Fixtures

Czech Republic First League 07/19 17:00 1 Sparta Prague vs Pardubice - View
Czech Republic First League 07/27 15:00 2 FK Teplice vs Sparta Prague - View
Czech Republic First League 08/02 18:00 3 Sparta Prague vs Dukla Praha - View
Czech Republic First League 08/10 15:00 4 Bohemians 1905 vs Sparta Prague - View
Czech Republic First League 08/17 15:00 5 FK Jablonec vs Sparta Prague - View
Czech Republic First League 08/24 15:00 6 Sparta Prague vs Slovacko - View

Results

Europe Friendlies 07/13 14:00 - FC Salzburg v Sparta Prague D 2-2
Europe Friendlies 07/10 14:00 - Brondby v Sparta Prague L DBFA
Europe Friendlies 07/05 13:00 - Sparta Prague v Spartak Trnava W 3-0
Europe Friendlies 06/29 13:00 - Sparta Prague v AIK W 3-1
Czech Republic First League 05/26 14:00 5 [1] Sparta Prague v Viktoria Plzen [3] D 1-1
Czech Republic Cup 05/22 16:00 1 Viktoria Plzen v Sparta Prague W 1-2
Czech Republic First League 05/18 15:00 4 [4] Mlada Boleslav v Sparta Prague [1] W 0-5
Czech Republic First League 05/14 17:30 3 [1] Sparta Prague v Banik Ostrava [5] W 2-1
Czech Republic First League 05/11 15:30 2 [1] Sparta Prague v Slavia Prague [2] D 0-0
Czech Republic First League 05/05 16:00 1 [6] Slovacko v Sparta Prague [1] W 2-4
Czech Republic First League 04/28 13:00 30 [8] Sigma Olomouc v Sparta Prague [1] W 1-4
Czech Republic First League 04/20 13:00 29 [1] Sparta Prague v Banik Ostrava [4] W 4-3

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 61 29 32
Wins 42 22 20
Draws 10 6 4
Losses 9 1 8
Goals for 130 66 64
Goals against 68 24 44
Clean sheets 23 13 10
Failed to score 5 3 2

Wikipedia - AC Sparta Prague

Athletic Club Sparta Praha (Czech pronunciation: [ˈaː ˈtsɛː ˈsparta ˈpraɦa]), commonly known as Sparta Prague and Sparta Praha, is a professional football club based in Prague.

It is the most successful club in the Czech Republic and one of the most successful in central Europe, winning the central European Cup (also known as the Mitropa Cup) three times as well as having reached the semi-finals of the European Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) in 1992 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1973.

Sparta have won a record 38 domestic league titles, the Czech Cup (and its predecessor Czechoslovak Cup) 16 times, also a record, and the Czech Supercup twice. Sparta was long the main source for the Czech Republic national football team, however lately this has ceased to be the case, as the best Czech players almost exclusively play in foreign leagues.

Sparta play at Prague's Epet Arena, also known as Letná Stadium.

History

Club logo until 2021

Early years

At the close of 1893, a small group of young people based around three brothers – Václav, Bohumil and Rudolf Rudl – had the idea of setting up a sports club. On 16 November, the founders' meeting approved the club's articles of association and one month later, on 17 December, the first annual general meeting took place. Soon after that, the Athletic Club Sparta came up with its tricolour, in which blue symbolises Europe, red and yellow being the symbols of the (then) Royal City of Prague.

At the very beginning of the club's football history, the players used to wear black jerseys with a big "S" on the front. They then played for two years in black-and-white striped jerseys, which they returned to, wearing them as a reserve strip, for two years in 1996. In 1906, club president Dr. Petřík was in England where he saw the famous Woolwich Arsenal play with their red jerseys and decided to bring one set to Prague. At that time, he did not realise he was setting up one of the club's greatest traditions. Together with the red jerseys, Sparta players wear white shorts and black socks.

