Hradec Králové

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Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

About Hradec Králové

FC Hradec Králové was founded in 1905. Located to the north of the country, the club have competed at the top level in both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic and have enjoyed some success in both systems. They have also served as their country's representatives in a number of continental competitions, including the European Cup.

After playing in Czechoslovakia's lower leagues for several decades, Hradec Králové made their debut in the Czechoslovak First League for the 1959-60 season. Remarkably, in their first ever campaign in the top flight, they were crowned as league champions. As a result, they qualified for the following season's European Cup, where they eventually reached the quarter final stage, before being eliminated by Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

In 1993-94, after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, Hradec Králové became a founding member of the new Czech Republic's Gambrinus Liga. In their second season, they reached the final of the Czech Cup, where they overcame Viktoria Žižkov via a penalty shootout to lift the trophy. In doing so, they gained access to the following year's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where they eventually reached the last sixteen of the competition. The team were relegated in 2000 but bounced back at the first attempt. The club later spent a total of seven seasons out of the top tier between 2003 and 2010, before winning the Druhá Liga to return to the first division ahead of the 2010-11 season.

Jiří Hledík, Pavel Černý, Václav Pilař and Karel Piták are amongst the most notable players to have played for Hradec Králové. During their careers, all four players represented either Czechoslovakia or the Czech Republic at international level.

The Všesportovní Stadion serves as the club's home. The venue opened for the first time in 1966 and has undergone renovations several times in recent years, in order to raise its capacity. At present, it is able to hold up to 7,220 supporters.

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