Capital: Prague Population: 10.2 million Currency: Czech Koruna Official Language: Czech Borders: Poland (North), Slovakia (East), Austria (South) and Germany (West) GNP per Capita: $5,240 (48th in world) Main Airport: Ruzyne Prague - Prague
Landlocked in eastern Europe, the Czech Republic comprises Bohemia and Moravia, and was formerly part of Czechoslovakia. In 1989 the "velvet revolution" led to the fall of the communist regime and the split of the country. Tourism is the biggest industry still with over 17million visitors annually. Winters are bitterly cold.
The Gambrinus Liga
For a better view on where the clubs play in the Czech Republic, go to Footiemap.com to access their comprehensive map of the country. At the winter break in the 2008/09 season Slavia had turned their new stadium into a fortress and were 6 points clear at the top, with Boleslav in 2nd. Sparta trailed by 10 points in fourth. They did close the gap towards the end of the season, finishing in second place.
Gambrinus liga is the official name of the Czech football premier league. "Gambrinus" is the name of the best selling beer in the Czech Republic produced by the main sponsor – Plzeňský Prazdroj, a. s. Left: Teplice's Na Stínadlech
The league has 16 teams. At the end of each season the top teams in the League qualify for the European cups. Currently, two top teams enter the UEFA Champions League, the team placed third (together with the winner of the Czech Cup) enters the UEFA Cup qualifying; the fourth team plays Intertoto Cup. The two lowest placed teams are relegated into the 2nd Czech League.
The history of the Czech Premier League began at the end of 19th century. It was reorganized for the 1993/1994 season, after the dissolution of the former Czechoslovakia and therefore of the Czechoslovak League. The most famous clubs are Bohemians 1905, Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague, Slovan Liberec (above:Stadion U Nisy) , Baník Ostrava, 1.FC Brno (Below: Stadion Srbská) and FK Teplice.
Czech teams in European cups in 2009/10 SK Slavia Praha – UEFA Champions League SK Spaha Praha – Europa League Olumonuc - Europa League Teplice - Europa League as cup winners Slovan Liberec – Europa League
Gambrinus liga winners Year Team 1994 AC Sparta Praha 1995 AC Sparta Praha 1996 SK Slavia Praha 1997 AC Sparta Praha 1998 AC Sparta Praha 1999 AC Sparta Praha 2000 AC Sparta Praha 2001 AC Sparta Praha 2002 FC Slovan Liberec 2003 AC Sparta Praha 2004 FC Baník Ostrava 2005 AC Sparta Praha 2006 FC Slovan Liberec 2007 AC Sparta Praha 2008 SK Slavia Praha 2009 SK Slavia Praha
Stadion Team Stadium Capacity AC Sparta Praha AXA Arena 20,374 SK Slavia Praha Stadion Eden 21,000 FK Teplice Na Stínadlech 18,221 FC Baník Ostrava Bazaly 17,372 1. FC Brno Městsk Stadion Srbská 12,550 SK Sigma Olomouc Andrův stadion 12,014 FC Slovan Liberec Stadion U Nisy 9,900 FC Viktoria Plzeň Struncovy Sady Stadion 7,842 FK SIAD Most Letní stadion Most 7,500 FC Bohemians 1905 Ďolíček Stadion 6,836 SK D České Budějovice E-On Stadion 6,746 FC Tescoma Zlín Letná Stadion 6,375 FK Jablonec 97 Stadion Střelnice 6,280