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Sparta Praha
Sparta Praha logo
LeagueNBL, Czech 1 League
Founded1939
History1939 AC Sparta Praha
1950 Spartak Praha Sokolovo
1965 Sparta CKD Praha
1990 BC Sparta Praha
ArenaHala Sparta Praha
Capacity2,700
LocationPrague, Czech Republic
Team colorsSparta-colors.png
Head coachJaromír Geršl
ChampionshipsCzechoslovak League (2): 1940, 1960
vice-champion (10): 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990, 1991
Czech League vice-champion (1): 1993
Czech Cup vice-champion (1): 1995
Websitebcsparta.cz

Sparta Praha is among the oldest and most popular sports clubs in the country, with a number of fans not only in Prague but throughout the whole of the Czech Republic. The foundation of the club dates back to 1893 (AC Sparta Praha). Club colours are red, yellow and blue.

History[edit]

Basketball Club Sparta Praha (short: BC Sparta Praha) is a Czech men's basketball club from Prague founded in 1939 as a section of omnisport club Sparta Prague. Since that time it has been a long-term member of the basketball elite. This is confirmed by its results both in the First League and the participation of its players in the national team.

During the course of its history, BC Sparta Praha has been headed by as few as four representatives. The first chairman was Václav Jeřábek (1939–52), the second Josef Ezr (1952–90, a full 38 years!), the third Miloslav Kříž (1990–93) and the fourth Pavel Majerik (1993–2005). Amongst important functionaries and coaches in the history of the club are for example Josef Klima, Lubomir Bednar, Hana Ezrova, Cyril Mandel, Vladimir Heger, Zdenek Miskovsky, Lubos Dobry, Zbynek Kubin and Michal Jezdik.

Coaches[edit]

  • 1939–1942 : Václav Jeřábek
  • 1942–1944 : Josef Klíma
  • 1946–1948 : Jaroslav First
  • 1948–1950 : Miloslav Kříž[1]
  • 1950–1951, 1955–1958: Lubomír Bednář
  • 1952–1956, 1958–1964 : Josef Ezr
  • 1964–1965 : Vladimír Lodr
  • 1965–1970, 1996–1997 : Vladimír Heger
  • 1970–1971 : Ladislav Šenkýř

Competitions and Honours[edit]

The basketball players of Sparta Praha played their first match against the Prague Sokol team on 23 December 1939 and won 42–35, similarly as in the second match on 20 January 1940 when they beat YMCA Prague 44–19. In the season 1939/40 the Sparta Prague basketball players won their First League championship trophy with the team: Bartonicek, Bartu, Ctyroky, Dolezal, A.Dvoracek, L. Dvoracek, Faloun, Hlousek, Hruda, Jencek, Klima, Labohy, Prokop, Trpkos, with coach Jerabek. In the season 1959/60 Sparta won their second league championship trophy with the team: Jiří Baumruk, Kinsky, Krasny, Lodr, Prazak, Rojko, Tomasek, Czesany, Kliner, Pietsch, Rotter and coach Josef Ezr.

Also to be counted amongst Sparta’s successes are 10 seasons in which Sparta was runner-up in the First League and 10 seasons in which Sparta finished third in the First League, as well as second place in the Czech Cup in 1995 and third place in the same tournament in 1996. The Sparta team is in second place in the historical table of the First League, behind Zbrojovka Brno and ahead of Slavia VŠ Praha. In the history of Sparta there are two particularly successful periods: 1959-64 (once champions, twice runners-up, twice third place) and 1989-94 (4 times runners-up and once third place).[2][3]

European competitions[edit]

FIBA Champions' Cup (1)[edit]

FIBA Cup Winners' Cup (1)[edit]

  • 1991/92: lost in the 2nd round Panionios, Greece (87-81 & 84-103)[5]

FIBA Korać Cup (12)[edit]

CSA Sparta Praha[6]

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miloslav Kriz, 89, Passes Away – FIBA Europe". fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ Simak, Pavel (1993). Historie československého basketbalu v číslech (1932-1985), II. část (1985-1992) (in Czech). Česká a slovenská basketbalová federace. p. 303.
  3. ^ Gacik, Juraj (2000). Kronika československého a slovenského basketbalu (1919-1993), (1993-2000) (in Slovak). BADEM. p. 943. ISBN 80-968498-9-1.
  4. ^ "Champions Cup 1960-61 at linguasport.com". linguasport.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  5. ^ "European Cup for Men's Club 1992 at fibaeurope.com". fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  6. ^ "European Cup Radivoj Korac at fibaeurope.com". fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Josef Ezr Bio, Stats, and Results – Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Jiří Baumruk Bio, Stats, and Results – Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  9. ^ "European Championship 1957, MVP Jiří Baumruk". linguasport.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Bohumil Tomášek Bio, Stats, and Results – Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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  12. ^ "Zdeněk Douša Bio, Stats, and Results – Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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  16. ^ "Jirí Zídek – FIBA Europe League Men 2005 – FIBA Europe". fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  17. ^ "George Zidek NBA & ABA Stats – Basketball-Reference.com". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Search page – FIBA Europe, Pavel Miloš". fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Pavel Milos, NBA Draft 01 candidate". nba.com. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  20. ^ "WELSCH, JIRI - Welcome to Eurocup". eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Jiri Welsch – EuroBasket 2013". eurobasket2013.org. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  22. ^ "Jiri Welsch NBA & ABA Stats – Basketball-Reference.com". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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