A lost sense of community

Fifty years ago, Celtic made history when they became the first British team to lift the European Cup when the defeated Internazionale in Lisbon. The Hoops’ achievement was memorable for a number of reasons. Of course, in simplistic terms, the Glaswegian giant’s victory was a true underdog story. Internazionale, managed by the legendary Helenio Herrera, […]

Good Friends. Bitter Enemies

On a soaking wet Sunday night, Slovan Liberec and Sparta Prague renewed hostilities. In recent years, matches between these two sides, especially when played in North Bohemia, have displayed a lot of needle, a sprinkling of cynicism and a penchant for brutalism. This encounter was no different. In theory, however, these two clubs should have […]

Aleš Matějů Joins Brighton & Hove Albion – What’s next?

Brighton & Hove Albion have today (4th August) completed the signing Aleš Matějů from Viktoria Plzeň on a three-year deal. According to previous reports, the fee for the Czech Republic Under-21 international is believed to be in the region of £2.25m. Since news about a potential transfer broke last week, Matějů, 21, has been conspicuous by his […]

Orel’s Error Brings Back an Old Foe

The opening weekend of the 2017-18 HET Liga season offered little in the way of surprises. Sure, people will point at Bohemians’ last-gasp goal against Sparta Prague to secure a point, but given that the Stramaccioni revolution is still in its infancy, teething problems are to be expected. The obvious happened pretty much everywhere else: […]

Aleš Matějů close to £2.25m move to Brighton & Hove Albion

According to reports that emerged in the Czech press earlier today, Viktoria Plzeň’s Aleš Matějů is believed to be undergoing a medical ahead of a £2.25m move to Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend. The versatile full-back, 21, is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Premier League newcomers, joining his compatriot Jiří Skalák on […]

Brno – The Start of a Project

A number of months ago, I started something on Zbrojovka Brno’s title-winning season of 1977-78. Over time, what was originally going to be a standard piece exploring the club’s greatest moment has turned into what the industry calls a ‘long read’. And with it, I’ve decided to attempt to do something a little different to […]

Ondřej Machuča

Club: Slovan Liberec Nationality: Czech Position: Midfielder D.O.B: 13.04.1996