SK Slavia Prague

Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal (Sports Club Slavia Prague – Football, pronounced [ˈslaːvɪja ˈpraɦa]), commonly known as Slavia Praha or Slavia Prague, is a Czech professional football club in Prague. Founded in 1892, they are the second most successful club in the Czech Republic since its independence in 1993.[1]

Slavia Prague
Full nameSportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal a.s.
(The red and whites)
(The stitched) [nb 1]
Founded1892; 129 years ago (1892) as ACOS (Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia)
GroundSinobo Stadium,
Vršovice, Prague 10, Prague
OwnerSinobo Group, CITIC Group
PresidentJaroslav Tvrdík
Head coachJindřich Trpišovský
LeagueCzech First League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

They play in the Czech First League, the highest competition in the Czech Republic. They play the Prague derby with Sparta Prague, an important rivalry in Czech football. Slavia has won 21 titles, several Czech cups and the Mitropa Cup in 1938. The club has won seven league titles since the foundation of the Czech league in 1993. They have also reached the semi-finals of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup and qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in their history. In 2019, Slavia reached the quarter-finals of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League and also qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage for the second time in their history. They once again reached the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020–21.

In addition to their men's squad, Slavia Prague has reserve, youth, and women's teams.


Slavia was founded on 2 November 1892 by medicine students in Vinohrady, Prague, as a sport club aimed at increasing sport activity among students. Initially the club focused on cycling, and expanded to football in 1896.[2] On 25 March of that year, Slavia won their first match against AC Prague 5–0.[2] Four days later, Slavia played against Sparta Prague, with the match finishing 0–0, this match being the start of the rivalry between these two clubs.[3][4] In 1905, Scottish manager and former Celtic player Jake Madden brought new tactics and views on football from his home country to the club.

SK Slavia Prague team in 1901

He managed to set up an early golden age for the club that lasted 25 years. Under Madden Slavia won 134 domestic matches out of a total of 169, and 304 internationals out of 429 between the years 1905 and 1930. In 1930, Madden retired from Slavia and professional football at the age of 66, though he remained in Prague for the rest of his life.

In the 1934 World Cup, the Czechoslovak national team included eight Slavia players. The second golden period came when Slavia bought Josef Bican from Admira Vienna. Slavia with Bican won titles in 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943, while many football players were at war. In 1951 Slavia finished in 11th position in the league. Poor results continued during the 1950s and 1960s when Slavia were relegated twice, in 1961 and 1963. They next played in the top level of football in 1965.

In 1996, Slavia won their 14th title after 49 years.[5] During this season, Slavia played in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup and four players of this team had big importance for the silver medal-winning Czech team from UEFA Euro 1996.[6][7]

Slavia participated in the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League five times (1996, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005), being eliminated each time until finally qualifying for the group stage in the 2007–08 season following a 3–1 aggregate victory over Ajax in the third qualifying round. For the group stage, Slavia were drawn in Group H along with Arsenal, Steaua București and Sevilla. They started with a 2–1 win at home against Steaua and a 4–2 loss to Sevilla. Next came two matches against Arsenal; Slavia lost 7–0 at the Emirates Stadium, but in the second leg they managed to draw 0–0. In Bucharest came a 1–1 draw, which qualified the Czech team for the UEFA Cup round of 32, from third place in Group H, in spite of a home 0–3 defeat against Sevilla.

In October 2006, the construction of the new and long-awaited stadium at Eden for 21,000 spectators began. The stadium was opened on 7 May 2008 with an exhibition match against Oxford University.[8]

In the 2007–08 and 2008–09, Slavia were back-to-back Czech champions, although they did not play in the Champions League group stage due to elimination in the qualifying rounds by Fiorentina (0–2 on aggregate in 2008–09) and Sheriff Tiraspol (1–1 on away goals rule in 2009–10). In the 2009–10 season the club managed only 7th place in the league.

