- Address: Prague
- Country: Czech Republic
- Capacity: 19,000
- Opened: 1921
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Sparta Praha (football)
Extra stadium info – Generali Česká pojišťovna Arena
The football stadium was renamed several times. The national football team of the Czech Republic played various matches at the stadium named Generali Česká pojišťovna Arena. Sparta Praha, nicknamed Železná Sparta (Iron Sparta), use the venue for home games. Athletic Club Sparta Praha became the first football club from the Czech Republic with 100,000 followers on its main social media page. The club was founded in 1893. They won numerous domestic top-flight league titles.
The former goalkeeper Petr Čech
The former goalkeeper Petr Čech is one of the former players of Sparta Praha. He became the most-capped player for the national football team of the Czech Republic. Čech sustained a head injury in a match between Chelsea FC and Reading FC in 2006. He collided with Stephen Hunt from Ireland inside Chelsea’s penalty area within the first minute of a Premier League match. Hunt’s right knee hit Čech’s head, which led to the goalkeeper requiring treatment. Petr Čech was taken off and replaced by Carlo Cudicini, who himself was knocked unconscious later in the same game, forcing the defender John Terry to play as a goalkeeper for the remaining minutes of the game.
Petr Čech after his match against Reading FC
Čech underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture. Initially unaware of the seriousness of the injury, the doctors later reported that it nearly cost him his life. Čech suffered intense headaches as a result of the collision. He made his comeback in a Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC on 20 January 2007, wearing headgear to protect his head. Even long after his injuries healed completely, Čech continued to wear headgear during his football matches.