National League Season Review 2012-13: A fine vintage

The season opened and closed with the derby of identity. For years, Bohemians 1905 and Bohemians Prague have been locked in what appears to be a never-ending battle over who is the legal and rightful hold of the Bohemian name. Famously, in 2010, Bohemians Prague refused to take to the field to face their Dolicek namesakes and were summarily fined and relegated in one fell swoop, and the spectre of that game hung over their final-day showdown.

The two opening day clash in Vrsovice passed without note; the home fans filled Dolicek, displayed banners and chanted, but the action on the pitch was entirely forgetful. But as the return fixture loomed some ten months later, Karel Kapr and his Strizkov stooges began to play the role of wind-up merchants to a T.

The safety of the fans, they claimed, could not be assured if the game were to take place in Strizkov – despite the Vrsovice contingent stating they’d be staying away. Other excuses were thrown around and eventually, somewhat farcically, the tie was moved to Pribram where a handful of people watched one of the games of the season as Bohemians (Strizkov) came from two down to defeat Bohemians 1905 3-2.

Bohemians 1905 were expected to stroll the league, but instead of cantering towards the title they had to settle for second-place behind the surprise package of the season, 1.SC Znojmo.

From a popular wine-growing region in Moravia, this Znojmo side was an incredible vintage. Spearheaded by their tenacious captain Todor Yonov and with a sprinkling of experience and a handful of nearly men, Znojmo raced to the title.

With the league championship came the question of Gambrinus Liga eligibility. Just like Usti nad Labem the year prior and many more to come, it was determined that Znojmo’s facilities weren’t up to the required standard and so their promotion was left up in the air whilst politicians and boardmakers thrashed out a deal. Finally, it was determined Znojmo would go up – but they’d have to move to Brno.

Also coming out of left-field was the success of 1.HFK Olomouc, who defied all expectations to finish the season a very credible fourth. Unfortunately though, the step up to the professional ranks placed a strain on their finances that the club just couldn’t handle and so they had to accept voluntary relegation to secure the club’s future.

Down at the foot of the National League were the usual suspects of Banik Most and Vlasim, though it was the pair of Caslav and Opava who would go down to the regionalised third tier.

  • Top scorer: Lukas Zeleznik (Zlin) – 13
  • Highest attendance: Bohemians 1905 v Bohemians Prague – 4,785
  • Highest average attendance: Bohemians 1905 – 3,551
  • Promoted to the 2013-14 FNL: Trinec & Frydek-Mistek (MSFL) and Loko Vltavin (CFL)

Narodni Liga 2012-13 Table

# P W D L GD Pts
1. 1.SC Znojmo (Champions, promoted) 30 17 7 6 +21 58
2. Bohemians 1905 (Promoted) 30 16 8 6 +25 56
3. FK Banik Sokolov 30 14 8 8 +10 50
4. 1.HFK Olomouc (Relegated to the MSFL) 30 15 5 10 -3 50
5. FK Varnsdorf 30 15 4 11 +12 49
6. FC Fastav Zlin 30 14 6 10 +12 48
7. FK Pardubice 30 14 4 12 +16 46
8. FK Viktoria Zizkov 30 12 9 9 +8 45
9. MFK Karvina 30 11 9 10 0 42
10. FK Usti nad Labem 30 11 6 13 -10 39
11. Bohemians Prague 30 6 17 7 -3 35
12. FC MAS Taborsko 30 8 10 12 -7 34
13. FK Banik Most 30 8 7 15 -15 31
14. FC Graffin Vlasim 30 8 7 15 -21 31
15. FK Caslav (Relegated to the CFL) 30 6 7 17 -19 25
16. SFC Opava (Relegated to the CFL) 30 5 6 19 -26 21

photo: Petr Kadlec (Creative Commons)

  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 24th September 2013

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