In the autumn of 2010, the club found itself in crisis due to its economic problems. It was discovered that Slavia owed 112 million Czech koruna to the club's former owner, ENIC Sports Ltd (English National Investment Company).[9] As a result of this, major cost-cutting was needed to service this debt and it was confirmed that the squad would need to be purged.[9] In addition to the players sold, midfielder Petr Trapp left the club mid-season, claiming that Slavia had not paid his wages for three months.[10]

On 5 May 2011, a cup semi-final against Olomouc was abandoned due to fans storming the pitch in protest against the deteriorating financial situation of the club.[11]

In September 2015, CEFC China Energy Company bought the team. Since November 2018, the club owners have been the Sinobo Group and CITIC Group.

Historical names

  • 1892 SK ACOS Praha (Sportovní klub Akademický cyklistický odbor Slavia Praha)
  • 1893 SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1948 Sokol Slavia Praha
  • 1949 ZSJ Dynamo Slavia Praha (Základní sportovní jednota Dynamo Slavia Praha)
  • 1953 DSO Dynamo Praha (Dobrovolná sportovní organizace Dynamo Praha)
  • 1954 TJ Dynamo Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Dynamo Praha)
  • 1965 SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha)
  • 1973 TJ Slavia Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Slavia Praha)
  • 1977 TJ Slavia IPS Praha (Tělovýchovná jednota Slavia Inženýrské průmyslové stavby Praha)
  • 1978 SK Slavia IPS Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Inženýrské průmyslové stavby Praha)
  • 1991 SK Slavia Praha (Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal, a.s.)

Club symbols

Flag of SK Slavia Prague.

The club's colours, red and white, were chosen as standing for the heart and blood, and fair play and sportsmanship respectively. The inverted five-pointed star was intended to symbolise "new hope, forever strengthening the mind and uplifting the spirit."[2] The name "Slavia" is a Latin term used in older literature to denote the lands inhabited by Slavs.[12]

Supporters and rivalries

Slavia's greatest rivals are Sparta Prague, with whom they contest the Prague derby. A local Vršovice derby is also contested between Slavia and Bohemians 1905, whose stadium is situated a kilometre from Eden.[13]

Slavia is widely misconceived as being a Jewish club among other fans, particularly Sparta fans, and its fans and players are often subjected to anti-semitic abuse. However, the club was not founded by Jews nor did it have any Jewish history. Football historian Vladimír Zapotocký commented in an interview that were this the case, the Nazis would have shut the club down during the wartime occupation, as they did with DFC Prag. The association stems from a friendly match played against West Ham United in 1922, when Slavia insured the match against adverse weather conditions, and the match was later cancelled due to rain. They then agreed with West Ham to play the fixture the next day, while also collecting money from the insurance company for cancelling the fixture. A week later in a Prague derby fixture, Slavia were greeted onto the pitch by chants of "vy židi!" ("you Jews!") from the Sparta fans.[14]

In modern times, Slavia developed kinship with Hajduk Split.


In May 2018 a strategic cooperation with Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoan for both professional and youth level football started.[15]


Current squad

As of 23 July 2021[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK  CZE Ondřej Kolář
2 DF  CZE David Hovorka
3 DF  CZE Tomáš Holeš
4 DF  SWE Aiham Ousou
5 DF  DEN Alexander Bah
6 DF  CZE David Zima
7 MF  ROU Nicolae Stanciu
8 MF  CZE Lukáš Masopust
9 FW  NGA Peter Olayinka
10 MF  SRB Srđan Plavšić
11 FW  CZE Stanislav Tecl
12 FW  SEN Abdallah Sima
14 FW  NED Mick van Buren
15 DF  CZE Ondřej Kúdela
16 FW  CZE Jan Kuchta
17 MF  CZE Lukáš Provod
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF  CZE Jan Bořil (captain)
19 MF  LBR Oscar Dorley
20 MF  NGA Ubong Ekpai
21 MF  DEN Mads Emil Madsen
22 FW  CZE Michael Krmenčík (on loan from Club Brugge)
23 MF  CZE Petr Ševčík
25 MF  SVK Jakub Hromada
26 FW  SVK Ivan Schranz
27 MF  CIV Ibrahim Traoré
28 GK  CZE Aleš Mandous
29 FW  BHR Abdulla Yusuf Helal
30 DF  UKR Taras Kacharaba (on loan from Slovan Liberec)
31 GK  CZE Přemysl Kovář
32 MF  CZE Ondřej Lingr
33 FW  CRO Petar Musa
DF  CIV Mohamed Tijani

