FK Viktoria Žižkov

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FK Viktoria Žižkov
Viktoria Zizkov.svg
Full name FK Viktoria Žižkov
Nickname(s) Viktorka
Founded 1903
Ground FK Viktoria Stadion, Prague
Ground Capacity 5,037
Chairman Luděk Vinš
Manager Jindřich Trpišovský
League Czech 2. Liga
2013–14 5th
Website Club home page
Viktoria Stadion

FK Viktoria Žižkov is one of the oldest football clubs in the Czech Republic, from Žižkov, (since 1922 part of Prague). It plays in the Czech 2. Liga, the second tier of football in the country. The club won the Czechoslovak First League title in the 1927–28 season. It has also won two editions of the Czech Cup.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

The team was founded in 1903 in the town of Žižkov (since 1922 part of Prague).[1] Viktoria's main successes fall into the period between the world wars — until 1948 it was the third most successful Czechoslovak club, winning the Czechoslovak championship in 1928 and finishing as runners-up in 1929. It won the Czechoslovak Cup in 1913, 1914, 1916, 1921, 1929, 1933, and 1940, and came runners-up in 1919 and 1920.

Post War Era[edit]

After the Second World War and the beginning of communism in 1948 the club descended to the lower leagues and they didn't rejoin the top flight until 1993. In the 1950's the club underwent several name changes as a result of which the club briefly lost its historic name Viktoria; Sokol (1950), Sokol ČSAD (1951) and after a merger with Avia Čakovice the club was called TJ Slavoj Žižkov, a name which lasted until 1965 when the historic name was restored.

1990's & 2000's[edit]

In 1993 Viktoria was promoted again to the highest league as a result of the Velvet Divorce and the Slovak clubs walking away to form their own league. Viktoria was very successful between 1993 and 2003, competing in four European cups. Žižkov has won the national knock-out cup for the eighth time in 1994 and finished as runners-up in 1995.

In 2001 Viktoria Žižkov won their ninth cup in history followed by knocking Scottish team Rangers out of the UEFA Cup in 2002, going through on the away goals rule after extra time at Ibrox.[2] The team finished third in the league on two more occasions, in 2002 and 2003.

In 2004, after a string of poor results and a corruption scandal, the team was relegated again to the second league. In 2007 the team successfully made it back to the Gambrinus liga, finishing the season as runaway champions of the 2nd league. After finishing mid-table in their first season back in the top flight, in 2009 they were relegated back to the second league after struggling all season, bouncing back to the top flight by again gaining promotion from the 2nd league, this time as Runners-up, two seasons later (2011).

Recent History[edit]

2007/2008 season[edit]

Žižkov's first season back in the Gambrinus liga proved to be one of successful consolidation, the team finishing in a creditable 10th place, whilst also reaching the quarter final stage of the knock out cup. One of the highlights of the season was a 3–0 away win at Slavia, inflicting their only home defeat on the eventual champions. A 1–1 pre-Christmas home draw with Slavia was perhaps just as important however, the point being gained with a last minute Richard Kalod goal.

Žižkov's home form was the mainstay of their season, indeed they won 5 of their 7 post-Christmas matches. The final game of the season saw them gain a 1–0 victory over Mladá Boleslav, with another Kalod goal, thereby gaining their only double of the season, having also gained a 1–0 win against Boleslav on the opening day of the season. Top scorer for the season was Petr Švancara, who scored 6 goals.[citation needed]

2008/2009 season[edit]

Petr Švancara won Czech Television's goal of 2008 (gol roku), with his stunning individual effort to open the scoring in Žižkov's 4–2 home victory against FK Bohemians Prague (Střížkov).[3] This proved to be one of the few highlights in a disappointing season that saw Žižkov finish bottom of the league and hence relegated to the 2nd league once more. During the season three different managers were employed, which certainly did not help continuity. However the departure of good quality younger players, such as Ondřej Kušnír to Sparta Prague, at the start of the season, to be replaced by older, journeyman, players was a major factor.

