Czech League football 2016 and on

Discussion in 'Czech Republic' started by ASU55RR, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    It's a shame they weren't drawn into a more average group as I think they could have made it at least into the 3rd place Europa League track.

    It was the group of death and they stayed competitive in every match, so in that regard a good showing. Desperately need better finishing though. Masopust missed so many clear scoring chances in Champions League you could almost blame him for Slavia's inability to get more results.
     
  2. Slavia_do_toho

    Slavia Prague
    United States
    Apr 21, 2019
    Philadelphia
    Masopust missed a chance again, but so did Soucek so it's a team issue. The real problem against Inter was how much of a step down Frydrych is compared to Hovorka. Doesn't matter in the league because we are a different level from the competition even with injuries and no proven goal scorer.
     
  3. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    I don't think I've ever seen a team be so consistently bad at finishing as Slavia is in Champions League. Olayinka at least put that header on target but too close to the keeper.

    The biggest gap between they and their opponents is when Dortmund breaks through they are composed and score.
     
  4. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    They've finally forced a few legit saves, but Burki has been equal.

    Kolar also stepping up for Slavia on occasion. Entertaining match, but again Slavia not having much luck
     
  5. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Finally for Slavia, a great break through that Soucek puts away. Would be nice if they could get at least a point as a send off for a solid campaign in a tough group.
     
  6. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Petr Sevcik is a bit of an enigma, if he was younger you'd excuse his inconsistency in favor of potential, but at his age he is just an infuriating case of sometimes great and sometimes awful... today he is awful.
     
  7. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    And the bad finishing is back....
     
  8. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Dortmund 2 - 1 Slavia

    The story was largely familiar, although in this case at least Dortmund's keeper was forced to make some big saves instead of just missing chances (though there were a few of those too. Good experience for Slavia who defied a lot of expectation that minus Deli, MNN, Stoch and Kral wouldn't be able to maintain their level from last season and if anything look better.

    I think they are so built on their system and finding players for it that as long as they have Trpisovsky will be a uniquely formidable side by Czech league standards. That said, if they want to have success in Champions League next year they need 2 things 1) a proven goalscorer and 2) a better draw...

    They will also most likely will need to replace Soucek and Kolar, although as I said they seem to do well back-filling their roster.
     
  9. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia


    One team league this season, and this puts it in perspective.

    Sparta's issues go back a few years, but Plzen have been slumping recently as well which reawakened talk that Vrba's side is stale and needs a change. Not surprisingly he was released today, although he's already lined up a job with Bulgarian champions Ludogorets.
     
  10. Slavia_do_toho

    Slavia Prague
    United States
    Apr 21, 2019
    Philadelphia
    Not having Hovorka made a big difference in our last two Champions League matches, so while better than predicted we are still thin in defense. My hope for the transfer window are a striker and a center back. Otherwise just replacing anyone that may leave without a suitable backup like Kolar.

    I also want to see Matousek and Musa brought back from loan. Realistically, we've already have the league won and need to start assessing players for next season.
     
  11. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    There is at least some rumors that Slavia are inquiring about Krmencik, although I think that is unlikely. I also think it remains to be seen what an ideal striker in their system looks like, so hard to even suggest a player.

    I gave longer form opinions on the league at the midway point last season, but I will more or less copy over a common twitter poll:

    1) (biggest surprise) - for me, Ceske Budejovice, I expected them to stay up but they have been knocking on the door of the top 6

    2) (biggest disappointment) - It has to be sparta, although to me most top 5 teams from last season except Slavia have under-performed this year.

    3) (Best player) - Probably Soucek, although Kolar has a fair claim. Kalvach for non-Slavia players

    4) (Most disappointing player) - Libor Kozak, although Travnik isn't far behind. Yusuf from Slavia's been a bust too.

    5) (revelation) - A few options but Patrik Hellebrand of Slovacko probably the biggest, Slavia and Sparta are reportedly starting the bidding war. Honorable mention to Ladislav Krejci (the young central midfielder, not the veteran wing player) and Pavel Sulc

    6) (best young player) - Adam Hlozek, some others would be Oscar Dorley, Petar Musa,
     
  12. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Sparta's last transfer window was largely a bust, but this looks like it would be a smart signing.



    An expensive one though, the player is listed as over 4 Million Euro on transfermarkt.

    There has also been rumors that they might sign Vaclav Pilar from Olomouc, who along with Kozak means if nothing else they look set to have a promising 2012/3 season.
     
  13. Slavia_do_toho

    Slavia Prague
    United States
    Apr 21, 2019
    Philadelphia
    I have mixed feelings about forcing Husbauer out, he may not be useful in Europe but he is probably the best player for breaking down league opponent's bunker. Skoda is past his usefulness and we need to free wages for the first choice center forward that we don't have.
     
  14. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Dockal is apparently nearly healthy again, and played in one of Sparta's winter break friendlies.
     
  15. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    In the 2nd week of the 2nd half of the season and a few big stories already:

    1) Slavia's first loss of the season. Slavia chose to promote from their youth squad rather than sign big reinforcements for outgoing Soucek and role player forwards Skoda & Van Buren. They seem to have bounced back in week 2.

    2) Vaclav Kadlec officially calls it quick. Unfortunately at 27, the injuries were too much to come back from.

    3) Dockal is back from injury, but looked rusty in his return.

    4) Pavel Bucha, the 21-year-old that made headlines as a youth player for his controversial transfer (terminating his contract with Slavia citing a breach then instantly signing with Plzen), is now a mainstay in the Plzen lineup and had a hat-trick + assist today from midfield. Definitely a player to keep an eye on.
     
  16. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Updated observations:

    1) Slavia is regretting not reinforcing after Soucek left, they have been very mediocre in Spring

    2) Plzen's choice to replace Vrba (Adrian Gul'a) this time seems to have been inspired so far as they are perfect this spring.

    The big news now though is that the Czech government has put a temporary ban on gatherings of over 100 people as a response to Coronavirus, which means that first and second division will have decisions on rather to play empty crowds or more likely just shut down for the time being.
     
  17. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    I think we are coming up on the point where abandonment of the season is likely, we technically have until early May to resume the season in time to finish by end of June, but that would be madness considering minimal training and that our season normally starts in late July.
     
  18. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    The Ministry of health has approved the 1st and 2nd divisions to resume on May 23.
     
  19. Skevin

    Skevin Member+

    Aug 9, 2009
    Texas
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Games supposed to start today. We will see how it goes with testing. Hopefully no new cases.
     

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