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Bohemians Praha 1905 is a professional football club based in Vršovice, Prague, Czech Republic. The club competes in the Fortuna Liga, the top division in the Czech Republic football league system. Founded in 1905 as AFK Vršovice, the club won the 1982–83 Czechoslovak First League, its only league championship. Its colours are green and white.
|Full name||Bohemians Praha 1905, a.s.|
|League||Czech First League|
The best known player from Bohemians' history is Antonín Panenka, who is now the club chairman. Bohemians' mascot is a kangaroo, the legacy of a 1927 tour of Australia. Following the tour, the club was awarded two live kangaroos, which they donated to the Prague Zoo.
Founded as AFK Vršovice, the club played at the top level of football in the Czechoslovak First League between 1925 and 1935. They spent seasons in and out of the top division for the next 40 years before remaining in the top flight between 1973 and 1995, the most successful era for the club. In the 1982–83 season the club won the Czechoslovak First League and advanced to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. In the year 2005 it survived a crisis, which was a consequence of bad management. The club was prevented from taking part in the second part of the 2004–05 Czech 2. Liga and its results were expunged. The club was relegated to the 3rd Czech division due to its financial insolvency, but later was saved by its fans who paid off a portion of the club's debts.
The club finished third in the 2005–06 Bohemian Football League, missing out on promotion, but advanced to the Second League regardless, as they bought a license to play in the Second League from SC Xaverov. The club was then able to advance back to the top flight in 2007, where they played until relegation in 2012. After only one season in 2. Liga Bohemians returned to the First League in 2013.
- 1905: AFK Vršovice
- 1927: Bohemians AFK Vršovice
- 1941: Bohemia AFK Vršovice
- 1945: Bohemians AFK Vršovice
- 1948: Sokol Vršovice Bohemians
- 1949: Sokol Železničaři Bohemians Praha
- 1950: Sokol Železničaři Praha
- 1951: Sokol ČKD Stalingrad Praha
- 1953: Spartak Praha Stalingrad
- 1962: ČKD Praha
- 1965: Bohemians ČKD Praha
- 1993: Bohemians Praha
- 1999: CU Bohemians Praha
- 2001: FC Bohemians Praha
- 2005: Bohemians 1905
- 2013: Bohemians Praha 1905
In 1927 Australian football officials were looking for a European football club to come and tour. They decided on Czechoslovakia and approached Slavia Prague and Viktoria Žižkov who both declined. AFK Vršovice took up the offer.
Before leaving the team looked for a suitable name as they felt the Australians would not know where Vršovice was, never mind say it. They decided on Bohemians, taking the English spelling of the name, as it resembled the country they were from.
- 4:2 British Army XI Colombo, Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka)
- 11:3 Western Australia, Perth
- 6:4 Western Australia, Perth
- 11:1 South Australia, Adelaide
- 2:1 Australia Repr. XI, Adelaide
- 1:0 Victoria Melbourne, Melbourne
- 4:1 Australia Repr. XI, Melbourne
- 9:0 Wagga-Wagga XI, Wagga Wagga
- 4:5 New South Wales, Sydney
- 2:1 Illawara District, Wollongong
- 4:3 New South Wales XI, Newcastle
- 6:4 Australia, Sydney
- 2:3 Australia, Brisbane
- 5:5 Australia, Brisbane
- 1:3 Maitland, Maitland
- 5:3 Queensland, Ipswich
- 5:3 Metropolis, Sydney
- 4:4 Australia, Sydney
- 3:2 Western Australia, Perth
Naming dispute with FK BohemiansEdit
In 1993, Bohemians 1905 broke away from the TJ Bohemians Praha sports franchise and became a separate legal entity. The club functioned normally until financial troubles came up and the club nearly collapsed in 2005. TJ Bohemians took advantage of the situation and rented out the Bohemians logo to FC Střížkov Praha 9, a lowly team in the third tier of Czech football. TJ were able to pour money into the small club and help them rise to the first division. However, fans remained loyal to the Bohemians 1905 team, and helped the large club to recover.
