Thursday, December 24, 2020

October 10, 2020 - Haná Prostějov 2 Kožušany 0

October 10, 2020 - Czech Republic 7th tier
Haná Prostějov 2 Kožušany 0
Attendance - 0 

I was able to help out on the day which allowed me to watch the match in person, because the match was played behind closed doors as a result of Covid-19.  Unfortunately, going into this match, it was clear that it was going to be the last one played before the winter break.  As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the first half of the season ended one month earlier than normal.

Haná ended the first half of the season on a high note, and were deserved winners against a well organized Kožušany side.  The visitors had ex-Sigma Olomouc keeper Martin Blaha who had a numbe of 1st division starts.  Playing just infront of him was David Rozehnal who played in the top divisions in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Belgium.  He also won 60 caps for the Czech Republic during his playing career.  


Monday, December 14, 2020

October 4, 2020 - Doloplazy 3 Haná Prostějov 1


October 4, 2020 - Czech Republic - 7th tier
Doloplazy 3 Haná Prostějov 1
Attendance - 50

As it turned out, this match was my last away match for the first half of the season because of Covid-19 restrictions.  Doloplazy is a small village located not far from Olomouc.  It takes about 30 minutes by bus.  In history, it was known as an important village for the cultivation of hops.  

Attendance for this match was limited to 50 people because of Covid-19, but this was obviously difficult to control when the pitch is surrounded by an open field.  Speaking of the pitch, it was in bad condition because of rain the previous night.  It was heavy, and muddy which definitely helped the home team.  They were able to adapt to the conditions and dominate the second half of play.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

September 20, 2020 - Kozlovice 3 Vsetín 2



September 20, 2020 - Czech Republic 4th tier

Kozlovice 3 Vsetín 2 

Obviously I am a few months behind in updating my blog, but since it is not possible to watch live football at the stadium, I suppose it does not really matter.  Back in September, I decided to go to Kozlovice which is located a few kilometres outside of Přerov.  The village has a population of around 600, so they have done quite well to reach the 4th tier of Czech football.  This was my second trip to the village.  For some reason, a Canadian by the name of Stephen Hwedieh Osei was playing for Kozlovice, and I had to see him play.  Chances to see Canadian footballers play in the Czech Republic are few and far between.

The stadium is one of the nicest at this level of football, especially given that the village is so small.  The official crowd was 322 but it looked like a lot more than that.  This match was one of the best that I have seen all year.  Great goals, lots of drama, four red cards (three came after the final whistle), and eight yellow cards.  Stephen Osei came on in the 86th minute and made a quick impact with his speed down the wing.  A few minutes later he was brought down hard by a tackle from behind which lead to a yellow card and some pushing.  Kozlovice scored a later winner in the 89th minute which contributed to the drama.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

September 20, 2020 - Slovan Černovír 0 Haná Prostějov 1

September 20, 2020 - 7th tier
Slovan Černovír 0 Haná Prostějov 1
Attendance - 85

Early on a Sunday morning last month, I made my first trip to Černovír in over 10 years, but my first one supporting Haná Prostějov.  Černovír is a part of Olomouc located in the northern part of the city, and they played last year in the 5th tier.  For various reasons the club had to drop down to the 7th tier.

Černovír plays their usually plays their home matches on Sunday mornings at 10am, which meant an early start for me.  Luckily the train trip to Olomouc is not too long.  I arrived shortly before 9am, and walked about 30-40 minutes along the Morava river to Černovír.  The match was evenly played throughout, with Haná nipping a goal during the last minute of play.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Domašov nad Bystřicí


A few weeks ago I had a brief stop in Domašov nad Bystřicí (Olomouc District), a small village of 490.  Before WWII, the villlage was heavily influenced by German speakers.  On one of the buildings near the train station it is still possible to see one of the old German advertisments.  The local football team last played in 1994/95 when they were in the 9th tier.  During that season, they finished in last place.  Sadly, the only thing remaining from the club is one rusted goal post.