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF  CZE Ondřej Karafiát (at Mladá Boleslav)
MF  CZE Jan Matoušek (at Slovan Liberec)
MF  CZE Patrik Hellebrand (at České Budějovice)
MF  CZE Tomáš Malínský (at FK Jablonec)
GK  CZE Jan Stejskal (at Sigma Olomouc)
GK  CZE Jakub Markovič (at FK Pardubice)
MF  CZE Michal Beran (at FK Pardubice)
MF  CZE Lukáš Červ (at FK Pardubice)
DF  CZE Daniel Kosek (at Zbrojovka Brno)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF  CZE Tomáš Vlček (at Vysočina Jihlava)
MF  CZE Jakub Křišťan (at Vlašim)
GK  CZE Matyáš Vágner (at Vlašim)
MF  CZE Denis Višinský (at Vlašim)
FW  CZE Matěj Jurásek (at Vlašim)
DF  CZE Michal Hošek (at Vlašim)
MF  SVK Tomáš Rigo (at Vlašim)
FW  CZE Jonáš Kneifel (at Vlašim)
DF  CZE Štěpán Starý (at Vlašim)

Reserve squad

All time best Slavia's eleven selected by fans at the 125th club anniversary[17]

Notable former players

The best known Slavia player of all time is perhaps forward Josef "Pepi" Bican, one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of football. Other famous players include forward Antonín Puč, goalkeeper František Plánička (both of them members of the Czechoslovakia national team in two World Cups) and midfielder František Veselý. Other big names in club history are Karel Jarolím, Ivo Knoflíček, Vladimír Šmicer, Karel Poborský, Patrik Berger, Vladimír Coufal and Tomáš Souček.[2][18]

Player records in the Czech First League

As of 30 May 2021.[19]

Most clean sheets

#NameClean sheets
1 Radek Černý86
2 Ondřej Kolář61
3 Jan Stejskal42
4 Martin Vaniak39

Ownership and finances

Under the Czech jurisdiction the club's legal form is a joint-stock company (updated 1 August 2020) with the largest shareholder being the Chinese real estate Sinobo Group,[20] which has on 11 November 2018 purchased a majority stake from CITIC, at the time holding 99.98% of the 212,074 stocks worth of CZK 1.514 billion (Annual report from 30 June 2018). CITIC remains to be a minority shaholder and the companies did not reveal the distribution of the shares.

According to their chairman Jinhui Zhou, the Sinobo business model is a combination of real estate development and sports activities.[21] In a similar business model, Sinobo owns 64% of the shares in the Chinese club Beijing Guoan where the 36% minority belongs to CITIC. Sinobo also holds the naming rights of the arena, the Sinobo Stadium.

The Chinese investment activity in Slavia has firstly started in September 2005, when a private conglomerate CEFC acquired 59.97% shares of the club through its Czech subsidiary CEFC Group (Europe) Company a.s. from Aleš Řebíček for CZK 27 million. Through the course of the years, the share has increased to 67% and 80%, and on 22 November 2016 CEFC has capitalized its loan into the equity and increased their shares to 99.96% which made them the sole owner. In early 2018, it turned out that CEFC had serious financial problems and CITIC bought the club and arena. In late 2018, CITIC transferred Slavia's majority stake to the Chinese company Sinobo Group.

Slavia's financial results for the 2017–18 season show group revenue of CZK 837.4 million, with a profit before tax of CZK <366.7> million.

Financial data in CZK millions[22]
Year 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017–18 2016–17 2015–16 2014–15
Revenue 942.133 837.390 430.070 204.806 137.909
Net Income 156.0 [23] <219.208> <366.376> <263.442> <117.099> <61.503>
Assets 1,024.278 605.796 610.835 386.571 211.416
Employees 114 108 125 115 118


The club's current manager is Jindřich Trpišovský, who joined the club in December 2017 from Slovan Liberec. He replaced Jaroslav Šilhavý, who was appointed in September 2016 and moved on to manage the Czech national team. There have been 65 managers in Slavia's history. The club's first professional coach, Jake Madden, was appointed in 1905, serving in that position until 1930. He remains the club's longest-serving coach in terms of both length of tenure and number of games overseen.[citation needed]

Managerial record of Jindřich Trpišovský in Slavia
From To Record[24]
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
22 Dec 2017
As of match played 15 July 2020
84 60 15 9 171 50 +121 071.43

Former coaches

Only competitive matches are counted.


Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic League Czech First League 7 1995–96, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Czechoslovak First League 13 1925, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1946–47
Bohemian Football Union Championships 1 1913
League titles not counted by Czech FA[25] Czech Championship 10 spring of 1897, fall of 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1915, 1918, 1924, 1948
Domestic Cup Czech Cup 6 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
Czechoslovak Cup 3 1940–41, 1941–42, 1973–74[26]
Domestic cups not counted by Czech FA Charity Cup 4 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912[26]
Central Bohemian Cup 8 1922, 1925–26, 1927, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1934–35, 1940–41[26]
Liberty Cup 1 1945[26]
European Mitropa Cup 1 1938
Coupe des Nations Runners-up (1) 1930

In European football

Progress in UEFA competitions

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
UEFA Champions League 44 12 12 20 33 61 28 27.27
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 8 3 3 2 11 9 +2 37.50
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 140 52 38 50 175 167 +8 37.14
Total 192 67 53 72 219 237 18 34.90
Updated to match(es) played on 15 April 2021. Source:
UEFA Champions League
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off roundGroup stageRound of 32Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
1996–97 Grasshopperadvanced to 1996–97 UEFA Cup
2000–01 Shamkir Shakhtaradvanced to 2000–01 UEFA Cup
2001–02 Panathinaikosadvanced to 2001–02 UEFA Cup
2003–04 Leotar Celtaadvanced to 2003–04 UEFA Cup
2005–06 Anderlechtadvanced to 2005–06 UEFA Cup
2007–08 Žilina Ajax Steauaadvanced to 2007–08 UEFA Cup
2008–09 Fiorentinaadvanced to 2008–09 UEFA Cup
2009–10 Sheriffadvanced to 2009–10 UEFA Europa League
2017–18 BATE APOELadvanced to 2017–18 UEFA Europa League
2018–19 Dynamoadvanced to 2018–19 UEFA Europa League
2019–20 Cluj Intereliminated
2020–21 Midtjyllandadvanced to 2020–21 UEFA Europa League
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off roundGroup stage
(First round)
Round of 32
(Second round)
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
1976–77 Akademik
1977–78 S. Liège
1985–86 St Mirren
1992–93 Hearts
1993–94 OFI
1994–95 Cork AIK
1995–96 Sturm Freiburg Lugano Lens Roma Bordeaux
1996–97 Malmö Valencia
1998–99 I. Bratislava Schalke Bologna
1999–00 Vojvodina Grasshoppers Steaua Udinese Leeds
2000–01 AB OFI Osijek K'lautern
2001–02 Servette
2002–03 Mouscron Partizan PAOK Beşiktaş
2003–04 Smederevo Levski
2004–05 D. Tbilisi
2005–06 Cork CSKA Palermo
2006–07 Karvan Tottenham
2007–08 Tottenham
2008–09 Vaslui A. Villa
2009–10 Red Star Genoa
2016–17 Levadia Rio Ave Anderlecht
2017–18 M. Tel Aviv
2018–19 Bordeaux Genk Sevilla Chelsea
2020–21 Leverkusen Leicester Rangers Arsenal
Be'er Sheva
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off roundGroup stage
(First round)
Round of 32
(Second round)
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
1974–75 Carl Zeiss
1997–98 Luzern Nice Stuttgart
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
qualifying round
qualifying round
Play-off roundGroup stage
(First round)
Round of 32
(Second round)
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
1967–68 Köln
1968–69 Vienna SC Hamburg

UEFA club coefficient

As of 15 April 2021.[27]
33 Dinamo Zagreb44.500
34 Lazio44.000
35 Slavia Prague43.500
37 Olympiacos43.000

Club records

Czech First League records


  1. Sešívaní means "stitched together", referring to the home kit with a red half and white half which were traditionally sewn together.


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