Czech First League

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Czech First League
Country Czech Republic
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1993
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Czech National Football League
Domestic cup(s) Czech Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions FC Viktoria Plzeň (4th title)
(2015–16)
Most championships AC Sparta Prague (12 titles)
Most capped player Stanislav Vlček (436)
Top goalscorer David Lafata (186 goals)
TV partners ČT, o2,
Website en.synotliga.cz
2016–17 Czech First League

The Czech First League, currently known as the ePojisteni.cz liga,[1] is a Czech professional league for football clubs. At the top of the Czech football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 16 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the Czech National Football League. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 30 games each. The league is currently ranked 13th in Europe in the UEFA league rankings.

The history of the Czech football league began at the end of the 20th century. It was reorganised for the 1993–1994 season, after the dissolution of former Czechoslovakia and therefore of the Czechoslovak League. Having won more than half of league titles, Sparta Prague are the most successful team in Czech First League history. Other clubs who have won the title are Slavia Prague, Slovan Liberec, Baník Ostrava and Viktoria Plzeň.

Competition format[edit]

Competition[edit]

There are 16 clubs in the league. During the course of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 30 games. In the inaugural season, two points were awarded for a win, before switching to three points for a win in 1994.[2] Teams receive one point for a draw and no points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, in the case of two or more teams finishing with equal points, the head-to-head record between the teams is used for ranking, counting points in relevant games, then goal difference and then goals scored. The two lowest placed teams are relegated to the second tier Czech National Football League.

Participating teams in 2015–16[edit]

The following 16 clubs are competing in the 2015–16 Czech First League.

Club Stadium Capacity 2014–15 Position
1. FC Slovácko Městský stadion 8,121 9th
1. FK Příbram Na Litavce 9,100 5th
AC Sparta Prague Generali Arena 19,416 2nd
Bohemians 1905 Ďolíček 5,000 8th
FC Baník Ostrava Městský stadion (Ostrava) 15,163 14th
FC Fastav Zlín Letná Stadion 6,375 FNL 3rd
FC Slovan Liberec Stadion u Nisy 9,900 12th
FC Viktoria Plzeň Doosan Arena 11,722 1st
FC Vysočina Jihlava Stadion v Jiráskově ulici 4,075 10th
FC Zbrojovka Brno Městský stadion (Brno) 12,550 13th
FK Baumit Jablonec Chance Arena 6,280 3rd
FK Dukla Prague Stadion Juliska 8,150 6th
FK Mladá Boleslav Městský stadion 5,000 4th
FK Teplice Na Stínadlech 18,221 7th
SK Sigma Olomouc Andrův stadion 12,566 FNL 1st
SK Slavia Prague Eden Arena 20,800 11th

Sponsorship[edit]

In 1997 the league started a sponsorship deal with Plzeňský Prazdroj, a. s. and became known as the Gambrinus liga (after the company's Gambrinus beer).[3] In 2008, the sponsorship was extended until the end of the 2013–14 season.[4]

In May 2014, the league announced a four-year sponsorship deal with betting firm Synot, becoming the Synot liga.[5] However, in January 2016 the company announced that their deal would conclude at the end of the 2015–16 season.[6]

In July 2016 a new two-year sponsorship deal has been announced with an online insurance company ePojisteni.cz, the league is officially called ePojisteni.cz liga.

In October 2016 FAČR, LFA and Czech betting company Fortuna signed a 6-year partnership deal. According to this deal the Czech First League will be called Fortuna liga from the 2018–19 season.[7]

Champions[edit]

Gambrinus liga trophy

Year By Year[edit]

