František Straka

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František Straka
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Personal information
Full name František Straka
Date of birth (1958-05-28) 28 May 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Al-Ansar SC (Head coach)
Youth career
1966–1977 Dynamo České Budějovice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Dukla Tachov
1979–1988 Sparta Prague 233 (10)
1988–1991 Borussia Mönchengladbach 81 (1)
1991–1992 Hansa Rostock 34 (0)
1992–1996 Wuppertaler SV 93 (7)
1996–1998 SCB Preußen Köln 35 (8)
National team
1983–1990 Czechoslovakia 35 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2001 Wuppertaler SV
2002–2003 Teplice (assistant)
2003–2004 Teplice
2004 Sparta Prague
2005 LR Ahlen
2006 Viktoria Plzeň
2006–2007 FC Wacker Tirol
2007–2008 České Budějovice
2008 OFI Crete
2009 Czech Republic
2009–2010 Ružomberok
2010–2011 North Queensland Fury
2011 Arka Gdynia
2011–2012 Slavia Prague
2014 Slovan Bratislava
2017 Ismaily SC
2017 Smouha SC
2018– Al-Ansar SC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

František "Franz" Straka (born 28 May 1958) is a Czech former football player and manager, who currently is the manager of Al-Ansar SC.


Playing career[edit]

Straka played most notably for Sparta Prague. In 1988, he moved to Germany and spent the rest of his playing career there. He played for Czechoslovakia and was a participant in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He played total 35 matches for the national team from 1983 to 1990.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing, he began coaching. Straka led several top flight Czech clubs, including FK Teplice, Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzeň. He also coached abroad in Austria, Slovakia and Greece. In 2009, he was selected as temporary manager of the Czech Republic national football team.[2] On 30 June 2009, after only one game in charge he left the position. He won his only match, a 1-0 friendly over Malta on 5 June 2009.[3]

In June 2010, he was appointed head coach of the North Queensland Fury in Townsville, Australia. He became a fan favourite in Australia, due to his affable personality and fashion sense.[4][5][6][7] Straka was ready to lead the North Queensland Fury for another season, however the club folded in 2011 because of financial difficulties.[8][9]

After speculation he was going to replace Ernie Merrick at Melbourne Victory,[10] Straka returned to Europe, where he was announced manager of Polish Ekstraklasa club Arka Gdynia.[11] In October 2011, he was announced as the replacement for Michal Petrouš as manager of SK Slavia Prague.[12] His appointment as a new manager of Slavia sparked controversy and protests from Slavia fans, who see Straka as a rival Sparta's patriot.[13] Straka's appointment was also criticized by Sparta fans, who see Straka as a traitor.[14] After just five months in the job, Straka resigned in March 2012.[15] Straka returned to the Gambrinus liga after a year's break in March 2013, joining bottom of the table side 1. FK Příbram.[16] He lasted only half a year in this job before being replaced by their former manager, Petr Čuhel.[17]

Ismaily Sc:

For the first time in his career to coach in the Arab region or Africa in 28 of December he was appointed as a new manager for Ismaily SC the Egyptian side on a contract for one year and a half with a lot of ambitions.

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
North Queensland Fury Australia 7 June 2010 1 March 2011 30 4 7 19 013.33
Total 30 4 7 19 013.33



; FK Teplice -1 x winner of the Czech Cup (2002/03)

-advance to the third round of the UEFA Cup ( 2003/04 )

AC Sparta Praha -1 x winner of the Czech Cup (2003/04)

-advance to the core group of the UEFA Champions League 2004/05

Slovan Bratislava

-advance to the core group of the European League ( 2014/15 )


He has a German citizenship and is fluent in German. Fans often call him Franz Straka.


  1. ^ František Straka at FAČR (in Czech)
  2. ^ "Straka selected new Czech Republic soccer coach". Sports 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  3. ^ "Interim Czech coach Straka axed". Sky Sports. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
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  10. ^ "Ex-North Queensland coach Straka wants Melbourne Victory job". Tribal Football. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Globetrotter Franz Straka returns from Australia to train Polish Gdynia". NovaSport. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Novým trenérem Slavie se stal Straka, Petrouš váhá, jestli vzít béčko" (in Czech). 2 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  13. ^ Petr Šedivý: Straka je škodná, protestovali fanoušci Slavie při pochodu Prahou at, 17 October 2011.
  14. ^ Miloslav Novák: Sparťanští chuligáni útočí na Straku: Jsi zrádce, napsali na jeho dům at, 14 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Trenéra Straku proti Jablonci nahradí dosavadní asistent Poustka" (in Czech). 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Fotbalový trenér Straka se vrací do ligy, převezme poslední Příbram" (in Czech). 10 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  17. ^ "Trenér Straka skončil ve fotbalové Příbrami. Nahradí ho Čuhel". iDnes. Retrieved 4 November 2013.

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