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Slavia Prague
Logo of SK Slavia Praha.svg
Full nameSports Club Slavia Praha – fotbal a.s.
Nickname(s)Red-And-Whites (Červenobílí) The Sewn-Ones (Sešívaní) Eternal Slavia (Věčná Slavia)
Founded2 November 1892; 127 years ago (1892-11-02)
GroundSinobo Stadium,
Vršovice, Prague
OwnerSinobo Group, CITIC Group
PresidentJaroslav Tvrdík
Head coachJindřich Trpišovský
LeagueCzech First League
2019–201st out of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal (pronounced [ˈslaːvɪja ˈpraɦa]), commonly referred as Slavia Prague or simply Slavia, is a professional first-league football club based in the Vršovice district of Prague. Founded as a cycling club on 2 November 1892, Slavia is the oldest of the Czech sports clubs. In terms of football achievements Slavia is the second most successful club in the history of the Czechoslovak football league[1] and as well of the Czech football league, since their inception after the country's rebirth in September 1993.[2]

Slavia competes in the top level of the Czech First League, known as the Fortuna Liga for sponsorship reasons, and the successor of the Czechoslovak First League abolished in 1993. Since 1925 there have been 71 completed seasons of Czechoslovak league and 27 completed Czech league seasons. Slavia holds 20 league titles,[3] 8 Czech cups, winning the double in the 2018–19 season and the Czechoslovak Supercup in 2019. In the most recent season 2019-20 Slavia secured its 20th title (which is also its third in past four years) and it is their sixth league trophy since the Czech league inception. Slavia has also won 5 Czech cups since 1993, the most recent one in 2019.

The most notable international records are winning the Mitropa Cup in 1938, however, more recent achievements list achieving the semi-final leg of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup and qualification for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in the club history. In 2019, Slavia made it to the quarter-final stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League and also qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage for the second time in their history.

The team's traditional home colors are red and white halves shirts with white shorts and white socks, therefore a nickname ″The Red And Whites″ (Czech: ″Červeno-bílí″) prevails. The other popular nickname is ″The Sewn-Ones″ (Czech: ″Sešívaní″) which originates from the shirt itself that has been historically sewn together of two other shirts.[4] The most breathtaking domestic match is the Prague derby with Sparta Prague, a eternal rivalry in Czech football. Since 1953 the team's home ground is Eden in the Prague 10 district, which was rebuilt and reopened in 2008 as the 20,232-seater Sinobo Stadium. In addition to their men's squad, Slavia Prague has women's, men's reserve and youth teams.


Early years (1892–1905)[edit]

Slavia Praha 1895, Jaroslav Hausman in the middle.

The Czech lands belonged to Austro-Hungarian Empire when football arrived in nineteenth century. In these times impacted by a Czech National Revival movement the city of Prague has embraced the sport and on 2 November 1892 in Prague′s Vodičkova street has been founded the Academic Cycling Department Slavia (Czech: ″ACOS – Akademický Cyklistický Oddíl Slavia″), which has been formed around Czech literary and rhetoric society ″Slavia″ to increase sports activities amongst students. Doctor Václav Kubr has been appointed as club′s chairman on 23 November 1892, initially leading the club primarily to cycling. In 1894 the police dismissed the club, apparently for unspecified anti- Austrian activities. On 31 May 1895 a medicine student Jaroslav Hausman re-established the Sports Club Slavia (Czech: ″Sportovní klub Slavia″) based out from another Prague′s district Vinohrady as a successor of the former ACOS. As a first executive was selected Karel Ankrt and club has explored other sports activities, such as football in 1896.[5] Amongst other originators of the club were Jaroslav Hausman and Karel Freja.

Historic Slavia Prague shot, circa 1896

On 25 March 1894, four Prague sides – Slavia, AC Prague, Sparta Prague and ČFK Kickers commenced a ″national tournament in ball kicking exercises″ which lasted for two weeks. The matches were played at Císařská louka, an island located in the middle of Vltava river not far from to Vyšehrad castle. The field did not have any sidelines only a simple rope outlined the oblong field. The opening match of the tournament was against AC Prague and also a 5–0 win.[5] Four days later Slavia played the Sparta Prague with Doctor Rössler-Ořovský as a referee - the only person in the country to own a copy of the rules of the game. He also donated his own ball. Before the match, the referee and captains Freja (Slavia) and Rudl (Sparta) agreed that assistant Cífek will measure the time. As well, all of them agreed that referee and both captains have to authorize regularity of each goal. The referee then explained how to perform a throw–in and meaning of the referee's gestures. Slavia has worn the red and white halves, while Sparta showed up in black sweaters showing a large capital ″S″ on chest. Despite the fact that Sparta scored a goal, captains were not able to find agreement about its regularity. All the players were willing to continue and hence the final score finished goal-less. One rivalry was about to start.[6]

Progression with J.W. Madden (1905–1937)[edit]

Winners of the 1st professional season in 1925

On 25 February 1905, the Scottish manager and former Celtic player J.W. Madden signed as Slavia's coach and brought new tactics and views on football inspired from his home country to the club. His first match as Slavia's coach with Everton FC was a defeat 0–5. On 21 March 1909 Slavia has suffered its first defeat to a Czech side since the 0–1 in 1897 (DFC Prague), a loss with SK Smíchov 1–3 ended 12-years long winning streak.

In 1913 Slavia celebrated its first title under Madden's management recording seven wins and one defeat with 39 goals scored. The first professional league trophy has been lifted by in 1925 at the end of inaugural season of the Czech League. Seven wins, one draw and one defeat won the title on goal differential ahead of Sparta. In 1927 Slavia has participated for the first time in an International competition for football clubs predominantly from the Austro–Hungarian Empire that, at this time were leading the continental football. The now defunct cup is today seen as the predecessor to the European Cup and Champions League. After advancing in the first leg through Újpest, Slavia has suffered a defeat in the semi–final leg of the Cup losing to Rapid. Two years later, en-route to the finals of the Mitropa Cup 1929 Slavia firstly won against Juventus, then beat First Vienna and only lost to Újpest 5–1 away and 2–2 at home. In the meanwhile, Slavia once again dominated the Czech league.

FIFA 1934 World Cup Czechoslovak′s starting eleven which had 8 Slavia starters (red)

The closing match of the 1929–30 season which Slavia won 3–2 against Sparta secured the third league title winning 14 out of 14 matches. This was the only time in the Czech history that a team has won all matches during one season. After the match Madden entered the cabin saying: ″Sorry guys, I can′t teach you more, I′ll quit... ″. On that day, at the age of 66 he retires from Slavia and from professional football. He remained in Prague for the rest of his life until 1948. Under Madden Slavia won 134 domestic matches out of a total of 169, and 304 internationals out of 429 between the years 1905 and 1930. The momentum has continued in 1930–31 when Slavia celebrated its third title in a row despite losing the derby at Sparta 3–2 backed up with some 30,000 fans on 1 May 1931.

