Josef Čapek (footballer)

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Josef Čapek
Personal information
Date of birth (1902-08-01)1 August 1902
Place of birth Prague, Austro-Hungary
Date of death 5 May 1983(1983-05-05) (aged 80)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1914–1915 Viktoria Žižkov
1915–1919 Slavia Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919 Slavia Prague 19 (5)
1920 Vojvodina 16 (3)
1921–1927 Slavia Prague 129 (11)
1928–1931 Kladno 54 (12)
National team
1923–1926 Czechoslovakia 7 (8)
Teams managed
1941–1946 Polaban Nymburk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Josef Čapek (1 August 1902 – 5 May 1983[1]) was a Czech footballer who played for SK Slavia Prague, SK Kladno and the Czechoslovak national team.


Born in Prague[2] in 1902, he begin playing with Viktoria Žižkov in 1914[3] but in 1915 he joined the youth team of Slavia Prague.[4] In 1920 Čapek had a short spell in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia playing with FK Vojvodina,[5] a club with traditional connection with Slavia Prague. He returned to Slavia and stayed until 1928, winning the first edition of the Czechoslovak First League with them in 1925.[6]

In 1927 he moved to another Czechoslovak First League club, SK Kladno, where he played until 1931.

He later coached Polaban Nymburk[7] between 1941 and 1946.[3]

National team[edit]

He represented the Czechoslovakia national team on seven occasions, scoring eight goals. His debut was on 1 July 1923, in a friendly match against Romania (a 6-0 win, with Čapek scoring twice) and his farewell match was on 28 October 1926 in a friendly match against Italy (a 3-1 win, with Čapek again scoring twice).[8] He was member of the Czechoslovakia squad at the 1924 Olympics having played as number 10 in the first match against Turkey in a 5-2 win with him scoring the fifth goal,[9] and in the second match against Switzerland, that ended with a 1-1 draw.[10] Two days later a second match was played against Switzerland with Čapek being an unused substitute and ending with Czechoslovakia losing 0-1.


Slavia Prague


  1. ^ Josef Čapek at Worldfootball.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Češký a československý fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubů by Luboš Jeřábek, pag. 32
  4. ^ 1919 season at Slavia Prague official website.
  5. ^ 1920 season at
  6. ^ a b 1925 season at Slavia Prague official website.
  7. ^ Jeřábek, L. (2007). Český a československý fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubů. Grada. p. 71. ISBN 9788024716565. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  8. ^ Josef Čapek at Czech Football Association official website.
  9. ^ Match report 1924: Czechoslovakia vs Turkey at
  10. ^ Match report 1924: Czechoslovakia vs Switzerland at

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