FC Viktoria Plzeň

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Viktoria Plzeň
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Full name Football Club Viktoria Plzeň
Nickname(s) Viktorka
Founded 1911
Ground Štruncovy Sady
Ground Capacity 11,722
Chairman Adolf Šádek
Manager Miroslav Koubek
League Czech First League
2013–14 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Viktoria Plzeň (pronounced [ˈvɪktorja ˈpl̩.zɛɲ]) is a Czech professional football club based in the city of Plzeň (Pilsen). They currently play in the Czech First League, the top division of football in the country.

As runners up in the 1970–71 Czechoslovak Cup they gained the right to play in the following season's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as winners Spartak Trnava also won the championship and played in the European Cup. In 2010, they played in the UEFA Europa League after winning the 2009–10 Czech Cup.[1]

The club won the Czech league for the first time in 2011,[2] and participated in the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League group stage, during which they won their first Champions League match,[3] earning five points and qualifying for the Round of 32 in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. The club won their second Czech league title in the 2012–13 season.

In 2013–14, the club participated in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League group stage finishing third. Then reached the Round of 16 in 2013–14 UEFA Europa League before being eliminated by Lyon.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

In 1911 Jaroslav Ausobský, an official of the state railways, filed a request for the establishment of a new football club in Plzeň. In August of that year the newly formed team Viktoria played their first match, losing 7-3 against Olympia Plzeň.

For the first eighteen years of its existence, Viktoria Plzeň was a purely amateur club, although in 1922–1923 they took their first foreign trip to Spain, where they won six out of nine games. In June 1929 an extraordinary meeting of members agreed to go professional and enter the national professional league. Viktoria finished their first season in seventh place, but the very next season, improved and reached second place, which meant a first-ever promotion to the premier league. In the 1934–35 Czechoslovak First League, Viktoria finished in fourth place and subsequently played in the 1935 Mitropa Cup, the top European club competition at the time. Two matches against Juventus of Italy brought Viktoria to the attention of European football at large. They drew 3-3 at home, but lost 5-1 in Italy.

Viktoria played with success in the premier league, being relegated back down to divisions for the 1938 season but returning to top competition the next year. The outbreak of World War II interrupted competition, notably through the absence of teams from Slovakia. In 1942 Viktoria fell again into the divisions, but again returned to the top league the next year, where they would remain until 1952. That same year the club changed its name to Sokol Škoda Plzeň. For nine years they remained in the divisions, struggling to return to the premier league, and in 1961, now under the name of Spartak Plzeň, achieved that promotion. The club was relegated and promoted frequently between the top two tiers until 1972, when as Škoda Plzeň they settled in the premier league for eight years.

In 1971, Viktoria won the Czech Cup by drawing lots after the two-legged final ended 4-4 on aggregate and 5-5 in a limited penalty shootout against Sparta Prague B.[4] They lost 7-2 on aggregate in the Czechoslovak Cup final against Slovak Cup winners Spartak Trnava,[5] but as Trnava had won the league title that season, Viktoria was the country's entrant to the next season's Cup Winners' Cup. The club was eliminated in the first round by Bayern Munich of West Germany, 7-2 on aggregate.[6] From 1980 until the division of Czechoslovakia 13 years later, Viktoria moved frequently between the top two tiers again.

Recent history[edit]

Pavel Horváth was voted as Viktoria's best player of all time at the club's centenary gala in 2012.

In 1992, the club returned to its historical name FC Viktoria Plzeň and the very next season, advanced to the first league, where it remained until 1999.

In the first years of the new millennium, Viktoria was owned by a foreign investor - Italian Football Company Ltd EAST. This situation lasted until March 2005, when 100% of the club's shares were bought by local interests. The Summer of 2005 also brought back relations with the Czech motor company Skoda, who had previously been the club's name sponsors.

