May 30th, 2009
Gambrinus Liga (1st tier)
Sigma Olomouc 3 Bohemians Praha 0
game rating: 6/10
Well, a few weeks ago Sigma played their last game of the season. Going into the game they sat in fifth place, one point behind Mlada Boleslav who were at home to Sparta Praha. Sigma had to win, and hope that Mlada Boleslav lost or tied Sparta. If this happened, Sigma would get a spot in the inaugural 2009/10 Europa League. The last time Olomouc played in the UEFA Cup was back in 2002/03 against FK Sarajevo. I was at the game in Sarajevo, and sadly Sigma lost out on penalties.
My favourite place to sit at Andruv Stadion is up high in the southern stand. It is quite steep for a smaller ground, and you can get a great view of the match. Attendance on the day was quite small, which is normal for the last game of the season. However, I was slightly surprised as this game meant a lot for Sigma. The guests were the 'fake' Bohemians, and not Bohemians 1905, who just won promotion back to the Gambrinus Liga for the 2009/10 season.
Bohemians Praha never looked in the game, and by the second half the result was never in doubt. Despite the small attendance, you could see how much getting a spot in the Europa League meant to the supporters and players. Back in the late 90's and early 00's, Sigma was a regular fixture in European competitions. I'm eagerly awaiting the 2nd qualifying round draw on June 22nd to see who Sigma will play. It could be a good away trip...