Feb 17 2011

Milan Lalkovic / Zilina / Slovan news

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Just a quick post to direct readers who may be interested towards Kirsten Schlewitz’s blog for a nice post on Chelsea’s Slovak youngster Milan Lalkovic.  Unfortunately Lalkovic, born in Kosice in 1992, left Slovakia long before he had any chance of gracing domestic pitches as a senior player.  He was signed by Chelsea when just 14 years old and started their standard youth scholarship at the age of 16.  Since then he continues to improve, and as you’ll see from Kirsten’s post, is becoming something of a headline-grabber as far as Chelsea’s youth team is concerned:

http://www.7500toholte.com/2011/2/16/1997079/pimp-milan-lalkovic-chelsea-youth-player-slovakia-u-21-speed-demon

While the timing of a potential call-up to the Slovak National team should be considered very carefully, all of us with interest in Slovak football will be hoping that Milan goes on to fulfil his massive potential on the international stage at the appropriate time.

Great stuff from Kirsten and look forward to hearing more about Lalkovic’s progress in the future.

MSK Zilina beat FC Petrzalka 1898 3-1 in a friendly at Stadion Pod Dubnom yesterday in front of approximately 1,000 people (?) which seems a fairly good attendance considering the match was played on a working week day. Perhaps not in the same league as Lalkovic yet, 22-year-old Robert Pich continues to impress [me personally] with his goals, movement and skills.  I hope for domestic football’s sake [and Zilina supporters ;-) ] that Pich spends more than just the remainder of this season in the Corgon Liga, although I fear a move may be imminent, especially if he keeps scoring goals like this first one:

Preparations are in full swing for the return to domestic football next weekend, with Slovan Bratislava travelling to Prague this weekend for an interesting match at the Eden Stadium against Slavia.  Slovan’s form seems to be picking up with comprehensive wins against Romanian team Gaz Metan Medias and Polish side Zaglebie Lubin over the last week or so.

Slovan fans are planning on travelling to Prague with at least one bus, and the troops are most certainly being rallied ahead of the massive match next weekend up in Trnava.

Unfortunately for Slovan fans, both the Trnava and the Zilina away games appear to have been scheduled for 17:30 kick-offs on Friday to accommodate the Digisport TV schedule.  While perhaps afternoon kick-offs can be accepted for friendly matches, it is somewhat unreasonable to expect fans to take an afternoon off work just to be able to watch their team in domestic competition .. or .. is that what the SFZ is hoping for?

One thing is for sure, the Slovan fans won’t be deterred from travelling to Trnava and I’m awaiting this match with anticipation to see what happens both on and off the pitch.

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4 Responses to “Milan Lalkovic / Zilina / Slovan news”

  1.   James Baxteron 17 Feb 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Nice round-up. I personally wouldn’t rush Lalkovic into the national team just yet, though I do understand the temptation to see him as a potential saviour given recent results.

    Strange game yesterday ; Petrzalka were arguably the better side for the last 60 minutes but obviously you can’t leave it till you’re 3-0 down before joining the party. Liked Augustin for them and not just for his overhead kick, though that was indeed very smart.

    Zilina were at their best in that first half-hour with Strba holding in midfield, Ceesay alone up front and Majtan and Pich out wide. The latter two were both excellent and Momodou had found some form at last. Pich certainly looks an exciting prospect but obviously we have to wait to see what the league games bring. A change of formation for the second-half, with two up front, saw a relatively static, predictable performance from Zilina.

    And this whole Digisport thing seems wrong to me too. The likes of us will complain about inconvenience to away fans – and justifiably so – but I reckon the majority of Slovaks are far more angry about the fact that Digisport have also nicked the Premiership from under Nova Sport’s noses.

    Slovan fans will be in Trnava, as you say, but how many bother with Zilina away probably depends on whatever else happens before then.

  2.   britskibelasion 17 Feb 2011 at 4:03 pm

    haha exactly, Slovan need to win every match until then and then it might just be interesting! If they lose at Trnava [dare I even mention it] then I have a feeling the new-found enthusiasm might quickly die off!

  3.   Kirstenon 17 Feb 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I just <3 Lalkovic. I think I was more meaning friendlies. I tend to be very unsophisticated in analysis when doing PIMP pieces, as they're meant to be about pure adoration in the player. I'd like to see him get a look and see how the team plays with that amount of speed up front, but for Euros? No.

    Thanks for posting links to a story that possibly feels more "abs" than "analysis"!

  4.   britskibelasion 17 Feb 2011 at 5:43 pm

    haha, no problem, any promotion of Slovak players is good for us! Wonder if and when Martin Skrtel fits into your pocket ;-)

    and watch out for Pich – he definitely fits in there!

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