Zbrojovka Brno

Founded In
Brno, Czech Republic

About Zbrojovka Brno

FC Zbrojovka Brno was first established in 1913 under the name SK Židenice. The team first adopted a variation of its current name in 1951. Over the years, Zbrojovka Brno have competed in the top level of Czecholovakia and the Czech Republic's football leagues. The club's nickname is 'Flinta', which translates to 'The Gun'. 

The team reached the top tier of Czechoslovakia's league system for the first time in 1933 and bounced between the first and second divisions on multiple occasions. Zbrojovka Brno's golden era came during the 1970s, under the management of Josef Masopust. In 1977–78 they finished top of the Czechoslovak First League and were crowned the country's champions. As a result, they qualified for the European Cup for the first time. Two years later, they finished as league runners up. In the years that followed, the club once again began to yo-yo between the country's top two divisions.

Since the Czech Republic gained independence, success has eluded Zbrojovka Brno, although they have come close at times. On three occasions, they have reached the semi final stage of the Czech Cup and in the 1994-95 season, they finished in third place in the league, behind Sparta Praha and Slavia Praha. After 1992, they established their longest ever run of consistent top flight football, surviving for 19 years in the division before being relegated at the end of the 2010-11 season. Fortunately, the club were able to bounce back at the first attempt.

Amongst the most notable players to have represented Zbrojovka Brno are names like Petr Janečka, Karel Jarůšek, Richard Dostálek, Jan Polák and René Wagner.

The club play home games at the Městský Fotbalový Stadion Srbská. The stadium opened in 1926 and Zbrojovka Brno moved into the venue in 2001, after renovations were carried out. It is currently able to hold 12,550 spectators.

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