FC Slovan Liberec

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Slovan Liberec
Slovan Liberec logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Slovan Liberec, a.s.
Nickname(s)Modrobílí (Blue-whites)
Founded1958;63 years ago (1958)
Ground Stadion u Nisy, Liberec
Capacity9,900
ChairmanZbyněk Štiller
Manager Luboš Kozel
League Czech First League
2020–21 6th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

FC Slovan Liberec /ˈslvənˈlɪbərɛts/ [ citation needed ] (Czech pronunciation: [ˈslovan ˈlɪbɛrɛts] ), commonly referred to as Slovan Liberec or simply Slovan, is a Czech football club founded in the city of Liberec. The club is one of the most successful in the Czech Republic, having won three league titles and the domestic cup since 1993. Glass-making company Preciosa a.s. is the current main sponsor of the club.

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History

The Early Years

The first predecessor of the Liberec football club was the Reichenberger Fussballklub (RFK) which was founded in 1899 (renamed to Reichenberger Sportklub [RSK] in 1904). [1] Because Liberec was a city where the majority of inhabitants were of German nationality, until 1945, it was Germans who first established clubs and played their own league. The first Czech football club, SK Liberec, was established after World War I on 11 May 1919. In 1922, the original German club FK Rapid Ober Rosenthal became the Czech club SK Rapid Horní Růžodol. In the same year, another Liberec-based club – SK Doubí – was established, followed by AFK Stráž bezpečnosti in 1931. On 27 February 1934, SK Liberec took on the new name of Slavia Liberec so that the Czech footballers could affirm their club's Slavic character at a time when the Nazi regime in neighbouring Germany already represented a serious threat to the former Czechoslovakia as well as all of Europe.

The rivalry that once existed in Liberec between Rapid and Slavia can be compared to a smaller version of the rivalry between Prague's two most famous clubs, Sparta and Slavia. In 1938, the Munich Agreement was signed, in which representatives of the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany forced Czechoslovakia to withdraw from their border area and surrender it to Germany. After the city of Liberec was incorporated into the Third Reich, Czech football in the city came to a halt for a full seven years.

Post-War Era

At the end of World War II and with the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945, Liberec took on the character of a Czech city. The first post-war game was played in Turnov on 10 June 1945 by Liberec's football club Slavia. On 15 July 1945, representatives of Czech football clubs from the border areas that had started up again met at the Radnice hotel. The result of the meeting was the verdict that each border-area club continue in the same league that it had played in up until 1938. After seven years of forced inactivity, Slavia Liberec was again included in Class I A and Rapid Horní Růžodol in Class II. In February 1948, the Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia. Under the new name of Kolora, Rapid Liberec, former Horní Růžodol, fought its way to be promoted to the premier league. Due to the poorly thought-out restructuring of Czechoslovak physical education and sports, Kolora remained in the second league – yet an administrative decision placed Slavoj Liberec, originally established as Čechie, in the premier league. At the time, Slavoj had only played in the regional league. This reorganization created a lot of bad blood in Liberec. After one season, Slavoj was relegated to the second league. Three years later, Kolora once again battled its way up to be promoted to the premier league, but the team could not manage to save themselves from relegation the following season. Whenever Kolora, which later played under the name of Jiskra, met up with Slavoj Liberec, the match was always important and a rough battle to the end.

Establishment of Slovan

In 1958, the decision was taken to close the Jiskra and Slavoj clubs and merge the two into a single team that would have the potential to win a spot in the premier league. [2] Although this plan stirred up very negative reactions among footballers and fans alike and despite the fact that members of Slavoj originally declared that they reject the plan, in the end they changed their minds. As a result, TJ Slovan Liberec was formed on 12 July 1958. With this name, the football club affirmed the Czech character of the club as well as the region where it played. The very first competitor the newly created team faced was Spartak Praha Sokolovo, as the famous team Sparta Prague was called at the time. Slovan lost 0–3. Despite all its efforts, for a long time Slovan Liberec was unsuccessful in its fight for a place in the premier league. At certain stages of its history, it was even relegated to the regional division or third league.

