At the end it comes to champions to somewhat emphasize the shift of power in Czechoslovakia. Dukla (Prague) had the honour.
The name is familiar, of course, and even more so in the 1970s when the memories of the 1960s were still quite intact. In the first half of the 1960s Dukla was famous. May be they were not particularly loved at home, but abroad Dukla exemplified Czechoslovakian football. Since they were Communist creation, as everywhere else in Eastern Europe the 'true proletarian' club belonged to the Army and their strength was largely due to the simple fact that the Army, even without further state favouritism, was able to take players at will from other clubs – simple call for army service did the trick. But by mid-1960s the so-called 'Czech Spring' started and Dukla lost its privileged position. It may have been not only politics the major factor of decline, yet Dukla was no longer the same as before and ten years of followed when Dukla was playing second fiddle at best. The last championship was won in 1966. By 1976 there was only one player in the team of the last champion squad – Ivo Viktor. His great teammate of those long gone days Jozef Masopust was coaching Zbrojovka (Brno) – still close to the Army, or at least to the military industry, one may argue, but nothing to do with the 'real thing', Dukla. Another familiar name was coaching Dukla – Jaroslav Vejvoda, who came back from Poland in 1975. Vejvoda, a well respected coach, is not very well known, largely because there were few others like Vaclav Jezek with greater weight outside Czechoslovakia, thanks to the European Cup in particular. As for Vejvoda, it was his third stint at the helm of Dukla after two stints with Legia (Warszawa). The novelty of it is that Vejvoda alternated military teams – Dukla at home and Legia in Poland. He was the coach of the great 1960s Dukla, winning 5 titles with them, but he was less successful with Legia. In Poland, he had tougher opposition – Gurnik (Zabrze), Stal (Mielec), and Ruch (Chrozow). Ruch was coached by Michal Vican, who also led Slovan (Bratslava) to their great victories – in a sense, Vican blocked Vejvoda both in Czechoslovakia and Poland. Anyhow, Vejvoda came back in 1975, replacing his former star Jozef Masopust and craving revenge. And revenge he got: Slovan in midtable; Dukla – champions. Good 4 points ahead of the smaller 'enemy' from Bratislava, Inter, and with the best record in the league in terms of wins (18), least lost matches (6), the most goals scored (61), and tied with Banik (Ostrava) defensively, both teams allowing the least goals in the championship, 33 each. Dukla not only won a title after 10 years of drought, but remained the most succeful Czechoslovak club – it was their 9th title. Slovan had only 7. Revenge indeed.