Sparta Praha

Founded In
1893
Location
Praha, Czech Republic

Sparta Praha

About Sparta Praha

Athletic Club Sparta Praha, often known internationally as Sparta Prague, was first established in November 1983 by a group of youngsters from the city. Historically, the club have been the most successful team in the Czech Republic and one of the most decorated sides in all of central Europe.

Prior to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, Sparta Praha achieved major success in the Czechoslovak First League. In total, they collected 19 league titles; more than any other side. The team was especially successful during the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1980s. However, many look back fondly on the team from the 1960s, who attracted record crowds and contributed several players to Czechoslovakia's 1962 World Cup team, who finished as runners up. 

Since the formation of the Czech Replublic's own football league, Sparta have played in the top division, the Gambrinus Liga, which they have dominated. In total, they have won the league a record eleven times. Additionally, the side hold the record for most Czech Cup wins, having lifted the trophy five times, with those wins coming in 1996, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The club regularly compete in continental competitions and their best performance came in the European Cup in 1992, where they reached the semi finals.

Over the years, Sparta Praha have been the main source of talent for the Czech national team and some of the country's greatest ever players represented the club. Amongst the notable examples are names like Pavel Nedvěd, Petr Čech, Tomáš Rosický, Jan Koller, Patrick Berger and Karel Poborský.

The team play their home matches at the Generali Arena, which was formerly known as known as Letná Stadium. The stadium, in its current form, was built in 1969 and underwent major renovations in 1994. It is able to hold a maximum of 19,784 supporters and is regularly used by the Czech Republic national team.