On 18 May 2010, Viktoria won the Czech Cup final 2-1 against FK Jablonec,[7] and returned to European competitions (the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League). Viktoria entered in the third qualifying round against Beşiktaş of Turkey, and held them 1-1 at home before losing 3-0 away.[8]

Viktoria won its first ever league championship in 2010-11, finishing with 69 points to Sparta Prague's 68.[9] The club therefore qualified for a play-off to the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League, in which they beat FC Copenhagen of Denmark 5-2 on aggregate.[10] Viktoria were placed in Group H with reigning champions FC Barcelona and AC Milan, and reached third place in the group by recording a victory over BATE Borisov.[11] This saw the club drop into the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League in the last 32, where they lost 4-2 on aggregate to Schalke 04 of Germany after extra time.[12]

The club's Stadion města Plzně was also rebuilt in 2011. On 11 June 2011 Viktoria celebrated together with fans in the courtyard of the Pilsner Urquell brewery for a centennial anniversary. In January 2012, the club held a festive gala for its centenary, and voted current midfielder Pavel Horváth as its greatest player of all time.

The 2011–12 season saw Viktoria finish in third place in the league, three points behind champions Slovan Liberec, to qualify for a third consecutive Europa League campaign.[13] Starting in the second qualifying round, the club advanced past Metalurgi Rustavi of Georgia and Ruch Chorzów of Poland to set up a play-off against the Belgian club Lokeren, in which Viktoria advanced on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw. The club finished first in Group B, above the tournament's reigning champions, Atlético Madrid. In the round of 32, Viktoria were drawn against Napoli of Italy, and won 3-0 away and 2-0 at home to advance to the last 16, where they played Fenerbahçe of Turkey. Viktoria lost the home leg 1-0, and in the away leg (which was played behind closed doors due to the Istanbul club's fans' recent conduct) drew 1-1, nevertheless being eliminated from the competition.[14] Viktoria won the Czech league for a second time at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Historical names[edit]

  • 1911 – SK Viktoria Plzeň (Sportovní klub Viktoria Plzeň)
  • 1949 – Sokol Škoda Plzeň
  • 1952 – Sokol ZVIL Plzeň (Sokol Závody Vladimíra Iljiče Lenina Plzeň)
  • 1953 – DSO Spartak LZ Plzeň (Dobrovolná sportovní organizace Spartak Leninovy závody Plzeň)
  • 1962 – TJ Spartak LZ Plzeň (Tělovýchovná jednota Spartak Leninovy závody Plzeň)
  • 1965 – TJ Škoda Plzeň (Tělovýchovná jednota Škoda Plzeň)
  • 1993 – FC Viktoria Plzeň (Football Club Viktoria Plzeň, a.s.)

Affiliated clubs[edit]

The following clubs are currently affiliated with FC Viktoria Plzeň:

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 July, 2014.[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 Slovakia GK Matúš Kozáčik
2 Czech Republic DF Lukáš Hejda
4 Czech Republic DF Roman Hubník
6 Czech Republic MF Václav Pilař
7 Czech Republic MF Tomáš Hořava
8 Czech Republic DF David Limberský
9 Czech Republic FW Stanislav Tecl
10 Czech Republic MF Pavel Horváth (captain)
11 Czech Republic MF Milan Petržela
13 Czech Republic GK Petr Bolek
14 Czech Republic DF Radim Řezník
16 Czech Republic FW Jan Holenda
17 Slovakia MF Patrik Hrošovský
No. Position Player
18 Slovakia MF Martin Chrien
19 Czech Republic MF Jan Kovařík
20 Czech Republic MF Ondřej Vaněk
21 Czech Republic DF Václav Procházka
23 Slovakia FW Marek Bakoš
24 Czech Republic DF Matěj Končal
26 Czech Republic MF Daniel Kolář
27 Czech Republic MF František Rajtoral
28 Slovakia DF Marián Čišovský
29 Czech Republic FW Jan Chramosta
31 Czech Republic FW Vítězslav Hrdlička
33 Czech Republic GK Roman Pavlík

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
17 Czech Republic FW Jakub Hora (to Dynamo České Budějovice)
24 Czech Republic GK Aleš Mandous (to FK Banik Most)
-- Czech Republic MF Martin Fillo (to 1. FK Pribram)
No. Position Player
-- Czech Republic MF David Stipek (to FC Hradec Králové)
-- Czech Republic FW Michal Krmenčík (to FK Dukla Prague)

Notable former players[edit]

For all players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Viktoria Plzeň players

Managers[edit]

For all managers with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Viktoria Plzeň managers

History in domestic competitions[edit]

