Jan 28 2012

Slovan Bratislava 2-0 Slavia Prague

Published by at 10:25 pm under Domestic and tagged: ,

For many Slovan fans, ultras, hooligans and friends thereof, this day started early.  An all day tournament in a nearby sports hall brought together 5-a-side teams representing-amongst others, Slovan Ultras, Rum Company Brno, Ultras Martin, Ruch Chorzow, Pressburg Boys, Freefight Blue-White and Austria Wien.  This event, basically a meet-up of like-minded factions of anti-modern football fans and hooligans was taking place just a few hundred metres away from the Pasienky astro-turf where Slovan Bratislava were to host their 3rd friendly opponent of the month, Slavia Prague.

The indoor hall was adorned with banners – the regulars we see at every Slovan match – as well as others from the invited guests. The atmosphere was friendly but oppressive; a lot of beer and stronger alcohol being consumed, the chanting already forceful, hair-cuts, body language and clothing labels said it all.

Meanwhile Slovan Bratislava were preparing for their 3rd winter friendly; against former Czech greats Slavia Prague.  ’Federalne Derby’ the match was being marketed.  A picture appeared on the Slovan facebook page of a pitch-invaded Tehelne Pole – perhaps slightly OTT for a match taking place on the Pasienky astro-turf training pitch.

Bratislava January Football

The modest stand was full as we arrived, at least there were still vantage points to be had on the rolled up turf around the ground.  Pivo, Ciganska, refreshments were available as 500+ fans turned up for the most attractive of Slovan’s warm-up games prior to their winter training camp in Spain.

Slovan started with what must be getting close to Vladimir Weiss’ preferred starting XI; Putnocky-Bagayoko, Dosoudil, Kladrubsky, Pauschek-Kopunek, Milinkovic, Zofcak-Halenar, Sebo, Smetana – and were immediately dominant.  I will apologise now, but this blog post is not going to be about Slavia Prague.  The visitors were awful, and Slovan were far too comfortable from the very start.  Milinkovic controlled play, Bagayoko was regularly involved in attack, Zofcak and Sebo tinkered with positioning; perhaps the only criticism of Slovan’s play was the over-intricasy and a lack of ambition to shoot from distance.

Eventually Milinkovic created a tap-in for Sebo and it was 1-0.  An exceptional 25-yard volley from Juraj Halenar hit the post then bounced out off the keepers dive, that warmed the crowd on a bitterly cold day.  Smetana tried to be awkward but again failed to impress (me) and Slovan eased to 1-0 at half time.

Milinkovic backheel

The second half was very quiet so most entertainment came from groups of fans from the indoor tournament attempting to climb fences to gain access to the awkwardly located pitch.  Piliev was introduced for Slovan but was hardly noticable, Meszáros, Cermak, Kolack and Grendel all played the second half but it wasn’t until the 78th minute when Cermak added the second.  Quite simply, Slovan were far too comfortable in this match, and Slavia Prague were an embarrassment to the Czech league and themselves.  We commented that there was no point in them turning up – Slovan would have been tested more by a team from Samorin or Dunajksa Luzna.  The visitors couldn’t string together more than 2 consecutive passes and looked so completely disjointed you really fear for their survival in the Gambrinus League.

Slovan depart now for warmer climes, a training camp in Valencia including two matches announced so far against Hercules Alicante a CD Alcoyano.  From what I’ve seen in these 3 preparatory matches, Slovan have been comfortable on artificial grass against relatively weak opposition.  I really don’t rate Smetana and I can’t understand why goalkeeper Hrosso has departed on loan to Nitra-Putnocky is still playing very well, but Weiss seemed to prefer Hrosso?  Kopunek is quietly doing the important part of the work Guede did and Milinkovic, Grendel and Halenar continue to improve.  Kladrubsky looks comfortable at the back, but there has been no sign of Had or Dobrotka so far this winter.

Finally; rumours are starting to surface around the future of Filip Sebo – were these boots chosen on behalf of his former – and perhaps future Austrian employers?!

Captions welcome!

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Slovan Bratislava 2-0 Slavia Prague”

  1.   StaryJazvecon 28 Jan 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Hroššo mystery solved. Weiss has brought in Štefan Senecký.

    Bagayoko the pick of the bunch for me. Altho a little shot-shy, as were a few of them. Real sides shd be trying to poach him and not bother w/ Mr. Overated Purple Boots. Slovan looked quite classy first half with Mama and Mlinkovič, tho’ obviously against weak oppo. If that was a full strength Slavia side (currently 10th in the Gambrinus liga) then the Czech league must have nose-dived in quality at some pt.

  2.   George Mon 28 Jan 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Caption …listen Red Dog , I might be a fat, lazy, useless, twat, that misses open goals from 6 yards every week, ….but I will always be consistently ugly .

