Viktoria Plzeň

Founded In
Plzeň, Czech Republic

About Viktoria Plzeň

FC Viktoria Plzeň was first established in 1911. Initially operating as an amateur side, the team turned professional in June 1929. The club have achieved some notable success over the years and have represented their country in several continental tournaments. 

Upon turning professional, the team entered the second tier. In their second season in the division, Viktoria Plzeň finished as runners up and, as a result, gained entry to the Czechoslovak First League. The highlight of their time in the league came in 1970-71, when they reached the final of the Czechoslovak Cup. Although they were beaten, the club qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup on the basis that Spartak Trnava had also won the league and so were already entered into the European Cup.

Since entering the Czech Republic's Gambrinus Liga, despite suffering relegation a few times, the club has enjoyed greater levels of success. In 2009–10, Viktoria Plzeň lifted their first major trophy, the Czech Cup, after beating Jablonec in the final. The following year, they built upon this success and were crowned as league champions for the first time in history. Later in 2011, the team added the Czech Super Cup to their trophy haul. In the 2011-12 campaign, the club made its first ever appearance in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Amongst the team's most notable players are Petr Jiráček and Daniel Kolář. Goalkeeper Petr Čech is a graduate of the team's youth academy.

Viktoria Plzeň play their home matches at the Doosan Arena in Plzeň. The venue, which was previously known as the Stadion města Plzně, opened in 1955. The stadium was renovated in 2003 and underwent a major reconstruction in 2011, in order to ensure it met UEFA's standards for continental competitions. It is now able to hold a maximum of 11,700 spectators.

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