AC Sparta Prague are perhaps one of the Czech Republic’s most famous football teams to have ever been formed and their reputation could well be down to the number of times they have featured in the Champions League over the years. The club play their home matches at the Generali Česká pojišťovna Arena, which is also known as Letná Stadium, and has the ability to hold a capacity of 19,416. Although a rather modest total compared to some of the other clubs in the competition, the fans certainly make up for a lack of people with the atmosphere and entertainment they provide in the stands on matchday.
The club, who are nicknamed Železná Sparta, have had a host of the best footballers to have ever been produced by the Czech Republic over the years, with men like Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky, Jan Koller Karel Poborsky, Tomas Repka and more recently players such as Tal Ben Haim, Libor Kozak and David Hancko.
AC Sparta Prague have plenty of experience and history when it comes down to playing in the Champions League over the years, as they have played over 150 games in the tournament since it was created.
The Czechs can also boast a quarter-final finish in the 1984/85 edition of the tournament, as they managed to beat Scandanavian outfits Valerenga and Lyngby before being defeated by Juventus. However, the club have recently found it difficult to get past the qualifying stages of the tournament, although that could just be down to the strength of teams now competing for places.
AC Sparta Prague do have some rather memorable moments in Europe’s elite club competition as well, having reached the Round of 16 stage of the 2003/04 tournament. The Czechs managed to qualify from a group that contained Chelsea, SS Lazio and Besiktas before having to face AC Milan in the next round. That task was too big for them, though, as the Italians defeated them 1-4 after being held to a 0-0 draw at the Generali Česká pojišťovna Arena.
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