|Intro||Czech soccer player and soccer coach|
|Is||Sports official, Athlete, Football player, Association football player, Association football manager|
|Birth||30 April 1963, Plzeň|
Vítězslav Lavička (Czech pronunciation: [ˈviːcɛslaf ˈlavɪt͡ʃka]; born 30 April 1963) is a Czech football manager and former player.
As a player, Lavička played for several Czech clubs, including Škoda Plzeň, RH Cheb and Sparta Prague. He played one season towards the end of his career in the Gambrinus liga after the Czech Republic’s national league commenced play in 1993.
In 2006 and 2007, he was voted Coach of the Year at the Czech Golden Ball awards and Coach of the Year in 2006.
In June 2008, Lavička signed a two-year contract as the manager of Sparta Prague. However, after just four months in the position, he resigned following a humiliating 4–1 home defeat against Sparta’s rivals Slavia.
On Wednesday 4 February 2009, he was appointed the new manager of Australian A-League club Sydney FC along with Czech counterpart Michal Zach as assistant coach. Lavička has re-signed to manage Sydney FC for the 2010–2011 season in a bid to get the club another A-League title. He was successful in managing Sydney to their second title in the 09/10 A-League season. It was 05/06 when Sydney won their first title. He will also be looking to guide them to an Asian Champions League title in 10/11.
In the pre-season to A-League season 2009/2010, Lavička guided Sydney FC through a program of 12 matches against local teams and Hyundai A-League opponents undefeated, scoring 25 goals and conceding 1 goal in over 1080 minutes of football.
In Lavička’s first league match of the 2009/2010 season Sydney FC ran out 3–2 winners, against expansion team North Queensland Fury, played in Townsville. The match also featured the A-League debut of Robbie Fowler for the Fury. He has been praised for bringing an impressive new style of football to the club.
Sydney then went on to win the A-League Minor Premiership after finishing narrowly ahead of Melbourne Victory and Gold Coast United, also securing them an Asian Champions League spot.
Lavička was voted A-League coach of the year for the 2009–2010 season by players in the league as part of the Professional Footballers Australia awards. His brilliant first season was rounded off as Sydney FC defeated Melbourne Victory in the A-League Grand Final after a penalty shootout victory at Etihad Stadium.
Lavička’s second season started poorly, with the team not winning a game until round 11 against Perth Glory. Lavička who is afraid of heights, said that if his team wins he will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which he did.
It was announced on 3 February 2012 that Lavička would not have his contract renewed by Sydney FC, a mutual agreement between the board and Lavička himself, believed to have come about after he expressed that he was missing his family back in the Czech Republic. Lavicka stayed as manager until the end of the 2011-12 A-League season before departing.
FC Slovan Liberec
- Gambrinus liga (1): 2005–06
- A-League Premiership (1): 2009–2010
- A-League Championship (1): 2009–2010
AC Sparta Prague
- Gambrinus liga (1): 2013–14
- Czech Cup (1): 2013–14
- Czech Supercup (1): 2014
- Czech Coach of the Year (1): 2006