Slavia Praha 2016

History - one of the oldest European clubs

The tradition of Slavia Prague, one of the oldest sports club on the European continent, goes back to the 19th century. It was founded as a soccer club in 1892 mainly on the initiative of Czech students. Slavia soon became a very successful popularizer of soccer in Bohemia and one of the leading teams on the European continent. The club was allocated the FIFA serial number 21. The Czech national team which in the year 1911 won the title of amateur European Champion - when it beat England 2:1 in the final match in Roubaix (France) - included nine Slavia players. Slavia Prague is one of the few continental honourable members of the Football Association of England. 

World record
Slavia Prague is holder of a world record: since 1892 the players of the club have traditionally been wearing the red and white colours. Since the first match on March 25, 1896 the team have always played in the same dress: a red-white jersey, on the left side of the chest with a point positioned red star. 

Back in the glory in 1996
The greatest successes in post-war period Slavia achieved  in 1996 the red-whites won their fourteenth Czech title and the first title after long 49 years. In 1996 Slavia qualified to the UEFA Cup semi-final, and in 1997 to the UEFA Cup Winner´s Cup quarter-finals and in 1999 to UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Slavia won the Czech National Cup in 1997, 1999 and in 2002 when it beat its traditional rivals of Sparta Prague in final match. In the seasons 2002 – 2003 and 2004 – 2005 Slavia Prague became Czech league vice-champion. In 2007 for the first time got  Slavia on the UEFA Champions league and 2007-2008  and 2008-2009 won the 15. and 16. Czech title. 

Many Slavia footballers continued with their careers in the famous foreign clubs. To say a few examples, we should name Vladimir Smicer, who helped Liverpool FC to win the Champions League title in 2005 by scoring a magnificent goal and among the others Patrik Berger (Aston Villa), Pavel Kuka (1.FC Kaiserslautern), Radek Bejbl (Atlético Madrid, Racing Lens, Rapid Vienna) or Radek Černý (Tottenham Hotspur).

Club records:
Frantisek Vesely (404 league games)
Josef "Pepi" Bican (643 goals)