Bohemians 1905 rise and return to first football division
The dream of many fans of Bohemians 1905 football club has come true. After a victory over their main rivals HFK Olomouc on Monday, the historic Prague club were promoted to the Czech first division, four years after the club left the top flight. It was a difficult period, with the club coming very close to extinction - but now Bohemians are back.
Bohemians came by their unusual English-language name during a successful tour of Australia in 1927 where they earned great reputation and local press even compared the Czech globetrotters to the English national team. Although Bohemians do not rank among the most successful Czech clubs, they did win the federal first division in 1983. But the new millennium brought tough times for Bohemka, as the club is affectionately known to fans. Due to severe mismanagement, it went bankrupt two years ago and was relegated to the third division. Only after a supporters' trust was formed that managed to raise enough funds, the club was revived and now celebrates its return to the elite.
The new season of the Czech Gambrinus Liga will feature four teams from the Czech capital, including this year's champion Sparta and its eternal rival Slavia. Pavel Capek, football commentator for Czech TV, says for Bohemian's followers, this should not be a worry.
While Sparta Prague have been making every effort to attract crowds and Slavia promise to open a new stadium next year, football fans in Prague really do have a lot to look forward to in the coming season.