Shortly after World War I, a team was put together that triggered off the famous period of the 1920s and '30s referred to as "Iron Sparta". A football league in Czechoslovakia was established in the mid-twenties and the club collected title after title. To this day, the fans still recall the names of the players of that period with admiration: Peyer, Hojer, Perner, Káďa, Kolenatý, Červený. A few years later, some no less famous names appeared, such as Hochmann, Burgr, Hajný, Šíma, Silný, Čtyřoký, Košťálek and in particular Oldřich Nejedlý, the top scorer at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. Shortly before this most famous era kicked off, Vlasta Burian, the man who later became the king of Czech comedians, played in goal for the club.

The milestones of the first golden period of the club's history are two Central European Cup titles, which in the '20 and the '30s enjoyed the same recognition as that of today's Champions League. Sparta's three titles are important milestones in the cup's history. After two triumphs in 1927 and 1935, the third came in 1964, at a time when the cup's importance was gradually falling behind that of other European cups.

In 1946, AC Sparta toured Great Britain opening with a 2–2 draw against Arsenal on 2 October.

Golden years

Golden periods alternated with years when Sparta fans only nostalgically remembered the "good old times". After substantial changes driven by the socialist regime, bringing frequent changes of the club's name rather than achievements to be proud of, the title in 1954 was the last one before a long period of misery. Only the great era of the team around Andrej Kvašňák in the 1960s brought back memories of the club's golden years.

There are still many people who recollect the era of Andrej Kvašňák, Jiří Tichý and Václav Mašek. Those were the days when Sparta hosted the biggest number of fans in its history, with the stadium at that time accommodating almost 40,000. All three of the above-mentioned heroes were part of the national team that finished second at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. Other important players in these "golden years" were Josef Vojta, Vladimír Táborský and Ivan Mráz.

Relegation and comeback

Up until 1975, Sparta was the only Czech club that had never been relegated to the second division. In this year, however, due to a number of circumstances, the team dropped to division two. The club only spent one year in this division, with the crucial matches for the club's comeback to the elite being sold out.

Nevertheless, the club did not win another league title until the early 1980s. Built around Chovanec, Berger, Hašek, Skuhravý and Griga, the team regained its former status and won five league titles in a row between 1986 and 1991. In 1983–84, the team got as far as the UEFA Cup quarter-finals, falling to Hajduk Split. In the early 1990s, this successful era was continued by the next generation of players, such as Siegl, Horňák, Němeček, Frýdek, Němec and Kouba.

1990s to present

Sparta has achieved a number of international successes, including two Central European Cup titles in the period of "Iron Sparta". More recent high points include Sparta's performance in the first year of the UEFA Champions League, in 1991–92. Sparta defeated Rangers, then Marseille and reached the semi-final group. Playing Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica, Sparta finished second. Unlike today's system, only the group winner reached the final. Being second in the group, Sparta was unofficially Europe's third or fourth best team.

Sparta participated in the group stage of Champions League between 1997 and 2006. The club enjoyed their best Champions League performances in the 1999–2000 and 2001–02 seasons, reaching the now-defunct second group stage on both occasions. In 1999–2000, it won its initial group under the management of Ivan Hašek, and was then third in the quarter-final group. In that group, Sparta came up against a Barcelona squad which went on to reach the semi-finals.

In the 2001–02 season, Sparta was drawn against the eventual winners of both the European competitions during the course of its run. Feyenoord lost twice to Sparta in the champions league group stage and managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup, which it went on to win. Sparta went on to meet Real Madrid in the quarter-final that year. Sparta did not qualify for the group stage in 2002–03, when it was beaten by the Belgian club Genk in the third round of qualifying. 2003–04 saw Sparta take on two Italian giants; initially, the club beat Lazio in the group stage, but after an initial draw Sparta failed to get into the quarter-finals past Milan. The group stage in 2004–05 did not work out at all well for Sparta. After drawing with Manchester United at the sold-out Toyota Arena, the other matches were lost and the club finished last in the group with the club achieving their worst-ever return of just one point from the six matches.