In September 2012, a Czech court ruled that the former Střížkov club must not continue to use the name Bohemians after 31 January 2013. However, in December 2012, the club was granted the right to appeal against the decision, thus protracting the process yet further.
In 2016, Střížkov's men's team was dissolved, and in 2017 the whole club dissolved, with the women's team becoming FC Praha.
The home stadium, located in Vršovice, is called Ďolíček. However, from the 2010–11 season, for a period of five years, Bohemians undertook to play its home matches at Synot Tip Arena. This arrangement was discontinued in 2012 after the club was relegated from the Czech First League, due to the regulations on stadiums being different between the two leagues.
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Supporters and rivalriesEdit
Bohemians are one of the most popular clubs in the Czech Republic. The club is one of the few in the country to have fans with a left-wing ideology, although most fan groups identify themselves as apolitical, and there are supporters who are right-wing. The ultras group is one of the strongest in terms of choreographies and visual displays in the country. They maintain friendly contacts with Dubliners Bohemian FC,. Left-wing fans have friendship with FC St. Pauli and AS Trenčín. Right-wing fans have friendship with Górnik Wałbrzych, 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig and hooligans with FK Pardubice.
There have been several conflicts in the past between left-wing and right-wing fans. The most famous are the fights in 2013 in match against FC MAS Táborsko and in 2015 in the match against SK Sigma Olomouc.
The most prestigious match is the derby with Slavia Prague. The "Vršovice Derby" is the second most prestigious derby in Prague (after the Slavia-Sparta derby). Slavia and Bohemians are located in the Vršovice district of Prague and their stadiums are separated by only 1 km. Sparta Prague are considered their biggest rivals, and Viktoria Zizkov is the other team with whom they contest the city derbies. FK Bohemians Prague (Střížkov) were considered to be impostors and the entire club as a fraud, however that rivalry manifested itself on the pitch and towards the club management as the Střížkov club had very little support and no organised fan movement.
- As of 3 March 2023
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Out on loanEdit
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Notable former playersEdit
As of 2019/20, the club's reserve team Bohemians 1905 B plays in the Bohemian Football League (3rd tier of Czech football system). They play their home matches at the club's stadium, Ďolíček.
Player records in the Czech First LeagueEdit
- As of 28 May 2023.
Highlighted players are in the current squad.
Most clean sheetsEdit
Management and technical staffEdit
|Head coach||Jaroslav Veselý|
|Assistant coach||Ivan Hašek junior|
|Goalkeeper coach||Miroslav Miller|
|Reserve coach||Vladimír Hruška|
|Fitness coach||Rudolf Rondzik|
|Team manager||Libor Koubek|
|Sporting director||Miroslav Držmíšek|
Managers and playersEdit
Head coaches in club's historyEdit
- 1934 Karel Meduna
- 1940 Ladislav Ženíšek
- 1945 Antonín Lanhaus
- 1972 Bohumil Musil
- 1977 Tomáš Pospíchal
- 1983 Josef Zadina
- 1983 Jiří Rubáš
- 1983 Tomáš Pospíchal
- 1987 Michal Jelínek
- 1987 Dušan Uhrin
- 1988 Josef Zadina
- 1989 Josef Ledecký
- 1991 Josef Hloušek
- 1993 Petr Packert
- 1994 Mario Buzek
- 1994 František Barát
- 1995 Svatopluk Bouška
- 1995 Dalibor Lacina
- 1996 Josef Hloušek
- 1996 Miloš Beznoska and Antonín Panenka (caretakers)
- 1996 Vladimír Borovička (caretaker)
- 1996 Vlastimil Petržela
- 2002 Vladimír Borovička (caretaker)
- 2002 Dušan Uhrin, Jr.
