2018–19 Czech First League

The 2018–19 Czech First League, known as the Fortuna liga for sponsorship reasons, was the 26th season of the Czech Republic's top-tier football league. The defending champions were Viktoria Plzeň, who won their fifth Czech title the previous season.[1] The season was the first with a new league structure in which 16 clubs play each other home and away, until the league is split up into championship, Europa League and relegation groups.[2] Dukla Prague lost seven consecutive games at the start of the season, becoming the first team in the Czech First League to do so.[3]

Czech First League
Season2018–19
Dates20 July 2018 – 1 June 2019
ChampionsSlavia Prague
RelegatedDukla Prague
Champions LeagueSlavia Prague
Viktoria Plzeň
Europa LeagueSparta Prague
Jablonec
Mladá Boleslav
Matches played277
Goals scored743 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorerNikolay Komlichenko
(29 goals)
Biggest home winViktoria Plzeň 6–1 Mladá Boleslav,
Mladá Boleslav 6–1 Opava,
Opava 5–0 Příbram
Biggest away winTeplice 0–8 Mladá Boleslav
Highest scoringTeplice 0–8 Mladá Boleslav,
Dukla Prague 2–6 Jablonec
Longest winning run6 matches
Slavia Prague,
Viktoria Plzeň
Longest unbeaten run14 matches
Viktoria Plzeň
Longest winless run10 matches
Dukla Prague
Longest losing run7 matches
Dukla Prague
Highest attendance19,370
Lowest attendance654
Average attendance5,539

TeamsEdit

Team changesEdit

Promoted from
2017–18 Czech National Football League
Relegated from
2017–18 Czech First League
SFC Opava
1. FK Příbram
FC Vysočina Jihlava
FC Zbrojovka Brno

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity Ref.
Baník Ostrava Ostrava Městský stadion (Ostrava) 15,123 [4]
Bohemians 1905 Prague Ďolíček 5,000 [5]
Dukla Prague Prague Stadion Juliska 8,150 [6]
Jablonec Jablonec nad Nisou Stadion Střelnice 6,108 [7]
Karviná Karviná Městský stadion (Karviná) 4,833 [8]
Mladá Boleslav Mladá Boleslav Městský stadion (Mladá Boleslav) 5,000 [9]
Opava Opava Městský stadion Opava 7,758 [10]
Příbram Příbram Na Litavce 9,100 [11]
Sigma Olomouc Olomouc Andrův stadion 12,483 [12]
Slavia Prague Prague Eden Arena 20,232 [13]
Slovácko Uherské Hradiště Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty 8,000 [14]
Slovan Liberec Liberec Stadion u Nisy 9,900 [15]
Sparta Prague Prague Generali Arena 18,887 [16]
Teplice Teplice Na Stínadlech 18,221 [17]
Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň Doosan Arena 11,700 [18]
Fastav Zlín Zlín Letná Stadion 5,783 [19]

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Slavia Prague 30 23 3 4 72 23 +49 72 Qualification for the championship group
2 Viktoria Plzeň 30 21 5 4 47 27 +20 68
3 Sparta Prague 30 17 6 7 52 27 +25 57
4 Jablonec 30 15 6 9 53 26 +27 51
5 Baník Ostrava 30 13 6 11 38 36 +2 45
6 Slovan Liberec 30 11 9 10 33 28 +5 42
7 Mladá Boleslav (O) 30 11 9 10 52 44 +8 42 Qualification for the Europa League play-offs
8 Sigma Olomouc 30 12 4 14 37 43 −6 40
9 Fastav Zlín 30 12 3 15 32 40 −8 39
10 Teplice 30 10 6 14 32 42 −10 36
11 Bohemians 1905 30 8 10 12 29 37 −8 34 Qualification for the relegation group
12 Slovácko 30 10 4 16 32 45 −13 34
13 Opava 30 9 6 15 39 49 −10 33
14 Příbram 30 8 7 15 33 63 −30 31
15 Karviná 30 8 5 17 39 53 −14 29
16 Dukla Prague 30 5 5 20 25 62 −37 20
Source: Fortuna liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Fair-play ranking; 8) Draw.[20]
(O) Play-off winner

ResultsEdit

Each team plays home-and-away against every other team in the league, for a total of 30 matches played each.

Home \ Away OST B05 DUK JAB KAR MLA OPA PRI SIG SLA SLK LIB SPA TEP VPL ZLN
Baník Ostrava 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–1 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–2
Bohemians 1905 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 0–1
FK Dukla Prague 1–1 0–1 2–6 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–4 1–5 1–2 2–0 2–3 1–0 1–3 1–1
Jablonec 4–0 3–1 2–1 4–1 0–3 2–2 3–0 3–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 4–0
Karviná 2–0 0–3 0–2 2–1 3–4 1–1 4–1 2–3 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–0
Mladá Boleslav 2–2 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 6–1 2–0 0–4 0–1 5–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0
Opava 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 5–0 2–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–3 2–0 1–2 1–2
Příbram 0–2 4–2 4–0 0–6 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2
Sigma Olomouc 1–4 2–3 1–0 1–2 3–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 0–3 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1
Slavia Prague 4–0 1–0 4–1 0–2 4–0 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1
Slovácko 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–4
Slovan Liberec 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 4–0 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–0
Sparta Prague 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–3 4–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 4–1 0–1 4–0 2–0
Teplice 0–1 1–2 5–2 1–2 2–1 0–2 3–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–0 1–0 0–4 2–1 2–1
Viktoria Plzeň 2–1 3–2 4–0 1–0 2–1 6–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
Fastav Zlín 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2
Source: Fortuna liga, Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship groupEdit

