Sparta Prague win first Czech league title in nine years

A goalless draw was enough for the Spartans to win their 13th domestic league title since 1993.

Thomas Smith

Written by Thomas Smith Published on 24.05.2023 11:00:00 (updated on 24.05.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

After nine years, the Sparta Prague football club has won the Czech First League title. A 0:0 draw away at FC Slovácko on Tuesday night confirmed their title – arch-rivals Slavia Prague, currently in second place, cannot overtake Sparta. 

Sparta fans stormed the FC Slovácko stadium to celebrate the win; a victory parade is expected in Prague later on. The “Spartans” extended their unbeaten streak in the league to 21 games. Sparta captain and defender Ladislav Krejčí Jr. said that the league title was “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”

"The emotions are amazing. Especially for people in the club who have been at Sparta for a long time, it means a lot. I saw some of them cry. I think we are deserved champions. In the last 30 games, we have been the best"

Sparta Prague coach Brian Priske

On May 30 football fans can take a tour of Sparta stadium in Prague's Letná district, going behind the scenes to see the first team dressing room, bench, and the press conference room. The tours take participants through the Sparta players' tunnel to the pitch. Read more, or reserve a spot, here.

Czechia's most successful football club

Sparta Prague, the most-decorated club in Czech football history, is celebrating its 27th overall title and 13th Czech First League title since 1993. Between 1925 and 1993, Sparta Prague won 20 domestic league titles. 

Sparta Prague has also won 20 Czech Football Cups (a knock-out competition) since 1925. Biggest rival Slavia Prague has in comparison won seven league titles since 1993 and 10 Czech Football Cups.

The Letná-based club, founded in 1893, will now take part in the qualifying round of the 2023/24 Champions League. Sparta’s best results in Europe came during 1972-73 European Cup Winners' Cup, when Sparta reached the semi-finals. 

Between 1983 and 1985, Sparta reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup in two consecutive seasons. In recent years, the club’s most notable European showing has been a quarter-final appearance in the 2015-2016 Europa League (the second-tier, inter-European club competition).

The previous season (2021/22) saw Viktoria Plzeň take the Czech First League title, with Sparta finishing third. Slavia Prague won the league in each of the three seasons before that. 

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