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SK Slavia Prague

Slavia Prague
Logo of SK Slavia Praha.svg
Full nameSportovní klub Slavia Praha - fotbal a.s.
(The red and whites)
(The stitched) [nb 1]
Founded1892; 128 years ago (1892) as ACOS (Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia)
GroundSinobo Stadium,
Vr?ovice, Prague 10, Prague
OwnerSinobo Group, CITIC Group
PresidentJaroslav Tvrdík
Head coachJind?ich Trpi?ovský
LeagueCzech First League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sportovní klub Slavia Praha - fotbal (Sports Club Slavia Prague - Football, pronounced ['sla:v?ja 'pra?a]), commonly known as Slavia Praha / Slavia Prague, is a Czech professional football club in Prague. Founded in 1892, they are the second most successful club in the Czech Republic since its independence in 1993.[1]

They play in the Czech First League, the highest competition in the Czech Republic. They play the Prague derby with Sparta Prague, an important rivalry in Czech football. Slavia has won 19 titles, several Czech cups and the Mitropa Cup in 1938. The club has won six league titles since the foundation of the Czech league in 1993. They have also reached the semi-finals of the 1995-96 UEFA Cup and qualified for the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in their history. In 2019, Slavia reached the quarter-finals 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.

In addition to their men's squad, Slavia Prague has reserve, youth, and women's teams.


Slavia was founded on 2 November 1892 by medicine students in Vinohrady, Prague, as a sport club aimed at increasing sport activity among students. Initially the club focused on cycling, and expanded to football in 1896.[2] On 25 March of that year, Slavia won their first match against AC Prague 5-0.[2] Four days later, Slavia played against Sparta Prague, with the match finishing 0-0, this match being the start of the rivalry between these two clubs.[3][4] In 1905, Scottish manager and former Celtic player John Madden brought new tactics and views on football from his home country to the club. He managed to set up an early golden age for the club that lasted 25 years. 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. In 1930, Madden retired from Slavia and professional football at the age of 66, though he remained in Prague for the rest of his life.

In the 1934 FIFA World Cup, the Czechoslovak national team included eight Slavia players. The second golden period came when Slavia bought Josef Bican from Admira Vienna. Slavia with Bican won titles in 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943, while many football players were at war. In 1951 Slavia finished in 11th position in the league. Poor results continued during the 1950s and 1960s when Slavia were relegated twice, in 1961 and 1963. They next played in the top level of football in 1965.

In 1996, Slavia won their 14th title after 49 years.[5] During this season, Slavia played in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup and four players of this team had big importance for the silver-medal winning Czech team from UEFA Euro 1996.[6][7]

Slavia participated in the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League five times (1996, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005), being eliminated each time until finally qualifying for the group stage in the 2007-08 season following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Ajax in the third qualifying round. For the group stage, Slavia were drawn in Group H along with Arsenal, Steaua Bucure?ti and Sevilla. They started with a 2-1 win at home against Steaua and a 4-2 loss to Sevilla. Next came two matches against Arsenal; Slavia lost 7-0 at the Emirates Stadium, but in the second leg they managed to draw 0-0. In Bucharest came a 1-1 draw, which qualified the Czech team for the UEFA Cup round of 32, from third place in Group H, in spite of a home 0-3 defeat against Sevilla.

In October 2006, the construction of the new and long-awaited stadium at Eden for 21,000 spectators began. The stadium was opened on 7 May 2008 with an exhibition match against Oxford University.[8]

In the 2007-08 and 2008-09, Slavia were back-to-back Czech champions, although they did not play in the Champions League group stage due to elimination in the qualifying rounds by Fiorentina (0-2 on aggregate in 2008-09) and Sheriff Tiraspol (1-1 on away goals rule in 2009-10). In the 2009-10 season the club managed only 7th place in the league.

In the autumn of 2010, the club found itself in crisis due to its economic problems. It was discovered that Slavia owed 112 million Czech koruna to the club's former owner, ENIC Sports Ltd (English National Investment Company).[9] As a result of this, major cost-cutting was needed to service this debt and it was confirmed that the squad would need to be purged.[9] In addition to the players sold, midfielder Petr Trapp left the club mid-season, claiming that Slavia had not paid his wages for three months.[10]

On 5 May 2011, a cup semi-final against Olomouc was abandoned due to fans storming the pitch in protest against the deteriorating financial situation of the club.[11]

In September 2015, CEFC China Energy Company bought the team. Since November 2018 club owners are Sinobo Group and CITIC Group.

Historical names

  • 1892 - SK ACOS Praha (Sportovní klub Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia Praha)
  • 1893 - SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1948 - Sokol Slavia Praha
  • 1949 - ZSJ Dynamo Slavia Praha (Základní sportovní jednota Dynamo Slavia Praha)
  • 1953 - DSO Dynamo Praha (Dobrovolná sportovní organizace Dynamo Praha)
  • 1954 - TJ Dynamo Praha (T?lovýchovná jednota Dynamo Praha)
  • 1965 - SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1973 - TJ Slavia Praha (T?lovýchovná jednota Slavia Praha)
  • 1977 - TJ Slavia IPS Praha (T?lovýchovná jednota Slavia In?enýrské pr?myslové stavby Praha)
  • 1978 - SK Slavia IPS Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia In?enýrské pr?myslové stavby Praha)
  • 1991 - SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha - fotbal, a.s.)

