FW Milan Škoda
22 MF Tomáš Souček
23 MF Marko Alvir
24 FW Muris Mešanović
25 DF Michal Frydrych
26 MF Jakub Hromada
28 DF Lukáš Pokorný
29 MF Matěj Valenta
30 GK Martin Vantruba
31 GK Přemysl Kovář

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Martin Otáhal (at Žižkov)
DF Matěj Chaluš (at Mladá Boleslav)
MF Tomáš Freit (at Opava)
MF Jan Matoušek (at Příbram)
No. Position Player
MF Daniel Trubač (at Teplice)
FW Jan Kuchta (at Slovácko)
FW Petar Musa (at Žižkov)
FW Andrei Sîntean (at Žižkov)

Reserve Squad

To see the reserve squad for SK Slavia Prague, go to SK Slavia Prague B

Notable former players

The best known Slavia player of all time is perhaps forward Josef "Pepi" Bican, one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of football. Other famous players include forward Antonín Puč, goalkeeper František Plánička (both of them members of the Czechoslovak national team in two World Cups) and midfielder František Veselý. Other big names in club history are: Karel Jarolím, Ivo Knoflíček and Vladimír Šmicer.[2]

Current technical staff

Managers

Only competitive matches are counted.

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

  • Bohemian Football Union Championships
Winners (1): 1913
Winners (13): 1925, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1946–47
Winners (4): 1995–96, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2016–17

Cups

Winners (8): 1941, 1942, 1945, 1974, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2017–18

Minor Championships

  • Czech Championship
Winners (6): 1897 spring, 1897 fall, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901

European

Winners (1): 1938
Runners-up (1): 1930

History in European competitions

Accurate as of 14 August 2018
CompetitionPlayedWonDrewLostGFGAGDWin%
UEFA Champions League 34 10 9 15 26 47 −21 029.41
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 8 3 3 2 11 9 +2 037.50
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 110 41 29 40 139 128 +11 037.27
Total 152 54 41 57 176 184 −8 035.53

Source: UEFA.com
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal Difference.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

As of 02.08.2018, Source:

RankTeamPoints
151 R. Charleroi S.C.7.700
152 K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen7.700
153 SK Slavia Prague7.500
154 Konyaspor7.160
155 Kardemir Karabükspor7.160

References

Notes

  1. Sešívaní means "stitched together", referring to the home kit with a red half and white half which were traditionally sewn together.

Citations

  1. "Historická tabulka". Synot Liga. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Běrný, Aleš. "Přesně před 120 lety založili studenti Slavii, klub funguje dodnes". iDnes. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. "Historie Zápasů – 1896". Slavia Prague. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. "O derby. Proč a jak dlouho se nemáme rádi". Sparta Prague. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Český a československý fotbal – lexikon osobností a klubů (in Czech). Prague, Czech Republic: Grada Publishing. p. 163. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5.
  6. SK Slavia Praha – official site Archived 9 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. SK Slavia Praha – official site Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. "Czech champions Slavia too strong for Blues". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  9. 1 2 "Konec sporů: Natland se dohodl se zástupci ENICu a uhradil dluhy Slavie". ihned.cz. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  10. "Fotbalista Trapp se po dvou letech vrací ze Slavie zpátky do Plzně". iDnes. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  11. "Zápas ukončete, přikázal velitel policejního zásahu, říká delegát". Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  12. Kollar, Jan. Sláwa bohyně a půwod gména Slawůw čili Slawjanůw.
  13. "A look ahead: Here comes SK Slavia Praha". Union Berlin FC. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  14. "ZAUJALO NÁS: Kde se vzal pokřik jude Slavie?". Supporters.cz. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  15. http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/slavia-prague-seals-cooperation-with-oldest-chinese-football-club
  16. https://slavia.cz/soupiska.asp
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