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Zdeněk Ščasný
Personal information
Full name Zdeněk Ščasný
Date of birth August 9, 1957 (1957-08-09) (age 52)
Place of birth    Brno, Czechoslovakia
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
1969-1975 Spartak Roudnice nad Labem
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Dukla Prague
Sparta Prague
Bohemians 1905
Agro Slušovice
Anagennisi Dherynia
SK Roudnice n.L.
National team
1983-1984 Czechoslovakia 4 (0)
Teams managed
Anagennisi Dherynia (Youth)
SK Roudnice n.L. (Youth)
Chmel Blšany
FK GGS Arma Ústí n.L.
Sparta Prague (Assistant)
Sparta Prague
FK Viktoria Žižkov
OFI Crete
Mladá Boleslav
FK Viktoria Žižkov

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Zdeněk Ščasný (born August 9, 1957) is a Czech football manager and former player.

Ščasný has won the Czech league championship six times — four times as a player and twice as a coach — and the Czech Cup three times — twice as a player and once as a coach.

He is best known for his years with Sparta Prague — both as a player and a manager; he has also coached Greek giants Panathinaikos.


Playing career


Early career, Dukla Prague and first title

Zdenek Ščasný in his youth played for Spartak Roudnice nad Labem. At 17 years old he moved to Dukla Prague, where he made his Czechoslovak First League debut. Ščasný spent four years with Dukla Prague, and won the Czechoslovak First League in 1976-77.

Sparta Prague and more titles

In 1979 Ščasný moved to Sparta Prague, where he remained until 1985. With Sparta, Ščasný won the league title in 1978-79, the Czechoslovak Cup in 1979-1980, a Czechoslovak League and Cup double in 1983-84, and the league again in 1984-85.

Late career

In 1985 Ščasný joined Bohemians, playing there four and a half seasons. After Bohemians Ščasný played with Agro Slušovice for a short time and then moved to Cyprus to play for Anagennisi Dherynia before ending his playing career.

International career

During his career Ščasný earned 4 caps as a Czechoslovakia national team player.

Managerial career

Early career

Ščasný began his coaching career by acting as a player-coach at Anagennisi Dherynia, and he later supervised the youth there.

Ščasný returned to his homeland in 1993, and, after working with some smaller clubs, he became an assistant coach at Sparta Prague in 1996.

Sparta Prague

In the middle of the 1997-98 season Ščasný took over as Sparta's head coach and led the team to the 1. Liga championship. The following season Ščasný and Sparta repeated as league champions.

FK Viktoria Žižkov

After his second league championship with Sparta, Ščasný took over Viktoria Žižkov in 1999-00. Ščasný spent three seasons with Žižkov, guiding them to great improvement year after year, as the team finished 9th-place in 1999-00, 5th-place in 2000-01, and 3rd-place — the club's highest-ever finish — in 2001-02. In 2000-01 Ščasný led Žižkov to win the Czech Cup in 2000-01 — the club's first title since 1993-94.

Greece: OFI Crete and Panathinaikos

After leaving Žižkov, Ščasný moved to Greece to be the head coach of OFI Crete. Ščasný led OFI to an 8th-place finish in his first season with the club. Scasny had very poor relations with many of the players at OFI and by the time he left the club the situation between him and many of the players was terrible.

His work at OFI led Greek giants Panathinaikos to hire him early in the 2004-05 season to replace Itzhak Shum. Ščasný took over in the middle of Panathinaikos' UEFA Champions League campaign, and with two impressive draws against Arsenal, another draw in Norway against Rosenborg and a resounding win over PSV Eindhoven in Athens, Ščasný guided the Greek side to finish 3rd in the difficult group, thus moving them to the UEFA Cup. Before Panathinaikos began UEFA Cup competition later that season though, Ščasný was replaced in favor of Alberto Malesani.


In the middle of the 2005-06 season modest Czech side FK SIAD Most was in its first-ever season in the Czech top flight, and was in danger of being relegated right back to the second division. Most turned to Ščasný during the winter break, Ščasný helped Most stay in the top flight that season, boosting the team to a surprising 10th-place finish. In 2006-07 Ščasný's Most finished 12th and remained the first division. After Ščasný helped Most stay in the top flight for the second consecutive season, Most surprisingly let Ščasný go, which turned out to be a bad move, as the club was relegated back to the second division in its first season without Ščasný.

Mladá Boleslav

After leaving Most, Ščasný took over at Mladá Boleslav early in the 2007-08 season. Boleslav was competing in the UEFA Cup that season, and in the first round of the competition Ščasný helped Boleslav pull off a stunning elimination of Italian club Palermo by winning 1-0 in the second leg of the tie in Italy. In the group stage of the competition, Boleslav finished 4th, behind Villarreal, Fiorentina and AEK Athens. Boleslav parted ways with Ščasný before the end of the season.

Return to FK Viktoria Žižkov

In the middle of the 2008-09 season Žižkov was at the bottom of the table and likely to be relegation. Žižkov turned to Ščasný for help for the final 16 matches of the season, but it was too late - Ščasný could not save the club and they were relegated to the second division.


Zdenek's son Michal and daughter Pavlina are both professional footballers.



Dukla Prague

Sparta Prague


Sparta Prague

FK Viktoria Žižkov

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