2010/2011 season[edit]

Žižkov gained promotion from the 2nd league by finishing as runners-up to FK Dukla Prague. The main strength of their promotion push turned out to be away performances, which were by far the best in the league. Some poor early season home performances threatened to unship the promotion push but these picked up in the latter part of the season, a 1–0 win over MFK Karviná, with a late goal by team captain Tomáš Procházka being hailed as a critical victory. Star player of the season was undoubtedly Czech U21 goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík. Also of note were the performances of Miroslav Marković who finished as the club's top scorer for the season and second in the league overall, who departed after the end of the season.

2011/2012 season[edit]

Žižkov parted company with coach Martin Pulpit on 23 November with the club having scored just seven points from the opening 14 rounds of the 2011–12 Gambrinus liga.[4] In January, with the club bottom of the league, it was revealed that only ten players from the first half of the season were still at the club.[5] A particular loss was goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík moving to Sparta Prague. Žižkov finished bottom of the league with 19 points, and were relegated to the second division.

Historical names[edit]

  • 1903 – Sportovní kroužek Viktoria Žižkov
  • 1904 – SK Viktoria Žižkov
  • 1950 – Sokol Viktoria Žižkov
  • 1951 – Sokol ČSAD Žižkov
  • 1952 – TJ Slavoj Žižkov (after merger with Avia Čakovice)
  • 1965 – TJ Viktoria Žižkov
  • 1973 – TJ Viktoria Žižkov Strojimport
  • 1982 – TJ Viktoria Žižkov PSO
  • 1992 – FK Viktoria Žižkov

Stadium[edit]

Main article: FK Viktoria Stadion
Match ticket

Viktoria's ground, FK Viktoria Stadion, is situated on Seifertova třída, just a short walk (one tram stop) from Prague's main railway station. It has a capacity of 5,037. In 2007 the club opened a fanshop at the ground for the sale of club mementos.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 August, 2014.[6]

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 Lukáš Zich
2 Czech Republic DF Patrik Dressler
3 Czech Republic MF Ondrej Karafiat
4 Czech Republic FW Tadeáš Madej
6 Czech Republic MF Miroslav Podrazký
7 Czech Republic MF Josef Bazal
9 Czech Republic FW Karel Hejný
10 Czech Republic MF Marek Opluštil
11 Czech Republic FW Josef Marek
12 Czech Republic DF Tomáš Chlumecký
14 Slovakia MF Igor Sukenník
No. Position Player
15 Czech Republic MF Zdeněk Folprecht
16 Czech Republic DF Lukáš Bodeček
18 Czech Republic DF Marcel Šťastný
19 Czech Republic DF David Hovorka
20 Czech Republic DF Jan Carda
22 Czech Republic MF Lukáš Bartošák
23 Czech Republic GK Tomáš Holý
24 Czech Republic DF Jaroslav Procházka
25 Czech Republic FW Michal Kučaba
27 Czech Republic GK David Pokorný
33 Czech Republic FW Radek Voltr

Notable former players[edit]

For all players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FK Viktoria Žižkov players

Popular culture[edit]

The very popular Czech 1931 comedy film Muži v offsidu is centred largely on the culture and fans of Viktoria Žižkov and features unique footage of several matches from that time. The book, on which the story is based, was written by Karel Poláček.

The Czech film actor Vlasta Burian played as the regular goalkeeper for Žižkov around 1916 before setting out on his acting career. A plaque in FK Viktoria Stadion now commemorates his appearances for the club.[7]

Managers[edit]

History in domestic competitions[edit]

  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 14
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 8
  • Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 9
  • Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 2

Czech Republic[edit]

