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
    Antonin Panenka (who played at Rapid Vienna for some years) is in the stadium supporting his former club. Good to see he looks healthy after a rather severe Coronavirus hospitalization.
     
  2. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    It's not even halftime and 3/4 Rapid defenders are on a yellow.

    Rapid have more overall posession, but Sparta are leading in good chances (and has the goal).
     
  3. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Sparta really are playing terribly as a team, a modest talent advantage bought them some time, but Rapid just rightly equalized.
     
  4. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Dockal with a terrible giveaway and no ability to trackback gifts Rapid a lead. With the way Sparta have come out this 2nd half it's hard to see them getting it together now that they are behind.
     
  5. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Sparta have the offensive talent to challenge for a league title this year, but just can’t expect the same European success as Slavia under a manager that is notorious for paying very little attention to detail in defending.
     
  6. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Also why Slavia can go an entire domestic season unbeaten because they’re built off a solid defensive foundation, so doesn’t only apply to Europe either.

    Sparta will be exciting to watch this season I’m sure, but also incredibly painful with this kind of defending.
     
  7. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Karabec on for Dockal, I suspect this will be a starting lineup change by mid-season. Dockal in his prime was a bit slow, now he can barely move.
     
  8. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Rapid will take a 1 goal lead to Prague, so Sparta are still very much in this. The 2nd half was a disaster though, Vrba was slow to make changes and only did so after Rapid had made their comeback.
     
  9. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    #1334 ASU55RR, Jul 21, 2021
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2021
    Slavia had an unnecessarily ornate press conference today to announce what are essentially unsurprising updates.

    1) Stanciu is not for sale (this had been confirmed recently when they rebuffed interest from Galatasaray), the only outgoing transfer they are still working on is Sima.

    2) Krmencik is coming, the deal will be a loan with an obligation to buy if they qualify for UCL group stages. The buy price is 2.5 Million Euros, which seems reasonable.

    3) They will sign Swedish U-21 defender Aiham Ousou, the Scandinavian invasion of our league continues.

    4) sending out a small loan army of surplus players again

    The only minor surprise is that Sima still has firm offers, its been rumored that interest waned after his hot-streak ended. Also many assumed Olayinka and Kolar would be up for transfers, but I think Kolar is there until either winter or if they don't make UCL, while Olayinka I think is just at his ceiling with Slavia.
     
  10. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Slavia confirmed the signing of the Ousou after the conference (though they were clearly certain at the time.

    One more interesting thing about this signing is that he is a product of analytics-based scouting rather than more traditional methods. He's a Youth national team player, but he only played on loan to the 2nd tier of Swedish football, so apparently data analysis recommended him as a good fit on attributes rather than competition.
     
  11. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Slovacko and Plzen begin their qualification journey for the new Europa Conference League today. For Plzen this is a bitter pill as they are more used to a higher level, and to make matters worse they are dealing with some key injuries.

    For Slovacko this is an honor, the culmination of several years of gradual improvement to have a chance to play in Europe.

    I will be following my fellow Moravians' journey more closely.
     
  12. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Plzen take an early lead and from what I'm hearing are generally in control.

    Watching Slovacko in Bulgaria, the pitch looks so dry it could catch fire.
     
  13. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Plzen double their lead.

    Slovacko just missed a great chance, but this match has been dreadful.
     
  14. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Slovacko have been the better side 2nd half, and should have had a penalty awarded earlier. I do look at this team and wonder where the goals will come from without Kliment though. Still they should advance passed this opponent at home if it stays 0-0 for this leg.
     
  15. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Plovdiv scored out of nowhere on a fairly remarkable volley and then Sadilek whiffed on an easy equalizer a moment later. I still lightly favor Slovacko on their home ground as they played much better overall, but they really are missing a true goalscorer on this side.
     
  16. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Week 1 is in the books and would be hard to say there are any surprises. Slavia and Plzen won (though not decisively) despite key absences, Sparta won despite Vrba's systemic disregard for defending, and Jablonec & Slovacko picked up key results against Banik and Liberec in what are projected to be the battles for positions 3-5.
     
  17. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    It’s definitely only a matter of time, but will probably take longer than needed unless forced. I get the impression that Dockal and Pavelka are seen as indispensable due to seniority, which quite frankly is ridiculous.

    The Pavelka - Krejci II - Dockal midfield trio is too slow in my opinion. They need a midfield player with more speed and energy (in the current squad it’s Sacek or Soucek), which ideally would be Sadilek if current rumours are true.
     
  18. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Sparta host Rapid today in the second leg. With the away goals rule now abolished, Sparta need to win by at least two goals to avoid extra time, so basically aim for a 4-2 win on account of their defence.

    Slavia will play Ferencvaros in the third qualifying round for Champions League.
     
  19. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    I actually think Sparta will advance at home, their are no away goal rule, but home field advantage is still a thing. They need a much stronger performance from key players like Hlozek though.

    Sadilek makes sense for Sparta, but at this stage I feel he would do better to stay in the Netherlands or move to a lesser team in a top league. Although all the jokes now are that Slavia will make a move for him since they have borderline been trolling Vrba by undercutting him for Plavsic and Krmencik this summer.
     
  20. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Better lineup than last time for Sparta, Pesek replacing Krejci I who was ineffective and having DMK and Wiesner overlapping on the right. Defense is still suspect, central midfield is still slow, but at least this group looks more creative.
     
  21. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Sparta again take a first half advantage, DMK converts a penalty

    It's even on aggregate 16 minutes in.
     
  22. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    #1347 ASU55RR, Jul 28, 2021 at 2:54 PM
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2021 at 3:06 PM
    It was a controversial penalty, but unfortunately I don't have any visuals to comment, but it ended with Rapid's keeper and manager on yellow cards. I believe despite initial description in match tracker that the keeper caught Pesek (possibly) while punching the ball away.

    Edit: just saw a not very good clip, but am inclined to say it was a bad call.
     
  23. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    HT 1-0, they benefited from a questionable call, but hard to say Sparta didn't earn the advantage as they have all of the matches chances so far.
     
  24. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Hlozek hits the crossbar. Sparta will regret it if they don't start finishing chances.
     
  25. ASU55RR

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    2-0 (3-2)

    Pesek puts Sparta ahead on aggregate in the 81st minute, just as the match seemed to be moving inching away from them.
     

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