Jan 14 2012

Crisis at DAC Dunajska Streda

Published by at 5:11 pm under Domestic and tagged: ,

Eleven Corgoň Liga clubs are now in the midst of their preparations for this season’s spring phase. Potential new signings have been given trials and, in some cases, contracts, players have been released, training is in full-swing and the first winter friendlies are being anticipated.

At the 12th club, however, none of this has happened. The players and staff of DAC Dunajská Streda have not reported back for duty and it is, at present, far from certain that the club will be able to fulfil its remaining league fixtures. The reasons for this state of affairs are complex but essentially come down to a dispute between the club’s board, headed by  president  Khashayar Mohseni, and the town authority, a minority shareholder in the club, led by mayor Zoltan Hájos.

From Mohseni’s perspective, the authority is at fault for reneging on a contract signed by him and former mayor Peter Pázmány in 2008. Under the terms agreed then, Mohseni effectively moved FC Senec to Dunajská Streda, a town where ethnic Hungarians form the majority of the population. Pázmány, meanwhile, committed the local government to providing financial support to the club for the following 50 years. In the eight months since Hájos became mayor, however, funds have not been forthcoming. The resulting shortfall, Mohseni claims, has meant that financial commitments to players cannot be met, essential work on the stadium cannot be undertaken and winter training cannot begin on time.

Hájos, naturally, takes a different view. He insists that whenever a local authority agrees to provide financial assistance to a private enterprise such as a football club, it also has the right to scrutinise the ways in which the funding is used. He is also demanding to know whether DAC’s majority shareholders are meeting their own commitments and claims that fans, and the people of Dunajská Streda in general, have lost all faith in Mohseni’s running of the club.

There is no question that the fans are unhappy. A huge poster recently put up near the DAC ground shows a man, who may or may not have been intended to resemble Mohseni, wearing sunglasses and smoking a fat cigar. The Hungarian text next to the picture reads ‘don’t let our club fall prey to fraudsters‘. Crowds have fallen dramatically over the last two years – from around 5,000 to just 1,500 or so – and several matches have been boycotted. 

Mohseni and Hájos appear to agree on one thing ; both say that their wish is for the people of Dunajská Streda to be able to enjoy Corgon Liga football for the foreseeable future. But Hájos has reacted badly to an ultimatum set by Mohseni for the authority to make an agreement with him on a resolution of the crisis by January 17th (next Tuesday). He also strongly refutes Mohseni’s suggestion that the club has become a victim of local political infighting, suggesting that the parties running the town-hall have acted far more professionally than the people in charge at DAC.

Sympathy for DAC will be limited among those who despise franchises. The switch from Senec was, after all, made purely for reasons of finance, convenience and a ready-made fan-base. But the club has given the league a bit of variety over the last three years or so, as well as showcasing some interesting playing talents, notably Leonard Kweuke, now of Sparta Prague, and Michal Gašparík, who went to Gornik Zabrze last year and is now on loan at Trnava. If, and it is a big ‘if‘, DAC are still intact by the time spring comes around, they can start tackling their next challenge – climbing off the bottom of the Corgoň Liga.

 James Baxter

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Crisis at DAC Dunajska Streda”

  1.   George Mon 16 Jan 2012 at 9:01 am

    Dont you just love Slovakia …squabbles, tinker, tailor, solder, spy everywhere .

    Any news on the Slovan – Frienburg transfer sage …Dan cannot be on the case for us all as he is all at sea , being a marker buoy in the English Channel.

  2.   Jameson 16 Jan 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Slovan are saying that, if/when they see Guede again, they’ll tell him exactly what they think of him. Could also create an interesting situation between him and Weiss re the national team – if Weiss stays on, that is.

  3.   George Mon 16 Jan 2012 at 2:59 pm

    More to do with the lad`s agent wanting his man to get a pay rise me feels … he is not related to old ManC`s greedy Carlos T is he BTW ?

  4.   britskibelasion 18 Jan 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Seems like Guede is definitely leaving then. Now Slovan are interested in Mario Pecalka, who is apparently a ‘free agent’ after walking out on Hapoel Tel Aviv over Christmas time.

  5.   StaryJazvecon 18 Jan 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Guede on his transfer, sweating and looking shifty:


  6.   George Mon 19 Jan 2012 at 12:21 am

    Now let me think …eeerrrr play at a club that pays you wads of euro and every week , infront of crowds of more than 3000 people and the countries old people dont smell of B.O and pee …..or play at Slovan ???

    No Brainer really ……

  7.   George Mon 19 Jan 2012 at 10:42 am

    Just a bit off topic , but did anyone else watch `El Clasico` last night …..Phew, at last a real game of football, although I do get a bit fed up of the Spanish players and their theatrical roles ( or rolls) after any body contact .

    Messi is a utter genius and takes the kicks and bumps . But not the first time Pepe has disgraced the pitch …the guy is a total cheat and pretends a foul and injury and should be TV sighted and banned for the deliberate stamp on Messi`s hand .

  8.   britskibelasion 21 Jan 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Off topic yes. One place you won’t find people discussing ‘El Classico’ is Britski Belasi, I’m afraid George.

  9.   George Mon 22 Jan 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I was not actually looking for a discussion, just pointing out the enormous gulf in the class of football , between viewing real football in Spain and the stuff (crap) in Slovakia, you seem to turn up, bother to watch and get all girly excited about

    BTW, when are you next back bobbin in the North sea ? The Seagull must be missing someone to poop on .

  10.   britskibelasion 22 Jan 2012 at 4:38 pm

    “did anyone else watch El Clasico”

    sounded like an attempt at starting a discussion to me ..

    Oh, SHOCK, HORROR! George has a shockingly insightful revelation – football in Spain is better than in Slovakia .. wow, who’d have believed that?! Shall I announce it as a Britski Belasi exclusive???

  11.   George Mon 23 Jan 2012 at 10:31 am

    If I were you Dano, I would get back to the day North sea job. Clearly standing on dry land causes you some serious lack of herring eating issues .

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