In 1930, Madden′s last season, the Champions won all league matches

As a defending champion, the Red-and-Whites advanced through the first leg of Mitropa cup defeating Admira and paired up in semi-finals with Juventus on 10 July 1932. The first match was played at home in front of 30,000 fans. Once Italian champion went down 3–0, Juventus′ Argentinian born Cesarini insulted the referee and was sent off. Fifteen Slavia fans invaded the pitch and tried to fight with the bianco-neri′s. After the match Italian players demolished city-center Lucerna Music Bar. Italian media reported about ″Czech pigs″ or ″Slavia cockroaches″. No wonder that the Slavia squad was welcomed by thrown objects during the return match. The opening goal was scored by Cesarini, the same that should have been banned from the re-match for previous insultation. The governing body of Mitropa has allowed his presence upon paying a penalty fee. Slavia conceded two quick goals, the second from a penalty kick. Coming back from the cabins, match resorted to obstruction and time wasting, fans throwing eggs and stones onto the pitch. Not to hurt Slavia players, only to distract their attention. That certainly worked, as soon as a living squid has flown to the direction of the goal and hit its body against the bar. A cephalopod′s ink sprayed on Plánička′s face and uniform. Few minutes later, when a stone hit the keeper, Slavia walked off. Juventus fans erupted into celebrations of the victory. The match was subsequently abandoned with Juventus leading 2–0; both team's fans invaded the pitch in response, leaving Slavia pinned in their dressing rooms for hours while 1,500 soldiers and policemen formed a cordon. Slavia Prague and Juventus were both ejected from the competition.[7]

At the end of the 1931–32 season Slavia finished second behind their rivals Sparta. One year later Slavia won its sixth title and set the ground for another championship hat-trick. Two years later in 1934, Slavia has already owned eight championship trophies in the club vitrine. Twelve players of the Slavia roster were nominated to the second edition of the 1934 FIFA World Cup that summer. In the knockout tournament the Czechoslovak national team which was built around 12 Slavia players was seeded as no. 8. After the wins with Romania, Switzerland and Germany, Czechoslovaks challenged the home side Italy in the final match of the tournament with eight Slavia players in the starting eleven. With 80 minutes played, the Czechoslovaks led 1–0. The Italians managed to score before the final whistle and then added another goal in extra time to be crowned World Cup winners.

On 19 June 1934, Slavia meets Rapid in the first round of the Mitropa Cup in front of 35,000 crowd. Midst in the game, Rapid leads 0–2 and Slavia fans start to whistle. ″Franci″ Svoboda narrows the margin to 1–2 and spectators seem to be calmed down. On the other side of the pitch Josef Bican takes the ball, dribbles through the entire field and scores a third, game-winning goal. The crowds do not whistle anymore, they clap for Austrian born Josef Bican. Slavia was crowned for the ninth time in the 1936–37 season and on 21 March 1937 the squad traveled for the first time to an away league match by an airplane. The trip was to a newly promoted side from Carpathian Ruthenia, Rusj Uzhgorod.

"Pepi" (1937–1948)[edit]

Winners of the 1938 Mitropa Cup

Josef ″Pepi″ Bican was a tall centre-forward, a player of Rapid who was known to Slavia from previous encounters. In November 1933, in a friendly match Slavia officials were scouting Rapid's forward Franz Binder, but when Bican scored 5 goals, they had changed their minds. As soon as they realized that both Bican's parents were Czech nationals, they rushed to sign a contract with him. Rapid did not agree with his transfer to Slavia and Bican had as well already verbally pre-agreed with another Vienna team – Admira which were ready to send him on loan to Slavia. Rapid decided to lock Bican in the team for 9 months, helped to negotiate a ban from the Austrian national team and then transferred him to Admira for 4 years without an option for loan. Bican served in Admira until the end of his contract and once it has expired, he announced his move to Slavia for a transfer fee of 120-thousand crowns. Bican's first appearance for Slavia in 1937–38 season on 27 August 1937 in an away match against SK Kladno was no success, Slavia lost 1–0 and Bican wasted plenty opportunities. In the next two matches he scored 4 goals each and he soon became Slavia's elite centre–forward for the upcoming 12 years.

Josef Bican in 1938

In 1938 Slavia has earned the most prestigious achievement in the international football of those times. In the first round of Mitropa Cup the Red-And-Whites faced a Yugoslavian opponent Beogradski and two wins carried them over to the quarter–finals to meet Italian Ambrosiana Milan. In the first match–up none of the teams has allowed goals in the opening 30 minutes. Then Bican and Bradáč have switched their positions and before halftime break Slavia scored two. After the break Slavia scored another seven goals, winning the game 9–0. Until that day the Italian champion has never lost by such a margin. An away match at an unfilled stadium was only a formality and resulted to a defeat 3–1. Another trip to Italy was arranged few weeks later for the semifinal tie against Genoa 1893 who desired to revenge for Ambrosiana early cup's exit. The first match Slavia lost 4–2 and during return fixture which was played at Strahov stadium (for its higher capacity) Slavia opened with two quick goals before 14th minute. Few minutes later an Italian player Bertoni suffered a fibula fracture and the match changed to a fight. Fouls, slaps, two red cards, delays of the game and police interventions meant that 32,000 Slavia fans witnessed one of the best performances of the decade. Slavia has won 4–0 and advanced into a final game against Ferencváros for the second time after 9 years. First match was attended by 45,000 Slavia fans and ended 2–2. It was believed that Slavia can only win the cup if they win by 3–or more differential in the opener. With this in mind 6,000 fans traveled to Budapest a week later for a match where was nothing to lose. The 32,000 Hungarian fans and 11 players were outperforming Slavia but keeper Bokšay had his day. Saving many shots and in combination with Slavia’s good fortune with bounced balls they have created few counter–attacks from which Slavia scored two goals. In the 12th edition of the Cup Slavia defeated the defending champions 4–2 on aggregate and it was Slavia's first and only victory in the competition.

Later that year, during the third edition of the FIFA World Cup, Slavia nominated nine players to the national team's roster. In the knockout format that was retained from 1934, Czekoslovakia was once again seeded. Bican, who played for Austria in 1934 has applied early in 1938 for Czech citizenship, an act that was supposed to take few weeks. Due to an administrative error, his application was misplaced and Czechoslovak citizenship was only obtained two days after the World Cup final match. Going into the tournament as silver medalists four years earlier, the media speculated that ″With Bican we can be the champions of the world.″ Czechoslovakia managed a 3–0 win in the round of 16 against Netherlands and at the latter stage lost to Brazilian team 2–1 in the rematch of the original 1–1 draw. In his debut appearance for Czechoslovakia he scored three goals on 7 August 1938 against Sweden which positioned fourth in the recently concluded tournament.[8]

In 1939 after the Munich Agreement the football has continued in a smaller Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and the league was too small for Bican. Since 1939 Slavia has won four back-to-back titles and added a fifth in 1947, every time Bican being top goal scorer. At the times he was reported to be the best footballer on the planet, however, due to cancellations of World Cups 1942 and 1946 he could not prove it. In 1948 he declined a lucrative offer from Italy due to possibility of communist uprising which in 1948 came to the country. When he refused to sign with KSČ he decided to leave Slavia and joined steelworks team Železárny Vítkovice for its own safety and later eventually signed with a second tier Hradec Králové. On 17 June 1953 Bican, who was 39 years old (39Y 9M 4D) returned to Slavia as a player and a coach. Before his final league match against Iskra Žilina on 20 November 1955 he added 22 goals in 30 league matches. [9]

Josef ″Pepi″ Bican is the club's all-time top goal-scorer, in his playing times with Slavia Prague 'Pepi' became 5 times the league champion (1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 a 1947), he won 10 times the top scorer award (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948) and won 2 cups (1941, 1942). In Slavia jersey he has scored 417 league goals in 246 league matches, in all 303 official matches he found the net 556 times and in all his 514 appearances for Slavia he scored 1,131 goals. His hat-tricks can not be counted, he scored 4 goals in 20 matches, 5 goals in 6 matches, 6 goals once and 7 goals in 4 matches. Josef Bican played 37 Prague derbies in which he scored 35 goals.[10] When he finished his active playing career, he was 42-years 1-month and 26-days old. He remained in the capacity of Slavia's coach until 14 October 1956 and quit after a defeat with Sparta 2–6.

