The kick off time for Viktoria Zizkov v Ziln was 10:15 am on Sunday morning, it was an early start and it felt like we were going to watch a Sunday league game down the park. I decided to treat my Dad to the delights of the Czech second division, the locals were drinking the cheap beer and eating klobasa despite the fact it was barely 10am! The standard of football was similar to that of the Sunday league, although not to be too harsh on the teams there was decent spells of football – mainly from the visiting team.
My last visit to the ground was a failed interview attempt with the youth team coach and ex West Ham player Petr Mikolanda, Petr is battling a serious kidney disease and is close to a comeback to football. The stadium is a small yet unique ground, the ticket prices are stupidly cheap and the fans provided a good atmosphere. The 20 or so visiting fans decided to amuse themselves with a couple of flairs midway through the first half – much to the stewards displeasure.
The away side had made a three hour trip to Prague for the game, meaning they must have been left Ziln around 6am at the latest to make the kick off at 10:15am something which must be of huge benefit when Zizkov play their home games. Despite the expected fatigue from Ziln they were making all the running and where unfortunate when their keeper made an absolute howler to allow Miroslav Markovic to score after 25 minutes. The young serb now has 7 goals in 7 ganes and was Zizkov’s standout player, a strong striker with pace to burn.
Despite the constant pressure from Ziln the Zizkov backline stood strong and defended really well, the lack of creativity in the middle of the park for Zizkov sometimes left Markovic ioslated. Oh what Zizkov would give for former player Karel Pobersky to be back in the side. It’s hard to imagine this team knocked Rangers out of the Uefa Cup back in 2001/2002, but alot has changed since those days, especially the standard of Czech football in general.
It was a good win yesterday for Viktoria Zizkov, 1-0 against Ziln but to make a push for title and promotion back to the top flight Zizkov need a play maker, someone who can supply the obviously talented Markovic. It was an enjoyable day out, and a positive result which keeps Zizkov handly placed just 2 points behind the league leaders.