Filed under Slovakia

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…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

Lost in…Bratislava (Slovan Bratislava)

Lost in…Bratislava (Slovan Bratislava)

Slovan Bratislava v Spartak Trnava Štadión Pasienky / Slovak Super Liga / 4th December If there’s one thing football loves, it’s a good old-fashioned, fierce rivalry.  This past weekend saw two of Europe’s biggest derbies take place with Barcelona and Real Madrid competing in El Clasico and Lazio taking on Roma in the Derby della Capitale. … Continue reading

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…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