Four decades of tyranny (1948–1993)[edit]

When in 1948 the communism entered into Czechoslovakia, the leading force KSČ backed with Soviet propaganda assumed undisputed control for four decades in the country. Not only the regime had a final say about which clubs will be renamed, merged, split, eliminated, dissolved, promoted or relegated, they also assigned loyal politicians to replace the club officials. Communism was not a good time for the club, Slavia has not been amongst the regime favorites, some say that it was because WWII president Edvard Beneš once played for Slavia or others pictured the club fans as bourgeoisie which did not align Soviet interpretations of Marxist theory. Some momentum was carried to 1948, Slavia leading the table halfway through the season before it was officially cancelled reasoning with a switch to a Soviet spring-to-autumn format. In 1951 Slavia finished fourth from the bottom playing without thirteen former players, some of them forced to end their careers or transfer to other clubs, one of them being a newly established army club Dukla Prague. Herewith the decimated Slavia was relegated to the second tier as one of four teams for a season.

On 27 March 1953 Slavia currently known as Dynamo opened its new 38,000 capacity stadium in Eden with a 1–1 tie against Olomouc, the only goal scored by a returnee Bican. Before the match Slavia had put their red and white kit combination on hold and returned back to it in 1956. The following seasons were average, some of them below average until the 1960–61 when Slavia collected least points in its history and was relegated. The fight for promotion into first league has changed to a fight to remain in second league in 1963–64 when Slavia finished only three points above the relegation zone. The club was in deep trouble, some said that in case of relegation the stadium should have been given to Bohemians Prague.

In 1962 the Czechoslovaks won silver medals on the World Cup in Chile with a single Slavia`s nominee Jan Lála.

On 23 March 1964 one-thousand supporters gathered in Slovanský dům and established Slaviaˈs Friends Association (Czech: Sdružení přátel Slávie) Amongst its members were counted actors, writers, poets and other representatives of Pragueˈs cultural life. The community has organized few cultural evenings which proceeds were dedicated to the club. Another one important achievement of the organization was that in 1964 they managed to rename Dynamo back to Slavia Prague and as well helped to attract returns of some key players to the club, e.g. František Veselý. The members association still exists today and belongs to the most loyal supporter groups (Czech: Odbor přátel a příznivců Slavie).

For the deciding match of the 1964–65 against Plzen 42,000 fans showed up (the record attendance in the Czech second tier) and witnessed a 4–1 win which returned Slavia to the top tier of the football and the club has been never relegated ever since. In the next season Slavia earned bronze medals, the best achievement for the upcoming 27 years. Even though the bronze place was repeated five times between 1966 and 1992, this period can be described as average with ups and downs and no major success, perhaps except for winning a domestic cup 1973–74 and a consequent qualification for the 1974–75 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup along with three apearances in the UEFA Cup in 1976–77, 1977–78 and 1985–86.

In 1976 Czechoslovakia beat West Germany 5–3 on penalties to win the 1976 European Cup final after a 2–2 draw in Belgrade. Three Slavia`s players have been awarded the gold medal – Pavol Biroš, Dušan Herda and František Veselý, Veselý being only one of them to appear for the overtime.

Post revolution (1993–2007)[edit]

Stanislav Vlček - a scorer of Slavia′s most important goal in 2007

Following the fall of communist regime in 1989 there has been increased investment activity in the Czech football. Boris Korbel, a Czech-born and an Upper Deck co-owner had invested 180 million CZK in the early 1990s which helped Slavia to return to the top class of the first tier football.[11] In the 1991-92 Slavia achieved fourth place and qualified after seven years for the European cup once again. Slavia has ever since become a regular representative of the Czech football in UEFA competitions, even though with no major success.

After a peaceful division of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic has established its own professional league. In 1994 PPF has purchased majority of the shares from Boris Korbel, leading Slavia to financial stability. In 1993–94 halfway through the season Slavia led the table by seven points and still managed to finish second six points behind the champions. The shift has came the next season,in which Slavia won the third edition of Czech independent league and secured their 14th title altogether, fist one after 49 years.[12]

During this memorable season, Slavia also advanced through five sides in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup and was only knocked out in a semi-final by a Zidane-inspired Girondins Bordeaux. Slaviaˈs team featured five members of the Czech Euro 96 silver-medalist squad – Karel Poborský, Vladimír Šmicer, Jan Suchopárek, Radek Bejbl and Pavel Novotný who lost to Germany at Wembley on a Golden Goal.[13] Slavia has played their home matches on Strahov as the Eden stadium was due for reconstruction.

In 1997 a sports investments British company ENIC plc purchased majority of the Slavia stocks with an aim for the Champions league presence. ENIC was holding stacks in various European sports clubhs, such as Tottenham, Celtic Glasgow and others. Under ENIC Slavia has participated in five qualifications for the UCL group stage, each time eliminated in preliminary rounds. In the play-off round of 2006–07 Slavia was paired with Tottenham with whom they shared a majority investor and has lost 0–2 on aggregate. ENIC was investigated by UEFA for a possible clash of interests saying that no two clubs taking part in a UEFA club competition may be directly or indirectly controlled by the same entity or managed by the same person. ENIC sold the majority in the club to the Key Investments which few years later happened to be linked with the company′s capital. In the next edition of the Champions League Slavia faced Ajax and finally won 3–1 on aggregate. Six decades of worries and injustice were forgotten.

In the group stage Slavia was drawn along with Arsenal F.C., Steaua București and Sevilla FC. Slavia started with a 2–1 home win against Steaua and a 4–2 away loss to Sevilla. The away match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium has Slavia lost 7–0 which was the worst defeat in the history of the Champions League at the time. Two weeks later, Beşiktaş lost 8–0 at the Anfield to take this unpopular trophy away from Slavia. In the rematch Slavia drew 0–0 with Arsenal at home, and managed a 1–1 draw in Bucharest which secured the third place and qualified the Czech team for the UEFA Cup round of 32, in spite of a home 0–3 defeat against Sevilla. The times have changed and Slavia aims to be a most successful Czech team again.