Points and goals were carried over in full from the regular season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SLA VPL SPA JAB OST LIB
1 Slavia Prague (C) 35 26 5 4 79 26 +53 83 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round 3–1 2–1 2–1
2 Viktoria Plzeň 35 24 6 5 57 32 +25 78 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round 4–0 2–1 1–1
3 Sparta Prague 35 20 6 9 59 33 +26 66 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round 2–0 3–0 1–0
4 Jablonec 35 17 6 12 58 32 +26 57 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round 2–0 1–0
5 Baník Ostrava 35 13 8 14 39 43 −4 47 Qualification for the Europa League play-offs final 0–0 0–1
6 Slovan Liberec 35 12 10 13 34 32 +2 46 0–0 0–2
Source: Fortuna liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Fair-play ranking; 8) Draw.[20]
(C) Champion

Europa League play-offsEdit

Teams placed between 7th and 10th position will take part in the Europa league play-offs. The best of them will play against the fifth-placed of the championship play-offs to determine the Europa League play-off winners. The winners will qualify for the second qualifying round of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.

First roundSecond round
          
 
Fastav Zlín (a)123
 
Sigma Olomouc03 3
Fastav Zlín303
 
Mladá Boleslav13 4
Teplice011
Mladá Boleslav81 9

FinalEdit

Baník Ostrava0–1Mladá Boleslav
Report
Attendance: 10,368
Referee: Pavel Franěk

Relegation groupEdit

Points and goals were carried over in full from the regular season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation SLK OPA B05 PRI KAR DUK
11 Slovácko 35 13 6 16 43 47 −4 45 4–1 5–1 2–1
12 Opava 35 12 7 16 47 57 −10 43 2–1 1–0 3–2
13 Bohemians 1905 35 9 13 13 33 43 −10 40 0–0 2–1 1–4
14 Příbram (O) 35 11 7 17 43 73 −30 40 Qualification for the relegation play-offs 1–0 3–2
15 Karviná (O) 35 9 5 21 42 58 −16 32 0–1 3–0
16 Dukla Prague (R) 35 5 7 23 30 72 −42 22 Relegation to the FNL 0–0 1–1
Source: Fortuna liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Fair-play ranking; 8) Draw.[20]
(O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated

Relegation play-offsEdit

Teams placed 14th and 15th in the relegation group will face 2nd and 3rd teams from Czech National Football League for two spots in the next season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Karviná 3–2 Vysočina Jihlava 2–1 1–1
Zbrojovka Brno 3–3 Příbram 3–3 0–0

Match 1Edit

Karviná2–1Vysočina Jihlava
Report
Attendance: 3,456
Referee: Milan Matějček

Vysočina Jihlava1–1Karviná
Report
Attendance: 3,150
Referee: Martin Nenadál

MFK Karviná won 3–2 on aggregate and retained their spot in the 2019–20 Czech First League; Vysočina Jihlava remained in the 2019–20 Czech National Football League.

Match 2Edit

Zbrojovka Brno3–3Příbram
Report
Attendance: 8,523
Referee: Ondřej Berka

Příbram0–0Zbrojovka Brno
Report
Attendance: 4,852

1. FK Příbram won 3–3 on aggregate with away goals and retained their spot in the 2019–20 Czech First League; FC Zbrojovka Brno remained in the 2019–20 Czech National Football League.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Name Club(s) Goals
1   Nikolay Komlichenko Mladá Boleslav 29
2   Martin Doležal Jablonec 15
  Jean-David Beauguel Fastav Zlín / Viktoria Plzeň
4   Tomáš Wágner Karviná 13
  Tomáš Souček Slavia Prague
6   Miroslav Stoch Slavia Prague 12
  Guélor Kanga Sparta Prague
8   Jakub Hora Teplice 11
  Benjamin Tetteh Sparta Prague
10   Michal Trávník Jablonec 10
  Jan Matoušek Příbram

AttendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Slavia Prague 243,198 19,370 9,091 13,511 +8.7%
2 Sparta Prague 199,299 17,398 6,420 11,072 −2.8%
3 Baník Ostrava 187,837 15,100 5,115 10,435 +32.3%
4 Viktoria Plzeň 159,892 11,489 5,316 8,883 −7.2%
5 Slovan Liberec 85,000 9,546 1,958 5,000 +0.1%
6 Sigma Olomouc 74,357 10,667 2,459 4,647 −12.9%
7 Bohemians 1905 76,118 5,000 3,041 4,229 +2.7%
8 Slovácko 75,345 6,586 2,823 4,186 −6.9%
9 Fastav Zlín 65,087 5,898 3,065 3,829 −8.5%
10 Teplice 56,694 15,131 1,187 3,543 −20.1%
11 Příbram 58,145 7,132 1,638 3,420 n/a
12 Opava 57,485 6,385 953 3,194 n/a
13 Karviná 51,835 4,833 1,942 3,049 −14.2%
14 Jablonec 49,252 5,950 1,608 2,897 −10.3%
15 Mladá Boleslav 49,237 5,000 1,236 2,896 +0.4%
16 Dukla Prague 45,595 7,765 654 2,682 −4.7%
League total 1,534,376 19,370 654 5,539 −0.1%

Source: Fortunaliga.cz

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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