Season League Placed Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Cup
1993–1994 1. liga 8th 30 12 9 9 40 28 +12 33[A] Winners
1994–1995 1. liga 5th 30 15 4 11 61 38 +23 49 Runners-up
1995–1996 1. liga 10th 30 9 10 11 38 43 -5 37 Round of 32
1996–1997 1. liga 12th 30 6 11 13 17 33 -16 29 Round of 16
1997–1998 1. liga 8th 30 11 6 13 26 34 -8 39 Round of 16
1998–1999 1. liga 10th 30 11 5 14 31 47 -16 38 Round of 64
1999–2000 1. liga 9th 30 9 10 11 37 41 -4 37 Quarterfinals
2000–2001 1. liga 5th 30 12 10 8 45 40 +5 46 Winners
2001–2002 1. liga 3rd 30 19 6 5 42 20 +22 63 Round of 16
2002–2003 1. liga 3rd 30 14 8 8 38 33 +5 50 Quarterfinals
2003–2004 1. liga 15th 30 6 9 15 18 34 -16 27 Round of 32
2004–2005 2. liga 6th 28 14 4 10 42 36 +6 34[B] Round of 64
2005–2006 2. liga 5th 30 12 10 8 42 33 +9 46 Quarterfinals
2006–2007 2. liga 1st 30 19 7 4 55 23 +32 64 Round of 16
2007–2008 1. liga 10th 30 10 7 13 35 48 -13 37 Quarterfinals
2008–2009 1. liga 16th 30 5 7 18 27 45 -18 22 Round of 64
2009–2010 2. liga 5th 30 13 7 10 42 41 +1 46 Round of 32
2010–2011 2. liga 2nd 30 16 7 7 44 31 +13 55 Round of 16
2011–2012 1. liga 16th 30 5 4 21 23 55 -32 19 Round of 16
2012–2013 2. liga 8th 30 12 9 9 38 30 +8 45 Round of 32
2013–2014 2. liga 5th 30 14 5 11 39 30 +9 47 Round of 16
Notes
  1. ^ Two points for a win in 1993–94.
  2. ^ 12 points deducted.

History in European competitions[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Season Round Country Club Score Goals
1994–95 Qualifying Round Sweden IFK Norrköping 4–3 (1–0, 3–3) Goal Poborský, Goal Trval, Goal Kordule, Goal Vrabec (pen.)
1st Round England Chelsea F.C. 2–4 (2–4, 0–0) GoalGoal Majoroš
2001–02 1st Round Austria FC Tirol Innsbruck 0–1 (0–0, 0–1)
2002–03 Qualifying Round San Marino SP Domagnano 5–0 (2–0, 3–0) Goal Sabou, Goal Stracený, Goal Chihuri, Goal Janoušek, Goal Krutý
1st Round Scotland Rangers F.C. 3–3 (2–0, 1–3 A) Goal Pikl, Goal Stracený, Goal Marcel Lička
2nd Round Spain Real Betis 0–4 (0–1, 0–3)
2003–04 Qualifying Round Kazakhstan Zhenis Astana 6–1 (3–0, 3–1) Goal Dirnbach, Goal Goal Chihuri, Goal Mikolanda, Goal Pikl, Goal Oravec
1st round Denmark Brøndby IF 0–2 (0–1, 0–1)

Mitropa Cup[edit]

In 1928 Žižkov took part in the Mitropa Cup, reaching the semi-final stage, where they lost in a play off to SK Rapid Wien after the initial two-legs between the teams produced a tie. At the quarter final stage Žižkov knocked out Građanski Zagreb (later to become Dinamo Zagreb) over two legs, winning the home tie 6–1.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Český a československý fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubů (in Czech). Prague, Czech Republic: Grada Publishing. p. 229. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5. 
  2. ^ Clark, Graham (4 October 2002). "Rangers fall to extra Czech strike". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.fotbalportal.cz/cesko/gambrinus-liga/15004-zizkovsky-utocnik-svancara-vyhral-anketu-gol-roku/
  4. ^ "Trenér Pulpit na Žižkově končí, zatím ho střídá Nádvorník". idnes.cz (in Czech). 23 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Mls, Martin (10 January 2012). "Fotbalový Žižkov hledá novou tvář. Z Vaclíka je "rudej ďábel"". idnes.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.fkvz.cz/soupiska.asp?typ=soup&menu=1
  7. ^ http://www.fkvz.cz/novinka.asp?id=13724&typ=clanky

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