Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 5, 2017 - Czech Open - ATP Challenger Tour

Prostějov is kind of the home of tennis in the Czech Republic, and every year the city hosts the ATP Challenger Tour.  I decided to check out one qualifying match on a Monday morning.  Apparently, not many other people were bothered to watch qualifiers.  Attendance always picks up later on in the tournament.  

June 3, 2017 - Okresní Přebor Prostějov - Olšany 0 Haná Prostějov 5

June 3, 2017
Okresní Přebor Prostějov - 8th tier
Olšany 0 Haná Prostějov 5
Attendance - 110

Olšany is a small village almost exactly between Olomouc and Prostějov.  It does not have a lot of character, and kind of feels like a suburb of both cities.  With that being said, it is still pleasant enough and the pitch is fantastic for such a low level.

The local side have since been relegated to the 9th tier, and Haná have been promoted to the 7th tier.  Former Czechoslovak international, Roman Sedláček, manages Olšany but he does not have a lot to work with.  Olšany kept the match close in the first half.  This all changed when Patrik Gábor scored 3 goals in 4 minutes. He ended up scoring 4 goals in the match.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Okresní Přebor Prostějov - May 28, 2017 - Ptení 0 Haná Prostějov 2

Okresní Přebor Prostějov - 8th tier
May 28, 2017
Ptení 0 Haná Prostějov 2
Attendance - 100

Like most villages, Ptení is best reached by car and not by public transportation.  The train station is actually located in Ptenský Dvorek, which is about a 3km walk through the fields.  I had the good fortune that there were bus replacements, so the trains were not running on the Prostějov-Konice line, which meant the bus stopped in the village.

Ptení was one of the few places in Okres Prostějov that I had not visited before to watch football.  Now I only have three left, Kladky, Tištín and Pavlovice u Kojetina.

The pitch is located just behind the school on the edge of the village.  The facilities are good enough for the 8th tier, but the pitch was the worst I had seen all season.  It was rock hard, and seemed difficult to play on.  Haná did just enough to win 2-0, which they had to do if they wanted to keep hold of first place.

Since this match, Haná has won 3 in a row to stay in first place and secure promotion to the 7th tier for next season.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 14, 2017 - Brodek u Prostějova 1 Haná Prostějov 3

May 14, 2017 - Okresní Přebor Prostějov - 8th tier
Brodek u Prostějova 1 Haná Prostějov 3
Attendance - 110

The facilities in Brodek are quite good for an 8th tier team in a small town.  Not many clubs in this area, and at this level have an actual covered stand.  However, it seems that the local teenagers use it more for their graffiti rather than watching the local side.

Going into this game, Haná Prostějov were in 1st place by only 2 points over Vrahovice, making this away game in Brodek crucial.  Hana played a 'professional', well disciplined  match, and fully deserved the three points.

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.