In the 1970s, Slovan managed to be promoted back to the second league, which at the time included five Bohemian, one Moravian and ten Slovak teams. Due to the vast distances, the footballers from Liberec even had to board planes to play against teams in Bardejov or Michalovce, located in the eastern parts of the country. In 1971, Slovan again failed in its attempt to be promoted to the premier league. Following this were two relegations and promotions back to the second league.

Modern times

Slovan Liberec starting eleven before the Czech Cup final match against Sparta Prague, May 2008 FC Slovan Liberec team, May 2008.jpg
Slovan Liberec starting eleven before the Czech Cup final match against Sparta Prague, May 2008

After overcoming the financial crisis the club found itself in following the 1989 Velvet Revolution, Slovan Liberec finally had the chance to gain promotion to the top league. Following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the six best teams in the second league were elevated to the newly created Czech premier league. Slovan ascended to the first league with the formation of the Czech First League in 1993, and has maintained this position ever since. In the 1990s, the club achieved a series of mid-table finishes.

In 2002, under the management of Ladislav Škorpil, Slovan Liberec became the first champions of the Czech Republic outside Prague. As Czech champions, the club entered the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, but lost their first tie to that season's eventual tournament winners Milan (0–1, 2–1). Subsequently, the team finished fourth in the league in 2002–03. Due to a league-wide corruption scandal in the 2004–05 season, the club was penalised with a six-point deduction and finished in fifth position with 46 points. In the 2005–06 season, Slovan recovered to achieve their second league title, confirmed their status as the leading Czech club outside Prague and broke the dominance of Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague.

In June 2007, popular coach Vítězslav Lavička resigned amidst problems with club management and disappointment with the team's Champions League qualification loss to Spartak Moscow. Liberec entered the UEFA Cup first round, where they defeated Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade before being eliminated in the group stage. Performances next season under coach Michal Zach would not meet the expectations of the club owners, and Slovan experienced one of the worst seasons in its modern history. Zach's replacement by former coach Ladislav Škorpil failed to remedy the situation, as the club finished sixth in the league. In the same season, the team reached the final of the Czech Cup, but lost in a penalty shootout against Sparta Prague.

The 2008–09 season began with bitter European defeat in the UEFA Cup, as Slovan lost their second qualifying round tie to Slovak club MŠK Žilina. By contrast, the club began their domestic league season with positive results against both of the dominant Prague sides, beating champions Slavia Prague 2–1 and Sparta Prague 3–0. However, a series of poor results against average opposition left the club down in fifth place by the fall. The spring saw Slovan opt for a more offensive approach and brought an improvement in results, with the club winning a derby against local rival Baumit Jablonec and beating an ambitious Mladá Boleslav side by three goals. Croatian striker Andrej Kerić scored 15 goals and became the league's top scorer as the club finished third, qualifying for the newly rebranded UEFA Europa League for the 2009–10 season. In the 2011–12 season, Slovan became league champions for the third time in club history.

Names and crest

New crest for the 50th club anniversary Slovanliberec50.gif
New crest for the 50th club anniversary

TJ(Tělovýchovná Jednota)Slovan Liberec was created in 1958. Since then the club's name has been changed on numerous occasions, reflecting changes in sponsorship. In the 1980s the club used the name TJ Slovan Elitex (a textile company) Liberec. In 1993 the name FC (Football Club) Slovan Liberec was announced, to be replaced later the same year with FC Slovan WSK Liberec (WSK was an abbreviation for Wimpey Severokámen). Only one year later in 1994, it became FC Slovan WSK Vratislav (Vratislav – a beer brand) Liberec. In 1995 Slovan returned to its former name, FC Slovan Liberec.

