FK Viktoria Žižkov

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FK Viktoria Žižkov
Viktoria Zizkov.svg
Full nameFK Viktoria Žižkov
Nickname(s)Viktorka
Founded1903
Ground FK Viktoria Stadion, Prague
Capacity5,037
Manager David Oulehla
League Czech National Football League
2019–20 5th
Website Club website
Viktoria Stadion FK Viktoria Zizkov.jpg
Viktoria Stadion

FK Viktoria Žižkov is one of the oldest football clubs in the Czech Republic, from Žižkov (since 1922 part of Prague). It plays in the Czech National Football League, the second tier of football in the country. The club won the Czechoslovak First League title in the 1927–28 season. It has also won two editions of the Czech Cup.

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History

Early years

The team was founded by students in 1903 in the town of Žižkov (since 1922 part of Prague). [1] At that time the students chose red and white striped shirts as their colours in honour of the colours of the Flag of Bohemia. [2] Those same colours remain today. Viktoria's main successes fall into the period between the world wars — until 1948 it was the third most successful Czechoslovak club, winning the Czechoslovak championship in 1928 and finishing as runners-up in 1929. It won the Czechoslovak Cup in 1913, 1914, 1916, 1921, 1929, 1933, and 1940, and came runners-up in 1919 and 1920. It successes gained international recognition, even as a result, giving the name to the Polish club Victoria Jaworzno.

Post-war era

After the Second World War and the beginning of communism in 1948 the club descended to the lower leagues and they didn't rejoin the top flight until 1993. In the 1950s the club underwent several name changes as a result of which the club briefly lost its historic name Viktoria; Sokol (1950), Sokol ČSAD (1951) and after a merger with Avia Čakovice the club was called TJ Slavoj Žižkov, a name which lasted until 1965 when the historic name was restored.

1990s and 2000s

In 1993 Viktoria was promoted again to the highest league as a result of the Velvet Divorce and the Slovak clubs walking away to form their own league. Viktoria was very successful between 1993 and 2003, competing in four European cups. Žižkov has won the national knock-out cup for the eighth time in 1994 and finished as runners-up in 1995.

In 2001 Viktoria Žižkov won their ninth cup in history followed by knocking Scottish team Rangers out of the UEFA Cup in 2002, going through on the away goals rule after extra time at Ibrox. [3] The team finished third in the league on two more occasions, in 2002 and 2003.

In 2004, after a string of poor results and a corruption scandal, the team was relegated again to the second league. In 2007 the team successfully made it back to the Czech First League, finishing the season as runaway champions of the 2nd league. After finishing mid-table in their first season back in the top flight, in 2009 they were relegated back to the second league after struggling all season, bouncing back to the top flight by again gaining promotion from the 2nd league, this time as Runners-up, two seasons later (2011).

2007–08 season

Žižkov's first season back in the Czech First League proved to be one of successful consolidation, the team finishing in a creditable 10th place, whilst also reaching the quarter final stage of the knock out cup. One of the highlights of the season was a 3–0 away win at Slavia, inflicting their only home defeat on the eventual champions. A 1–1 pre-Christmas home draw with Slavia was perhaps just as important however, the point being gained with a last minute Richard Kalod goal.

Žižkov's home form was the mainstay of their season, indeed they won 5 of their 7 post-Christmas matches. The final game of the season saw them gain a 1–0 victory over Mladá Boleslav, with another Kalod goal, thereby gaining their only double of the season, having also gained a 1–0 win against Boleslav on the opening day of the season. Top scorer for the season was Petr Švancara, who scored 6 goals.[ citation needed ]

2008–09 season

Petr Švancara won Czech Television's goal of 2008 (gol roku), with his stunning individual effort to open the scoring in Žižkov's 4–2 home victory against FK Bohemians Prague (Střížkov). [4] This proved to be one of the few highlights in a disappointing season that saw Žižkov finish bottom of the league and hence relegated to the 2nd league once more. During the season three different managers were employed, which certainly did not help continuity. However the departure of good quality younger players, such as Ondřej Kušnír to Sparta Prague, at the start of the season, to be replaced by older, journeyman, players was a major factor.

2010–11 season

Žižkov gained promotion from the 2nd league by finishing as runners-up to FK Dukla Prague. The main strength of their promotion push turned out to be away performances, which were by far the best in the league. Some poor early season home performances threatened to unship the promotion push but these picked up in the latter part of the season, a 1–0 win over MFK Karviná, with a late goal by team captain Tomáš Procházka being hailed as a critical victory. Star player of the season was undoubtedly Czech U21 goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík. Also of note were the performances of Miroslav Marković who finished as the club's top scorer for the season and second in the league overall, who departed after the end of the season.

2011–12 season

Žižkov parted company with coach Martin Pulpit on 23 November with the club having scored just seven points from the opening 14 rounds of the 2011–12 Czech First League. [5] In January, with the club bottom of the league, it was revealed that only ten players from the first half of the season were still at the club. [6] A particular loss was goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík moving to Sparta Prague. Žižkov finished bottom of the league with 19 points, and were relegated to the second division.

Historical names

Stadium

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Match ticket

The club's original stadium was located in the Ohrada region, but this was closed down in 1928. [7] Viktoria's present ground, FK Viktoria Stadion, was opened in 1952 and is situated on Seifertova třída, just a short walk (one tram stop) from Prague's main railway station. It has a capacity of 5,037. In 2007 the club opened a fanshop at the ground for the sale of club mementos.