Liquidity in first place (2007–2018)[edit]

In October 2006 began the construction of a long-awaited stadium at Eden for 21,000 spectators. The arena was opened on 7 May 2008 with an exhibition match against Oxford University who were the first English team that once Slavia played with.[14]

In the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons Slavia became back-to-back champions aiming their hopes high for the Champions League appearance, but was eliminated by Fiorentina and surprisingly Sheriff, respectively. In 2007’s the owners increased their equity by accounting manipulation of the assets [15] and the company was soon to fall into debt issues. In the 2009–10 season the club finished 7th and in autumn the club found itself in economic difficulties. It was discovered that Slavia owed CZK 112 million to the club's former owner, ENIC.[16] As a result of this, major cost-cutting was realized and the squad was purged.[16] Players have left, midfielder Petr Trapp claiming that club failed to pay his wages for three months.[17]

On 5 May 2011, the Czech league license committee declined to issue a pro-license for Slavia, mainly due to unclear organization structure, debt issues and a going concern. The fans that protested against club’s issues stormed onto the pitch in a cup semi-final match against Olomouc.[18] As a result of the concerns, Natland Group purchased the club-in-debt shares for a symbolic CZK 1.[19] The lack of sports progress was escalated in 2013, Slavia losing 0–7 at home against Teplice which still is the biggest defeat of Slavia’s history, only a month later losing another home match 0–4 against Mladá Boleslav. Slavia ended the season two places and one point clear of relegation, being saved in the last match-week just because the bottom two Znojmo and Olomouc did not win their respective matches.[20]

In 2015 the finance crisis resulted to a court’s insolvence claim for overdue obligations.[21] On 4 September 2015 the club has partnered with CEFC China Energy Company, who purchased 59.97% of the shares worth of CZK 27 million. The remaining 39.97% were owned by Jiří Šimáně and 0.06% by small stock holders.[22] The new owners paid all dues, stabilized the club and envisioned titles and Champions league presence for the upcoming seasons. Slavia finished fifth, which was enough to qualify for a UEFA Cup spot next season. In 2016 the owner purchased the remaining shares (total: 96.964%)[23] and in 2017 completed a purchase of the arena. [24] At the end of the season Slavia has won tht title, its fourth in the Czech league and added the fifth-one two years later.

Since November 2018 club owners are the Chinese real-estate giants Sinobo Group and CITIC Group.[25]

Last few seasons (2018–present)[edit]

In 2017 Slavia lost in the Champions League play-off round to APOEL and was moved to the group stage of the Europa League where it was later eliminated from third place. In 2018 third qualifying round of the Champions League Slavia was defeated by Dynamo and in Europa League finished second and advanced to the knockout phase. In the round-of-32 Slavia has defeated Genk and was paired with Sevilla. After a 2–2 tie in the first leg, Slavia has hosted the rematch and won 4–3 after scoring the game-winning goal in 118:53 minute which was only the second Sevilla’s exit from the knockout stages of the Europa League in the last 28 matches. According some, the Slavia’s dramatic victory over Sevilla in the Europa League last 16 was possibly the greatest moment in Czech club football since the 1989 Velvet Revolution.[26]

In 2019 Slavia was once again seeded in the play-off round of the Champions League and clashed with Cluj to record two wins 1–0 and advanced to the group stage. In the draw it has been selected into a group with giants Internazionale, Barcelona and Borussia and recorded two ties and four defeats.


Goddess Slavia depicted on one hundred Crowns banknote, designed by Alfons Mucha (1920, up)


Since the mid 1800s the Czech lands were impacted by a cultural movement which in now known as Czech National Revival with its main focus to revive the nation's language, culture and national identity. The main force of the movement was initiated around Czech literary and rhetoric society which along with other intellectuals of those times called for rights of the Slavic residents by saying "Our colours, red and white – my ancestry, decency and power!" Red and white were historical heraldic colours of the Czech monarchs and the students were often referred with a former integral part of the empire, Slavonia – a fertile land responsible for agricultural production of the monarchy. The Slavs, coming from the area between the rivers of Danube, Drave and Sava invoked their fertility deity of harvest and crops called Slava, often transcribed as Slawa, Slavija or Slawija. Historical name "Slavia" is also a Latin term used in older literature to denote the lands inhabited by Slavs.[27] The Slavia Goddess was illustrated on the first one-hundred crowns banknote of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1920 designed by Alfons Mucha.


The club's colors, red and white, were selected on the first inaugural assembly and have matched colors of proposed national flag. The symbolism of the white colour on the Slavia's flag was what the founders called the honor of the sportsmanship, fair play and purity of the sporting activities, while the red represented a passion and the heart that Slavia puts in its matches. The trademark of red five-pointed star with its tip facing downward shows "new hope, forever strengthening the mind and uplifting the spirit", even in difficult times.[5]


Slavia's crest has changed several times. The original crest was red, white and blue and the round shape of the badge reminded the cyclist origins of the sports club. The adjustment to red and white was changed for the first time in 1949. The modern version of the crest has changed from the 2002.

SK Slavia Prague crests
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Original Kit

The original Slavia kit, in which the team turned out for their inaugural match on 25 March 1896 is the same as the one worn nowadays. The entire squad, including the goalkeeper, appeared in classic red and white halves, red on the right and white on the left. A large five-pointed red star with its tip facing downward was sealed on the white half. Back then all the players wore red barrets, too.

The kit combination became of historical significance and remains an unchangeable part of Slavia's identity. The Slavic red and white combination was allowed by Nazi occupation during World War II, however later it became disallowed by communist regime in 1953. During this period, Slavia adopted various short-term colour combinations, including yellow, blue, red or orange. On 2 April 1956 Slavia appeared dressed in red and white once again at an friendly International Easter Tournament hosted at Letná despite the communist ban.[28] The home kit has since remained red and white.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor[29]
1892–2004 No data
2004–2005 Adidas Carrefour
2004–2007 ČSA
2006–2009 Smart Wings
2007–2008 Umbro Fortuna
2008–2010 Canaria Travel
2008–2009 Travel Service
2009–2010 Synot Tip
2016–2018 CEFC China
2018–2019 Citic Group
2019–2021 Puma

Historical names[edit]

  • 1892 – SK ACOS Praha (Sportovní klub Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia Praha)
  • 1893 – SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1948 – Sokol Slavia Praha VII
  • 1949 – ZSJ Dynamo Slavia Praha (Základní sportovní jednota Dynamo Slavia Praha)
  • 1953 – DSO Dynamo Praha (Dobrovolná sportovní organizace Dynamo Praha)
  • 1954 – TJ Dynamo Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Dynamo Praha)
  • 1965 – SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1973 – TJ Slavia Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Slavia Praha)
  • 1977 – TJ Slavia IPS Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Slavia Inženýrské průmyslové stavby Praha)
  • 1978 – SK Slavia IPS Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Inženýrské průmyslové stavby Praha)
  • 1991 – SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal, a.s.)


Home stadium[edit]

Since 1953 Slavia plays its home matches at a venue that was built as a part of the Eden Sports Centre in Prague–Vršovice district. In the 1970s, it became apparent that Eden did not provide sufficient comfort for the visitors and plans to build a new one in the same place have been drafted. However, under the communist regime, the planning went quite slowly. Several projects were made, and the construction was finally to start in 1990. In 1989, Slavia moved temporarily to the nearby Ďolíček stadium (home of FC Bohemians Prague) and the eastern stand was torn down. However, the overthrowing of the communist regime in 1989 delayed the construction. In the meantime, Slavia moved to Stadion Evžena Rošického, a stadium on the Strahov hill, which is large but uncomfortable and poorly accessible.