The crest represents the colours of Liberec (blue & white) and the mountain Ještěd near Liberec with its famous television tower on top.

Players

Current squad

As of 8 August 2021 [3]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Olivier Vliegen
2 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Dominik Plechatý (on loan from Sparta Prague)
3 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Mikula
5 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Šulc
7 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Michael Rabušic
8 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Filip Havelka (on loan from Sparta Prague)
9 FW Flag of Bahrain.svg  BHR Yusuf Helal
10 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Karol Mészáros
11 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Christián Frýdek
14 MF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Christ Tiéhi
17 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Matoušek (on loan from Slavia Prague)
18 DF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Martin Koscelník
19 FW Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  BIH Imad Rondić
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Ondřej Lehoczki
22 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Michal Faško
23 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Theodor Gebre Selassie
24 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Michal Fukala
25 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jakub Nečas
27 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Dominik Gembický
28 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Kristian Michal
29 FW Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Ľubomír Tupta (on loan from Verona)
30 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Ondřej Novotný (on loan from Sparta Prague)
32 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Pešl
33 DF Flag of Greece.svg  GRE Marios Pourzitidis
34 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Milan Knobloch
37 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Matěj Chaluš

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.NationPlayer
GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Filip Nguyen (at Slovácko)

Notable former players

Player records in the Czech First League

As of 30 May 2021. [4]

Highlighted players are in the current squad.

Most clean sheets

#NameClean sheets
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ladislav Maier 50
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Zbyněk Hauzr 49
3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Antonín Kinský 43
4 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Marek Čech 28
5 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Filip Nguyen 27

Managers

History in domestic competitions

Czech Republic

SeasonLeaguePlacedPldWDLGFGAGDPtsCup
1993–94 1. liga 9th30111183226+644Round of 16
1994–95 1. liga 4th30163114946+351Round of 32
1995–96 1. liga 7th30128103430+444Round of 32
1996–97 1. liga 5th30121083330+346Round of 16
1997–98 1. liga 5th3013893932+747Round of 64
1998–99 1. liga 9th30911103334–138Runners-up
1999–00 1. liga 8th30911102124–338Winners
2000–01 1. liga 6th3012993931+845Round of 16
2001–02 1. liga 1st3019745526+2964Quarter-finals
2002–03 1. liga 4th3014884336+750Round of 16
2003–04 1. liga 6th30121083827+1146Semi-finals
2004–05 1. liga 5th30141064526+1946 Semi-finals
2005–06 1. liga 1st30161134322+2159Round of 32
2006–07 1. liga 4th30161044422+2258Round of 16
2007–08 1. liga 6th30128103531+444Runners-up
2008–09 1. liga 3rd30141064128+1352Quarter-finals
2009–10 1. liga 9th30107133439–537Quarter-finals
2010–11 1. liga 7th30127114536+943Round of 32
2011–12 1. liga 1st3020646829+3966Quarter-finals
2012–13 1. liga 3rd3016684634+1254Semi-finals
2013–14 1. liga 4th30146103746-948Round of 32
2014–15 1. liga 12th30712113943-433Winners
2015–16 1. liga 3rd3017765135+1658Quarter-finals
2016–17 1. liga 9th30109113128+339Quarter-finals
2017–18 1. liga 6th30137103735+246Quarter-finals
2018–19 1. liga 6th351210133432+246Quarter-finals
2019–20 1. liga 5th35156145551+451Runners-up
2020–21 1. liga 6th341410104432+1252Quarter-finals

