Slavia Praha

Founded In
Praha, Czech Republic

Slavia Praha

About Slavia Praha

Sportovní Klub Slavia Praha, better known as Slavia Praha and known internationally as Slavia Prague, was founded in November 1892. The team rank amongst the most successful in the Czech Republic. Their main rivals are Sparta Praha, with the two clubs widely considered to be the biggest in the country. As a result, the matches between the two sides carry huge importance.

Scottish manager John William Madden took over the team in 1905 and remained at the club until 1930. During his time in charge, the side won a number of trophies, including the Czechoslovak League in 1925, 1929 and 1930. Madden also laid the foundations for future success by introducing his own philosophy regarding tactics and the club continued to win trophies after he retired.

In total, Slavia Praha won the Czechoslovak First League thirteen times, which makes them the second most successful club in the league's history. The vast majority of those wins came during the 1930s and 1940s. Since the formation of the Czech Republic's Gambrinus Liga, they have enjoyed continued success, winning league titles in 1995–96, 2007–08 and 2008–09 and finishing as runners up a total of nine times. Slavia Praha lifted the Czech Cup in 1997, 1999 and 2002. Furthermore, they have represented the Czech Republic on several occasions in the UEFA Champions League.

Over the years, many talented footballers have worn the Slavia Praha jersey. Amongst the team's most notable former players are names like Josef Bican, Vladimír Šmicer and Patrik Berger, all of whom were Czech internationals.

The team play their home games at Eden Arena, which was previously known as Synot Tip Arena for sponsorship reasons. The stadium first opened its doors in 2008 and replaced the old Eden Stadium, which had been deemed insufficient. The venue is able to hold a maximum of 21,000 supporters.