Apr 11 2011

Successful first bloggers’ meet in Bratislava

On a beautifully sunny, albeit rather windy, weekend in Bratislava, we organised the first ‘get-together’ of – let’s call it ‘Friends of the Site’.  I think all of us would agree that one of the key motivations for running a blog like this is to provide a medium for like-minded people to discuss their – rather unconventional – interests.

For us obviously, the interest lies specifically in Czech and Slovak football, ground-hopping and any combination of the above. Discussion on the internet is wonderful, and as I say, is one of the largely motivations for the contributors to this blog, however I believe there is real scope for meeting up and continuing the discussions further, usually over the course of a football match and several pivos.

Our outline itinerary consisted of Slovan Bratislava v Vion Zlate Moravce in the Corgon Liga on Saturday afternoon, followed by FC Petrzalka 1898 v AS Trencin in Division 1 on the Sunday.   Ralph Davies was down from Brno for the whole weekend, Zilina fan and regular blog-contributor James Baxter begrudgingly handed over his cash at the Pasienky turnstiles to watch Slovan on the Saturday and we were joined by Vienna-based groundhopper and founder of the ‘Petrzalka-La Coruna‘ friendship link Jose-Luis Pinyero on Sunday.  Also regular commenter and Petrzalka fan of 15-years Mr Stary Jazvec joined the fun on the Sunday morning.

A few of my own personal highlights from the weekend:

  • Joint Britski-Belasi & FC Brno flaggage at Slovan on the Saturday.  These clubs have a well known friendship & the flags seemed to be very well received at the game.

Friendship Flags

  • Exceptional chicken-steaks from the Pasienky mobile food-stands, highly recommended, especially when washed down with a €1 pint of Budvar.
  • Filip Sebo’s 83rd minute winner for Slovan closing the gap with Zilina to 2 points and Senica to 4 points.  The title race in Slovakia is very much alive.
  • Post-Slovan match discussion of the merits of football blogging including mutual agreement on several of our favourite football blogs. A big shout out to the inspirational guys running  The Ball is Round, European Football Weekends, In Bed With Maradona and Gannin’ Away .  Hopefully we’ll all meet up again in the not-too-distant ..
  • 10:30 am [kick-off-time] beers at Petrzalka on Sunday.
  • The wonderful old Rapid ground, current home of FC Petrzalka 1898.

    New home of 'Zalka. Groundhoppers paradise.

  • Meeting Slovan & Slovakia striker Filip Sebo, who had spent his Sunday morning watching his former club.

britskibelasi meets Filip Sebo

  • Meeting Petrzalka’s oldest and maddest fan, Laszko.  A few rants aside, he was a friendly chap, and together with his mates, even bought us a beer.  Top man, I’m sure he was one of the 3 Petrzalka fans at the last derby I went to at the old Tehelne Pole.  Next stop for Laszko, Puchov away next weekend!

Please Jazvec, don't tell this chap I like Slovan!

  • The quality of AS Trencin.  They are 21 points clear for a reason and are clearly way too good for this league.  The quality of young players coming through at Trencin is seriously impressive and we were privileged to watch them play for just €2 entrance fee.  Jose-Luis met the Spanish speaking contingent from Trencin including Jorge Salinas who scored 2 fantastic goals, and they were totally surprised and overwhelmed by his interest.  A VIP invite was even acquired to their inevitable Championship celebrations in 2 weeks time.
  • A nostalgic visit to the old Petrzalka stadium.  What awaited us there will go down in the story-telling yore of all present, but how sad it is to see a stadium simply falling apart, totally neglected. The concrete and steel work remains in decent enough condition to re-use but the current plan for FC Petrzalka is to relocate to their own, new, custom-built 3,000 capacity ground back in their own suburb.  Whether the planned Hilton Hotel will ever be built on this site remains very much to be seen.  In the meantime, a homeless guy, a cat, a dog & skateboarders continue to have free-reign of the place while Petrzalka’s players try to carve out a career for themselves, currently unpaid for 3 months in Division 1.

VIP stand


Petrzalka Stadium, been like this for 4 years already ..

I sincerely hope all participants enjoyed the weekend as much as I did.  Thanks to everyone for attending and their great respective inputs.  Very much looking forward to the next meet-up and hopefully we will continue to build our numbers.

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Successful first bloggers’ meet in Bratislava”

  1.   Kirsten Schlewitzon 11 Apr 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Oh man, I want to go

  2.   James Baxteron 11 Apr 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Handed over those 7 Euros through gritted teeth! Despite the result, it was a fine day out. Great to meet up with you and Ralph.

    Sadly, this Kralik chap who was promising Petrzalka all sorts last autumn sounds a complete tosser, at least Kmotrik was at the helm a few years before selling them down the river. The day out there sounds a cracker though, I should have stuck around. Next time….

    Now going to shout more abuse at the man in the red cap…

  3.   Brian Owenon 11 Apr 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Shame about the Petrzalka ground. Went there in about 2002 (for one of those famous 10.30am Sunday morning starts) and they actually seemed to be rebuilding and developing the stadium (ie: the two sides shown in one of your photos). Well situated too, just across the river from the city centre. Did they not also have some big name concerts there?

  4.   Stary Jazvecon 12 Apr 2011 at 1:59 pm

    You’ve captured Laco in mid-rant, nice pic, looking forward to getting my ear bent some more in Puchov…

  5.   Estojaon 12 Apr 2011 at 2:06 pm

    It was definitely a great way of spending last Sunday. It was really nice to meet Dan, Ralph, Stary Jazvec, Aldo Báez, David Depetris, young Jorge Salinas, Filip Šebo and all the other Petržalka fans.

    Rapid ground in Ružinov is definitely one of my favourites so far, really loved it. I doubt that the future new Stadium of Petržalka will be so charming like the one they use now in Ružinov. But they need to move, the team must play in Petržalka.

    And the visit to the old Petržalka ground was both amazing and sad.

    Thanks a lot to everybody who took part in this great weekend and looking forward to meet soon again.

  6.   Ralphon 12 Apr 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Echo the above – great to meet up with all of you and you are all more than welcome across the border.

    Is it my imagination or did Laco really tell us a story about attacking a ref?

    Top weekend!

  7.   Estojaon 12 Apr 2011 at 7:59 pm

    It was just a pity that I did not meet James on the weekend.

    @ Ralph,
    Yes, Laco did tell us such a story.

  8.   britskibelasion 12 Apr 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Indeed … he said that Zilina fan Mr Krajčík should be ashamed of his effort against the linesman last week .. a mild push, quite pathetic by Laco’s standards!
    “pam pam !!”

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