Jan 01 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Published by at 2:00 pm under Uncategorized

High time for a personal message from me.  For various reasons, my blog posts have certainly become less frequent of late.  2011 has been a successful year on many fronts, not least here on the blog.  This was a year of steady continuation of what was built up throughout the second half of 2010 and I’m pleased to start 2012 as proud of our Slovak Football Blog as ever.

Thanks in no small part to the contribution of James Baxter, we were able to continue posting an average of 9-10 articles a month throughout the year maintaining a regular and expanding readership offering an increasing number of comments and debate below the articles.  This is the ultimate goal of ‘Britski Belasi’ – to continue raising awareness of the game in Slovakia, it’s endless struggles and occasional moments of glory.  To offer information to folk who may have followed football here in the past and lost touch, or new visitors who want to get up to speed with what’s happening in Slovak football.  That, and of course to continuing humouring certain members of the internet community who just can’t stay away from the comments section of our blog.

There isn’t much written in the English language on Slovak football and it is my full intention to continue 2012 where we finished 2011 with a selection of analysis and review such as this excellent summary of the year from James, Part 2 of this 5,000 word guest article from Alex Anderson, and more of my own match-day ramblings such as Slovan’s last outing against Red Bull Salzburg.

We’re not professionals.  We’ve got family and work commitments, but we get out there when we can, read the Slovak footy press and try to keep the blog fresh, up to date and interesting.  Who knows, 2012 may even bring an upgrade to the site layout!

As for ‘on-the-field matters’, I can’t really add much to James’ excellent review of 2011.  But I can certainly start the year by saying that I’d like to see Slovan perform as strongly as they did last Spring while Zilina and Trnava do their bit to keep the title race interesting.  I am biased here, but I still predict Slovan will prevail come May, not least because European distractions are behind them, the only title rival they play away in the second half of the season is Zilina and their last 4 matches are against Nitra, DAC, Kosice and Presov.  You could argue that those clubs will be fighting for survival and Slovan struggle to put the smaller teams away, but really there is no easier run-in than that.  Crunch time for Slovan will be the first week of April – Senica, Zilina and Trnava within a week.

Assuming it is those 4 clubs – Slovan, Trnava, Zilina & Senica – who enter European competition next seasons, it would be great to see them build on the experiences of the last couple of seasons.  At least 2 of those clubs making group stage competition is an optimistic, but not unrealistic target.

So, Happy New Year to all our readers, contributors and followers.  Your input is much appreciated and here’s to an enjoyable and sporting 2012!

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One Response to “Happy New Year 2012”

  1.   Colinon 22 Jan 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hi there!

    We’re 3 football supporters and we’ve just uploaded a video on YOUTUBE called PRICE TAG FOOTBALL

    It’s a fun poke at the footballers who get paid too much…..and something we hope will give all footy fans a laugh!

    The video link is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q0Sy6_SD8k

    or you can search Price Tag Football on YOUTUBE

    Hope you enjoy the video!

    Best wishes
    W-w-B

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