FC Baník Ostrava

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Baník Ostrava
FC Banik Ostrava logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Baník Ostrava, a.s.
Founded1922; 97 years ago (1922),
as SK Slezská Ostrava
GroundMěstský stadion, Ostrava
ChairmanVáclav Brabec
ManagerBohumil Páník
LeagueCzech First League
WebsiteClub website

FC Baník Ostrava is a football club from the Silesian part of the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Founded in 1922 as SK Slezská Ostrava, Baník has won numerous national and international trophies.


Formation and history to 1937[edit]

Squad of SK Slezská Ostrava in 1923
First emblem of the club, drawn by Karel Aniol

The club was founded on 8 September 1922 as SK Slezská Ostrava, when 20 activists signed the establishment treaty in the U Dubu restaurant. The signatories were mostly poor coal miners from the Kamenec coal mining settlement in Ostrava. The founders were Karel Aniol, Arnošt Haberkiewicz, Petr Křižák, František Mruzek and Jaroslav Horák.[1]

SK Slezská Ostrava was a poor club, raising money for the functioning of the club was a common concern. It didn't have its own playing field and was forced to loan fields from wealthier clubs. The first field of its own was built in autumn of 1925 at Kamenec. It was however stony and did not meet requirements of the football officials. In 1934 club activists succeeded in renting the land at Stará střelnice from regional wealthy industrialist Count Wilczek. During the summer of 1934 a new field was built there. Many workers volunteered to help with the construction for free. Workers and coal miners often came directly from shifts to build the field.[2]

SK Slezská Ostrava began to compete with other teams in the league system in the spring of 1923. It started in the lowest division (III. třída župy) and was promoted to the higher division the same year. It took, however, some time for the club to reach the highest divisions of football in Czechoslovakia. In 1934 the club won promotion to the Moravian-Silesian Division, one of the highest leagues in the country. The promotion made SK Slezská Ostrava a popular team in the city and public interest was rising. The 1935 derby against Slovan Ostrava was watched at Stará střelnice by 5,400 spectators.[3]

From 1937 to 1952[edit]

The First League in Czechoslovakia was dominated by Prague teams at that time, which were advanced in all aspects. Promotion to the First League was, therefore, a big success for SK Slezská Ostrava. In 15 years the team advanced from the obscure minnows to the highest level of football in the country. The first league match at Stará střelnice was played on 22 August 1937 against 1. ČsŠK Bratislava. In the second match, the newcomer team faced famous Sparta Prague in Prague. Though Sparta's roster was full of national team players, Baník won 3–2 and caused an immediate sensation.[4] SK Slezská Ostrava survived three seasons in the First League before being relegated in 1940.[citation needed]

SK Slezská Ostrava played in the Division until 1943, when it was again promoted to the First League. Promotion to the highest league sparked even stronger interest for football in local people. Later, famed opera singer Rudolf Asmus even sang the new anthem for the club. In the 1943–44 season the home attendances of SK Slezská Ostrava reached the highest level so far. The match against Slavia Prague was attended by 33,000 people.[5]

From 1952 to 1967[edit]

In 1952 the club adopted the name DSO Baník Ostrava. Since then the name went only through slight changes. In the 1954 season, Baník achieved its biggest league success so far, finishing second in the league after Sparta. In 1959 Baník played for the last time at the old Stará střelnice stadium. Stará střelnice did not meet the requirements set by the football association. The pitch was not grassy, but covered with slag, which was also a reason to close down the stadium. The new Bazaly stadium was constructed in 1959 in Slezská Ostrava, and was opened on 19 April 1959.

In the 1965–66 season Baník was weakened by the generation change. It ended 13th in the league table and was relegated to the Second League. A year later Baník was again promoted to the top division. Since then Baník has played exclusively in the top flight of football in the country.[6]

The Golden Era[edit]

In 1972/73 and 1977/78 Baník won the Czechoslovak Cup.[7]

The team's squad was stable in the Golden Era years. The best players like Lička and Vojáček were regularly playing for the national team. Others like Radimec, Rygel, Němec and Šreiner played also for the Olympic team. In the 1979–80 season Baník won its second Czechoslovakian title, finishing five points ahead of Zbrojovka Brno. In the 1980–81 season of the UEFA European Cup Baník reached the quarter-finals, where it was knocked out by Bayern Munich. In the same season, Baník also won the First League again. For the next two seasons, Baník finished second in the league table. After the 1982–83 season, coach Hadamczik resigned, thus symbolically ending the Golden Era of the club.