Season Champions Runner-up Third place Top Goalscorer Club
1993–94 Sparta Prague (1) Slavia Prague Baník Ostrava Horst Siegl (20) Sparta Prague
1994–95 Sparta Prague (2) Slavia Prague FC Brno Radek Drulák (15) Drnovice
1995–96 Slavia Prague (1) Sigma Olomouc Jablonec Radek Drulák (22) Drnovice
1996–97 Sparta Prague (3) Slavia Prague Jablonec Horst Siegl (19) Sparta Prague
1997–98 Sparta Prague (4) Slavia Prague Sigma Olomouc Horst Siegl (13) Sparta Prague
1998–99 Sparta Prague (5) Teplice Slavia Prague Horst Siegl (18) Sparta Prague
1999–00 Sparta Prague (6) Slavia Prague Drnovice Vratislav Lokvenc (22) Sparta Prague
2000–01 Sparta Prague (7) Slavia Prague Sigma Olomouc Vítězslav Tuma (15) Drnovice
2001–02 Slovan Liberec (1) Sparta Prague Viktoria Žižkov Jiří Štajner (15) Slovan Liberec
2002–03 Sparta Prague (8) Slavia Prague Viktoria Žižkov Jiří Kowalík (16) 1. FC Synot
2003–04 Baník Ostrava (1) Sparta Prague Sigma Olomouc Marek Heinz (19) Baník Ostrava
2004–05 Sparta Prague (9) Slavia Prague Teplice Tomáš Jun (14) Sparta Prague
2005–06 Slovan Liberec (2) Mladá Boleslav Slavia Prague Milan Ivana (11) FC Slovácko
2006–07 Sparta Prague (10) Slavia Prague Mladá Boleslav Luboš Pecka (16) Mladá Boleslav
2007–08 Slavia Prague (2) Sparta Prague Baník Ostrava Václav Svěrkoš (15) Baník Ostrava
2008–09 Slavia Prague (3) Sparta Prague Slovan Liberec Andrej Kerić (15) Slovan Liberec
2009–10 Sparta Prague (11) Jablonec Baník Ostrava Michal Ordoš (12) Sigma Olomouc
2010–11 Viktoria Plzeň (1) Sparta Prague Jablonec David Lafata (19) Jablonec
2011–12 Slovan Liberec (3) Sparta Prague Viktoria Plzeň David Lafata (25) Jablonec
2012–13 Viktoria Plzeň (2) Sparta Prague Slovan Liberec David Lafata (20) Jablonec / Sparta Prague
2013–14 Sparta Prague (12) Viktoria Plzeň Mladá Boleslav Josef Hušbauer (18) Sparta Prague
2014–15 Viktoria Plzeň (3) Sparta Prague Jablonec David Lafata (20) Sparta Prague
2015–16 Viktoria Plzeň (4) Sparta Prague Slovan Liberec David Lafata (20) Sparta Prague

Performance by Club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Sparta Prague
12
9
1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2013–14
Viktoria Plzeň
4
1
2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
Slavia Prague
3
9
1995–96, 2007–08, 2008–09
Slovan Liberec
3
0
2001–02, 2005–06, 2011–12
Baník Ostrava
1
0
2003–04
Sigma Olomouc
0
1
Teplice
0
1
Mladá Boleslav
0
1
Jablonec
0
1

Attendance[edit]

Year By Year[edit]

Season Total Average Highest Home Av. Club
1993–94 1,116,885 4,653 23,111 9,501 FC Zbrojovka Brno
1994–95 1,380,060 5,750 34,770 20,523 FC Zbrojovka Brno
1995–96 1,225,755 5,107 26,872 12,283 FC Zbrojovka Brno
1996–97 1,710,045 7,125 44,120 21,659 FC Zbrojovka Brno
1997–98 1,477,515 6,156 31,730 15,365 FC Zbrojovka Brno
1998–99 1,447,875 6,033 24,400 13,207 FC Zbrojovka Brno
1999–00 1,433,355 5,972 23,800 11,280 SFC Opava
2000–01 1,091,882 4,549 16,350 7,718 Sigma Olomouc
2001–02 1,113,325 4,722 16,300 7,490 Baník Ostrava
2002–03 935,927 3,899 18,228 6,175 Sparta Prague
2003–04 1,158,523 4,827 20,032 15,376 Baník Ostrava
2004–05 921,658 3,840 15,419 8,028 Baník Ostrava
2005–06 980,633 4,085 20,318 7,211 Sparta Prague
2006–07 1,173,869 4,891 20,565 11,848 Sparta Prague
2007–08 1,237,660 5,156 20,698 11,022 Baník Ostrava
2008–09 1,119,410 4,664 20,500 11,971 Slavia Prague
2009–10 1,177,014 4,924 19,370 10,766 Sparta Prague
2010–11 1,073,690 4,473 18,873 8,665 Sparta Prague
2011–12 1,130,540 4,710 18,299 10,322 Sparta Prague
2012–13 1,151,464 4,797 19,410 10,046 Viktoria Plzeň
2013–14 1,216,389 5,068 19,089 11,340 Sparta Prague
2014–15 1,137,131 4,738 18,665 10,868 Viktoria Plzeň
2015–16 1,219,366 5,080 18,684 10,618 Viktoria Plzeň

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Media coverage[edit]

Country Broadcaster
 Czech Republic ČT Sport, O2 Sport
 Slovakia Digi Sport
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Arena Sport
 Croatia
 Montenegro
 Republic of Macedonia
 Serbia

Managers[edit]

Last update: 17 September 2016

Name Club Appointed
Weber, JozefJozef Weber Karviná 9 June 2014
Pilný, BohuslavBohuslav Pilný Hradec Králové 19 October 2014
Páník, BohumilBohumil Páník Zlín 6 December 2014
Ščasný, ZdeněkZdeněk Ščasný Sparta Prague 16 April 2015
Trpišovský, JindřichJindřich Trpišovský Slovan Liberec 22 June 2015
Frťala, ZdenkoZdenko Frťala Jablonec 11 December 2015
Levý, StanislavStanislav Levý Slovácko 17 May 2016
Habanec, SvatoplukSvatopluk Habanec Brno 26 May 2016
Pivarník, RomanRoman Pivarník Viktoria Plzeň 26 May 2016
Koubek, MiroslavMiroslav Koubek Bohemians 1905 30 May 2016
Šmejkal, DanielDaniel Šmejkal Teplice 2 June 2016
Kalvoda, LeošLeoš Kalvoda Mladá Boleslav 10 August 2016
Rada, PetrPetr Rada Příbram 22 August 2016
Šilhavý, JaroslavJaroslav Šilhavý Slavia Prague 5 September 2016
Bílek, MichalMichal Bílek Vysočina Jihlava 13 September 2016
Hynek, JaroslavJaroslav Hynek Dukla Prague 14 September 2016

