Aug 09 2010

Strong start to the season for Slovan & Zilina.

So far everyone associated with the two biggest clubs in Slovakia, Slovan & Zilina must be feeling pretty pleased with how this season has started. 10 points each from 4 matches in the league, and success for both clubs in Europe means there is a real feeling of optimism ahead of the weeks to come.  A huge achievement from Slovan overcoming Crvena Zvezda in the Europa League coupled with a real opportunity for Zilina to make the Champions League group stages means that even though it’s early days, there are signs that domestic football in Slovakia is on the up. Champions MSK Zilina look like providing very tough opposition once again for Slovan at the top of the table and arguably remain favourites to retain their title. Both clubs progressed impressively in European Competition last week and the articles from the latest Britski Belasi tour will be posted soon. Slovan will still be kicking themselves after losing a 2-0 lead away at Zilina a couple of weeks ago in the league, especially as the club from the north of the country appear to go from strength to strength, their latest result a 5-1 victory over decent opposition in FC Nitra.
Spartak Trnava a well supported club from 30km NE of Bratislava are also keeping with the early pace in the league, but the other 2 teams who qualified for Europe last season, Dukla and Nitra are probably demonstrating the gulf in quality between the top 2 or 3 and the rest, struggling in the league and already out of Europe.
Whether DAC Dunajska Streda manage to survive the season remains to be seen, the club which is in financial turmoil has so far recorded 0 points from 4 matches, a record matched only by Tatran Presov.

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