From 1983[edit]

In the following years, Baník was unable to reach the highest positions in the league. The team was undergoing another generation change and young players did not maintain their performance for the whole season. Baník however regularly appeared in the upper part of the league table. In the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons it finished second in the league. In 1991, Baník won the Czechoslovak Cup by beating Spartak Trnava 6–1 in the final.[8]

In the 2003–04 season they won the Czech Republic league.[9]

From 2016: the Václav Brabec era[edit]

In the 2015–16 season they were under financial distress and were bought by Czech millionaire Václav Brabec who originated from Kroměříž. They were relegated to the Czech Second League for the 2016–17 season. In the 2016–17 season they would finish 2nd and started their rebuild to compete in the Czech First League for the 2017–18 season.

With no youth training facilities before the new ownership, under Václav Brabec the team began investing 150 million Kč in three facilities.

1) A partnership in 2017 with K-9 Grade School of J. Šoupal, where they have at their disposal 2 natural fields and 1 artificial field for the youth development.

2) building (expected complete early 2019) new training grounds at Vista that will enable the team to have 2 more artificial fields and 1 natural field for their youth teams.

3) The team is working with the Dvořák High School that will enable their athletes to finish a degree in sports management as well as all 20–25 individuals to train together.

The team has also received the rights to an Academy that will practice at the new city-owned Bazaly facility that is being transformed into 5 practice fields for the youth.

Václav Brabec hired former Baník Ostrava star and home-grown player Marek Jankulovski to take over the role of Dušan Vrťo as the teams Sport Director. Jankulovski has brought in a few players such as Daniel Holzer, Patrizio Stronati and Adam Jánoš for the 2018–19 season.


Former stadium Bazaly was their home from 1953 to 2015 and had a capacity approximate 17500, but in the golden years over 20,000 occupants of standing room only were a common sight.

Currently, the Bazaly sight is being transformed into a Youth Academy that will have 5 training fields.

Their stadium is the Městský stadion – Vítkovice Aréna, which has a capacity of 15,275.[10]

Future: There is some talk that the city will build an all soccer stadium in the area formerly occupied by the coal mine Zárubek. Thought the plans are in the initial visual plans with no expected construction time.


Club supporters during the home match against 1. FC Brno

In the late 2000s Baník had attendances higher than most within the Czech First League.[11][12][13]

Ultra supporters of Baník call themselves Chachaři, which means "bad boys" in the local dialect.[14] Some of the ultras' songs contain lyrics proudly demonstrating willingness to not only sing, but also fight for their club. Baník's ultras have made friendships over the years, and in 2006 celebrated 10 years of partnership with 2nd division Poland club, GKS Katowice. The celebration took the form of a game between the two teams, organised by the clubs directors. The fixture took place at GKS's stadium, where throughout the 90 minutes the opposing sets of fans sung one another's songs. At the end of the game, both sets of fans climbed over metal fences in order to race onto the pitch come the final whistle to embrace and exchange scarves.[15]


Current squad[edit]

As of 9 August 2019.[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 Czech Republic GK Lumír Číž
3 Czech Republic DF Martin Šindelář
5 Czech Republic MF Adam Jánoš
6 Czech Republic DF Denis Granečný
7 Czech Republic MF Martin Fillo
8 Senegal FW Dame Diop
9 Czech Republic DF Lukáš Pazdera
10 Czech Republic MF Robert Hrubý
11 Serbia FW Nemanja Kuzmanović
12 Czech Republic DF Josef Celba
13 Czech Republic FW Tomáš Smola
15 Czech Republic DF Patrizio Stronati
No. Position Player
16 Czech Republic GK Jan Laštůvka
17 Czech Republic MF Milan Jirásek
19 Slovakia MF Milan Lalkovič
20 Czech Republic DF Jakub Pokorný
21 Czech Republic MF Daniel Holzer
22 Czech Republic MF Filip Kaloč
24 Czech Republic DF Václav Procházka
25 Czech Republic DF Jiří Fleišman
27 Czech Republic FW Milan Baroš
30 Slovakia GK Viktor Budinský
77 Czech Republic MF Rudolf Reiter
91 Brazil MF Dyjan Carlos De Azevedo

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
Czech Republic GK František Chmiel (at Fotbal Třinec)
Ukraine DF Oleksandr Azatskyi (at Fastav Zlín)
Czech Republic DF Matěj Helešic (at Dynamo České Budějovice)
Russia DF Artyom Meshchaninov (at FC Baltika Kaliningrad)
Czech Republic MF Ondřej Chvěja (at MFK Vítkovice)
No. Position Player
Czech Republic MF Lukáš Kania (at MFK Vítkovice)
Slovakia FW Dominik Martišiak (at MFK Vítkovice)
Slovakia MF Jan Matej (at MFK Vítkovice)
Czech Republic FW Jakub Šašinka (at MFK Karviná)
Czech Republic FW Ondřej Šašinka (at 1. FC Slovácko)

Former players[edit]

For all players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Baník Ostrava players

Player records[edit]

As of 1 June 2019.[17]

Highlighted players are in the current squad.

