Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Stadion v sportovní ulici in Prostejov

Time for my yearly look at the old Stadion v sportovni ulici in Prostějov.  Built in 1931, and officially closed in 2006.  I say officially, because the SK Prostějov U19 team did play a few matches at the stadium in 2007.  Reconstruction to the stadium happened in 1940 and 1974.  Capacity is listed at 7500, but only around 600 with seats.  The stadium did have a restaurant which had to close in 2004 when power was cut. 

As you can see, the stadium is still standing, and has been made a home to a few homeless people.  There is talk that it could be renovated, but that would take a rather large investment.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February 9, 2019 - SK Prostějov 2 Uničov 1

February 9, 2019 - Friendly at HFK Olomouc
SK Prostějov (2nd tier) 2 Uničov (3rd tier) 1
Attendance - 40

In December 2018, HFK Olomouc completed renovation of their artificial pitch.  It is now a more modern 3G pitch, but honestly I could not tell the difference.  I assume that it must play a little better than the old pitch.

The match was standard for a mid-winter friendly, which is why I almost never travel for such matches. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

November 17, 2018 - Czech Republic U19 2 Macedonia U19 1

November 17, 2018 - UEFA U19 qualifier in Kroměříž
Czech Republic U19 2 Macedonia U19 1
Attendance - 600

My wife is Macedonian, so I thought a short trip to Kroměríž would be a good idea to support the Macedonians.  As expected, the temperature was freezing and the wind most certainly did not help.  I was surprised that a few hundred people bothered to show up.  Kroměříž has hosted a few women's and youth internationals over the past year or two.  The stadium is a perfect set up for such matches.

There were a few Macedonians at the match, some who came from Macedonia and a few others who live in the Czech Republic.  The hosts desereved the win, but at least the visitors made a game of it with a goal in the 2nd half.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

November 11, 2018 - Velké Losiny 8 Černovír 1

November 11, 2018 - Olomoucký Krajský Přebor - 5th tier
Velké Losiny 8 Černovír 1
Attendance - 100

The football club in Velké Losiny was established in 1947.  For a small town near the Jeseniký mountains, the club has done well.  The village has a population of around 2,800 and is worth a visit, not only for football.  It is possible to go on tour of the Baroque-style chateau as well as the oldest handmade papermill in Europe.

Velké Losiny played in the Czech Republic 4th tier between 2000 and 2006 and again between 2007 and 2010.  For the past 8 years, they have been playing in the 5th tier.  The stadium is situated with a nice view of the hills, and has an old stand.

Černovír has a small group of ultras, which is quite rare at this level of football in the Czech Republic.  Around 20 made the trip for the last match before the winter break.  In only took a few minutes for them to celebrate, as Černovír struck early.  However, the hosts scored 8 goals unanswered to take the three points.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November 4th, 2018 - Handball - Kostelec na Hané 25 HBC Olomouc 24

November 4th, 2018 - 3rd tier handball
Kostelec na Hané 25 HBC Olomouc 24
Attendance - 83

Kostelec is a village only 5km from Prostějov, which makes it an easy place to reach.  The local football team plays in the 6th tier, but the town has always been a handball town.  In the early 2000's. Kostelec played in the 1st tier of handball in a joint Czech and Slovak league.  They hosted the biggest clubs, but now they have been playing in the 3rd tier for 10 years and have been struggling to get out of it.  I get the feeling that after a few years of playing at the top, they are satisfied to be playing at their current level.