- 2005 Zbyněk Busta
- 2008 Pavel Hoftych
- 2011 Pavel Medynský
- 2012 Jozef Weber
- 2014 Luděk Klusáček
- 2014 Roman Pivarník
- 2016 Miroslav Koubek
- 2017 Martin Hašek
- 2019 Luděk Klusáček
- 2022 Jaroslav Veselý
Club hall of fameEdit
History in domestic competitionsEdit
- Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 21
- Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 8
- Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 1
- Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 0
|1994–95||1. liga||15th||30||6||5||19||35||62||–27||23||Round of 16|
|1995–96||2. liga||4th||30||13||9||8||47||31||+16||48||Round of 32|
|1996–97||1. liga||16th||30||4||7||19||22||53||–31||19||Round of 32|
|1997–98||2. liga||3rd||28||15||8||5||49||22||+27||53||Round of 16|
|1998–99||2. liga||1st||30||23||4||3||62||12||+50||73||Round of 64|
|1999–00||1. liga||7th||30||10||10||10||24||28||–4||40||Round of 32|
|2000–01||1. liga||9th||30||10||10||10||33||34||–1||40||Round of 16|
|2001–02||1. liga||4th||30||14||6||10||40||35||–5||48||Round of 16|
|2002–03||1. liga||15th||30||5||9||16||34||56||–22||24||Round of 32|
|2003–04||2. liga||3rd||30||13||12||5||37||21||+16||51||Round of 32|
|2004–05||2. liga||16th||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0†||First round|
|2005–06||3. liga||4th||34||16||12||6||58||32||+26||60||First round|
|2006–07||2. liga||2nd||30||18||6||6||47||21||+26||60||Round of 64|
|2007–08||1. liga||15th||30||5||11||14||24||40||–16||26||Round of 16|
|2008–09||2. liga||1st||30||18||9||3||36||14||+22||63||Round of 64|
|2009–10||1. liga||12th||30||8||10||12||21||29||–8||34||Round of 16|
|2010–11||1. liga||6th||30||12||7||11||33||33||0||43||Round of 64|
|2011–12||1. liga||15th||30||6||6||18||20||54||–34||24||Round of 32|
|2012–13||2. liga||2nd||30||16||8||6||50||25||+25||56||Round of 64|
|2013–14||1. liga||14th||30||7||9||14||26||40||–14||30||Round of 64|
|2014–15||1. liga||8th||30||10||8||12||35||41||–6||38||Round of 16|
|2015–16||1. liga||9th||30||8||13||9||35||37||–2||37||Round of 32|
|2017–18||1. liga||7th||30||9||11||10||30||29||+1||38||Round of 32|
|2019–20||1. liga||8th||34||15||6||13||44||47||–3||51||Round of 32|
|2020–21||1. liga||10th||34||10||13||11||40||37||+3||43||Round of 16|
Notes: † results expunged
History in European competitionsEdit
|1975–76||UEFA Cup||1R||Budapest Honvéd||1–2||1–1||2–3|
|1979–80||UEFA Cup||1R||Bayern Munich||0–2||2–2||2–4|
|1980–81||UEFA Cup||1R||Sporting Gijón||3–1||1–2||4–3|
|2R||Rapid Vienna||2–1||0–1||2–2 (a.g.)|
|1984–85||UEFA Cup||1R||Apollon Limassol||6–1||2–2||8–3|
|2R||Ajax||1–0||0–1||1–1 (4–2 p)|
|1985–86||UEFA Cup||1R||Rába Györ||4–1 (a.e.t.)||1–3||5–4|
|2023–24||Europa Conference League||2Q|
Czech First League recordsEdit
- Best position: 4th (2001–02, 2022–23)
- Worst position: 16th (1996–97)
- Biggest home win: Bohemians 4–0 Blšany (2000–01), Bohemians 4–0 Teplice (2019–20), Bohemians 4–0 Mladá Boleslav (2020–21), Bohemians 4–0 Mladá Boleslav (2022–23)
- Biggest away win: Příbram 1–5 Bohemians (2001–02)
- Biggest home defeat: Bohemians 0–4 Žižkov (1994–95), Bohemians 0–4 Ostrava (2001–02), Bohemians 0–4 Sparta (2011–12)
- Biggest away defeat: Drnovice 6–0 Bohemians (1996–97)
- Czechoslovak First League (first tier)
- Czechoslovak Cup
- Runners-up (1): 1982
- Czech Cup (as part of the Czechoslovak Cup)
- Champions (1): 1982
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- Official website (in Czech)
- "Supporters' website". Archived from the original on 17 February 2020.
- Supporters' website