Slavia wins league championship

The team had been languishing before being bought by CEFC

Slavia Prague is the champion of the Czech First League for the first time in eight years, and for the fourth time since Czechoslovakia broke up.

The victory was quite a turn around from the situation a few years ago, when the team faced severe financial difficulties in the fall of 2010 and had to cut key players and staff. In September 2015, CEFC China Energy Company bought the team with the intention of turning the team's fortunes around, and in the past year spent some Kč 300 million on the team, including buying new team members. CEFC also bought Eden Arena, the team's home stadium.

In May 2014, Slavia narrowly missed relegation to a lower league due to the impact of the cutbacks.

Slavia won the 2016–17 Czech title after beating Zbrojovka Brno 4:0 on May 27, finishing two points clear of Viktoria Plzeň, which won the title in the previous two years. Sparta Prague was in third place, after having been second for two years in a row. Sparta Prague last won the championship in the 2013–14 season. Czech First League is now also known as the league, and will be called Fortuna league as of the 2018–19 season.

Slavia has also earned a spot in the third Champions League play-off round, along with Viktoria Plzeň.

Slavia previously won the title in 1996, 2008 and 2009. Slavia also won the Czechoslovak title 13 times, and the Czech Championship six times between 1897 and 1901.

SK Slavia Prague was founded in 1892 as SK ACOS Praha, only to change he name to Slavia the next year. Some version of the name Slavia has been used ever since. The team has a crosstown rivalry with Sparta Prague, which has won the league title 12 times.

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