In the season 1999/2000 Slavia reached the UEFA Cup Quarter-finals which was the second-best European progress for te Red-whites after the 1996 UEFA Cup Semi-finals. In 1999 Slavia eliminated Vojvodina Novi Sad, Grasshopers, Steaua Bucharest and Udinese to face Leeds United - one of the best English teams of its time.
Leeds with Martyn, Kewell, Bowyer, Smith or Woodgate was successful not only in the UEFA Cup, but also in the Champions League and finished third in 1999/2000 Premier League. There was a difficult task ahead of Slavia which was confirmed in the first game on Eland Road. The red-whites lost 0-3 and the tie has been practically decided. Despite winning 2-1 home in Prague Slavia were eliminated. It was our last win against an English opponent for 21 years.
But Leeds was not the last English club Slavia met in the European competitions. In 2006/07 the Red-whites played against Tottenham Hotspur in the first round of the UEFA Cup, resulting in two narrow defeats 0-1 at home in the first leg (goal Jenas) and 0-1 again away (goal Keane).
Just a year later Slavia qualified for the UEFA Champions League Group Stage for the first time in the history of the club and was drawn into a group with Sevilla FC, Steaua and Arsenal. The away game on Emirates Stadium became a nightmare for thousands of travelling fans as Slavia lost 0-7 (Fábregas 2, Walcott 2, Hleb, Bendtner and one OG). But the home game just two weeks later was something completely different and Slavia drew 0-0 which helped the club to finish third in the group and qualify for the UEFA Cup 3rd round.
In the spring Slavia were drawn against Tottenham again and were close to eliminate the club from White Hart Lane. Despite losing 1-2 home (Střihavka - Berbatov, Keane) the red-whites showed solid performance in London and were close to extra time. The game ended up in a 1-1 draw (O’Hara - Krajčík).
Aston Villa 2008
First English club to travel to brand new Eden Arena was Aston Villa in 2008/09 UEFA Cup. In front of one of the biggest ever attendances Slavia lost 0-1 when Carew broke the deadlock on 26th minute.
Slavia had to wait 11 more years to meet another English club in the European competition. In the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League Quarter-final the Red-whites lost both games to future winners Chelsea FC (0-1 home, 3-4 away), but especially the second leg at Stamford Bridge will be engraved in Slavia fans´ memory for a long time thanks to two beautiful strikes by Petr Ševčík and stunning Slavia performance in the second half.
Watch the "English Dream" episode from Slavia TV Series "Total Season" showing both games against Chelsea:
In the first round of the knockout stage this season, Slavia were drawn against in-form Leicester City. Despite being clear underdogs against the club from shared second place in the Premier League, Slavia managed to hold the Foxes to a goalless draw at home and won 2-0 away after a standout performance and two goals by Provod and Sima. It was our first win against a club from England after 21 years and the first win on English soil in the modern history of the club.