Synot Liga 2015-16 Season Preview

So here we are once again. The new Synot Liga season is just a couple of days away and as much of a repetitive statement it may sound, it is shaping up to be one of the most exciting on record. Given the signings that the top clubs have made, the title race and scrap […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 3rd August 2015
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Sparta Prague: A summer of revolution

It’s tough working out where to start with Sparta Prague, especially considering that over the past six months the hierarchy of the Czech Republic’s most successful club don’t know either. Towards the tail end of last season Vitezslav Lavicka was given his marching orders after failing to knock Jablonec out of the Czech Cup. But, […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 2nd August 2015
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Slovacko: No longer the league’s barometer

It hasn’t been a bad couple of months for Slovacko, but the stark reality is that they haven’t enjoyed a particularly good summer recess either. Whilst their home stadium was being broadcast to the world during the European Under-21 Championships, the club was sat still watching events unfurl around them. The problem is that other […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 2nd August 2015
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Zlin: Back in the big time

After six years away top flight football finally returns to the Moravian city of Zlin, mainly because they have the infrastructure already in place to welcome the Czech Republic’s big guns and Varnsdorf, unfortunately, didn’t. But that negative footnote aside, it is nice to see the club back amongst the elite. Zlin’s stint in the […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 1st August 2015
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National League Season Preview 2015-16

A week after the Synot Liga returned and spoilt purveyors of attacking football rotten with a glut of goals; it is time for the Czech second division, the National League, to spring back into life. Last season Sigma Olomouc eased to the league championship. The final league standings may indicate otherwise, but bar a little blip […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 31st July 2015
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Dukla Prague: Something is clicking, but….

Truth be told, I don’t quite know where to start with Dukla. Naturally, they’ve regressed from their peak two seasons ago as bigger clubs have come in and swiped up their best players and injuries and ageing have taken their toll, but they somehow manage to keep finishing in the top six or seven. To […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 30th July 2015
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Pribram: Back to reality

A mystifying presence in the realm of Czech football, Pribram shocked and surprised everybody last season by not wandering around in a perpetual haze of mid-table aimlessness, nor did they stumble and fall down the trapdoor to the second division. Instead, against all logic, the club from the banks of the River Litavka almost squeezed […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 30th July 2015
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National League Season Review 2014-15

When the whistle blew on the National League’s 2014-15 season the action switched from stadia to conference halls, courtrooms and the corridors of the Czech FA for it would be politicians, club chairman and the judiciary who would eventually determine who would be promoted and, ultimately, who would be relegated. Unfortunately, the club that lost out on […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 30th July 2015
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