  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 16
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 4
  • 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 Super Cup
1993–1994 1. liga 5th 30 12 11 7 35 23 +12 35 Quarterfinals
1994–1995 1. liga 9th 30 12 4 14 32 37 –5 40 Quarterfinals
1995–1996 1. liga 9th 30 11 6 13 33 34 –1 39 Round of 32
1996–1997 1. liga 11th 30 7 11 12 33 37 –4 32 Quarterfinals
1997–1998 1. liga 14th 30 9 6 15 37 47 –10 33 Quarterfinals
1998–1999 1. liga 15th 30 8 8 14 26 43 –17 32 Round of 32
1999–2000 2. liga 2nd 30 17 8 5 50 22 +28 59 Quarterfinals
2000–2001 1. liga 16th 30 4 9 17 30 65 –35 21 Round of 32
2001–2002 2. liga 4th 30 15 5 10 56 34 +22 50 Round of 32
2002–2003 2. liga 1st 30 17 7 6 47 27 +20 58 Round of 32
2003–2004 1. liga 16th 30 4 7 19 23 53 –30 19 Round of 16
2004–2005 2. liga 3rd 30 12 10 6 32 23 +9 46 Semifinals
2005–2006 1. liga 14th 30 7 10 13 30 43 –13 31 Round of 64
2006–2007 1. liga 6th 30 12 10 8 35 29 +6 46 Quarterfinals
2007–2008 1. liga 9th 30 10 8 12 32 37 –5 38 Round of 16
2008–2009 1. liga 8th 30 11 10 9 45 38 +7 43 Quarterfinals
2009–2010 1. liga 5th 30 12 12 6 42 33 +9 48 Winners
2010–2011 1. liga 1st 30 21 6 3 70 28 +42 69 Quarterfinals Runners-up
2011–2012 1. liga 3rd 30 19 6 5 66 33 +33 63 Quarterfinals Winners
2012–2013 1. liga 1st 30 20 5 5 54 21 +33 65 Quarterfinals
2013–2014 1. liga 2nd 30 19 9 2 64 21 +43 66 Runners-up Runners-up

History in European competitions[edit]

The following is a list of the all-time statistics from Plzeň's games in the three UEFA tournaments it has participated in, as well as the overall total. The list contains the tournament, the number of seasons (S), games played (P), won (W), drawn (D) and lost (L). The statistics include qualification matches.

As of 29 March 2014.
Tournament S P W D L
Cup Winners' Cup 1 2 0 0 2
Europa League 4 24 13 5 6
Champions League 2 24 14 2 8
Total 5 50 27 7 16

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Czech First League:

Czech Cup:

Czech Supercup:

  • Winners (1): 2011
  • Runners-up: 2010, 2014

Czech 2. Liga:

European[edit]

UEFA Europa League

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

(As of 21 March 2014)[17]

Rank Team Coefficient
51 Germany Hannover 96 42.156
52 Turkey Fenerbahçe SK 41.340
53 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 40.870
54 Spain Málaga CF 40.656
55 Italy AS Roma 39.687

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plzeň prevail in Czech Cup final". UEFA. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Viktoria Plzeň seal maiden Czech crown". UEFA. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Plzen leapfrog BATE with first win". FIFA. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Czech Republic - List of Cup Finals". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Czechoslovakia - List of Cup Finals". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  6. ^ "European Competitions 1971-72". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Czech Republic 2009/10". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2010/11 - History - Plzeň – UEFA.com". uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  9. ^ "Czech Republic 2010/11". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  10. ^ "UEFA Champions League 2011/12 - History - Playoff – UEFA.com". uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  11. ^ "UEFA Champions League 2011/12 - History - Standings – UEFA.com". uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  12. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2011/12 - History - Matches – UEFA.com". uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  13. ^ "Czech Republic 2011/12". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  14. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012/13 - History - Plzeň – UEFA.com". uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  15. ^ "Dukla pôjde do novej sezóny omladená, začína spoluprácu s Plzňou /Dukla will come to the new season younger than previously, beginning cooperation with Plzeň". Bbonliny.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "FC Viktoria Plzeň Muži "A" » FC VIKTORIA Plzeň". fcviktoria.cz. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  17. ^ Bert Kassies. "UEFA Team Ranking 2014". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 

External links[edit]

* Official club website (Czech)