FC Slovan Liberec

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Slovan Liberec
Logo
Full name Football Club Slovan Liberec, A.S.
Nickname(s) Modrobílí (Blue-whites)
Founded 1958
Ground Stadion u Nisy, Liberec
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Zbyněk Štiller
Manager Samuel Slovák
League Gambrinus liga
2013–14 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Slovan Liberec /ˈslvən ˈlɪbərɛts/ (Czech pronunciation: [ˈslovan ˈlɪbɛrɛt͡s]) is a Czech football club founded in the city of Liberec. The club is one of the most successful in the Czech Republic, having won three league titles and the domestic cup since 1993. The main sponsor of the club is the glass making company Preciosa a.s..

History[edit]

The Early Years[edit]

Because Liberec was a city where the majority of inhabitants were of German nationality, until 1945, it was Germans who first established clubs and played their own league. The first Czech football club SK Liberec was established after World War I, on 11 May 1919. In 1922, the originally German club FK Rapid Ober Rosenthal turned into the Czech club SK Rapid Horní Růžodol. In the same year, another Liberec-based club - SK Doubí - was established, followed by AFK Stráž bezpečnosti in 1931. On 27 February 1934, SK Liberec took on the new name of Slavia Liberec so that the Czech footballers could affirm their club's Slavic character at a time when the Nazi regime in neighbouring Germany already represented a serious threat to the former Czechoslovakia as well as all of Europe.

The rivalry that once existed in Liberec between Rapid and Slavia can be compared to a smaller version of the rivalry between Prague's two most famous clubs, Sparta and Slavia. In 1938 the Munich Agreement was signed, in which representatives of the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany forced Czechoslovakia to withdraw from their border area and surrender it to Germany. After Liberec was incorporated into the German Reich, Czech football in the city came to a halt for a full seven years.

Post-War Era[edit]

At the end of World War II and with the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945, Liberec took on the character of a Czech city. The first post-war game was played in Turnov on 10 June 1945 by Liberec's football club Slavia. On 15 July 1945, representatives of Czech football clubs from the border areas that had started up again met at the Radnice hotel. The result of the meeting was the verdict that each border-area club continue in the same league that it had played in up until 1938. After seven years of forced inactivity, Slavia Liberec was again included in Class I A and Rapid Horní Růžodol in Class II. In February 1948 the Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia. Under the new name of Kolora, Rapid Liberec, former Horní Růžodol, fought its way to be promoted to the premier league. Due to the poorly thought-out restructuring of Czechoslovak physical education and sports, Kolora remained in the second league - yet an administrative decision placed Slavoj Liberec, originally established as Čechie, in the premier league. At the time, Slavoj had only played in the regional league. This reorganization created a lot of bad blood in Liberec. After one season, Slavoj was relegated to the second league. Three years later, Kolora once again battled its way up to be promoted to the premier league, but the team could not manage to save themselves from relegation the following season. Whenever Kolora, which later played under the name of Jiskra, met up with Slavoj Liberec, the match was always important and a rough battle to the end.

Slovan is born[edit]

In 1958, the decision was taken to close the Jiskra and Slavoj clubs and merge the two into a single team that would have the potential to win a spot in the premier league.[1] Although this plan stirred up very negative reactions among footballers and fans alike and despite the fact that members of Slavoj originally declared that they reject the plan, in the end they changed their minds. As a result, TJ Slovan Liberec was formed on 12 July 1958. With this name, the football club affirmed the Czech character of the club as well as the region where it played. The very first competitor the newly created team faced was Spartak Praha Sokolovo, as the famous team Sparta Prague was called at the time. Slovan lost 0:3. Despite of all its efforts, for a long time Slovan Liberec was unsuccessful in its fight for a place in the premier league. At certain stages of its history, it was even relegated to the regional division or third league.

In the 1970s, Slovan managed to be promoted back to the second league, which at the time included five Bohemian, one Moravian and ten Slovak teams. Due to the vast distances, the footballers from Liberec even had to board planes to play against teams in Bardejov or Michalovce, located in the eastern parts of the country. In 1971, Slovan again failed in its attempt to be promoted to the premier league. Following this were two relegations and promotions back to the second league.

Modern Day Slovan[edit]

Slovan Liberec starting eleven before the Czech Cup final match against Sparta Prague, May 2008

After overcoming the financial crisis that the club found itself in following the 1989 "Velvet Revolution", Slovan Liberec finally had the chance to gain promotion to the top league. Following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the six best teams in the second league were elevated to the newly created Czech premier league. Slovan ascended to the first league with the formation of the Czech league in 1993, and has maintained this position ever since. In the 1990s the club achieved a series of mid-table finishes.

