Friday, May 12, 2017

May 7, 2017 - Nohejbal (Futnet) - TJ Sokol I Prostějov 6 AC Zruč-Senec 3

May 7, 2017 - 1 liga nohejbal - 2nd tier
TJ Sokol I Prostějov 6 AC Zruč-Senec 3
Attendance - 30

Sokol I Prostějov was formed in 1996, but nohejbal has been played in Prostějov since the 1970's. The current men's team plays in the 2nd tier of nohejbal in the Czech Republic, which is a nation wide competition.  The sport was invented in the Czech Republic 1922, but it was not until 1936 that the first official rules were written.  The World Championships were held in Brno November 2016.

Nohejbal is played in singles, doubles and triples.  A team must win 6 matches to win the series, which can take 2-3 hours or more.

Full match statistics can be found here.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Okresní Přebor Prostějov - Vícov 1 Haná Prostějov 1

Okresní Přebor Prostějov - 8th tier
Vícov 1 Haná Prostějov 1 (Vícov won on penalties)
Attendance - 65

If you ever go to Vícov by bus, pay attention to which bus you are taking.  The village has a population of 516 people, and is located only 12km from Prostějov.  However, if you are not careful, you might take a 45 minute bus ride.  I do not think that I have ever been on such a long bus ride to go such a short distance.

The pitch is about a 5 minute walk from the centre of the village.  Opposite the pitch is a pub which serves beer from Prostějov, which I would recommend as it is not that easy to find.

Friday, April 21, 2017

July 5, 1994 - World Cup 2nd round - Italy vs Nigeria

July 5, 1994 - World Cup 2nd Round
Nigeria 1 Italy 1 (Italy won on penlties)
Att - 54,367

I do not remember too much about this match as it was 23 years ago, but one thing I remember there was a huge amount of Italians at Foxborough (a town of 16,000 near Boston).  There was a small pocket of Nigerian supporters, but their voices weren't heard that much.  I really do wish I could remember more about the day and the match.

Nigeria scored first in the 25th minute, and Roberto Baggio scored a late goal in the 88th minute to send the match into extra-time.  Baggio scored on a penalty in the 102nd minute to help send Italy through to the next round.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 1st, 2017 - Přemyslovice 1 Haná Prostějov 1

April 1st, 2017
Okresní Přebor Prostějov - 8th tier
Přemyslovice 1 Haná Prostějov 1 (Haná Prostějov won 4-2 on penalties)
Attendance - 55

Přemylsovice is a village of 1300 people located only 14km from Prostějov.  As a result, it is quite easy to reach by car but not so easy by public transportation on the weekends.  Instead of a 15 minute car ride it took me almost 2 hours to reach after a train ride, and a 4km hike from Stražisko to Přemylsovice.

The game was free, or at least no one was walking around with a little bucket for money.  Beer was almost non existent, but at the last moment a few volunteers walked in with a keg.  Usually, Přemyslovice has a little room which serves as a pub, but this appears to be now closed.  At least the beer wa cold.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 11, 2017 - Kralice na Hané 1 Želatovice 2 (after penalties)

March 11th, 2017
Olomucký Krajský Přebor - 5th tier
Kralice na Hané 1 Želatovice 2 (after penalties)
Attendance - 125
Admission - 25kc

Kralice is a village not far from Prostějov, but it is a problem to reach by public transport.  I thought I would solve this problem by taking a Prostějov city bus to the closest bus stop to Kralice and walk from there.  It should have been only a 2km walk, but I ended up taking a wrong turn and had to walk through a field to find my way again.

I have been to Kralice a few times before. I was not really looking forward to visiting it again, but it was my best option for the day.  The last time I visited was in October 2014 and nothing has changed since then.  The most interesting part of the ground is that it is located around a few grass slopes so you can get a great view of the match.

Unfortunately, I had to leave 10 minutes before the end so I missed two red cards, one goal and the penalties.