Monday, 30 May 2016

Too early in the morning for football?

Sunday 29 May 2016, Slovan Bratislava II 1 Partizan Bardejov 4 - DOXXBet League (Slovakian Division 2), Stadion Rapid Ruzinov

Sunday morning anywhere in the world may seem too early for football but maybe after a late Saturday night in Bratislava it seemed too early for many as a crowd of about 90 turned up to see the Slovan Reserve team play in the equivalent of our Championship. Not a fan of Premier Reserve teams entering our league system, I am sure they will get bigger crowds than 90 but it was also the way that Partizan won easy which further convinces me that B/Reserve/U21 teams should stay in their own specific leagues.

The plus point about the visit was the stadium, Slovan have taken half of the Rapd Ruzinov ground for their academy use, the Slovan part of the complex included a quality pitch, good main stand, sunny terrace plus a nice little bar for half time.

The Bratislava public may have fallen out of love with football (ice hockey is king in Slovakia) but it is a good (and cheap) place for English groundhoppers to visit.

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