  • 1997–98 – 3rd place in the group stage (Borussia Dortmund, Parma, Galatasaray)
  • 1998–99 – knocked-out in the qualification round by Dynamo Kyiv
  • 1999–00 – 1st place in the group stage (Bordeaux, Willem II, Spartak Moscow), 3rd place in the second round group (Barcelona, Porto, Hertha BSC)
  • 2000–01 – 4th place in the group stage (Arsenal, Lazio, Shakhtar Donetsk)
  • 2001–02 – 2nd place in the group stage (Bayern Munich, Feyenoord, Spartak Moscow), 3rd place in the second round group (Real Madrid, Panathinaikos, Porto)
  • 2002–03 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by Genk
  • 2003–04 – 2nd place in the group stage (Chelsea, Lazio, Beşiktaş), knocked-out in the eight-finals by Milan
  • 2004–05 – 4th place in the group stage (Manchester United, Lyon, Fenerbahçe)
  • 2005–06 – 4th place in the group stage (Arsenal, Ajax, Thun)
  • 2007–08 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by Arsenal
  • 2008–09 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by Panathinaikos
  • 2009–10 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by Panathinaikos
  • 2010–11 – knocked-out in the play-off round by Žilina
  • 2014–15 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by Malmö FF
  • 2015–16 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by CSKA Moscow
  • 2016–17 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by Steaua București
  • 2021–22 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by AS Monaco FC
  • 2023–24 – knocked-out in the 3rd qualification round by F.C. Copenhagen

Sparta, usually along with Slavia, has always been a base for the national team; Sparta players contributed to the biggest achievements of the Czechoslovak and Czech national teams. It all started in 1934, when Oldřich Nejedlý was the top scorer at the World Cup in Rome; four years later, seven Sparta players were part of the national team at the World Cup in France. In 1962, Kvašňák and Tichý played for the "silver" team in Chile. In 1990 in Italy, where the national team got as far as the quarterfinal, the team's play was mainly created by Chovanec, Bílek, Hašek and other Sparta players, such as Skuhravý, who went on to become a star of the Italian league. Sparta players also contributed to the last big achievement of the already independent Czech Republic team in 1996. Kouba, Frýdek and Horňák returned to Letná from England with silver medals. On top of that, the team was coached by Dušan Uhrin, who had spent his best years at Sparta, and Pavel Novotný came to Sparta two years later. Sparta players also featured in more recent qualification and tournament games of the Czech national team. Miroslav Baranek, Tomáš Votava, Vratislav Lokvenc, Milan Fukal, Martin Hašek, Libor Sionko, Jiří Novotný, Jaromír Blažek and the outstanding talent of Tomáš Rosický helped the team in its UEFA Euro 2000 campaign in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The next era culminating in the bronze medal in the Euro 2004 in Portugal saw Sparta players leaving their unmistakable mark in the national team successes. Zdeněk Grygera, Tomáš Hübschman, Jaromír Blažek, Karel Poborský and academy products Petr Čech and Tomáš Rosický helped Czech football to become recognised as being amongst the elite in Europe and most have played for elite European clubs. Currently, Sparta is one of only two teams in the domestic league which supplies players to the national side. It goes without saying that the club also supplies players to the country's various youth teams.

Historical names:

  • 1893 — Athletic Club Královské Vinohrady
  • 1894 — Athletic Club Sparta
  • 1948 — Athletic Club Sparta Bubeneč
  • 1949 — Sokol Bratrství Sparta
  • 1951 — Sparta ČKD Sokolovo
  • 1953 — TJ Spartak Praha Sokolovo
  • 1965 — TJ Sparta ČKD Praha
  • 1990 — TJ Sparta Praha
  • 1991 — AC Sparta Praha
  • 1993 — AC Sparta Praha fotbal, a.s.
Sparta Prague is one of the most successful and historic soccer teams in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1893, the team has a rich tradition and a loyal fan base. Sparta Prague has won numerous domestic league titles and cups, establishing themselves as a powerhouse in Czech football.

Known for their attacking style of play and strong defensive organization, Sparta Prague has produced many talented players who have gone on to have successful careers both domestically and internationally. The team plays their home matches at the Generali Arena, a historic stadium located in the heart of Prague.

Sparta Prague is a club with a proud history and a bright future, constantly striving for success both on the domestic and European stage. With a passionate fan base and a commitment to excellence, Sparta Prague continues to be a dominant force in Czech soccer.