Sep 26 2010

Slovakia Update

Published by at 10:01 pm under Domestic

This season has seen a number of European leagues throwing up strange results and surprise names setting the early-season pace.  Slovakia is no different, and so far this season we have seen some very strange results and fluctuations of form of all teams.

MSK Zilina kicked off the latest round of domestic fixtures on Friday night against DAC Dunajska Streda.  DAC agreed to come for the Friday match to support Zilina’s preparations next week’s Champions League game against Spartak Moscow.  Only 2,212 people turned up and sat through a dull 0-0 draw in near silence.  The discontent amongst Zilina’s supporters is clearly rumbling on and the rumours are that this time the Ultras decided to ditch the football and go to basketball or ice-hockey instead.  DAC have shown some signs of improvement recently, but they are still in the scrap to avoid relegation and this will be a very welcome point for them.  Zilina, on the other hand, have to consider this 2 points lost.  A home match against DAC on a Friday night really should have been a home-banker.  Maybe Zilina are already starting to show the effects that a 2 match-per-week schedule has on the relatively small professional squads in Slovakia.   If the ‘Sosoni’ are not careful in the next few weeks, the Champions League adventure could back-fire on them domestically, and the other teams in the title race will be eager to capitalise as much as possible while Zilina are busy with European duties.

Slovan are right back in the mix, firing 6 goals for the 2nd consecutive match against MFK Dubnica.  Dubnica also shipped 5 at home against Zilina in the cup and are clearly one of the favourites for relegation.  Perhaps Dubnica are lucky that this league contains both MFK Kosice and Tatran Presov. Kosice followed on from their 3-0 defeat in the cup at the hands of 2nd Division Spissky Novy Ves with a 4-1 defeat away at ViOn Zlate Moravce. The situation at Kosice appears dire to say the least.

Surprise package FK Senica stunned MFK Ruzomberok with a last minute goal to record a 1-2 victory which sends the team who bought out Inter Bratislava to gain their position in the top division 2 points clear of Zilina at the top.

In the other 2 matches, despite the impressive following (everywhere at home), Spartak Trnava lost 1-0 t the hands of FC Nitra, and Dukla Banska Bystrica eased past Tatran Presov 3-0 at home.

"WE ARE AT HOME EVERYWHERE"

Standings after 10 games played:

Senica 22

Zilina 20

Slovan 17

Ruzomberok 17

Trnava 16

ViOn 16

Dukla 15

Nitra 14

DAC 9

Dubnica 7

Kosice 6

Presov 5

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3 Responses to “Slovakia Update”

  1.   James Baxteron 26 Sep 2010 at 11:12 pm

    As a Zilina fan, I’m beginning to fear Slovan again. With Halenar fit and Sebo in the ranks, they’re going to be potent up front. If Dosoudil and Salata can regain discipline and form respectively at the other end, ‘Belasi’ are going to be hard to stop.

    Zilina v Dunajska Streda was grim. The visitors were unadventurous but also diligent and well-organised. Their keeper was named man-of-the-match in Sport. I wouldn’t disagree with that as he had plenty to do but most of it was basic keepers’ stuff – coming out decisively for crosses, getting his body behind long-range efforts, narrowing angles etc. Zilina only forced him into one outstanding save ; from an Oravec curler in the 15th minute.

    It was funny you should ask about Kobylik earlier as I really miss him on the right. On Friday, Poliacek and Vladavic started on the flanks and, the odd trick or burst of accelaration aside, produced absolutely zero between them. Rilke for Poliacek was an improvement. As for Kobylik, he wasn’t fancy but his delivery into the box was good and he was clever at making space for Angelovic’s runs from right-back.

    As for the atmosphere, it was appalling. Playing on Friday was fair enough but why not start after the ice-hockey was due to finish? A fair few people wanted to go to both. The Ultras’ absence, meanwhile, suggests the club still has some ‘making-up’ to do

  2.   britskibelasion 27 Sep 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Who is the DAC keeper? A local guy or another one of their foreign recruits?

  3.   James Baxteron 28 Sep 2010 at 9:16 am

    His name is Kovac (Pavol, I think). There were more Slovak sounding names in the side this time than when I’ve seen them before.

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