Slovan Liberec

Founded In
1921
Location
Liberec, Czech Republic

Slovan Liberec

About Slovan Liberec

FC Slovan Liberec was established in July 1958, as a result of a merger between Slavoj Liberec and Jiskra, two previous clubs formed after the liberation of Czechoslovakia. Today, Slovan Liberec rank amongst the most successful teams in the Czech Republic, having won significant major honours at domestic level.

In the initial years after the club's foundation, Slovan Liberec struggled to reach the country's top tier, even on occasion finding themselves relegated to regional level. Most of the early years were spent in Czechoslovakia's second tier, attempting to reach the Premier League, but failing to do so. The team finally had an opportunity to compete in the top division after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and the establishment of the Czech Republic.

Having gained entry to the Czech top flight, the Gambrinus Liga, in 1993, Slovan Liberec gradually established themselves in the division with some mid-table finishes. In 1999-00, the club earned its first major trophy, the Czech Cup, after beating Baník Ratíškovice in the final of the competition. As a result, they gained entry into the following season's UEFA Cup. Since the turn of the century, Slovan Liberec's league performances have improved and in 2001-02, they won their first Czech league title. A second league title followed in 2005-06, before the team added their third in 2011-12. Their best performance in a major continental competition came in the 2001-02 UEFA Cup, where they reached the quarter finals.

The list of notable footballers to play for the club includes Czech Republic internationals, such as Martin Hašek, Jan Polák, Martin Jiránek and Jiří Štajner. 

Since 1978, Slovan Liberec have played their home matches at the Stadion u Nisy, which first opened its doors in 1933. The stadium underwent renovations in 1995 and 2001 and is named after the river it is located next to. The venue is able to hold a maximum of 9,900 spectators.