Jan 21 2012

Slovan 6-0 Pezinok

Slovan Bratislava made light work of their first friendly assignment of the year with a Saturday morning stroll against Pezinok of Division 2 West.  Pezinok aren’t regular opponents for Slovan, and I wonder if this match was organised after the friendly relationship struck up between the two clubs when they met in the 3rd round of the cup back in September.  That day Pezinok made Slovan work hard for a 0-1 victory, Filip Sebo scoring the only goal in front of a packed stadium.  Sebo was nowhere to be seen today, but Slovan coach Vladimir Weiss started the match with what must be considered not far short of a full-strength XI.

New signings Kamil Kopunek and Andrej Smetana both started, along with Dosoudil and Kladrubsky in defence, Bagayoko and Jánošík, Pauschek on the flanks, Milinkovic and Grendel in midfield and Juraj Halenar loosely accompanying Smetana up front.  Kopunek joined Slovan this week as a free agent after a brief and fairly unspectacular spell with AS Bari in Italy following his rise to fame at the 2010 World Cup.  Kopunek was born in Trnava and made 196 appearances for his home-town club between 2002-2011.  Spartak fans say he will face ‘hell’ when Slovan face Trnava and obviously don’t accept lightly his decision to join their bitter rivals from the capital.  Kopunek becomes just the 10th player in over 60 years to join Slovan after playing for Trnava.

Smetana joined Slovan on loan from little known Belgian outfit Sint-Truiden.  He was a regular scorer in the Corgon Liga for FK Senica a couple of years ago but struggled to make an impact in Belgium.  At 6’6″ he adds height to the Slovan front-line especially alongside Halenar, but that’s about all I can say for him after this performance.  He did score a deflected goal but missed numerous chances, worryingly most of them with his head after Momodou Bagayoko repeatedly skinned the Pezinok left back and delivered quality service into the box.

Slovan hit the field running and while this was only the first friendly match in a full program leading up to the Corgon Liga restart on 25-Feb they played with an impressive focus and intent.  Kopunek, Milinkovic and Grendel were too strong for the Pezinok midfield and repeatedly brought Bagayoko into the game distributing to his flank from all areas.  Bagayoko was simply way too good for the opposition and created havoc down the right wing.  At least 3 of the 4 first half goals were a direct result of his contribution.  The fourth was an impressive curling shot from outside the box from Bagayoko’s opposite full-back Lukas Pauschek.

Around 350 spectators showed up on a bright but cold Saturday morning, far more than this artificial pitch is designed to host.  Vantage points were best found standing on rolled up astro-turf and I do hope they play next week’s more attractive fixture against Slavia Prague at a more appropriate venue.

It was 4-0 to Slovan at HT and after a quick turn-around it was almost straight from the restart that another wing-back, Peter Štepanovský added the 5th.  Obviously there were several substitutions in the second half with appearances for the little known Čermák, Meszáros and Szarka and Slovan’s dominance rescinded as the match wore on and the wind got colder.  Szarka added the 6th in the 80th minute to close out a job well done for Slovan.

Credit to Pezinok who came into the match a bit more in the second half, but they really didn’t trouble Hrosso in Slovan’s goal.  The gulf in class was no more evident than by looking at the two substitutes benches.  Slovan had a whole army of substitutes, trainers and coaches all kitted out in the Adidas training gear, while Pezinok had arrived in a mini-bus, only had 2 subs and played in a kit which doesn’t even display their club badge.

Interesting points for me today were that Kladrubsky was playing in defence, possibly a sign of Weiss’ intentions to better make use of Slovan’s most expensive signing in the second half of the season.  Secondly, If Smetana can only perform like this on his debut against a very mediocre opposition, he won’t add anything to Slovan’s front-line this Spring.  Finally, although hard to judge at this early stage, Kamil Kopunek could possibly be a very good signing – one capable of filling the gap left by Karim Guede’s departure.

Next up for Slovan, Gyor away and Slavia at home, before they depart for sunnier, warmer climes out in Valencia.  A promising start, but plenty of work to be done.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Slovan 6-0 Pezinok”

  1.   Jameson 21 Jan 2012 at 6:38 pm

    On one hand, Kopunek should stand out back in the Corgon Liga, on the other, you can’t help thinking he’s only back in Slovakia because his career just never took off after he left. Odd how the two clubs he signed for after leaving Trnava either went bust (Saturn) or got into ridiculous debt (Bari).

    Smetana was good at Senica because they based their game around him, with lots of long balls, set-pieces, long throws etc. At Slovan, you’d think he’ll be more the alternative than the main man.

    Good to see you weren’t too lonely there on the sidelines!

  2.   britskibelasion 21 Jan 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Suppose he can’t be any worse than Hartig in the first half of the season .. or can he? Not convinced I’m afraid. Halenar’s still the man for me ..

  3.   George Mon 22 Jan 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Dano, My understanding dear Filip Sebo was on conditioning training in Barbados ..you know, nose snorting his coke a cola lite, drowning in pina colada and shooting the odd vitamin cocktail up his arm .

    I guess within two weeks he will be ready to return to Bratislava to complete yet another successful season of `whoops how did my nose, run into that defenders elbow again and ….Christ yet another shoe lace untied miss kick from 5 yards out, with an empty goal at my mercy .` ……

  4.   britskibelasion 22 Jan 2012 at 4:35 pm

    actually, TA3 reportage showed he was standing on the sideline supporting his team-mates …

  5.   George Mon 23 Jan 2012 at 10:28 am

    Sadly there is no cure for your kind of stupidity or sense of humour failure .

  6.   StaryJazvecon 23 Jan 2012 at 11:55 pm

    You got 2 stop talking to yourself, Georgie. Boom tish.

  7.   George Mon 24 Jan 2012 at 8:29 am

    Oh Dear, a Slovak guy with a crass opinion, there is a quelle surprise . Tell me Old Jazvec, are you one of those Slovak locals, yokels, woodcutters, etc that believes that the European Union, did desperately need Slovensko as one of it`s members ???

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