Most clean sheets in Czech First League[edit]

# Name Clean sheets
1 Czech Republic Vít Baránek 46
2 Czech Republic Jan Laštůvka 42
3 Czech Republic Petr Vašek 31
4 Czech Republic Martin Raška 20
5 Czech Republic Jiří Pavlenka 18


[citation needed]

History in domestic competitions[edit]

  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 25
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 1
  • 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
1993–94 1. liga 3rd 30 14 8 8 52 25 +27 36 Semi-finals
1994–95 1. liga 11th 30 10 8 12 36 41 –5 38 Quarter-finals
1995–96 1. liga 12th 30 10 5 15 40 46 –6 35 Round of 16
1996–97 1. liga 10th 30 8 13 9 33 35 –2 37 Semi-finals
1997–98 1. liga 4th 30 13 11 6 51 35 +16 50 Quarter-finals
1998–99 1. liga 5th 30 10 15 5 39 26 +13 45 Quarter-finals
1999–00 1. liga 11th 30 8 11 11 43 45 –2 35 Round of 32
2000–01 1. liga 14th 30 7 9 14 28 45 –17 30 Quarter-finals
2001–02 1. liga 6th 30 12 8 10 43 36 +7 44 Semi-finals
2002–03 1. liga 5th 30 13 6 11 41 38 +3 45 Quarter-finals
2003–04 1. liga 1st 30 18 9 3 60 25 +35 63 Runners-up
2004–05 1. liga 7th 30 9 10 11 33 36 –3 37 Winners
2005–06 1. liga 6th 30 10 10 10 35 32 +3 40 Runners-up
2006–07 1. liga 7th 30 12 10 8 43 33 +10 46 Round of 16
2007–08 1. liga 3rd 30 15 10 5 51 28 +23 55 Round of 64
2008–09 1. liga 9th 30 11 6 13 38 36 +2 39 Quarter-finals
2009–10 1. liga 3rd 30 17 9 4 47 25 +22 60 Round of 16
2010–11 1. liga 14th 30 7 9 14 31 46 –15 30 Round of 64
2011–12 1. liga 14th 30 7 7 16 31 48 –17 28 Quarter-finals
2012–13 1. liga 14th 30 7 8 15 34 44 –10 29 Round of 32
2013–14 1. liga 10th 30 8 11 11 33 43 –10 35 Round of 32
2014–15 1. liga 14th 30 8 9 13 23 41 –18 33 Round of 16
2015–16 1. liga 16th 30 4 2 24 27 65 −38 14 Round of 64
2016–17 2. liga 2nd 30 18 10 2 48 20 +28 64 Round of 32
2017–18 1. liga 13th 30 7 10 13 36 43 -7 31 Quarter-finals
2018–19 1. liga 5th 35 13 8 14 39 43 -4 47 Runners-up

History in European competitions since 1993–94[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qual.
Bayer Leverkusen 0–5, 2–1
UEFA Cup 1st Round
Middlesbrough 0–3, 1–1
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1st Round.
SC Heerenveen 2–0, 0–5
2008–09 UEFA Cup 3rd Qual.
Spartak Moscow 0–1, 1–1
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2nd Qual.
Georgia (country)
FC WIT Georgia 6–0, 0–0
UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual
Dnepr Mogilev 0–1, 1–2




Club records[edit]

Czech First League records[edit]


  1. ^ Bruzl and Šiřina 2004, 6.
  2. ^ Bruzl and Šiřina 2004, 8.
  3. ^ Bruzl and Šiřina 2004, 9.
  4. ^ Bruzl and Šiřina 2004, 11.
  5. ^ Bruzl and Šiřina 2004, 13.
  6. ^ "FCB.cz: Přehled umístění v lize". Archived from the original on 25 August 2011.
  7. ^ Karel Stokkermans (20 July 2017). "Czechoslovakia – List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  8. ^ Czechoslovak Cup Final 1960/61 – 1992/3
  9. ^ Karel Stokkermans (24 August 2017). "Czech Republic – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  10. ^ "FC Banik Ostrava: Venue". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  11. ^ Divácké statistiky 2009/2010
  12. ^ Divácké statistiky 2008/2009
  13. ^ Divácké statistiky 2007/2008
  14. ^ Guachare, 26 December 2006
  15. ^ Chachaři.cz: GKS Katowice – FC Baník Ostrava 2:1 – Ja kocham GKS
  16. ^ "Soupiska A-tým 2019/2020". FC Baník Ostrava.
  17. ^ "Detailed stats". Fortuna liga.


  • Bruzl, Igor; Petr Šiřina (2004). Baníčku, my jsme s tebou!. Praha: Ottovo nakladatelství. ISBN 80-7181-124-6.

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