In the early 1990s, the whole construction was cancelled and Slavia moved back to Eden. A temporary stand was built in the place of former eastern stand, but it was clear that Eden was outdated and Slavia needed a new home ground. Several more projects were made, but Slavia was unable to raise sufficient funds and there were some legal problems, as the premises were owned by the government and it took a lot of effort to transfer them to Slavia. In 2000, the stadium became ineligible to host Czech First League matches, so Slavia moved to the unpopular Strahov again. Slavia finally presented a project of the new stadium, but no construction started. In December 2003, the old Eden stadium was torn down and Slavia announced that the new stadium would be opened on 19 October 2005, however, by October 2005 the construction had not even started. It took another year to start. The project had to be scaled down to lower the construction cost from 1.8 billion Czech koruna to less than 1 billion. The construction eventually started in October 2006.

The stadium was projected by an Architect atelier Omicron–K, the investor was E Side Property Limited, as a project management compasny was selected ARCADIS Project Manager, s.r.o. and Hochtief CZ became the construction company. Despite the stadium not being fully finished, it was opened on 7 May 2008 with an exhibition match against Oxford University A.F.C. Many former Slavia stars (such as Pavel Kuka, Patrik Berger, Jan Suchopárek and Ivo Knoflíček) took part in this match, which Slavia won 5–0.[30]

The first competitive match at the new stadium was played on 17 May 2008 when organizers have invited all fans to attend and witness the fifteenth Slavia′s title in May 2008. The 2007–08 season Slavia has played their home matches in Strahov and only has requested to organize the last match–up of the season at the newly built, still not officially approved Eden Arena. In order to be crowned after twelve years of waiting as the 2007–08 champions, Slavia mustn`t lose the party against FK Jablonec on the evening of 17 May. In front of 20,698 spectators Slavia managed to draw 2–2 and provided three reasons of joy that year: A-Title-No-15, A-Champions-League-Group-Stage-Debut-Appearance and A-New-Home. [31]

In 2015 there have been speculations that the stadium should bear a name of top Slavia`s goalscorer Josef Bican, however, no agreement has been found with the Bican`s descendants. [32]

At a press conference held on 19 November 2018 it was announced that Chinese Sinobo Group would invest in Slavia Prague as its new majority shareholder and the holding will gain the naming rights for the venue formerly known as Eden or Synot Tip Arena [33] to be named as Sinobo Stadium.

Period Home Stadium[34] Capacity
1892–1898 Císařská Louka N/A
1898–1947 Letenská pláň N/A
1945–1948 Letná N/A
1948–1950 Letenská pláň N/A
1951–1953 Letná N/A
Strahov Stadium
1953–1989 Old Eden Stadium 45,000
1989–1992 Ďolíček N/A
1992–1993 Strahov Stadium N/A
1993–2000 Old Eden Stadium 45,000
2000–2008 Strahov Stadium N/A
2008–present Sinobo Stadium 20,232

For Slavia's first match the team has gathered at Císařská louka, also known as Královská louka, which is an 1.7 km long island on Vltava river in the Smichov district of Prague.

In the beginning of 1897 have Slavia leased a land in the south-east part of the Letenská pláň and built two football grounds there, one included a wooden cabin. In 1899 Slavia played here its second international friendly with Oxford AFC, as of 1900 the seats were added and numbered.

Training venues[edit]

Slavia is currently using three training venues for its A, reserve and youth teams.

The Sports Centre Na Chvalech is located in Prague neighbourhood of Horní Počernice. The central stadium has capacity of 3,400 seats with roof-covered main stand. There are two natural grass pitches and one artificial pitch. The training centre is used by Slavia B-team, U19, U17 and U16 teams.

Sport Centre Horní Měcholupy is located in Prague 15. This training centre is used by the youngest teams in categories U6 to U10. There is one natural grass pitch and one pitch with aritificial grass, as well as public restaurant. In summer, it is also used for football camps of SK Slavia Praha.

Eden training centre is located directly behind Sinobo Stadium, the main stadium of SK Slavia Praha. There are three pitches for players to use, two with natural grass and one artificial. This training centre is used by Slavia first team, as well as youth categories U15 – U11. All the women teams train also here. Eden training centre does not only include football pitches, but also pitches for field hockey, rugby and athletic stadium, as well as public restaurant.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]


the Association of Slavia Friends And Supporters (Czech: ″Odbor přátel a příznivců Slavia″) which was formed in 1964 as a group of loyal fans that once helped to save Slavia from relegation to the third tier of Czech football. It is ranked amongst the oldest fan bases in Czech Repuclic and nowadays it has over 140 subsidiaries all over the republic. [35]

One of the subsidiaries and certainly the loudest group of supporters is on ″The North Stand″ (Czech: "Tribuna Sever"). After every game, no matter what the result, players gather in front of the fans and sing a special chant together, a tradition which started in 2006 and became signature feature of Slavia fans. Words: Red and White–Fighting force–Slavia–Prague–We are always with you–After a win–After a loss– And therefore–Long live Slavia![36]


The Prague derby[37] between Slavia and Sparta is the biggest game of Czech football. In 1897 the two Prague "S" used to have their home grounds situated only 500 metres apart at Letná. The first ever Prague derby finished as a goalless draw on 29 March 1896 and the clubs have since met in 295 matches. Although Sparta have been historically more successful, Slavia have not lost the derby since March 2016.

The rivalry started when Slavia was widely misconceived as being a Jewish club among other fans, particularly Sparta fans, and its fans and players are often subjected to antisemitic abuse. However, the club was not founded by Jews nor did it have any Jewish history. Football historian Vladimír Zapotocký commented in an interview that were this the case, the Nazis would have shut the club down during the wartime occupation, as they did with DFC Prag. The association stems from a friendly match played against West Ham United in 1922, when Slavia insured the match against adverse weather conditions, and the match was later cancelled due to rain. They then agreed with West Ham to play the fixture the next day, while also collecting money from the insurance company for cancelling the fixture. A week later in a Prague derby fixture, Slavia were greeted onto the pitch by chants of "vy židi!" ("you Jews!") from the Sparta fans.[38]

Even though both teams Slavia and Bohemians 1905 maintain more hatred against their rivals Sparta, this local derby called Vršovické is also contested between them, mainly due to both home stadiums being only two tram stops away (or one kilometre). Some of the newly established rivalries include Viktoria Plzen and Banik Ostrava.

Against Matches Wins Draws Defeats Goal
Sparta Praha 295 91 70 132 ?:? 2 matches not finished
Bohemians Praha ?? ?? ?? ? ?:?


Historical references suggest that Slavia has a close connection with HNK Hajduk Split, a Croatian side established in 1911 in Prague's U Fleků Restaurant with support from Slavia's fans.[citation needed] In 1914 another Austro-Hungarian team adopted Slavia's red and white shirts as their main kit colours: Serbian side Vojvodina Novi Sad. Due to this historical connection and the success of their coach J.W. Madden, Slavia maintains a relationship with Scottish side Celtic F.C.. In May 2018 a cooperation with Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoan for both professional and youth level football started mainly due to connected financial activities.[39]

Ownership and finances[edit]

Statistics and records[edit]


Slavia Prague's tally of 20 League titles is the second highest in Czech football, after Sparta Prague. As of July 2020, they are one of five teams, the others being FC Viktoria Plzeň, FC Baník Ostrava and FC Slovan Liberec, that have won the Czech Football League since its reformation in 1993. Slavia also holds 5 Czech Cups and have achieved one League and Cup "double" (in 2019).

