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Vítězslav Lavička

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Vítězslav Lavička
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-04-30) 30 April 1963 (age 61)
Place of birth Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1972–1980 Plzeň
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Plzeň 25 (4)
1983–1984 Sparta Prague 46 (4)
1985–1986 RH Cheb 53 (7)
1987–1989 Sparta Prague 53 (9)
1990 Hradec Králové 5 (1)
1990–1992 Sparta Prague 33 (5)
1992–1994 Bohemians Prague 35 (2)
1994–1996 SK Chrudim 45 (9)
Total 295 (41)
Managerial career
2002 Sparta Prague
2002–2003 Viktoria Žižkov
2004–2007 Slovan Liberec
2007–2008 Czech Republic U21
2008 Sparta Prague
2009–2012 Sydney FC
2012–2015 Sparta Prague
2015–2018 Czech Republic U21
2019–2021 Śląsk Wrocław
2022 Kuwait
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Vítězslav Lavička (Czech pronunciation: [ˈviːcɛslaf ˈlavɪtʃka]; born 30 April 1963) is a Czech football manager and former player.

Playing career[edit]

As a player, Lavička played for several Czech clubs, including Škoda Plzeň, RH Cheb and Sparta Prague. He played one season towards the end of his career in the Czech First League after the Czech Republic's national league commenced play in 1993.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

In 2006 and 2007, he was voted Coach of the Year at the Czech Golden Ball awards and Coach of the Year in 2006.

In June 2008, Lavička signed a two-year contract as the manager of Sparta Prague.[2] However, after just four months in the position, he resigned following a humiliating 4–1 home defeat against Sparta's rivals Slavia.[3]

Sydney FC[edit]

On 4 February 2009, he was appointed the new manager of Australian A-League club Sydney FC, along with Czech counterpart Michal Zach as assistant coach.[4]

In the pre-season to 2009–10 A-League season, Lavička guided the team through a program of 12 matches against local teams and A-League opponents undefeated, scoring 25 goals and conceding 1 goal.[5]

In Lavička's first league match, Sydney FC ran out 3–2 winners against expansion team North Queensland Fury, played in Townsville. The match also featured the A-League debut of Robbie Fowler for the Fury.[6] He has been praised for bringing an impressive new style of football to the club.[7]

Sydney then went on to win the A-League Minor Premiership after finishing narrowly ahead of Melbourne Victory and Gold Coast United, also securing them an Asian Champions League spot.[8]

Lavička was voted A-League Coach of the Year for the 2009–2010 season by players in the league as part of the Professional Footballers Australia awards.[9] His brilliant first season was rounded off as Sydney FC defeated Melbourne Victory in the A-League Grand Final after a penalty shootout victory at Etihad Stadium.[10]

Lavička's second season started poorly, with the team not winning a game until round 11 against Perth Glory. Lavička, who is afraid of heights, said that if his team won, he would climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which he did.[11][12]

It was announced on 3 February 2012 that Lavička would not have his contract renewed by Sydney FC, a mutual agreement between the board and Lavička himself, believed to have come about after he expressed that he was missing his family back in the Czech Republic. Lavicka stayed as manager until the end of the 2011–12 A-League season before departing.[13]

Sparta Prague[edit]

After joining Sparta Prague in 2012, Lavička took them to the knockout stages of the 2012–13 Europa League. Sparta defeated Feyenoord 4–2 on aggregate to reach the group stage, where they finished second behind Lyon. Sparta were knocked out in the round of 32 by Chelsea, losing 1–2 in aggregate which included a 1–1 draw at home.

In the 2013-14 Czech league, Sparta Prague finished first, obtaining 79 points from 30 games and losing only once. Lavička followed up this success by winning the Czech cup in the same season, defeating Rivals (and league runner up) Viktoria Plzen on penalties. Sparta went on to win the 2014 Czech Supercup 3–0, once again against rivals Plzen.

Czech Republic U21[edit]

Lavička signed on as the Under 21 Czech Republic manager in 2015, prior to the start of qualification for the 2017 UEFA Euro Under-21. Lavička guided the team to the top of their qualification group with 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 10 games, resulting in direct qualification to the final tournament.[14]


On 21 February 2022, Lavička became the manager of Kuwait national team.[15]

After failing to qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup with defeats to Indonesia and Jordan, Lavička resigned from his post.[16]

Return to Sparta[edit]

On 22 May 2023, Sparta Prague announced that Lavička would become the director of their football academy, starting from 1 June 2023.[17]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sydney FC Australia 2009 2012 95 36 24 35 037.89
Kuwait Kuwait March 2022 June 2022 6 2 1 3 033.33
Total 101 38 25 38 037.62



Slovan Liberec
Sydney FC
Sparta Prague



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  2. ^ "Lavička se Spartě upsal na dva roky, Chovanec je generálním manažerem" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Potvrzeno: Fotbalovou Spartu vede Chovanec, trenér Lavička skončil" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Czech Vitezslav Lavicka appointed new Sydney FC coach". The Sunday Times. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  5. ^ "Sydney FC 2009/10". FourFourTwo. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 31 July 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  6. ^ "North Queensland Fury 2–3 Sydney FC: Fowler Strike Not Enough". Goal.com. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  7. ^ Super slick Sydney FC machine eyeing first prize, The Roar, Retrieved on 11 January 2010
  8. ^ The World Game, Retrieved on 7 March 2010
  9. ^ SMH – Players vote Lavicka coach of the year
  10. ^ The World Game, Retrieved on 21 March 2010
  11. ^ "Sydney FC ends horror drought". ABC News. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  12. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (29 October 2010). "Bridging the gap: Sydney FC revival faces stern test". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  13. ^ "Vitezslav Lavicka Out at End of Season". FourFourTwo Australia. 3 February 2012. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  14. ^ "Trenér Lavička končí ve Slasku, vedení nebylo spokojené s jarem". Blesk (in Czech). Czech News Center. 21 March 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  15. ^ "«لافيكا» مدرباً لـ «الأزرق»... بعقد موقت". Alrai (in Arabic). 21 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Kalah dari Timnas Indonesia, Gagal ke Piala Asia, Pelatih Kuwait Mundur". Msn (in Indonesian). 16 June 2022.
  17. ^ "Velký návrat do Sparty, Lavička v nové roli. Dlouholetý šéf Hřebík končí". Blesk (in Czech). Czech News Center. 21 March 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Trener Sierpnia 2019: Vitezslav Lavicka" (in Polish). Ekstraklasa. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Trener Listopada: Vitezslav Lavicka" (in Polish). Ekstraklasa. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Sydney FC inducts eight greats to its Hall of Fame". The World Game. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2020.

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