Football in the Czech Republic appeared in the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The first mention of it relates to 1885. As follows from the set of football rules, published in 1890 in a Czech magazine, football in the Czech Republic in those times had a lot to do with rugby. Two of the oldest and most popular clubs in the Czech Republic – Sparta and Slavia – were founded in the first half of the 90-ies of the xix century in Prague. Club ac Sparta was founded in 1893, and sk Slavia was founded a year later. The first Prague derby was held on 29 th March 1895 and ended in victory for Sparta 1:0. A total of 257 meetings between these teams won 118 Sparta, 80 – "Slavia", and 59 meetings ended in a draw. The first international match Czech footballers held in 1899 in Prague. Then Slavia played in zero draw with the team of Berlin and the English team lost 0:3 Oxford University.