Slavia Prague League Performance.

Slavia is one of three teams that have not been relegated from the top tier of Czech football since 1993, the other two being Sparta Prague and Slovan Liberec.

Vlastimil Kopecký holds the record for Slavia appearances, having played 953 first-team matches between 1932 and 1950, while the second most appearances are linked to František Veselý (920) followed by Bohumil Smolík (772). Josef Bican is the club's top goalscorer with 417 goals between 1937 and 1948. The only other player to score 200 or more goals in the Czech or Czechoslovak top tier is Vlastimil Kopecký. Antonín Puč spent almost two decades in red and white, mostly as a left winger, and scored 112 league goals for the club.

Taking into consideration solely the Czech First League statistics since 1993, the record for the most Slavia Prague appearances is held by Milan Škoda (214),[40] followed by David Hubáček (199) and goalkeeper Radek Černý (193). Slavia's top league goal scorer since 1993 is Milan Škoda (77), followed by Stanislav Vlček (44) and Tomáš Došek (40). The most clean sheets by Slavia goalkeeper were 86 by Radek Černý, followed by Ondřej Kolář (45) and Jan Stejskal (42). In the 2019/20 season Ondřej Kolář has established few records for Slavia's goalkeeping – the most clean sheets in a single season (23) and the most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (789 mins), while Slavia Prague's defense conceded 12 goals in the entire season – another best.[41] Kolář also became the fastest goalkeeper of the Czech First League to keep 50 clean sheets, which took him 101 games (with all clubs), while with Slavia he currently maintained 45 clean sheets in 78 matches.[42]

Team records[edit]

Czech League Czechoslovak League
Record Detail All time Record Detail
GP 820 W 429 D 216 L 175 Pts 1,503 (GF 1,472 GA 790) Win% .523 Pts per game 1.83 Record GP 1,565 W 784 D 292 L 489 Pts 1,860 (GF 3,554 GA 2,335) Win% .501 Pts per game 1.19
3.89 (based on 27 seasons – 1993 thru 2020) Average finish 5.08 (based on 64 seasons – 1925 thru 1993)[43]
2nd (based on 27 seasons – 1993 thru 2020) Median finish 4th (based on 64 seasons – 1925 thru 1993)
9–1 Slovácká Slavia Uherské Hradiště (1995–96) Home win 15–1 SK České Budějovice (1947–48)
8–1 Příbram (2016–17) Away win 11–0 Čechie Praha (1925–26)
0–7 Teplice (2013–14) Home defeat 1–6 Spartak Sokolovo (1955)
0–5 Baník Ostrava (1998–99) Away defeat 1–7 Baník Ostrava (1954) and Slovan Nitra (1959–60)
Record Season Single season Record Season
85 (35 matches) 2019–20 Most points 45 (26 matches) 1943–44
30 (30 matches) 2013–14 Fewest points 14 (26 matches) 1960–61
26 (35 matches) 2019–20 Most wins 22 (26 matches) 1943–44
8 (30 matches) 2011–12 and 2013–14 Fewest wins 5 (7 matches) 1927
13 (30 matches) 2010–11 Most draws 12 (30 matches) 1969–70 and 1977–78
1 (30 matches) 1995–96 Fewest draws 0 (14 matches) 1930–30 and 1930–31
16 (30 matches) 2013–14 Most defeats 17 (26 matches) 1960–61
1 (30 matches) 2016–17 Fewest defeats 0 (14 matches) 1930–30
79 (35 matches) 2018–19 Most goals scored 131 (26 matches) 1943–44
24 (30 matches) 2013–14 Fewest goals scored 22 (13 matches) 1953
51 (30 matches) 2013–14 Most goals conceded 62 (26 matches) 1951
12 (35 matches) 2019–20 Fewest goals conceded 10 (9 matches) 1925
Record Season Consecutive... Record Season
11 From 8 November 1999 to 2 April 2000 Wins 23 From 28 April 1929 to 9 January 1930
22 From 27 April 2019, still continues (as of 31 July) Home wins 16 From 22 November 1942 to 16 April 1944
7 From 24 September 2006 to 1 April 2007 Away wins 7 From 9 April 1944 to 30 September 1945
36 From 11 September 2016 to 14 October 2017 Matches without a defeat 21 From 30 August 1936 to 16 May 1937
33 From 1 September 2018, still continues (as of 31 July) Home matches without a defeat 28 From 17 August 1975 to 25 April 1977
19 From 11 September to 29 October 2017 Away matches without a defeat 12 (Two times – most recent:) From 2 October 1943 to 30 September 1945
4 From 17 September 2006 to 5 November 2006 Draws 5 From 15 March 1970 to 31 March 1970
27 From 27 August 1995 to 17 May 1996 Matches without draw 27 From 22 November 1942 to 28 November 1943
10 From 20 November 2011 to 1 April 2012 Matches without a win 16 From 30 August 1956 to 28 April 1957
6 From 29 October 2000 to 12 March 2001 Matches without a home win 9 From 10 June 1956 to 14 April 1957
17 From 20 November 2011 24 February 2013 Matches without an away win 22 From 10 December 1977 to 30 May 1979
5 From 30 August 2014 to 4 October 2014 Defeats 5 From 24 October 1959 to 29 November 1959
4 From 5 August 2013 to 28 September 2013 Home defeats 4 From 5 April 1950 to 3 June 1950
5 From 18 March 2015 to 9 May 2015 Away defeats 14 From 22 April 1983 to 18 March 1984
21 From 17 September 1995 to 28 April 1996 Matches with a goal scored 105 From 3 September 1939 to 16 April 1944
5 From 15 April 2007 to 7 May 2007 Matches without a goal scored 3 (Twelve times – most recent:) From 16 November 1981 to 6 December 1981
10 From 30 August 2014 to 23 November 2014 Matches with a conceded goal 21 (Two times – most recent:) From 28 March 1954 to 13 March 1955
6 From 27 October 2019 to 6 December 2019 Matches without a conceded goal 6 From 22 November 1992 to 14 March 1993
506 minutes From 8 April 2007 to 10 May 2007 Time without scoring a goal
651 minutes From 19 October 2019 to 15 December 2019 Time without conceding a goal

Player records[edit]

