Sep 09 2011

Back to domestic affairs

Published by at 5:51 pm under Uncategorized

Personally I’ve been back in the UK on holiday for the last week, so many thanks to James for the write-ups on the National team performances during a very disappointing week for Slovak football fans.  Yes we do strangely find ourselves in a position where we could still qualify for Euro 2012 as group winners.  But, we also find ourselves in a position where even the most optimistic of fans is surely questioning the supposed collective quality of all these individual ‘superstars’ who get thrown together every few weeks from their respective millionaire surroundings around European football.   Marek Hamsik claiming that Slovakia were the better team after getting beat 0-4 ??  Come on, there is something not right there, surely?  Jan Durica on that last goal against Armenia, what exactly WAS he doing?

Anyway, back to domestic affairs this weekend.  Slovan are playing on a Saturday for, I think, the first time this season, hosting the resurgent FC Nitra at Pasienky.  Typical for me I arrive back to Bratislava late that evening, so will have to get my dose of Slovan for this week from the Juniors at home to Samorin on Sunday morning.  Having not scored in their last 2 league outings, and with Nitra emerging as a serious contender this season, Vladimir Weiss will be desperate for a top-notch domestic performance this time around.  There can be no excuses, even for the Internationals in the squad, of whom relatively little was seen during the recent qualifiers.

2 other teams on 12 points along with Nitra, are Zilina & Zlate Moravce.  Quietly Zilina have manoeuvred themselves into a position where they could go top this weekend if results go their way.  Trnava v Banska Bystrica is another pairing up of contenders, so this is certainly an interesting round of fixutres in the Corgon Liga.  Can DAC get their first point of the season at Presov, I doubt it, they really look dead and buried already and the other fixture tomorrow pairs Trencin and Kosice.

It all starts tonight though, Senica v Ruzomberok, two teams currently in mid-table who will be looking to catch up with the leading pack.  Enjoy the games if you’re off to them, look forward to reviewing the weekends action in a few days ..

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Back to domestic affairs”

  1.   James Baxteron 09 Sep 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I’ll let you know what Za-ZM is like! Superficial impression is that ZM, Trnava and Nitra are improved sides this season and all three have decent coaches. However, key to the autumn phase is surely Slovan’s ability to balance the Corgon Liga and European competition.

  2.   James Baxteron 11 Sep 2011 at 10:57 am

    2-2 draw in Zilina. Both sides were deflated at the end, Zilina because they failed to win at home once again – only one win (against Slovan) at home this season – and Vion because they were ahead going into added time and were looking comfortable enough.

    It wasn’t a good game really but three of the goals came from unexpected moments of quality from defenders. Being diplomatic, I’d describe Zilina as a team in transition ; no’one’s really quite sure what players or tactics are going to be deployed from one game to the next. In fairness, a few players are out injured. Strba, one who could make big difference, is finally getting fit again and was on the bench yesterday.

    Wouldn’t have liked to be in the Slovan dressing-room after yesterday’s game. Weiss seems to get angrier with every passing week – ‘appalling’, ‘unacceptable’, ‘can’t go on like this’ etc. Apart from one sitter missed by Hartig, the only highlights TA3 were able to dredge up were keepers coming out to claim easy crosses or gather balls at a striker’s feet.

    Trnava are the only team putting some wins together. With a good coach and the likes of Karhan and Oravec in the side, perhaps that’s not much of a surprise.

  3.   StaryJazvecon 20 Sep 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Was just thinking the other day if Kmotrik set out to assemble best available in Slovakia, Karhan and Oravec shd have been on his shopping list, cupboard def. looking a bit bare for the skyblues up front once the Sebster’s sidelined.

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