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Sparta Prague
Full nameAthletic Club Sparta Praha Fotbal a.s.
Nickname(s)Železná Sparta (Iron Sparta)
Rudí (The Reds/The Maroons)[note 1]
Letenští
Founded16 November 1893; 126 years ago (1893-11-16)
GroundGenerali Arena
Ground Capacity19,416
OwnerJ&T Credit Investments (60%)
Daniel Křetínský (40%)
PresidentDaniel Křetínský
Head coachvacant
LeagueCzech First League
2017–185th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Athletic Club Sparta Praha (Czech pronunciation: [ˈaː ˈt͡sɛː ˈsparta ˈpraɦa]), commonly known as Sparta Prague, is a football club from the Czech Republic. It is the most successful football club in the Czech Republic. Its nickname is Iron Sparta. Its biggest rival is Slavia Prague.

Accomplishments[change | change source]

The A.C. Sparta Prague has:

History[change | change source]

In 1991, Sparta came in third place in the Champions League. The other finalists were F.C. Barcelona, F.C. Porto, and F.C. Spartak Moscow.

Sparta last won a title in the Czech Republic during the 2013/2014 season. Sparta also won the Czech League Cup and the Super Cup that season. Because of this, Sparta fans call the 2013/2014 season the "Sparta treble season."

In the 2015/2016 season of the Europa League, Sparta made it to the quarterfinals, but lost to Villarreal C.F.

Famous players[change | change source]

Famous players who have played for Sparta include Pavel Nedvěd, Jan Koller, Andrej Kvašňák, Jan Berger, Tomáš Rosický, Horst Siegl, Václav Mašek, Jiří Novotný, Jiří Jarošík, Libor Sionko, Wildried Bony, and Leonard Kweuke.

Sparta's most famous coach was Václav Ježek.

European cups all-time statistics[change | change source]

The following is a list of the all-time statistics from Sparta'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 30 July 2018
Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Champions League 142 53 29 60 186 197 –11
Cup Winners' Cup 30 15 5 10 68 32 +36
Europa League 109 45 31 33 154 127 +27
Total 281 113 65 103 408 356 +52

UEFA club coefficient ranking[change | change source]

As of 04.04.2018, Source: [1]

Rank Team Points
40 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 36.000
41 Spain Valencia CF 36.000
42 Czech Republic AC Sparta Prague 34.500
43 Denmark F.C. Copenhagen 34.000
44 Ukraine FC Dnipro 34.000

References[change | change source]

Notes

  1. Sparta Prague rivals, Slavia Prague, refer to themselves as "Červenobílí" (English: The Red-Whites) but refer to Spartans as "Rudí" (English: The Dark Reds/The Maroons).