Czech League Czechoslovak League
Record Player (Season) All time Record Player (Season)
10 Radek Černý (from 1996 to 2014)
and Martin Latka (from 2003 to 2016)
Most seasons played
214 Milan Škoda (from 2011 to 2020) Most appearances 953 Vlastimil Kopecký (from 1932 to 1950)
17,312 (182 matches) David Hubáček (from 2005 to 2013) Most minutes played
77 (214 matches) Milan Škoda (from 2011 to 2020) Most goals scored 417 (246 matches) Josef Bican (from 1937 to 1948 and later from 1953 to 1955)
38 (104 matches) Pavel Horváth (from 1996 to 2000) Most assists provided
86 (193 matches) Radek Černý (from 1996 to 2014) Most clean sheets
178 (193 matches) Radek Černý (from 1996 to 2014) Most goals conceded
16y 5m 18d Ivo Táborský on 28 October 2001 against SFC Opava Youngest player to appear in a match
16y 11m 17d Michal Švec on 7 March 2004 against FK Jablonec Youngest player to start in a match
17y 2m 9d Tomáš Necid on 22 October 2006 against FK Jablonec Youngest player to score in a match
21y 0m 1d Tomáš Souček on 28 February 2016 against Baník Ostrava Youngest player to score a hat-trick
40y 7m 24d Martin Vaniak on 28 May 2011 against Bohemians Praha Oldest player to appear in a match
40y 7m 24d Martin Vaniak on 28 May 2011 against Bohemians Praha Oldest player to start in a match
36y 10m 6d Pavel Kuka on 25 May 2005 against FC Zlín Oldest player to score in a match
32y 7m 28d Pavel Kuka on 16 March 2001 against Sparta Praha Oldest player to score a hat-trick
17 minutes Rudolf Skácel on 29 November 2009 against FC Brno Fastest hat-trick
Record Player (Season) Single season Record Player (Season)
34 Tomáš Souček (2018–19) Most appearances
2,970 Ondřej Kolář (2018–19) Most minutes played
19 (30 matches) Milan Škoda (2014–15) Most goals scored 57 (26 matches) Josef Bican (1943–44)
12 Ivo Ulich (1999–2000) Most assists provided
23 (31 matches) Ondřej Kolář (2019–20) Most clean sheets
32 (30 matches) Radek Černý (2000–01) Most goals conceded
Record Player Milestones Record Player
133 Milan Škoda (from 18 February 2012 to 25 February 2017) Fewest matches to score 50 goals
Fewest matches to score 100 goals
115 Radek Černý (from 3 November 1996 to 10 May 2002) Fewest matches for 50 clean sheets
Fewest matches for 100 clean sheets
Record Player Consecutive... Record Player
9 Radek Černý (from 1996 to 2005), Luboš Kozel (from 1993 to 2002)
and Milan Škoda (from 2012 to 2020)
Seasons with at least one appearance
6 Milan Škoda (from 2014 to 2020) Seasons with at least one goal scored
7 Stanislav Tecl (from 24 August to 21 October 2012) Matches with a goal scored
173 David Hubáček (from 20 August 2005 to 30 April 2012) Matches without a goal scored 231 Jiří Hildebrandt (from 29 October 1955 to 7 December 1968)
788 minutes Ondřej Kolář (from 21 July 2019 to 19 October 2019) Time without conceding a goal

Attendance records[edit]

Czech League Czechoslovak League
Record Season Attendance Record Season
20,698 on 17 May 2008 against FK Jablonec Home 42,000 on 9 April 1966 against Sparta Prague
44,120 on 2 October 1996 against FC Brno Away 50,000 on 4 September 1965 against Sparta Prague
16,029 2019–20 (excludes matches with attendance
limits due to Covid-19 outbreak)
Season average

Coach records[edit]

Czech League Czechoslovak League
Record Season All time Record Season
2 Karel Jarolím and Jindřich Trpišovský Most titles 3 J.W. Madden
8 Karel Jarolím (From 2000–01 to 2010–11) Most seasons 10 Jaroslav Jareš (From 1972–73 to 1986–87)
181 Karel Jarolím (From 12 November 2001 to 24 September 2010) Most appearances 260 Jaroslav Jareš (From 21 April 1973 to 31 October 1986)
93 Karel Jarolím Most wins
53 Karel Jarolím Most draws
36 Karel Jarolím Most defeats
63y 1m 2d František Cipro on 15 May 2010 against FK Mladá Boleslav Oldest 58y 6m 13d Bohumil Musil on 23 November 1980 against Inter Bratislava
36y 3m 9d Martin Poustka on 11 March 2012 against FK Jablonec Youngest 33y 3m 27d Vlastimil Petržela on 16 November 1986 against Baník Ostrava
68 Jindřich Trpišovský on 6 December 2019 against FC Liberec Fewest matches to book 50 wins

Transfer records[edit]

Recent top goalscorers[edit]

Season Player Goals
2019–20 Czech Republic Tomáš Souček 8
2018–19 Czech Republic Tomáš Souček 13
2017–18 Czech Republic Milan Škoda 11
2016–17 Czech Republic Milan Škoda 15
2015–16 Czech Republic Milan Škoda 14
2014–15 Czech Republic Milan Škoda 19
2013–14 Czech Republic Martin Juhar 6
2012–13 Slovakia Karol Kisel 8
2011–12 Czech Republic Zbyněk Pospěch 6
2010–11 Slovakia Karol Kisel 7
Czech Republic Zbyněk Pospěch


Current squad[edit]

As of 5 August 2020[44]

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 Ondřej Kolář
2 Czech Republic DF David Hovorka
3 Czech Republic DF Tomáš Holeš
4 Czech Republic DF Ondřej Karafiát
5 Czech Republic DF Vladimír Coufal
6 Czech Republic DF David Zima (on loan from Olomouc)
7 Romania MF Nicolae Stanciu
9 Nigeria FW Peter Olayinka
10 Czech Republic MF Jan Sýkora
11 Czech Republic FW Stanislav Tecl
12 Czech Republic DF Jaroslav Zelený
13 Czech Republic MF Patrik Hellebrand
14 Netherlands FW Mick van Buren
15 Czech Republic DF Ondřej Kúdela
16 Czech Republic FW Jan Kuchta
17 Czech Republic FW Lukáš Provod
18 Czech Republic DF Jan Bořil
No. Position Player
19 Liberia MF Oscar Dorley
20 Brazil FW João Felipe
23 Czech Republic MF Petr Ševčík
24 Czech Republic DF Ladislav Takács
25 Czech Republic DF Michal Frydrych
26 Slovakia MF Jakub Hromada
27 Ivory Coast MF Ibrahim Traoré
28 Czech Republic MF Lukáš Masopust
29 Bahrain FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal
30 Czech Republic GK Jakub Markovič
31 Czech Republic GK Přemysl Kovář
33 Croatia FW Petar Musa
34 Czech Republic GK Jan Sirotník
Ivory Coast DF Mohamed Tijani
Czech Republic MF Tomáš Malinský
Czech Republic FW Ondřej Lingr

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 Martin Otáhal (at Vyšehrad)
Czech Republic DF Libor Drozda (at Vyšehrad)
Czech Republic DF Vojtěch Mareš (at Vyšehrad)
North Macedonia MF Kristijan Trapanovski (at Podbrezová)
No. Position Player
Czech Republic MF Matěj Valenta (at Ústí nad Labem)
Czech Republic MF Jan Vejvar (at Vyšehrad)
Czech Republic MF Nedžad Zinhasovič (at Vyšehrad)
Czech Republic FW Lukáš Veselý (at Vyšehrad)

Reserve squad[edit]

To see the reserve squad for SK Slavia Prague, go to SK Slavia Prague B

Current international players[edit]

Updated as of 3 August 2020,

Team captains[edit]

Years Captain Assistants
2020 Czech Republic Jan Bořil Czech Republic Stanislav Tecl Czech Republic Ondřej Kúdela
2019 Czech Republic Milan Škoda Czech Republic Tomáš Souček Czech Republic Josef Hušbauer

Notable former players[edit]

All time best Slavia's eleven selected by fans at the 125th club anniversary[45]

At the 125th anniversary of the fans have voted for Slavia's best eleven of all time.

