January 22nd, 2011
Winter training friendly
Sigma Olomouc 3 Frýdek-Místek 0
Finally, my first football game since November 14th. A break which was way too long! I hope that I will be able to get to another winter training friendly sometime over the next few weeks.
On Saturday, I went to Olomouc to catch the Sigma game against MSFL (3rd division side) Frýdek-Místek. Sigma also had a game 60km away in Brno against Znojmo on the same day, so the management basically split the players into two teams. On the Sigma team in the morning were two American trialists, Drew Yates and Stefan Jerome. Both seemed okay, with Jerome scoring one goal. However, they both looked a little step off the pace, so if they get signed, I suspect they will spend some time with the reserves in the 3rd division. The game was nothing special, but football is football.
It was played at the Sigma training pitch located next to the main stadium. There are no seats,so people must stand on one side of the pitch against a railing. Next to the artificial pitch, is a grass pitch where the reserves sometimes play their games in the 3rd division. You can see this pitch in the first picture. Also in the picture is the indoor training pitch, new hotel, and fitness center. Sadly, a huge communist style bowl stadium was torn down 3 years ago (or so), to make way for the upgrades. I attended a few Sigma reserves games at the stadium years ago. I have pictures lying around somewhere, and I will try to locate them.