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Lost in…Šaľa

Lost in…Šaľa

FK Slovan Duslo Šaľa v Baník Horná Nitra Šaľa Stadium / III. Liga – West / 18th March 2017 “Say hello to my little friend,” I declared Scarface-esque as I proudly sauntered over to our table in Partizani, whilst wielding a Tommy Gun. I should probably elaborate. I had my pals Ed and Sean visiting me … Continue reading

Lost in…Senica

Lost in…Senica

FK Senica v Slovan Bratislava Štadión FK Senica / Slovak Super Liga / 11th March 2017 ‘Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting.’ – Seneca. The great philosopher Seneca’s words were needed as I arrived in Senica. My best Slovak pal Tomás hails from the small town in … Continue reading

Lost in…Hlohovec

Lost in…Hlohovec

FC Slovan Hlohovec v TJ ISKRA Borčice FC Slovan / IV. Liga – West (North-West) / 5th March 2017 I think I mentioned it in one of my early blogs about my Slovak football travels, but Slovakia really is bountiful with footballing grounds – most of them in fairly tumbledown condition. Look out the window … Continue reading

Lost in…Sereď

Lost in…Sereď

ŠKF Sereď v Žilina II Štadión Sereď / II. Liga – West / 4th March 2017 “I’m Al Pacino.” A small town in south-west Slovakia was not where I envisioned meeting one of Hollywood’s finest, although I was highly sceptical that the chap making the above proclamation was the real deal. There was a resemblance … Continue reading

Lost in…Dunajská Streda

Lost in…Dunajská Streda

FC DAC Dunajská Streda v Tatran Prešov DAC Arena / Slovak Super Liga / 25th February 2017 “Well, maybe I’ll just support, I don’t know…FC DAC Dunajská Streda…” – Craig Bratt – May 2016. On telling Craig that my move to Slovakia was all but confirmed, talk between the two of us soon turned to … Continue reading

Lost in…Prague (Sparta Prague)

Lost in…Prague (Sparta Prague)

Sparta Prague v Bohemians Letná Stadion / Czech First League / 19th February 2017 I’m sure that when your average football fan thinks of Czech football they probably think of Sparta Prague. The mighty ‘Iron Sparta’ of Prague – the most dominant force in Czech football history. Their list of achievements is a long read: … Continue reading

Lost in…Prague (Slavia Prague)

Lost in…Prague (Slavia Prague)

Slavia Prague v Jihlava Eden Arena / Czech First League / 18th February 2017 In biblical terms, Eden is supposedly the ultimate paradise. On looking at photos of Slavia Prague’s Eden Arena, it certainly didn’t strike me as the most paradisiacal of football settings; from what I could tell here was another rather bland, modern … Continue reading

Lost in…St.Pölten

Lost in…St.Pölten

SKN St. Pölten v Admira Wacker NV Arena / Austrian Bundesliga / 17th December 2016 As the UK gears up for the traditional Christmas orgy of football, across Europe things are very different, as football turns it light off for the cold winter months. Slovak football had begun its winter hiatus last weekend and football … Continue reading

Lost in…Podbrezová

Lost in…Podbrezová

Podbrezová v Tatran Prešov ZELPO Aréna / Slovak Super Liga / 10th December 2016 I thought I was going to be spending my Saturday afternoon in Budapest, but no, here I was in a small village fete in some central Slovakia backwater watching a folk band play Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters instead. Let me elaborate. All week … Continue reading