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Slavia Prague
Full name Sportovní klub Slavia Praha - fotbal a.s.
Nickname(s) Červenobílí
(The red and whites)
(The sewn-ones)
Věčná Slavia
(The Eternal Slavia)
Founded 2 November 1892, as ACOS (Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia)
Ground Eden Arena,
Vršovice, Prague 10, Prague
Ground Capacity 20,800
Chairman Aleš Řebíček
Manager Miroslav Beránek
League Czech First League
2013–14 13th
Website Club home page

SK Slavia Prague (Czech: SK Slavia Praha, pronounced [ˈslavja ˈpraɦa]) is a Czech professional football club founded in 1892 in the city of Prague. 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 17 titles, several Czech cups and the Mitropa Cup in 1938. The club has won three league titles since the foundation of the Czech league in 1993. The club 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 also has reserve, youth, women's, and futsal teams.


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, 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.[citation needed]

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 60s 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 fourteenth 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 Euro 96.[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 Amsterdam in the Third Qualifying Round. For the group stage, Slavia were drawn in Group H along with Arsenal, Steaua Bucharest 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 3rd 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 ACF 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]

Historical names[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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]


Slavia's greatest rivals are AC 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 kilometer 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]


Current squad[edit]

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 Karel Hrubeš
2 Czech Republic DF Lukáš Fialka
3 Czech Republic DF Jan Mikula
4 Czech Republic MF Robert Hrubý
5 Czech Republic DF Michal Švec
6 Hungary DF Krisztián Tamás (on loan from Milan)
8 Czech Republic MF Jaromír Zmrhal
10 France MF Damien Boudjemaa
11 Georgia (country) MF Levan Kenia
12 Czech Republic MF Václav Prošek
14 Czech Republic DF Marek Kodr
15 Serbia MF Zoran Mihajlovič
16 Czech Republic MF Milan Černý
No. Position Player
17 Senegal FW Dame Diop
18 Serbia MF Vukadin Vukadinović
19 Ivory Coast DF Simon Deli
20 Czech Republic DF Jiří Bílek
21 Czech Republic FW Milan Škoda
23 Czech Republic MF Karel Pitak
25 Czech Republic MF Tomáš Mičola
26 Argentina MF Aldo Baéz
27 Czech Republic FW Marek Červenka
28 Czech Republic DF Martin Latka
29 Czech Republic GK Martin Berkovec
30 Czech Republic DF Martin Dostál
34 Slovakia GK Matej Rakovan

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
23 Czech Republic FW Josef Bazal (at Viktoria Žižkov)
No. Position Player
Czech Republic FW Marek Červenka (at Sokolov)

Notable former players[edit]

For all players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:SK Slavia Prague 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[edit]


As of 14 September 2013. Only competitive matches are counted.


  • Mitropa Cup – 1938
  • Czechoslovak League – 1925, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1946–47
  • Czech League – 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1995–96, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Czech Championship – 1897 spring, 1897 fall, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901
  • Bohemia Championship – 1918, 1924
  • Championship ČSF – 1913, 1915
  • Bohemia Cup – 1922, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1935, 1941
  • Charity Cup – 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912
  • Czech Cup – 1941, 1942, 1945, 1974, 1997, 1999, 2002
  • Intercup – 1970, 1972, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1992, 1993


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  2. ^ a b c d 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. 
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  7. ^ SK Slavia Praha - official site
  8. ^ "Czech champions Slavia too strong for Blues". Retrieved 13 Nov 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Konec sporů: Natland se dohodl se zástupci ENICu a uhradil dluhy Slavie". 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?". Retrieved 29 May 2014. 

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