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Sparta Prague in North America 1926

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The voyage 

Sparta Prague won the Stredoceska I. Liga (Czech national Championship) in the 1925-26 season. In the autumn of 1926 they undertook a 2 month tour of North America. It was a strong squad; of the 18 players who went on the tour 17 won international honours. Jan Dvořáček, league top scorer with 32 goals (from 18 games!) did not travel. 



Standing:
Josef Fanta
Fanta managed the Czech national team throughout the 1920s and up until 1933.

 František Hochmann
7 Czechoslovakia caps. Goalkeeper.

Antonín Kaliba
Kaliba was loaned from Union Žižkov to cover the injured Hochmann and stayed on for the tour. He had kept goal 7 times for Czechoslovakia back in 1922-23.

Jaroslav Polacek
Represented Czechoslovakia once in 1925. Forward.

Josef Miclik
Spent 4 seasons at Sparta and won 2 league titles. Forward.

Jaroslav Červený
7 caps for Czechoslovakia, he remained in the USA following the tour, Playing for Sparta of Chicago.
Halfback.

Ferdinand Hajný 
A Mitropa Cup winner with Sparta in 1927, Hajný represented Czechoslovakia on 12 occasions. Inside left. 

Rudolf Dolejší
Joined Sparta from Rapid Prague in 1926. Won 1 international cap for Czechoslovakia that summer. Fullback.

Karel Steiner
4 years at Sparta sandwiched between 4 and 7 year spells at Viktoria Žižkov. Steiner was a 1920 Olympian, and won a total of 14 caps. Fullback.


Josef Horejs
Joined from First Vienna in 1925. He represented Austria 4 times. Fullback.

Otto Fleischmann
Represented Czechoslovakia 3 times. Forward.

František Kolenatý
Clocked up a total of 7 league championships with Sparta. Also represented Czechoslovakia 28 times.
Halfback.

Karel Pesek-Kada
Pesek enjoyed success as an Ice Hockey international in addition to his achievements as a footballer. Played football in the 1920 Olympics, became the first man to lift the Mitropa Cup and won 5 league titles with Sparta. Halfback.

 Václav Špinder
Coach who led Sparta to Mitropa Cup success in 1927 and also won 3 national championships.

Seated: 
Josef Maloun
1 international cap, 2 league titles. Forward.


Antonín Perner
In 14 years at Sparta he won 8 league titles. A veteran of the 1920 Olympics, Perner won 28 international caps for Czechoslovakia.Halfback.

Antonín Janda-Očko
34 year old Janda effectively came out of retirement for this tour. He had last played competitively in 1923. In 10 internationals he scored 12 goals and won 5 league titles with Sparta. Inside forward.

Not in picture:
Antonin Carvan
Carvan joined Sparta from Viktoria Žižkov late in the domestic season. He represented Czechoslovakia 14 times and later played in France with Nimes.
Halfback.

Antonín Hojer
Played 35 international games for Czechoslovakia  and won 7 league titles and the Mitropa Cup with Sparta. Fullback.

Josef Silný
Joined Sparta from rivals Slavia at the end of the 1926 season. 50 international caps, scoring 28 goals, Sliný played in the 1934 World Cup final. Later played in France with Nimes. Forward.



06.09.26

International League

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4

Sparta

Brooklyn

All Stars New York

11.09.26

Brooklyn Wanderers

3

3

Sparta

Brooklyn

12.09.26

New York Giants

0

6

Sparta

New York City

19.09.26

Fall River Marksmen

3

2

Sparta

North Tiverton Rhode Island 

26.09.26

Ohio Stars

2

6

Sparta

Cleveland


Cleveland All Stars


04.10.26


Chicago Stars


0

1

Sparta


Chicago


10.10.26


Ulster United


4

4

Sparta


Toronto

17.10.26


St. Louis Stars


3

 5

 

Sparta

 

St. Louis
23.10.26


Sparta F.C


0


9


Sparta


Chicago

24.10.26


Detroit Stars


1

2

Sparta


Detroit


30.10.26



Brooklyn Wanderers


3

1

Sparta


Brooklyn


03.11.26


Galicia


1


1


Sparta


Newark



P

W

D

L

F

A

17

12

3

2

43

20



Fall River played a league match against Springfield on the morning of their meeting with Sparta, and several Springfield players guested for the Marksmen in the second game. 
Sparta Chicago (Sparta Athletic and Benevolent Association Football Club) was founded by Czech migrants in 1917 and dominated Illinois football from 1927 onwards. 
Brooklyn Wanderers featured 3 former Hakoah Vienna players (Neufeld, Drucker and Schoenfeld).


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