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 what this website has done before……
At the beginning of next season, I’m hoping to release a series of articles and an accompanying emagazine on the city of Brno.
And I’d like your help.
The Czech Republic’s second city, the historical capital of the Margraviate of Moravia and the most important social and economic hub in Moravia. It is a city of so much potential, yet has constantly offered so little in comparison to Prague and other cities of a similar size and stature.
Brno is home to Zbrojovka, arguably the biggest sleeping giant in Czech football. Despite having a barren trophy cabinet, the club has immeasurable potential and a rich history filled with interesting characters. If you delve into the annals of history, you’ll find that there are plenty of stories to be told about players with unfulfilled potential, packed terraces and the odd European journey.
Away from football, Brno knows more of sporting success. In the 1950s and 1960s, Rudá Hvezda Brno won eleven titles in twelve seasons and were the dominant force on the ice. Although the club has slumbered for decades, Kometa, as they are now known, has recently returned to winning ways, sparking interest in a new arena to cope with a surge in popularity. And then there is the city’s links to motorsport. Scratch away at the surface and you’ll find a sporting mecca.
If you ask some Czechs about Brno, you’ll often be met with a retort that alludes to a city that is a distant backwater where nothing happens. That, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth. But that reputation has stuck. And it’s time to change that.
If you’d like to help, I’d love to hear from you.
No word limits.
No restrictions (apart from a piece on the 1977-78 season).
- Posted by Chris Boothroyd
- On 11th May 2017