Players

Current squad

As of 15 January 2020. [8]

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 Ondřej Žežulka
4 DF Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA Isaac Muleme
5 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Luboš Tusjak
6 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE David Skopec
7 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jaroslav Diviš
8 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Marek Opluštil
9 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Miroslav Petrlák
10 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Zoubele
11 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Pázler
13 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jakub Urbanec
14 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Igor Súkenník
No.Pos.NationPlayer
15 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Daniel Richter
16 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE David Sixta
18 MF Flag of Ecuador.svg  ECU Augusto Batioja
19 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Michal Řezáč
21 FW Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  AZE Farid Nabiyev
22 MF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Jonas Auer (on loan from Mladá Boleslav)
23 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Pavel Soukup
24 FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE David Bezdička
27 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Karel Hrubeš
36 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Daniel Pudil
44 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Milan Švenger
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Hušek (on loan from Sparta Prague)

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
MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Josef Bazal (at FK Ústí nad Labem)
DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE David Březina (at SFC Opava)
FW Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Marek Szotkowski(at SK Líšeň)

Notable former players

The very popular Czech 1931 comedy film Muži v offsidu is centred largely on the culture and fans of Viktoria Žižkov and features unique footage of several matches from that time. The book, on which the story is based, was written by Karel Poláček.

The Czech film actor Vlasta Burian played as the regular goalkeeper for Žižkov around 1916 before setting out on his acting career. A plaque in FK Viktoria Stadion now commemorates his appearances for the club. [9]

Managers

History in domestic competitions

Czech Republic

SeasonLeaguePlacedPldWDLGFGAGDPtsCup
1993–1994 1. liga 8th3012994028+1233 [upper-alpha 1] Winners
1994–1995 1. liga 5th30154116138+2349Runners-up
1995–1996 1. liga 10th30910113843-537Round of 32
1996–1997 1. liga 12th30611131733-1629Round of 16
1997–1998 1. liga 8th30116132634-839Round of 16
1998–1999 1. liga 10th30115143147-1638Round of 64
1999–2000 1. liga 9th30910113741-437Quarterfinals
2000–2001 1. liga 5th30121084540+546Winners
2001–2002 1. liga 3rd3019654220+2263Round of 16
2002–2003 1. liga 3rd3014883833+550Quarterfinals
2003–2004 1. liga 15th3069151834-1627Round of 32
2004–2005 2. liga 6th28144104236+634 [upper-alpha 2] Round of 64
2005–2006 2. liga 5th30121084233+946Quarterfinals
2006–2007 2. liga 1st3019745523+3264Round of 16
2007–2008 1. liga 10th30107133548-1337Quarterfinals
2008–2009 1. liga 16th3057182745-1822Round of 64
2009–2010 2. liga 5th30137104241+146Round of 32
2010–2011 2. liga 2nd3016774431+1355Round of 16
2011–2012 1. liga 16th3054212355-3219Round of 16
2012–2013 2. liga 8th3012993830+845Round of 32
2013–2014 2. liga 5th30145113930+947Round of 16
2014–2015 2. liga 4th3016775023+2755Round of 16
2015–20163. liga3rd3624668732+5579First Round
2016–2017 2. liga 9th30109114941+836 [upper-alpha 3] Round of 64
2017–2018 2. liga 12th30105154252-1035Round of 32
2018–2019 2. liga 14th3076173359-2627Third Round
Notes
  1. Two points for a win in 1993–94.
  2. 12 points deducted.
  3. 3 points deducted.

History in European competitions

UEFA Cup

SeasonRoundCountryClubScoreGoals
1994–95 Qualifying Round Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Norrköping 4–3 (1–0, 3–3)Soccerball shade.svg Poborský, Soccerball shade.svg Trval, Soccerball shade.svg Kordule, Soccerball shade.svg Vrabec (pen.)
1st Round Flag of England.svg Chelsea F.C. 2–4 (2–4, 0–0)Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg Majoroš
2001–02 1st Round Flag of Austria.svg FC Tirol Innsbruck 0–1 (0–0, 0–1)
2002–03 Qualifying Round Flag of San Marino.svg SP Domagnano 5–0 (2–0, 3–0)Soccerball shade.svg Sabou, Soccerball shade.svg Stracený, Soccerball shade.svg Chihuri, Soccerball shade.svg Janoušek, Soccerball shade.svg Krutý
1st Round Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers F.C. 3–3 (2–0, 1–3 A)Soccerball shade.svg Pikl, Soccerball shade.svg Stracený, Soccerball shade.svg Marcel Lička
2nd Round Flag of Spain.svg Real Betis 0–4 (0–1, 0–3)
2003–04 Qualifying Round Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Zhenis Astana 6–1 (3–0, 3–1)Soccerball shade.svg Dirnbach, Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg Chihuri, Soccerball shade.svg Mikolanda, Soccerball shade.svg Pikl, Soccerball shade.svg Oravec
1st round Flag of Denmark.svg Brøndby IF 0–2 (0–1, 0–1)

Mitropa Cup

In 1928 Žižkov took part in the Mitropa Cup, reaching the semi-final stage, where they lost in a play off to SK Rapid Wien after the initial two-legs between the teams produced a tie. At the quarter final stage Žižkov knocked out Građanski Zagreb (later to become Dinamo Zagreb) over two legs, winning the home tie 6–1.

Honours

Czechoslovak First League

Czech Cup

Czech 2. Liga (second tier)

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