FC Zbrojovka Brno

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FC Zbrojovka Brno
Logo of FC Zbrojovka Brno.svg
Full nameFootball Club Zbrojovka Brno a.s.
Nickname(s)Flinta (The Gun)
Zbrojováci (The Gunmakers)
Jihomoravané (South Moravians)
Founded1913;108 years ago (1913),
as SK Židenice
Ground Wedos Arena
Capacity12,550
ChairmanVáclav Bartoněk
Manager Richard Dostálek
League Fortuna Liga
2019–20 Fortuna národní liga, 2nd of 16 (promoted)
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

FC Zbrojovka Brno is a professional football club based in the city of Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic and named after Zbrojovka Brno, a firearms manufacturer. Founded in 1913 as SK Židenice, the club later became known as Zbrojovka Brno. Brno won the Czechoslovak First League in the 1977–78 season and finished as runners-up in 1979–80.

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History

The club, initially known as SK Židenice, played in the top tier of Czechoslovak football from 1933 until suffering relegation in the 1946–47 Czechoslovak First League. [1] During this period, the club entered the Mitropa Cup three times, reaching the quarter finals in 1935 as well as taking part in the competition in 1936 and 1938.

Between 1950 and 1962 the club played outside the top tier, returning in the 1962–63 Czechoslovak First League. [1] Five seasons elapsed before the club was again relegated, in 1967. [1] They then spent four years in the second tier of Czechoslovak football before returning to the top flight. [1] In the 1970s the club was a strong force in the country, winning the Czechoslovak First League in 1978, finishing third the following season and being runners up in 1980.

The 1980s were less spectacular for Brno, as the club was relegated in 1983, playing until 1989 in the second tier. After just two seasons in the top tier, the club finished last in 1991 and was again relegated. [1]

Between 1992 and 2011, Brno played in the top tier of the Czech Republic for 19 consecutive seasons, the longest such spell in the club's history. [1] In 2011, the club was relegated to the second division. [1] In the 2011–12 Czech 2. Liga, the club only managed to finish fourth, missing out on the promotion places. However, due to the stadium requirements of the Czech First League, champions FK Ústí nad Labem as well as third-placed FK Baník Sokolov were ineligible for promotion. As a result, Brno won promotion immediately back to the top tier. [2] In 2018, the club was relegated to the second division. [3] In the 2018–19 Czech Second League, the club managed to finish third but lost the promotion play-off to Příbram. [4]

Historical names

In 1962, there was an amalgamation between Rudá Hvězda Brno (1956–62) and Spartak ZJŠ Brno.

European competitions

Brno have competed a number of times in European competitions, reaching the second round of the 1978–79 European Cup in their only appearance to date in the competition. The club played in the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup but lost in the first round.

Brno took part in the UEFA Cup three times, reaching the quarter finals in 1979–80 and also playing in 1980–81 and 1997–98.

Because Brno was a major fairs city of Czechoslovakia, teams from Brno played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in the 1960s. It was Spartak KPS Brno who participated first, then Spartak ZJŠ Brno (Zbrojovka) played five times in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in a row, reaching the quarter finals in 1963–64.

Brno (then SK Židenice) competed in the Mitropa Cup three times before World War II, reaching the quarter finals in 1935.

Rudá Hvězda Brno played in the 1960–61 European Cup Winners' Cup, reaching the quarter finals, after winning Czechoslovak Cup in 1960.

Stadium

Brno have played at Městský fotbalový stadion Srbská since 2001, when they moved from previous home Stadion Za Lužánkami. [5] In the 1990s, Brno attracted record crowds to their football matches, with Za Lužánkami as the venue for all of the top ten most-attended Czech First League matches. [6] The highest attendance for a Brno match is 44,120, set in a league match against Slavia Prague. [6]

Players

Current squad

As of 12 February 2021. [7]

