FC Viktoria Plzeň

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Viktoria Plzeň
Viktoria Plzen logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Viktoria Plzeň a.s.
Founded11 June 1911;109 years ago (11 June 1911)
Ground Doosan Arena
Capacity11,722
PresidentAdolf Šádek [1]
Head coach Michal Bílek
League Czech First League
2020–21 5th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Football Club Viktoria Plzeň (pronounced [ˈvɪktorja ˈpl̩zɛɲ] ) is a Czech professional football club based in Plzeň. They play in the Czech First League, the top division of football in the country.

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As runners-up in the 1970–71 Czechoslovak Cup, the club gained the right to play in the following season's Cup Winners' Cup, as winners Spartak Trnava also won the championship and played in the European Cup. In 2010, they played in the UEFA Europa League after winning the 2009–10 Czech Cup. [2]

The club won the Czech league for the first time in 2011, [3] and participated in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage, during which they won their first Champions League match, [4] earning five points and qualifying for the Round of 32 in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. The club won their second Czech league title in the 2012–13 season.

In 2013–14, the club participated in the UEFA Champions League group stage and finished third. They then reached the round of 16 in UEFA Europa League before being eliminated by Lyon.

History

Early history

In 1911, Jaroslav Ausobský, an official of the state railways, filed a request for the establishment of a new football club in Plzeň. In August 1911, the newly formed club Viktoria played their first match, losing 7–3 against Olympia Plzeň.

For the first 18 years of its existence, Viktoria Plzeň was a purely amateur club, although in 1922–23, they took their first foreign trip to Spain, where they won six out of nine matches. In June 1929, an extraordinary meeting of members agreed to go professional and enter the national professional league. Viktoria finished their first season in seventh place, but the very next season, improved and reached second place, which meant a first-ever promotion to the First League. In the 1934–35 Czechoslovak First League, Viktoria finished in fourth place and subsequently played in the 1935 Mitropa Cup, the top European club competition at the time. Two matches against Juventus brought Viktoria to the attention of European football at large. They drew 3–3 at home but lost 5–1 in Turin.

Viktoria played without success in the First League, being relegated for the 1938 season but returning to top competition the next year. The outbreak of World War II interrupted competition, notably through the absence of teams from Slovakia. In 1942, Viktoria fell again into the divisions, but again returned to the top league the next year, where they would remain until 1952. That same year, the club changed its name to Sokol Škoda Plzeň. For nine years they remained in the divisions, struggling to return to the First League, and in 1961, now under the name of Spartak Plzeň, achieved that promotion. The club was relegated and promoted frequently between the top two tiers until 1972, when as Škoda Plzeň they settled in the First League for eight years.

In 1971, Viktoria won the Czech Cup by drawing lots after the two-legged final ended 4–4 on aggregate and 5–5 in a limited penalty shootout against Sparta Prague B. [5] They lost 7–2 on aggregate in the Czechoslovak Cup final against Slovak Cup winners Spartak Trnava, [6] but as Trnava had won the league title that season, Viktoria was the country's entrant to the next season's European Cup Winners' Cup. The club's greatest honor is elimination in the first round by Bayern Munich, 7–2 on aggregate. [7] From 1980 until the division of Czechoslovakia 13 years later, Viktoria moved frequently between the top two tiers again.

Recent history

Pavel Horvath was voted as Viktoria's best player of all time at the club's centenary gala in 2012. Pavel Horvath (2012).JPG
Pavel Horváth was voted as Viktoria's best player of all time at the club's centenary gala in 2012.

In 1992, the club returned to its historical name FC Viktoria Plzeň and the very next season, advanced to the first league, where it remained until 1999.

In the first years of the new millennium, Viktoria was owned by a foreign investor – Italian Football Company Ltd EAST. This situation lasted until March 2005, when 100% of the club's shares were purchased by local interests. The summer of 2005 also brought back relations with the Czech motor company Škoda, which had previously been the club's name sponsors.

On 18 May 2010, Viktoria won the Czech Cup final 2–1 against Jablonec, [8] and returned to European competitions via the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. Viktoria entered in the third qualifying round against Beşiktaş and held them 1–1 at home before losing 3–0 away. [9]

Viktoria won its first ever league championship in 2010–11, finishing with 69 points to Sparta Prague's 68. [10] The club therefore qualified for a play-off to the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, in which they defeated Copenhagen 5–2 on aggregate. [11] Viktoria were placed in Group H alongside reigning champions Barcelona and Milan, and reached third place in the group by recording a victory over BATE Borisov. [12] This saw the club drop into the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League in the round of 32, where they lost 4–2 on aggregate to Schalke 04 after extra time. [13]

The club's Stadion města Plzně was also rebuilt in 2011. On 11 June 2011, Viktoria celebrated together with fans in the courtyard of the Pilsner Urquell brewery for a centennial anniversary. In January 2012, the club held a festive gala for its centenary, and voted current midfielder Pavel Horváth as its greatest player of all-time.