All time Czech First League table[edit]

1993–94 – 2012–13

Pos Team Seasons Matches Wins Draws Defeats GF GA GD Points
1 AC Sparta Prague 20 600 374 127 99 1107 470 637 1249
2 SK Slavia Praha 20 600 309 164 127 967 556 411 1091
3 FC Slovan Liberec 20 600 269 170 161 821 615 206 971
4 SK Sigma Olomouc 20 600 241 165 194 761 652 109 879
5 FC Baník Ostrava 20 600 218 182 200 809 725 84 836
6 FK Baumit Jablonec 19 570 217 161 192 723 656 67 812
7 FK Teplice 17 510 198 150 162 643 569 74 744
8 FC Zbrojovka Brno 19 570 197 148 225 685 735 -50 739
9 FC Viktoria Plzeň 16 480 179 129 172 623 601 22 666
10 SK Dynamo České Budějovice 17 510 146 146 218 522 726 -204 584
11 FK Viktoria Žižkov 14 420 144 106 170 478 509 -31 538
12 1. FK Příbram 15 450 135 124 191 471 585 -114 529
13 FK Drnovice 10 300 114 67 119 392 398 -6 409
14 FK Mladá Boleslav 9 270 111 71 88 379 330 49 404
15 1. FC Slovácko 11 330 104 90 137 350 397 -47 389
16 FC Hradec Králové 12 360 91 88 103 319 498 -179 376
17 Bohemians 1905 11 330 88 154 166 315 478 -163 352
18 FC Tescoma Zlín 10 300 84 87 129 271 388 -117 339
19 FK Chmel Blšany 8 240 67 63 110 255 350 -95 264
20 SFC Opava 8 240 63 64 113 260 354 -94 247
21 SK Kladno 4 120 28 30 62 99 173 -74 114
22 FK Hvězda Cheb 3 90 29 26 35 95 121 -26 113
23 FK Dukla Praha 3 90 23 30 37 111 140 -29 99
24 FK Baník Most 3 90 19 30 41 96 140 -44 87
25 FC Vysočina Jihlava 2 60 13 26 21 56 78 -22 65
26 MFK Karviná 2 60 12 12 36 53 105 -52 48
27 FK Bohemians Praha (Střížkov) 2 60 14 8 38 60 111 -51 35
28 FK Ústí nad Labem 1 30 4 7 19 22 67 -45 19
29 FC JOKO Slovácká Slavia Uherské Hradiště 1 30 3 8 19 19 65 -46 17
30 FC Vítkovice 1 30 3 7 20 22 64 -42 16
31 SK Benešov 1 30 3 3 24 23 78 -55 12
32 AFK Atlantic Lázně Bohdaneč 1 30 2 5 23 18 61 -43 11

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Point reductions:

  • 2004–05: 1. FC Slovácko −12
  • 2004–05: SFC Opava −6
  • 2004–05: Slovan Liberec −6
  • 2009–10: Bohemians Praha −15
  • 2011–12: Sigma Olomouc −9

UEFA league coefficient ranking[edit]

(As of 9 April 2016)[10]

Rank League Points
11 Turkey Süper Lig 34.600
12 Switzerland Swiss Super League 33.775
13 Czech Republic Czech First League 32.925
14 Greece Greek Superleague 29.700
15 Romania Liga I 25.383

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Česká nejvyšší soutěž má nové jméno: ePojisteni.cz liga". Ceskatelevize.cz. 
  2. ^ "A Recap: Red Cards, TV Woes, Goodbye Dukla". Prague Post. 3 August 1994. Retrieved 29 May 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Gambrinus zůstává u fotbalu dalších šest let". fotbal.cz (in Czech). 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gambrinus liga se bude hrát dalších šest let". idnes.cz (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alkohol střídá hazard. Z Gambrinus ligy bude Synot liga" [Alcohol replaced by gambling. Gambrinus Liga will be Synot Liga]. Czech Radio (in Czech). 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Synot končí s podporou fotbalové ligy. O sponzora přijde Sparta, Jablonec i Nymburk". aktualne.cz (in Czech). 21 January 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Fortuna je partnerem reprezentace a dá jméno první lize. Pelta: Výše kontraktu nemá obdoby". aktualne.cz (in Czech). 18 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "20let Synot ligy Úvodní stránka". Historiegambrinusligy.cz. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Historická tabulka - První fotbalová liga". Synotliga.cz. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Country coefficients –". Uefa.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 

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