In 2002, under the management of Ladislav Škorpil, Slovan Liberec became the first champions of the Czech Republic outside of Prague. As Czech champions, they entered the Champions League third qualifying round, but lost their first tie to that season's eventual tournament winners AC Milan (0–1, 2–1). Subsequently the team finished fourth in the league in 2002/2003. Due to a league-wide corruption scandal in the 2004/05 season, the club was penalised with a six point deduction and went on to finish fifth with 46 points. In season 2005/2006 Slovan recovered to achieve their second league title, confirmed their status as the leading Czech team outside of Prague and broke the dominance of Sparta and Slavia.

In June 2007 popular coach Vítězslav Lavička resigned amidst problems with club management and disappointment with the team's Champions League qualification loss to Spartak Moscow. Liberec entered the UEFA Cup first round, where they defeated the Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade before being eliminated in the group stage. Performances next season under coach Michal Zach wouldn't meet the expectations of the club owners and Slovan experienced one of the worst seasons in its modern history, Zach's replacement by former coach Ladislav Škorpil failing to remedy the situation as the club finished sixth in the league. In the same season the team reached the final of the Czech Cup, but lost in a penalty shootout against Sparta Prague. The 2008–2009 season started with bitter European defeat in the UEFA Cup, as Slovan lost their second qualifying round tie to Slovak club MŠK Žilina. By contrast, the club began their domestic league season with positive results against both of the dominant Prague sides, beating champions Slavia 2–1 and Sparta 3–0. However a series of bad results against average opposition left the club down in 5th place by autumn. The spring saw Slovan opt for a more offensive approach and brought an improvement in results, with the club winning a derby against local rival Jablonec and beating an ambitious Mladá Boleslav side by 3 goals. Croatian striker Andrej Kerić scored 15 goals and became the league's top scorer as the club finished third, qualifying for the newly rebranded UEFA Europa League for the 2009/2010 season. In season 2011/2012 Slovan became the league champion for the third time in the club's history.

Names and crest[edit]

Slovan Liberec created a new crest for fiftieth club anniversary.

TJ (Tělovýchovná Jednota) Slovan Liberec was created in 1958. Since then the club's name has been changed on numerous occasions, reflecting changes in sponsorship. In the 1980s the club used the name TJ Slovan Elitex (a textile company) Liberec. In 1993 the name FC (Football Club) Slovan Liberec was announced, to be replaced later the same year with FC Slovan WSK Liberec (WSK was an abbreviation for Wimpey Severokámen). Only one year later in 1994, it became FC Slovan WSK Vratislav (Vratislav - a beer brand) Liberec. In 1995 Slovan returned to its former name, FC Slovan Liberec.

The crest represents the colours of Liberec (blue & white) and the mountain Ještěd near Liberec with its famous television tower on top.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 February 2014.[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Ondřej Kolář
3 Serbia DF Miloš Karišik
4 Czech Republic DF Vojtěch Novotný
5 Czech Republic DF Vladimír Coufal
6 Czech Republic FW Matěj Káva
8 Czech Republic MF David Pavelka
9 Ukraine FW Yevhen Budnik (on loan from Vorskla)
11 Czech Republic DF Martin Frýdek
12 Ghana MF Isaac Sackey
13 Czech Republic DF Marek Jarolím
17 Czech Republic DF Jan Rajnoch
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands MF Kevin Luckassen
20 Slovakia MF Michal Obročník
21 Czech Republic DF Jiří Pimpara
23 Czech Republic FW Josef Šural
24 Cameroon MF Djika Douglas
25 Czech Republic DF Jiří Fleišman
27 Slovakia MF Ľuboš Kolár
28 Republic of the Congo FW Dzon Delarge
29 Czech Republic DF Lukáš Pokorný
30 Slovakia GK Lukáš Hroššo
Ivory Coast MF Daniel Soungolé

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Slovakia DF Michal Janec (to MFK Ružomberok)
Slovakia FW Lukáš Szabo (to FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce)
Czech Republic FW Zbyněk Musiol (to FK MAS Táborsko)

Notable former players[edit]

For all players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Slovan Liberec players

Managers[edit]

History in domestic competitions[edit]

  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 20
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 0
  • Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 0
  • Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 0

Czech Republic[edit]