Notes: † six points deducted

History in European competitions

SeasonCompetitionRoundCountryClubScore
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1st Round Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Norrköping 2–2, 2–1
2nd Round Flag of England.svg Liverpool 0–1, 2–3
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1st Round Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava 2–0, 0–1
2nd Round Flag of Spain.svg Celta Vigo 1–3, 3–0
3rd Round Flag of Spain.svg Mallorca 3–1, 1–2
4th Round Flag of France.svg Lyon 1–1, 4–1
1/4 Finals Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund 0–0, 0–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qual. Flag of Italy.svg Milan 0–1, 2–1
UEFA Cup 1st Round Flag of Georgia.svg Dinamo Tbilisi 3–2, 1–0
2nd Round Flag of England.svg Ipswich Town 0–1, 1–0 (4–2 pen)
3rd Round Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 2–2, 0–1
2003 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round Flag of Ireland.svg Shamrock Rovers 2–0, 2–0
3rd Round Flag of Spain.svg Racing Santander 1–0, 2–1
Semi-finals Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04 1–2, 0–0
2004 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round Flag of Slovakia.svg FK ZTS Dubnica 2–1, 5–0
3rd Round Flag of the Netherlands.svg Roda JC 1–0, 1–1
Semi-finals Flag of France.svg Nantes 1–0, 1–2
Finals Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04 1–2, 0–1
2005 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round Flag of Israel.svg Beitar Jerusalem 5–1, 2–1
3rd Round Flag of the Netherlands.svg Roda JC 0–0, 1–1
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qual. Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow 0–0, 1–2
UEFA Cup 1st Round Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star Belgrade 2–0, 2–1
Group C Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla 0–0
Flag of Portugal.svg Braga 0–4
Flag of Switzerland.svg Grasshoppers 4–1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ 2–2
2007 Intertoto Cup 2nd Round Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Tobol 1–1, 0–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup 2nd Qual. Flag of Slovakia.svg Žilina 1–2, 1–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Vaduz 1–0, 2–0
Play-off Flag of Romania.svg Dinamo București 3–0 (c), 0–3 (8–9 pen)
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2nd Qual. Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Shakhter Karagandy 1–0, 1–1 a.e.t.
3rd Qual. Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj 0–1, 1–2
UEFA Europa League Play-off Flag of Ukraine.svg Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–2, 2–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2nd Qual. Flag of Latvia.svg Skonto 1–2, 1–0
3rd Qual. Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich 2–1, 2–1
Play-off Flag of Italy.svg Udinese 3–1, 1–1
Group H Flag of Germany.svg SC Freiburg 2–2, 1–2
Flag of Portugal.svg Estoril 2–1, 2–1
Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla 1–1, 1–1
Round of 32 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ 0–1, 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2nd Qual. Flag of Slovakia.svg MFK Košice 1–0, 3–0
3rd Qual. Flag of Romania.svg Astra Giurgiu 0–3, 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual. Flag of Israel.svg Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2–1, 3–0
Play-off Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split 1–0, 1–0
Group F Flag of Portugal.svg Braga 0–1, 1–2
Flag of France.svg Marseille 1–0, 2–4
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Groningen 1–1, 1–0
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual. Flag of Austria.svg Admira Wacker Mödling 2–1, 2–0
Play–off Flag of Cyprus.svg AEK Larnaca 1–0, 3–0
Group J Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina 1–3, 0–3
Flag of Greece.svg PAOK 1–2, 0–2
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Qarabağ 2–2, 3–0
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 2nd Qual. Flag of Lithuania.svg Riteriai 5−1
3rd Qual. Flag of Romania.svg FCSB 2−0
Play-off Flag of Cyprus.svg APOEL 1–0
Group L Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent 1–0, 2–1
Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star Belgrade 1–5, 0–0
Flag of Germany.svg 1899 Hoffenheim 0–5, 0–2

UEFA club coefficient ranking

After 2018/19 season, Source:

RankTeamPoints
147 Flag of Finland.svg HJK Helsinki 9.000
148 Flag of Switzerland.svg FC Sion 9.000
149 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg FC Slovan Liberec9.000
150 Flag of Slovakia.svg FC Spartak Trnava 8.500
151 Flag of Cyprus.svg AEK Larnaca 8.000

Honours

Club records

Czech First League records

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References

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