Lost in…Košice (VSS Košice)

Lost in…Košice (VSS Košice)

FC VSS Košice v FK Poprad Lokomotiva Stadium / II. Liga – East / 20th November 2016  ‘Most foreigners have not heard of it. Many Slovaks would not think of traipsing across the country to check it out. But Košice, Slovakia’s second city and one of 2013’s European Capitals of Culture, is set to surprise everyone.’ – … Continue reading

Lost in…Prešov

Lost in…Prešov

Tatran Prešov v Spartak Trnava Tatran Stadium / Fortuna Liga / 19th November 2016 “And what did you think of Brexit?” I was queried at 10am by the skinheaded lad sitting opposite me on the train en route to Košice. In fact, there was a whole gang of skinheaded chaps around me who were listening … Continue reading

Lost in…Vienna (Austria v Republic of Ireland)  

Lost in…Vienna (Austria v Republic of Ireland)  

Austria v Republic of Ireland Ernst-Happel-Stadion / World Cup 2018 Qualifier / 12th November 2016 Oh, it’s international week. ‘It’s boring,’ ‘Can’t wait for the Premier League (best league in the world) to return’, ‘I hope *insert star player for club team* doesn’t get injured’ etc. My Twitter feed is a constant stream of ire … Continue reading

Lost in…Liptovský Mikuláš

Lost in…Liptovský Mikuláš

MFK Tatran Liptovský Mikuláš v Lokomotiva Zvolen Stadium Liptovský Mikuláš / II. Liga – East / 5th November 2016 ‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.’ – Rudyard Kipling. The above line is arguably the most quoted of Rudyard Kipling’s work. The line is usually, and wrongly, used … Continue reading

Lost in…Soroksár

Lost in…Soroksár

Soroksár SC v Ceglédi VSE Szamosi Mihály Sporttelep / Nemzeti Bajnokság II / 30th October 2016 I woke up having had a magnificent night out in Budapest and an even better time earlier that day at Honvéd FC. In fact, it was one of my favourite ever football experiences and certainly my favourite ‘on the continent’ so far. Following … Continue reading

Lost in…Budapest (Budapest Honvéd)

Lost in…Budapest (Budapest Honvéd)

Budapest Honvéd v Szombalethy Haladás Bozsik Stadion / Nemzeti Bajnokság I / 29th October 2016 When my dad went to Budapest on a football tour back in the 70s, it was eventful: he had dinner with Ferenc Puskás, he tackled a hotel security guard and he got held up at gun point…twice. I’d have been very impressed … Continue reading

Lost in…Pezinok

Lost in…Pezinok

PSČ Pezinok v Inter Bratislava Pezinský športovy klub Pezinok / 3. Liga – Bratislava / 22nd October 2016 I’m fairly well travelled on the Trnava-Bratislava train route by now and have even watched football at two of the towns that adorn the rail line: Svätý Jur and Báhoň. Now it was time to visit a third … Continue reading

Lost in… Seoul

Lost in… Seoul

FC Seoul vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Seoul World Cup Stadium, AFC Champions League semi-final 2nd leg, October 19, 2016 There are two posts that remain in the drafts section of this blog that I sometimes regret never finishing. The first is a look at John Toshack’s many years managing overseas, while the other is Lost in… … Continue reading

Lost in… Seongnam

Lost in… Seongnam

Seongnam FC vs Incheon United Tancheon Sports Complex, K-League Classic, October 16, 2016 It’s a dilemma that most groundhoppers will have encountered at some point: watch the team you support or visit a new ground? There are always merits to both, as there were in my own case. Watch Incheon United, the team I had … Continue reading