Slavia Prague clinched a second successive Czech league title on Wednesday after a 1-0 win at home against Viktoria Plzen.
Three rounds before the end of the play-off, Slavia Prague has a nine-point lead over Viktoria Plzen and can no longer be overtaken at the top of the rankings. Stanciu’s team managed to defend its trophy won in the previous season.
History – one of the oldest European clubs
For Slavia, it was the sixth title since the Czech championship was founded following the split with Slovakia in 1993.
Slavia was founded on November 2, 1892, one of the oldest sports clubs in Europe. It was founded as a cycling club mainly on the initiative of Czech students.
Slavia soon became a very successful popularizer of soccer in Bohemia and one of the leading teams on the European continent.
The Czech national team which in the year 1911 won the title of amateur European Champion – when it beat England 2:1 in the final match in Roubaix (France) – included nine Slavia players. Slavia Prague is one of the few continental honourable members of the Football Association of England.
Slavia Prague is the holder of a world record: since 1892 the players of the club have traditionally been wearing red and white colours. Since the first match on March 25, 1896, the team has always played in the same dress: a red-white jersey, on the left side of the chest with a point positioned red star.
FULL TIME | Slavia 1-0 Plzeň
? 9 points clear on top of the league with 3 games to go means nobody can skip us anymore! We are the ?? champions!!!
— SK Slavia Prague EN ⭐️⭐️ (@slavia_eng) June 24, 2020
Professional football clubs in the Czech Republic on Tuesday approved a proposal to restart the top two divisions this month after they were suspended by the coronavirus pandemic.
The leagues had already agreed a plan for resuming play, but the clubs had to give it the green light because the competitions are now set to run until July.
Some sponsorship deals and player contracts expire by the end of June when the leagues were originally scheduled to conclude.
Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the first division, which is now scheduled to be completed by July 15.
Matches will be played without spectators based on the guidelines of public health officials.
The first competition will be the 23rd round of Czech First League which will take place between Teplice and Liberec on May 23, according to local media reports.
The Second League will start in the week after May 25 and can expect playoffs during July, the league association said.
The decision to restart is in line with UEFA’s recommendation for leagues to “explore all possible options” to complete their seasons.
The restart was made possible as the government has been easing its restrictive measures adopted to contain the outbreak.
The Czech Athletics Federation announced that it will be ‘back on the track’ with a six-meeting series to launch in June.
The Czech government’s plan to ease restrictions imposed to control the new coronavirus pandemic will open 100 stadiums across the country to athletes from 1 June.That, coupled with the decision to allow public gatherings of up to 50 people from 25 May, has allowed the national governing body to organize a series of six “micro-meetings”.
The first, set for Sletiste stadium in Kladno on 1 June, will officially kick off the season and will be broadcast live by the Czech national broadcaster CT.
Programs and details are still being confirmed, but the Kladno meeting’s timetable will include a women’s javelin, men’s shot put and men’s 300m. Czech stars Barbora Spotakova, Tomas Stanek and Pavel Maslak have already confirmed their participation – and they can’t wait.
“Athletes want to compete as soon as possible and our federation has found a way to arrange events with a limited number of fifty people,” said Libor Varhanik, Czech Athletic Federation president. “We want to engage athletes of all age categories and performance levels.”
To that end, more than 100 additional competitions will be organized for children and youth athletes across the country on 1 June. The aim of the initiative, Varhanik said, is for all athletes to be together, at least symbolically, at the start of this year’s competitive season.
“That’s why we jumped in together on the first of June at 100 and more athletic stadiums under the slogan, ‘Back on the Track’.” Varhanik said the federation put out the call to its regional and club organizations over the weekend to gauge interest for the first meeting. “According to the responses, it will be enormous,” he said.
The “Back on the Track” project will be connected across the country via social networks, providing video and photo coverage with the hashtag #BackOnTheTrack.
Federation officials stress that all competitions are being organized to align firmly with government rules expected to be in force on 1 June.
Professional football in the Czech Republic will return on May 25 after being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
At Monday’s meeting, the Committee of the Football League Association approved that the season of the first and second leagues will start on May 25.
The Football League Association will test all the players before the official start.
The Committee will ask the league’s board of professional clubs to extend the year until June 30, following the instructions from the European Union of Football Associations (UEFA) to try to finish the current season within June.
Professional athletes were able to return to collective training sessions outdoors, in small groups, and under strict conditions, from April 20.
The chairman of the League Football Association, Dušan Svoboda said the financial hit to clubs forced to play to empty stadiums would be far higher than those sustained by the Biathlon World Cup meeting in Nové město na Moravě. It was the first public event to face such restrictions in the Czech Republic in connection with the coronavirus.
All fixtures of the Czech League have been called off on March 12 after the government declared the state of emergency and banned all events over 30 people.
There are six rounds remaining of the Czech football’s top-flight Fortuna Liga.
They are due to be followed by “superstructure”, under which the table is divided into three groups in which teams face off to decide on final positions.