Well, who predicted this?
The Moravian town of Znojmo is well known for its castle, picturesque riverbank setting and preference for cucumbers. And now you can add football to that list, thanks to the exploits of 1. SC Znojmo who won promotion to the Czech top flight for the first time in their history.
After years of floating in the regional leagues and treading water in the National League, they clicked and raced towards the FNL title, leaving wealthier and more established sides such as Zizkov, Zlin and Karvina trailing in their wake.
Unfortunately, however, Znojmo won’t actually be hosting any Gambrinus Liga football next season. Instead, the plucky Moravians are set to temporarily relocate to Brno for the foreseeable future after the FACR decreed that their modest Hotsan Arena did not meet the necessary criteria required to host the giants of the Czech game.
The FNL was full of stories this season. Aside from Znojmo’s remarkable promotion and the return of the battle for Bohemian identity, the rise and fall of HFK Olomouc also captured the imagination.
Based in the suburbs of Holice, Olomouc’s second side finally won promotion to the FNL after a number of successive close calls. Like all newcomers to the division operating on a limited budget, they were given little chance by the press and experts. However, HFK blazed up the table to finish a very impressive fourth, their highest ever finish. Yet this remarkable rise up the table ultimately brought about their demise. Unable to cope with the additional expenditure of the nationalised second division and without a major sponsor, they voluntarily relegated themselves in order to secure their future.
Caslav and Opava were the two relegated sides and in all honesty, both deserved to go down. For all their history and passionate support, Opava habitually conceded goals and allowed opponents to walk all over them wherever they played. By contrast, Caslav had a huge problem finding the back of the net.
- Top scorers: 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: Frydek-Mistek, Loko Vltavin and Trinec
Narodni Liga 2012-13 Table
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- Posted by Chris Boothroyd
- On 20th April 2016