Jiří Sobotka

Jiří Sobotka (6 June 1911 – 20 May 1994), also known as Georges Sobotka, was a former Czechoslovak footballer, who played internationally for Czechoslovakia (23 caps, 8 goals),[1] and participated at the 1934 FIFA World Cup when Czechoslovakia came in second.

Jiří Sobotka
Sobotka in 1961
Personal information
Full name Jiří Sobotka
also known as: Georges Sobotka
Date of birth (1911-06-06)6 June 1911
Place of birth Prague, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 20 May 1994(1994-05-20) (aged 82)
Place of death Intragna, Switzerland
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Čechoslovan Košíře
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1939 Slavia Prague
1939–1941 Hajduk Split 34 (17)
1942 Slavia Prague
1943–1946 SK Baťa Zlín
1946–1951 Chaux-de-Fonds
National team
1934–1937 Czechoslovakia 23 (8)
Teams managed
1940–1941 Hajduk Split
1946–1959 Chaux-de-Fonds
1959–1961 Feyenoord
1961–1965 FC Basel
1964-1965 Switzerland
1965–1967 FC Biel-Bienne
1968–1970 Charleroi
1970-1971 UE Sant Andreu
1971–1972 Chaux-de-Fonds
1972–1973 FC Aarau
1973–1976 Bellinzona
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played for SK Slavia Praha, Hajduk Split (winning the Banovina of Croatia first league[2]) and FC La Chaux-de-Fonds.

During his period in Split, he played 36 league matches scoring 17 goals in the 1939-40[3] and 1940-41[4] seasons. Before arriving to Yugoslavia, he had been a player-coach in Switzerland with FC Winterthur.[5]

After his playing career, he coached numerous clubs in Switzerland[6] and won 6 Swiss cups.[7] He also coached Charleroi in Belgium[8] UE Sant Andreu in Spain,[9] and Switzerland national team.[10]


As player

Czechoslovak Championship: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937
1940–41 Croatian First League
1934 World Cup runner-up

As manager

Swiss Cup: 1948*, 1951*, 1954, 1955, 1957
Swiss Championship: 1954, 1955
Swiss Cup: 1963
(*Sobotka won the 1948 and 1951 Swiss Cups as player-manager)


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