The 2011–12 season saw Viktoria finish in third place in the league, three points behind champions Slovan Liberec, to qualify for a third consecutive Europa League campaign. [14] Starting in the second qualifying round, the club advanced past Metalurgi Rustavi of Georgia and Ruch Chorzów of Poland to set up a play-off against the Belgian club Lokeren, in which Viktoria advanced on away goals after a 2–2 aggregate draw. The club finished first in Group B, ahead of the tournament's reigning champions Atlético Madrid. In the round of 32, Viktoria were drawn against Napoli and won 3–0 away and 2–0 at home to advance to the last 16, where they played Fenerbahçe. Viktoria lost the home leg 1–0, and in the away leg (which was played behind closed doors due to the Istanbul club's fans' recent conduct) drew 1–1, resulting in their elimination. [15] Viktoria won the Czech league for a second time in the 2012–13 season.

Off-field

In 2017, the club installed a dugout in the shape of a beer can after a deal with a local beer sponsor. [16]

Historical names

Players

Current squad

As of 17 January 2021. [17]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Hejda
5 MF Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  COD Joel Ngandu Kayamba
9 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Jean-David Beauguel
10 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Kopic
11 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Matěj Hybš
13 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Zdeněk Ondrášek
16 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Aleš Hruška
17 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Ondřej Mihálik
19 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Kovařík
20 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Pavel Bucha
21 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Šimon Falta
22 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jakub Brabec
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Kalvach
24 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Milan Havel
25 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Aleš Čermák
26 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Matějka
29 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Dominik Sváček
31 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Pavel Šulc
32 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Josef Koželuh
35 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Filip Kaša
36 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jindřich Staněk
37 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Václav Míka
50 MF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Adriel Ba Loua
66 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Miroslav Káčer
MF Flag of Colombia.svg  COL Jhon Mosquera

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
FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Tomáš Chorý (at Zulte Waregem)
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Adam Hloušek (at Kaiserslautern)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Dominik Janošek (at Fastav Zlín)
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Radim Řezník (at Mladá Boleslav)
MF Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Marko Alvir (at České Budějovice)
MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Ubong Ekpai (at České Budějovice)
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Luděk Pernica (at Zbrojovka Brno)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Šimon Gabriel (at FK Teplice)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Michal Hlavatý (at FK Pardubice)
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Filip Čihák(at FK Pardubice)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Pfeifer(at FK Pardubice)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Václav Svoboda(at 1. FK Příbram)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Dušan Pinc(at Táborsko)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jakub Selnar(at Vysočina Jihlava)

Notable former players

Player records in the Czech First League

As of 30 May 2021. [18]

Highlighted players are in the current squad.

Most clean sheets

#NameClean sheets
1 Flag of Slovakia.svg Matúš Kozáčik 82
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Aleš Hruška 32
3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Michal Čaloun 31

Managers

History in domestic competitions

Czech Republic

SeasonLeaguePlacedPldWDLGFGAGDPtsCupSuper Cup
1993–1994 1. liga 5th30121173523+1235Quarter-finals
1994–1995 1. liga 9th30124143237–540Quarter-finals
1995–1996 1. liga 9th30116133334–139Round of 32
1996–1997 1. liga 11th30711123337–432Quarter-finals
1997–1998 1. liga 14th3096153747–1033Quarter-finals
1998–1999 1. liga 15th3088142643–1732Round of 32
1999–2000 2. liga 2nd3017855022+2859Quarter-finals
2000–2001 1. liga 16th3049173065–3521Round of 32
2001–2002 2. liga 4th30155105634+2250Round of 32
2002–2003 2. liga 1st3017764727+2058Round of 32
2003–2004 1. liga 16th3047192353–3019Round of 16
2004–2005 2. liga 3rd30121063223+946Semi-finals
2005–2006 1. liga 14th30710133043–1331Round of 64
2006–2007 1. liga 6th30121083529+646Quarter-finals
2007–2008 1. liga 9th30108123237–538Round of 16
2008–2009 1. liga 8th30111094538+743Quarter-finals
2009–2010 1. liga 5th30121264233+948Winners
2010–2011 1. liga 1st3021637028+4269Quarter-finalsRunners-up
2011–2012 1. liga 3rd3019656633+3363Quarter-finalsWinners
2012–2013 1. liga 1st3020555421+3365Quarter-finals
2013–2014 1. liga 2nd3019926421+4366Runners-upRunners-up
2014–2015 1. liga 1st3023347024+4672Quarter-finalsRunners-up
2015–2016 1. liga 1st3023255725+3271Semi-finalsWinners
2016–2017 1. liga 2nd3020734721+2667Round of 16
2017–2018 1. liga 1st3020645523+3266Round of 16
2018–2019 1. liga 2nd3524655732+2578Round of 16
2019–2020 1. liga 2nd3523756824+4476Semi-finals
2020–2021 1. liga 5th34177106045+1558Runners-up

History in European competitions

The following is a list of the all-time statistics from Plzeň's games in the three UEFA tournaments it has participated in, as well as the overall total. The list contains the tournament, the number of seasons (S), games played (P), won (W), drawn (D) and lost (L). The statistics include qualification matches.

As of 2 August 2018.
CompetitionSPWDLGFGAGD
Champions League 532156115654+2
Cup Winners' Cup 1200217–6
Europa League 8492212157959+20
Total1483371828136120+16

Honours

National

Czech First League:

Czech Cup:

Czech Supercup:

Czech 2. Liga:

Club records

Czech First League records

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