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Slavia Prague tackle Oxford exam

SoccerNews in English Premier League 17 Apr 2008

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Czech league club Slavia Prague will take a step back into history to celebrate its new 21,000 seat stadium by playing a team of students from Oxford University AFC, the club announced on Thursday.

Oxford University was the first English club to take on Slavia in 1899, winning 3-0 in front of a record crowd of 4,000.

Slavia got their revenge 37 years later with an 8-2 win.

Slavia, currently second in the Czech league with a total of 14 league titles since being founded in 1896, will play Oxford on May 7.

The new stadium was built on the site of a dilapidated ground in the south of the capital which the club had to leave in 2000 after around half a century.

Slavia was forced to move from its previous home in the centre because of a project by the communist authorities to build a massive statue of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Since 2000, the club has played at its matches at the Strahov Stadium which belongs to the national football federation.

The new stadium will host its first international when the Czech Republic takes on Lithuania on May 27 in a warm up match for Euro 2008.

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