Čestmír Vycpálek

Čestmír Vycpálek

Vycpálek (Enschede, 1971)
Personal information
Date of birth (1921-05-15)15 May 1921
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Date of death 5 May 2002(2002-05-05) (aged 80)
Place of death Palermo, Italy
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1946 SK Slavia Praha
1946–1947 Juventus 27 (5)
1947–1952 Palermo 143 (23)
1952–1958 Parma 151 (28)
Teams managed
1958–1960 Palermo
1960–1961 Siracusa
1962–1964 Valdagno
? Palermo (youth squad)
? Juve Bagheria
1970 Mazara
1970–1971 Juventus (youth squad)
1971–1974 Juventus

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Čestmír Vycpálek (Prague, 15 May 1921 – Palermo, 5 May 2002) was a Czech football player and manager who played as a midfielder. He was an uncle of noted football manager Zdeněk Zeman.[1]

Playing career

A good right winger, Vycpálek moved in 1946 to Juventus from Slavia Prague,[2] and in 1947 to Palermo, in Serie B at the time, leading the team to an immediate promotion to the top division, and playing 143 times, with 23 goals, in five seasons for the rosanero.[1] In the season 1952–1953, Vycpálek then signed for Parma, where he played at Serie B and Serie C level. Vycpálek abandoned his playing career in 1958, at the age of 37.[3]

Coaching career

Before to enjoy some relevant success at the managing level, Vycpálek had several minor experiences, often not particularly lucky. He started his coaching career for Palermo, where he relocated with his family after Czechoslovakia was occupied by the Soviet Red Army after the Prague Spring.[1] He then coached minor league teams such as Siracusa,[4] Valdagno[5] and Juve Bagheria.

In the early 1970s, however, after having been fired by Sicilian Serie D team Mazara,[6] Vycpálek went back to Juventus, thanks also to his old friend Giampiero Boniperti, who was a board member in that times, and became coach for the youth team. But, in 1971, after the sudden death of Armando Picchi, Vycpálek was named new head coach of Juventus. It was the beginning of a successful period which led the team to two consecutive scudetti, in 1972 and 1973.


Vycpálek died on 5 May 2002 in Palermo, the same day of the Juventus' triumph in the 2001–02 Serie A, and exactly thirty years after the death of his son Cestino in the Alitalia Flight 112 crash that happened in 1972.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 "Cestmir Vycpalek" (in Italian). Pianeta Rosanero. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  2. 1 2 Stefano Bedeschi (15 May 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Čestmír VYCPÁLEK" (in Italian). TuttoJuve.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. "Cestmir Vycpalek" (in Italian). Juventus FC Fansite. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  4. "Storia" (in Italian). Siracusa Calcio. Archived from the original on 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  5. "Marzotto V. – piazzamenti" (in Italian). Calcio di Eccellenza. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  6. "AMARCORD ...dall'Album dei ricordi" (in Italian). BYPASS. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
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