For the best part of a decade, Slavia Prague have had to contend with relegation, financial mismanagement and fan protests. In 2016-17 – not without the aid of some Chinese investment – those long, barren years finally came to an end.
Czech First League Season Reviews
The Gambrinus Liga, Synot Liga, ePojisteni.cz Liga – The Czech Republic’s top tier has gone by many names since its formation in 1993.
Viktoria Plzeň entered the record books as they recorded sixteen consecutive victories on their way to a fourth league championship in six years. During their six-month winning run, Plzeň defeated their nearest title-rivals, Sparta Prague, twice, showing off their clinical superiority.
Tears and champagne flowed as Viktoria Plzeň recorded their third ever league title, bringing some amount of joy to a season defined by sadness. Sadness for careers coming to an end; sadness for lost loved ones; sadness for friends facing an unimaginable future.
Such was Sparta Prague’s dominance, their canter towards the title could have been set to the tune of the Imperial March. But if Sparta’s romp at the top of the table offered little in the way of shocks, the relegation dogfight provided twists and turns at every opportunity.
The title went down to the final day. Though with two early goals against an already relegated Hradec Králové, Viktoria Plzeň ensured that the season ended with a predictable whimper rather than an unexpected bang.