FC Spartak Trnava

Spartak Trnava
Spartak Trnava current logo.png
Full nameFC Spartak Trnava
Nickname(s)Bíli andeli (The White Angels)
Founded30 May 1923; 94 years ago (1923-05-30)
as TŠS Trnava
GroundŠtadión Antona Malatinského
Ground Capacity19,200
OwnerVladimír Poór
PresidentDušan Keketi
ManagerNestor El Maestro
LeagueFortuna Liga
2017–18Fortuna Liga, 1st
WebsiteClub website

FC Spartak Trnava (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈspartak ˈtr̩naʋa]) is a Slovak professional football club based in Trnava. Historically, it is one of the most successful clubs in country, having won both the Czechoslovak First League and the Czechoslovak Cup five times, and reaching the semi-final of the European Cup once and the quarter-final twice. The club's official anthem is Il Silenzio.

History

The club was founded on 30 May 1923 by the merger of Šk Čechie and ČšŠk into TSS Trnava. After a communist takeover it became affiliated with the metal industry and was renamed to TJ Kovosmalt ("Metal-enamel"). In 1952, the club gained its current name.

Previous names

  • ŠK Rapid Trnava (1923–39)
  • TSS Trnava (1939–48)
  • Sokol NV Trnava (1948–49)
  • ZTJ Kovosmalt Trnava (1949–53)
  • Spartak Trnava (1953–67)
  • Spartak TAZ Trnava (1967–88)
  • Spartak ZTS Trnava (1988–93)
  • FC Spartak Trnava (1993–)


Golden era

The Golden era of Spartak began in the 1966–67 season. The team of legendary coach Anton Malatinský was top of the league by the autumn, but by the end of the season had finished only in third place. Great success was achieved in the Mitropa Cup. Spartak beat teams like Budapest Honvéd, Lazio and Fiorentina and in the final they defeated Újpest of Hungary. In the following season Spartak gained their most memorable European results. They reached the semi-final of the European Cup to face Ajax. It is their greatest success to date.

Ajax Netherlands 3–0 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Cruyff Goal 27'
Swart Goal 52'
Keizer Goal 60'
Report
Attendance: 55,490
Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia 2–0 Netherlands Ajax
Kuna Goal 27'49' Report
Attendance: 22,938

Ajax won 3–2 on aggregate.

Under the management of Ján Hucko, the team also won a second championship. In 1970–71 and 1971–72, Trnava won their third and fourth championship titles under coaches Valér Švec and Anton Malatinský. The team also reached the quarter-final of the European Cup in 1973 and 1974. The fifth and the last league title in 1972–73 beckoned the end of Spartak's golden era. In 1976, Karol Dobiaš was in the squad that won the UEFA Euro 1976.

1990s

Although Spartak finished 16th (and last) in the last unified Czechoslovak league season in 1992–93, the latter half of the 1990s can be considered the renaissance of football in Trnava. In the 1995–96 season, Spartak finished third and its popularity grew. The 1996–97 season was a memorable on for the fans of Spartak, Karol Pecze almost led the team to its first Slovakian league title but got beaten to it by Košice in the final week of competition. The following season, under new coach Dušan Galis the team again achieved second place and then third place in the 1998–99 season which saw the end of this recovery of footballing prowess in Trnava.

2018

In Fortuna liga season 2017-18 Spartak won league title after 45 years.

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