The best known Slavia player of all time is perhaps forward Josef Bican, one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of football. Other notable players include, forward Antonín Puč, goalkeeper František Plánička (both of them members of the Czechoslovak national team in two World Cups) and midfielder František Veselý. Other significant players in club history include: Karel Jarolím, Ivo Knoflíček, Vladimír Šmicer, Karel Poborský, Patrik Berger and Tomáš Souček.[5][46]

Club officials[edit]


The club's current manager is Jindřich Trpišovský, who joined the club in December 2017 from Slovan Liberec and replaced Jaroslav Šilhavý, who was appointed in September 2016 and moved on to manage the Czech national team. There have been 64 managers of Slavia since the appointment of the club's first professional coach, J.W. Madden in 1905 – who has been the club's longest-serving coach in terms of both length of tenure and number of games overseen, between 1905 and 1930.

Managerial record of Jindřich Trpišovský in Slavia
From To Record[47]
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
22 Dec 2017
As of match played 15 July 2020
84 60 15 9 171 50 +121 071.43

List of former coaches[edit]

Only competitive matches are counted.


Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic League Czech First League 6 1995–96, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2019–20
Czechoslovak First League 13 1925, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1946–47
Bohemian Football Union Championships 1 1913
League titles not counted by Czech FA[48] Czech Championship 10 spring of 1897, fall of 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1915, 1918, 1924, 1948
Domestic Cup Czech Cup 5 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2017–18, 2018–19
Czechoslovak Cup 3 1940–41, 1941–42, 1973–74[49]
Domestic cups not counted by Czech FA Charity Cup 4 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912[49]
Central Bohemian Cup 8 1922, 1925–26, 1927, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1934–35, 1940–41[49]
Liberty Cup 1 1945[49]
European Mitropa Cup 1 1938
Coupe des Nations Runners-up (1) 1930

Slavia in European football[edit]

Progress in UEFA competitions[edit]

Correct as of 2 August 2020, source:

Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 42 12 11 19 32 57 −25 028.57
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 8 3 3 2 11 9 +2 037.50
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 120 46 32 42 153 137 +16 038.33
Total 170 61 46 63 193 200 −7 035.88

GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal Difference.

UEFA Champions League
Season Second
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off round Group stage Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-Finals Semi-finals Final
1996–97 Switzerland Grasshoppers advanced to 1996–97 UEFA Cup
2000–01 Azerbaijan Shamkir Ukraine Shakhtar advanced to 2000–01 UEFA Cup
2001–02 Greece Panathinaikos advanced to 2001–02 UEFA Cup
2003–04 Bosnia and Herzegovina Leotar Spain Celta advanced to 2003–04 UEFA Cup
2005–06 Belgium Anderlecht advanced to 2005–06 UEFA Cup
2007–08 Slovakia Žilina Netherlands Ajax Romania Steaua advanced to 2007–08 UEFA Cup
Spain Sevilla
England Arsenal
2008–09 Italy Fiorentina advanced to 2008–09 UEFA Cup
2009–10 Moldova Sheriff advanced to 2009–10 UEFA Europa League
2017–18 Belarus BATE Cyprus APOEL advanced to 2017–18 UEFA Europa League
2018–19 Ukraine Dynamo advanced to 2018–19 UEFA Europa League
2019–20 Romania Cluj Italy Internazionale eliminated from European cups
Spain Barcelona
Germany Borussia
2020–21 Draw on
10 August 2020
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
Season Second
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off round Group stage
(First round)
Round of 32
(Second round)
Round of 16 Quarter-Finals Semi-finals Final
1976–77 People's Republic of Bulgaria Akademik
1977–78 Belgium Standard
1985–86 Scotland St Mirren
1992–93 Scotland Hearts
1993–94 Greece OFI
1994–95 Republic of Ireland Cork City Sweden AIK
1995–96 Austria Sturm Germany Freiburg Switzerland Lugano France Lens Italy Roma France Bordeaux
1996–97 Sweden Malmö Spain Valencia
1998–99 Slovakia Inter Germany Schalke Italy Bologna
1999–00 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vojvodina Switzerland Grasshoppers Romania Steaua Italy Udinese England Leeds
2000–01 Denmark Aalborg Greece OFI Croatia Osijek Germany K'lautern
2001–02 Switzerland Servette
2002–03 Belgium Mouscron Serbia and Montenegro Partizan Greece PAOK Turkey Beşiktaş
2003–04 Serbia and Montenegro Smederevo Bulgaria Levski
2004–05 Georgia (country) Dinamo
2005–06 Republic of Ireland Cork City Bulgaria CSKA Italy Palermo
Norway Viking
France Monaco
Germany Hamburg
2006–07 Azerbaijan Karvan England Tottenham
2007–08 England Tottenham
2008–09 Romania Vaslui England Aston Villa
Slovakia Žilina
Germany Hamburg
Netherlands Ajax
2009–10 Serbia Crvena Zvezda Italy Genoa
France Lille
Spain Valencia
2016–17 Estonia Levadia Portugal Rio Ave Belgium Anderlecht
2017–18 Israel Maccabi
Kazakhstan Astana
Spain Villarreal
2018–19 France Bordeaux Belgium Genk Spain Sevilla England Chelsea
Russia Zenit
Denmark Copenhagen
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Second
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off round Group stage
(First round)
Round of 32
(Second round)
Round of 16 Quarter-Finals Semi-finals Final
1974–75 East Germany Carl Zeiss
1997–98 Switzerland Luzern France Nice Germany Stuttgart
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
Season Second
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off round Group stage
(First round)
Round of 32
(Second round)
Round of 16 Quarter-Finals Semi-finals Final
1967–68 West Germany Köln
1968–69 Austria Vienna SC West Germany Hamburg

UEFA club coefficient[edit]

As of 26 July 2020, source: UEFA Slavia Coefficient

Rank Team Points
57 Belgium Club Brugge 28.500
58 Cyprus APOEL Nicosia 27.500
59 Czech Republic SK Slavia Prague 27.500
60 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 26.000
61 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 26.000

In popular culture[edit]

A 1931 movie ″Muži v offsidu″ (Men in offside) reflects on life of Slavia Prague's supporters in late 1920's.[50] In another movie filmed in 1939 called "Cesta do hlubin študákovy duše" two sudents – Peterka and Kulík – are caught in an argument as Peterka cheers the ″proletariat side″ Sparta, while Kulík cheers for ″intelligence side″ Slavia (Slavia apparently had student's origins, while Sparta was supported by working class). In the movie ″Okresní přebor: Poslední zápas Pepika Hnátka″ a Sunday League side coach Pepik Hnátek is a football enthusiast and a Sparta fan, but it is his heart that is affected the most and after years of stress and nervous exertion to slowly beginning to give up. When his heart is hit by its seventeenth heart attack the experienced coach will have to decide whether to choose life or football. In the movie he will decline a heart transplantaion as a result of organ donor being a Slavia fan.



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