  3.   StaryJazvecon 28 Jan 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Caption – How the f*ck could you not make it at Rangers? Your Mrs. is tidy though, admittedly.

    Georgie – Dan promised me there will be some special Britski Belasi merchandise for the best caption. Sky blue T-shirt with the legend “I drove 250km to watch this sh*t”.

  4.   StaryJazvecon 29 Jan 2012 at 12:52 am

    One last “thought” b4 bedtime. See a potential parallel between Smetana/Slovan and Carroll/Liverpool. He’s come with a rep as a goal machine, but if he starts regularly then Slovan will have to change the way they play, ie more long-ball, which might not work. On the other hand, I also think that I could put together a Wimbledon-type side and piss the Slovak league, cos they dont like it up’m.

  5.   Jameson 29 Jan 2012 at 7:52 am

    Ultras Martin? There are about 10 of them altogether. Getting 5 together for a day out in BA is an achievement (of sorts).

    The Senecky signing is weird. I thought Weiss never forgave him after his performance in the 0-4 at Wembley in 2009. He’s certainly never been in a Slovakia squad since. With this sort of thing going on, expect a bid for Svento this week…

  6.   George Mon 29 Jan 2012 at 9:26 am

    `Georgie – Dan promised me there will be some special Britski Belasi merchandise for the best caption. Sky blue T-shirt with the legend “I drove 250km to watch this sh*t”…..~

    Thank god he will go and have it printed by professional Fax- Copy, as I am not sure he can spell that many joined up words all alone and without the help of spellcheck?

    Mind you Slovan selling Sebo for 400K is about just in line with many Slovaks in attempting to sell something to rich foreigners, for 4 times the worth price.

    James is being very coy? Not Joining in the caption comp then James ??? I was expecting… `I wonder lonely as a drug filled cloud etc `

  7.   Jameson 29 Jan 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Slavia player : So what was the Old Firm rivalry like?

    Filip : Really friendly. The Celtic fans used to chant ‘Sebo, Sebo’ every week.

    Best I can do on a Sunday morning.

  8.   George Mon 29 Jan 2012 at 2:50 pm

    ….sounds like one of Dan`s terrible offering James .

    How about…. Two egotists meet of the field of play, …..so it’s an I for an I ?

  9.   Jameson 30 Jan 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Looks like Weiss can concentrate on Slovan then….

  10.   Archieon 30 Jan 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Slavia Prague sit 13 points from the relegation zone and probably won’t have been viewing this as a competitive fixture, just a way of keeping fit over the winter break.

    They have not been impressive in any case, only scored 15 goals in 16 games, but probably won’t go down.

  11.   Fat Eckon 30 Jan 2012 at 9:06 pm

    SEBO: I used to play or a team with FIVE stars on its shirt.

    SLAVIA PLAYER: Aye and you had fuck-all to do with any of them …

  12.   Fat Eckon 30 Jan 2012 at 9:08 pm

    SLAVIA PLAYER (continuing): … AND it’s pronounced “For”!

  13.   George Mon 30 Jan 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Perhaps if and when you learn how to spell and put down a joined up sentence , we might just share the joke F.E …?

    Translation please….anyone ?

  14.   Jameson 30 Jan 2012 at 11:37 pm

    We can turn it into a quiz, George. Why have Rangers got five stars on their shirt? With all the research tools at our disposal, shouldn’t be too hard…

  15.   StaryJazvecon 30 Jan 2012 at 11:52 pm

    - Oi, purpleboots, that Scottish side you rarely played for are about to go tits up, unpaid tax innit
    - dont be silly Mr. Whyte is a billionaire.

  16.   George Mon 31 Jan 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Every team who has won the European cup has a star to celebrate being the best in Europe So as Glas-Rangers have never won this competition ( as Celtic has and been another final ) they made up a star system for league titles they have won. Childish I know . They keep going on about winning 52 leagues, but in fact they have only won 51.5.

    Mind you, when you only have to beat 2 other teams a year in your league and then not fall asleep and not get beat by some other sad loosers, to win a Scottish League Championship, it does make you wonder ….well why ???

  17.   George Mon 31 Jan 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I propose as an outsideie, Jan Slota as the new SFA Team Manager .

    Because ….. He is likely to be unemployed real soon, does not need paying and never earns any money from any job he is employed …but seems to have a lot of friends and family that loan him Bentley`s, planes and huge Villa. He is Nationalistic , wears the flag on his sleeves, hates all opposition, even a bib v skins game would be considered a war game to him …Has some great defensive idea`s, like using tanks, he is totally paranoid of the media and will be at home with all the, skin heads, tattoo`d morons and other drunk supporters .

    A real peoples choice, as would be even be demanding a public holiday, for every glorious team defeat !

  18.   StaryJazvecon 05 Feb 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Senecký just had time to tell Sport he was gonna win the title with the Slovan, b4 buggering off for a better offer in Turkey. Arf.

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