Club symbols

Flag of SK Slavia Prague.

The club's colours, red and white, were chosen as standing for the heart and blood, and fair play and sportsmanship respectively. The inverted five-pointed star was intended to symbolise "new hope, forever strengthening the mind and uplifting the spirit."[2] The name "Slavia" is a Latin term used in older literature to denote the lands inhabited by Slavs.[12]


Slavia's greatest rivals are Sparta Prague, with whom they contest the Prague derby. A local Vr?ovice derby is also contested between Slavia and Bohemians 1905, whose stadium is situated a kilometre from Eden.[13]

Slavia is widely misconceived as being a Jewish club among other fans, particularly Sparta fans, and its fans and players are often subjected to anti-semitic 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 ?idi!" ("you Jews!") from the Sparta fans.[14]


In May 2018 a strategic cooperation with Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoan for both professional and youth level football started.[15]


Current squad

As of 7 October 2020[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Slovakia SVK Martin Vantruba (at Nordsjælland)
GK Czech Republic CZE Jakub Markovi? (at Mladá Boleslav)
DF Czech Republic CZE Jakub Jugas (at Liberec)
DF Czech Republic CZE Daniel Kosek (at Liberec)
DF Ivory Coast CIV Mohamed Tijani (at Liberec)
MF Czech Republic CZE Michal Beran (at Liberec)
MF Slovakia SVK Jakub Hromada (at Liberec)
MF Czech Republic CZE Jan Matou?ek (at Liberec)
FW Bahrain BHR Abdulla Yusuf Helal (at Liberec)
MF Czech Republic CZE Patrik Hellebrand (at Slovácko)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Czech Republic CZE Luká? Pokorný (at Bohemians)
DF Czech Republic CZE Jaroslav Zelený (at Jablonec)
FW Netherlands NED Mick van Buren (at ?eské Bud?jovice)
DF Czech Republic CZE Tomá? Vl?ek (at Jihlava)
MF Czech Republic CZE Luká? ?erv (at Jihlava)
GK Czech Republic CZE Martin Otáhal (at Vy?ehrad)
MF Czech Republic CZE Michal Van?k (at Vy?ehrad)
MF Czech Republic CZE Jan Vejvar (at Vy?ehrad)
MF Czech Republic CZE Vojt?ch ?ilhan (at Ústí nad Labem)

Reserve squad

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

Notable former players

The best known Slavia player of all time is perhaps forward Josef "Pepi" Bican, one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of football. Other famous players include forward Antonín Pu?, goalkeeper Franti?ek Pláni?ka (both of them members of the Czechoslovak national team in two World Cups) and midfielder Franti?ek Veselý. Other big names in club history are: Karel Jarolím, Ivo Knoflí?ek, Vladimír ?micer, Karel Poborský, Patrik Berger and Tomá? Sou?ek.[2][17]

Player records

As of 11 March 2020.[18]

Most clean sheets in Czech First League

# Name Clean sheets
1 Czech Republic Radek ?erný 86
2 Czech Republic Jan Stejskal 42
3 Czech Republic Martin Vaniak 39
4 Czech Republic Ond?ej Kolá? 38

Club officials


The club's current manager is Jind?ich Trpi?ovský, who joined the club in December 2017 from Slovan Liberec. He replaced Jaroslav ?ilhavý, who was appointed in September 2016 and moved on to manage the Czech national team. There have been 65 managers in Slavia's history. The club's first professional coach, Jake Madden, was appointed in 1905, serving in that position until 1930. He remains the club's longest-serving coach in terms of both length of tenure and number of games overseen.[]

Managerial record of Jind?ich Trpi?ovský in Slavia
From To Record[19]
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

Former coaches

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[20] 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[21]
Domestic cups not counted by Czech FA Charity Cup 4 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912[21]
Central Bohemian Cup 8 1922, 1925-26, 1927, 1927-28, 1929-30, 1931-32, 1934-35, 1940-41[21]
Liberty Cup 1 1945[21]
European Mitropa Cup 1 1938
Coupe des Nations Runners-up (1) 1930

In European football

Progress in UEFA competitions

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
UEFA Champions League 42 12 11 19 32 57 −25 28.57
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 8 3 3 2 11 9 +2 37.50
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 120 46 32 42 153 137 +16 38.33
Total 170 61 46 63 196 203 −7 35.88
Updated to match(es) played on 2 August 2020. Source:
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 ?ilina 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
Spain Barcelona
Germany Borussia
2020-21 Denmark Midtjylland advanced to 2020-21 UEFA Europa League
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 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 AB Greece OFI Croatia Osijek Germany K'lautern
2001-02 Switzerland Servette
2002-03 Belgium Mouscron Serbia and Montenegro Partizan Greece PAOK Turkey Be?ikta?
2003-04 Serbia and Montenegro Smederevo Bulgaria Levski
2004-05 Georgia (country) Dinamo
2005-06 Republic of Ireland Cork 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 ?ilina
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
2020-21 Germany Leverkusen
Israel Beer Sheva
France Nice
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

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

Club records

Czech First League records



  1. ^ Se?ívaní means "stitched together", referring to the home kit with a red half and white half which were traditionally sewn together.


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