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Discussion in 'Czech Republic' started by Canadian_Supporter, Jun 19, 2013.
A thread for the 2013/14 season.
It's 3 weeks in but it's already clear that it will be another 2 horse race between Plzen and Sparta. Plzen look completely unstoppable the first three weeks though, having scored 4 or more goals in each match while only conceding a total of 2 so far on the season.
Sparta made a couple of very noteworthy signings this week: Borek Dockal and Tomas Ujfalusi. Ujfalusi is a bit of a question mark as he missed all of last season from injury and isn't getting any younger, but Sparta's defense has been their weakness in recent season and that's some veteran leadership for the backline. Dockal is a really big signing though, very technically strong player on the right side, could really add to there attack.
Sparta appear to have made another big signing, Lukas Marecek from Anderlect - although he spent last season in Eredivisie playing with Heerenveen and was a regular starter.
Big match this weekend, Plzen hosting Sparta, both teams have started with 4 straight wins and tickets sold out in less than three hours of going on sale, which to say the least is not typical of the Gambrinus Liga.
Slavia suffered their worst result in history against Teplice. 0-7... Can't imagine that will sit well with their supporters.
Apparently it was their worst home defeat in their history. Awful performance, but at least they beat Znojmo in the league and Chomutov in the Czech Cup.
Sparta won the league, too much quality once they added Costa and Dockal.
Sigma have been relegated to the 2nd division for the first time since 1983/84.
Znojmo have also been relegated which is not a bad thing. It will give them time to get more organized (stadium etc).
So who won it?
Sparta, pretty much dominated this season with 25 wins 4 draws and only 1 loss in 30 matches. They finished 13 points clear of Plzen (who were themselves 16 points clear of 3rd place Mlada Boleslav). In addition to the league title, they won the cup, manager of the year (Lavicka), player of the year (Husbaur), player of the year runner up (Dockal), and foreign player of the year (Costa).
Husbaur in particular had one of the more impressive seasons in league history, and Sparta will be lucky to hold onto him (though with Champions League qualifying they'll probably at least hold off on any sale until the deadline).
I think Sparta would have won the league under any conditions this year, the additions of Costa and Dockal were inspired, but I think their sizable cushion vs Plzen was helped by a couple of factors:
1) Sparta completely blew it in continental competition by failing to qualify for Europa League, while Plzen had Champions League and Europa League matches into March.
2) Plzen's departures during the season were ultimately greater than Sparta's. Losing Vrba to managing the national team and Darida were clear setbacks for Plzen. By contrast Sparta if anything may have improved by selling Kadlec, as he had often been played out of his natural position in Sparta's style, and they used the money from that transfer to sign Dockal who filled a much greater need for them.
Also should be noted that this was the last season of "Gambrinus Liga" as there has been a change in title sponsor. Starting next season it will be Synot.
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