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 the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Vojtěch Marek
4 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Hlavica
5 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE David Jambor
6 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Pavel Dreksa (captain)
7 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Rudolf Reiter (on loan from Baník Ostrava)
8 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Šimon Šumbera
10 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Antonín Růsek
11 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Adam Fousek
13 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jiří Texl (on loan from Sigma Olomouc)
14 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jakub Přichystal
15 DF Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB Zoran Gajić
16 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Sedlák
17 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Moravec
20 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Hladík
21 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Ondřej Pachlopník
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jakub Šural
24 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Peter Štepanovský (vice-captain)
25 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Kryštůfek
26 DF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Timotej Záhumenský
27 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Damián Bariš
29 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Adrián Čermák
35 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Daniel Fila
40 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Martin Šustr
44 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Luděk Pernica (on loan from Viktoria Plzeň)
53 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Martin Berkovec
59 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jiří Floder
66 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Marek Vintr
90 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Ondřej Vaněk
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Endl

Out on loan

As of 12 February 2021. [8]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jakub Černín (at Blansko until 30 June 2021)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Martin Sedlák (at Kroměříž until 30 June 2021)
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Michal Ševčík (at Jihlava until 30 June 2021)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Martin Zikl (at Líšeň until 30 June 2021)
FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Claude Lhotecký (at Blansko until 30 June 2021)

Reserve squad

To see Zbrojovka Brno's reserve squad, go to FC Zbrojovka Brno B

Notable former players

Some of the biggest Czech football legends played for Brno briefly: [9]

Player records

As of 12 May 2019. [10]

Most clean sheets in Czech First League

#NameClean sheets
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Luboš Přibyl 70
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dušan Melichárek 30
3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Lejsal 27
4 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Bureš 21

Current technical staff

As of 8 October 2019
PositionName
Manager Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Richard Dostálek
Assistant manager Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Maléř
Goalkeeping coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Doležal
Fitness coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Cacek
Physiotherapist Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ivan Jánský
Club doctor Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Gál
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Ulbrych
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Šimon Ondruš
Masseur Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jiří Stejskal
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Doubrava
Team manager Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Libor Došek
Kit manager Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jiří Havlíček
Reserves coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Maša
Reserves coach assistant Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Doležal
Under-19s coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Maléř
Under-19s coach assistant Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Filip Duroň
Under- 16s, 17s and 19s director Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pavel Šustr
Academy director Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Luděk Zajíc

Managers

History in domestic competitions

Czech Republic

SeasonLeaguePlacedPldWDLGFGAGDPtsCup
1993–94 1. liga 12th30106143846–836Quarter-finals
1994–95 1. liga 3rd3015965227+2554Round of 32
1995–96 1. liga 8th30127113942–343Round of 64
1996–97 1. liga 4th30141064435+952Quarter-finals
1997–98 1. liga 10th30107134242037Semi-finals
1998–99 1. liga 7th30118113733+441Quarter-finals
1999–00 1. liga 4th3012612333+242Round of 16
2000–01 1. liga 13th3079142435–1130Round of 16
2001–02 1. liga 8th301010103442–840Round of 16
2002–03 1. liga 9th30109113531+439Round of 16
2003–04 1. liga 14th3079143343–1030Quarter-finals
2004–05 1. liga 11th3096153042–1233Round of 32
2005–06 1. liga 12th3071493536–135Semi-finals
2006–07 1. liga 5th30137103442–846Second round
2007–08 1. liga 4th3016774332+1155Semi-finals
2008–09 1. liga 11th3098133236–435Round of 32
2009–10 1. liga 11th3098133140–935Round of 32
2010–11 1. liga 15th3073203355–2224Quarter-finals
2011–12 2. liga 4th30131073729+849Round of 32
2012–13 1. liga 13th3095163453–1932Second round
2013–14 1. liga 9th30107133242–1037Semi-finals
2014–15 1. liga 14th3096153445–1133Round of 32
2015–16 1. liga 6th30145113738-147Round of 16
2016–17 1. liga 11th30614103245-1332Quarter-finals
2017–18 1. liga 16th3066182043–2324Round of 64
2018–19 2. liga 3rd3017676331+3257Round of 32
2019–20 2. liga 2nd3020737529+4667Round of 32

Honours

Czechoslovak First League

Czech First League

Czechoslovak Amateur League

Czechoslovak Cup

Czech Cup

Club records

Czech First League records

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