Season League Placed Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Cup
1993–1994 1. liga 9th 30 11 11 8 32 26 +6 44 Round of 16
1994–1995 1. liga 4th 30 16 3 11 49 46 +3 51 Round of 32
1995–1996 1. liga 7th 30 12 8 10 34 30 +4 44 Round of 32
1996–1997 1. liga 5th 30 12 10 8 33 30 +3 46 Round of 16
1997–1998 1. liga 5th 30 13 8 9 39 32 +7 47 Round of 64
1998–1999 1. liga 9th 30 9 11 10 33 34 –1 38 Runners-up
1999–2000 1. liga 8th 30 9 11 10 21 24 –3 38 Winners
2000–2001 1. liga 6th 30 12 9 9 39 31 +8 45 Round of 16
2001–2002 1. liga 1st 30 19 7 4 55 26 +29 64 Quarterfinals
2002–2003 1. liga 4th 30 14 8 8 43 36 +7 50 Round of 16
2003–2004 1. liga 6th 30 12 10 8 38 27 +11 46 Semifinals
2004–2005 1. liga 5th 30 14 10 6 45 26 +19 46 Semifinals
2005–2006 1. liga 1st 30 16 11 3 43 22 +21 59 Round of 32
2006–2007 1. liga 4th 30 16 10 4 44 22 +22 58 Round of 16
2007–2008 1. liga 6th 30 12 8 10 35 31 +4 44 Runners-up
2008–2009 1. liga 3rd 30 14 10 6 41 28 +13 52 Quarterfinals
2009–2010 1. liga 9th 30 10 7 13 34 39 –5 37 Quarterfinals
2010–2011 1. liga 7th 30 12 7 11 45 36 +9 43 Round of 32
2011–2012 1. liga 1st 30 20 6 4 68 29 +39 66 Quarterfinals
2012–2013 1. liga 3rd 30 16 6 8 46 34 +12 54 Semifinals
2013–2014 1. liga 4th 30 14 6 10 37 46 -9 48 Round of 32

Notes:

† six points deducted

History in European competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1st Round
Sweden
IFK Norrköping 2–2, 2–1
2nd Round
England
Liverpool FC 0–1, 2–3
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1st Round
Slovakia
Slovan Bratislava 2–0, 0–1
2nd Round
Spain
Celta de Vigo 1–3, 3–0
3rd Round
Spain
RCD Mallorca 3–1, 1–2
4th Round
France
Olympique Lyon 1–1, 4–1
1/4 Finals
Germany
Borussia Dortmund 0–0, 0–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qual.
Italy
AC Milan 0–1, 2–1
UEFA Cup 1st Round
Georgia (country)
Dinamo Tbilisi 3–2, 1–0
2nd Round
England
Ipswich Town FC 0–1, 1–0 (4–2 pen)
3rd Round
Greece
Panathinaikos FC 2–2, 0–1
2003 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round
Republic of Ireland
Shamrock Rovers 2–0, 2–0
3rd Round
Spain
Racing de Santander 1–0, 2–1
Semifinals
Germany
FC Schalke 04 1–2, 0–0
2004 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round
Slovakia
FK ZTS Dubnica 2–1, 5–0
3rd Round
Netherlands
Roda JC 1–0, 1–1
Semifinals
France
FC Nantes 1–0, 1–2
Finals
Germany
FC Schalke 04 1–2, 0–1
2005 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round
Israel
Beitar Jerusalem 5–1, 2–1
3rd Round
Netherlands
Roda JC 0–0, 1–1
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qual.
Russia
FC Spartak Moscow 0–0, 1–2
UEFA Cup 1st Round
Serbia
Red Star Belgrade 2–0, 2–1
Group C
Spain
Sevilla FC 0–0
Portugal
SC Braga 0–4
Switzerland
Grasshopper Club Zürich 4–1
Netherlands
AZ Alkmaar 2–2
2007 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round
Kazakhstan
Tobol Kostanay 1–1, 0–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup 2nd Qual.
Slovakia
MŠK Žilina 1–2, 1–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual.
Liechtenstein
FC Vaduz 1–0, 2–0
Play-off
Romania
FC Dinamo Bucureşti 3–0 (c), 0–3 (8–9 pen)
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2nd Qual.
Kazakhstan
FC Shakhter Karagandy 1–0, 1–1 a.e.t.
3rd Qual.
Romania
CFR Cluj 0–1, 1–2
UEFA Europa League Play-off
Ukraine
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–2, 2–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2nd Qual.
Latvia
Skonto FC 1–2, 1–0
3rd Qual.
Switzerland
FC Zürich 2–1, 2–1
Play-off
Italy
Udinese Calcio 3–1, 1–1
Group H
Germany
SC Freiburg 2–2, 1–2
Portugal
Estoril Praia 2–1, 2–1
Spain
Sevilla FC 1–1, 1–1
Round of 32
Netherlands
AZ Alkmaar 0–1, 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2nd Qual.
Slovakia
MFK Košice –,–

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Český a československý fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubů (in Czech). Prague, Czech Republic: Grada Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.fcslovanliberec.cz/soupiska.asp

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