Partisan Prague


Partisan Prague Football Club

As I plan my next trip (cycle/tuktuk/train?), my mind wanders more and more to Central and Eastern Europe. Poland, Czechia, Hungary and the Ukraine all beckon. So, by chance, I came across this interesting story about an expat/immigrant team in Prague. I contacted them and said they had a history worth sharing and they tweeted back that they would be happy for a blog in TheShirt2010. As many of you know, I have been an expat/immigrant for much of my adult life and the short history of PPFC reminds me of my own Deportivo Galicia in London. If you are involved with an expat side anywhere in the world please feel free to make contact and I will be happy to highlight you!

The story so far ….”So here it is… It all started in 2000 when an Irishman – named Gerry Keaty – wanted to give ex-pats a chance to have a kick about in Prague (and have a beer afterwards). It started out as a 3v3 format, played in a basketball gym in the city. By 2001 a few more players joined and it became a 6v6 format. In 2002 there were enough players to form an 11-a-side team and PPFC was born! From 2002 – 2009 the club operated as a “friendly” club. Just playing against stag-dos, village teams and basically anyone who fancied a match and a beer. Then in 2009 the Prague Ex-Pat league began. From 2009-2012 the ex-pat league went from strength to strength. But, with only 6 teams PPFC wanted more of a challenge. So… the club entered the official Czech Football League pyramid.

Despite having no budget, the club achieved promotion in its second season season, powered by goals from Federico “Fede” Arcomone. This little Italian was magic. Without doubt one of the best players to pull on the shirt and key to our early success. In December 2014, just after winning “Player of the Year”, Fede Arcomone tragically passed away. The club was devastated and still have his name on our bench every game!

2014/15 season and now things get crazy… despite the club doing well on the pitch, off the pitch things take a serious turn. The club’s treasurer had been stealing money and had not paid any of the outstanding bills (pitch hire, kit, balls etc.) He then did a runner. Due to this, the club was relegated back to the bottom of the pyramid. 16/17 the club achieves promotion, back to the 8th tier. Then in 19/20 PPFC are promoted to the 7th tier. The only ex-pat team to ever reach this level.



….and now in the 20/21 season we have an A Team who are sitting top of the league and a new B Team playing in the 9th tier. No owner, no money, just an amazing group of lads and a love of the game! Gerry Keaty had no idea…
RIP Fede”

2020 – 2021 New Kit

For more information follow them on Twitter or Facebook. As you can see, they have had some cracking shirts and I am looking forward to seeing them in real life. When I am in Prague, I will look in. I am assured I will be welcome and I am sure you will be well treated too.

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