Dukla, the tragedy and opportunity of the east


Celtic went into the home first leg of their European Cup semi-final against Dukla Prague at 1-1.  Two second half goals from Willie Wallace added to Jimmy Johnstone’s opener were enough to ensure a British team would eventually reach the final of Europe’s premier tournament.  The return leg finished goalless.

The clubs met 14 years later in the Feyenoord Tournament, when two first half goals from Murdo McLeod secured a 2-1 win.  Since then, European football has been robbed of its meritocratic principles, which allowed talented clubs a route to the top, no matter how rich or poor their domestic TV contract was.  Nowhere has been so brutally robbed as east/central Europe.

The 1960s-through-80s saw teams from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and Poland regularly dominate clubs from Scandinavia, south-eastern Europe, France, and occasionally, all comers.  Eastern Europe remains one of the world’s most productive areas for developing talented footballers, but even the average ones are stolen for a pittance while still in their teens.

In the 60s, Dukla were a genuine leading light in the game, producing seven of the Czech team who collected runners-up medals to Pele’s Brazil in the 1962 World Cup, with peerless midfielder, Josef Masopust, picking up the European Player of the Year award that year.  They would have fancied their chances against Celtic in ’67.

Where great tradition and sporting affection exists, so too does commercial opportunity.  The people of east/central Europe just need to figure out how to harness it.  Uefa are Europe’s maker of competitions.  Their job is to establish the structures which allows great and successful sport to take place.  A modern-day Jules Rimet is needed.

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  1. Jobo Baldie


    21:18 on


    11 July, 2014


    jamesgang – back in. Mrs Baldie’s proposed film was rubbish,,, ;-)





    Jobo…Don’t tell me they are still showing ‘ Last Tango jn Paris’ in ole EK ?

  2. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Turkey bhoy



    Deila will be given no cash …he has to try and make players out of what he has



    Austerity mixed with pusillanimous complicity …..road to perdition

  3. Jobo



    Wanted to check you were ok after the brutal golf event.heard you lost a milk tooth!!!


    Be sure to play well in the green And on the greens tomorrow.



    DD. Love music. Dinnae like crowds. Unless I’m at Celtic Park!


    So waived them off and we then headed to house of Bruar and then dunkeld and did old people stuff!!!



    HH jamesgang

  4. Delaneys Dunky



    21:15 on 11 July, 2014






    When Ryan left last night wi 10 fellow Tims to Balado. I felt a wee bit envious. My favourite band the noo, Chvrches are playing. Scotlands 2nd best to Biffy Clyro. :)





    Aidan really likes BC, I’ve never really listened to them, I think Aidan is well cool when it comes to music, especially as he loves any Bob Marley track that comes on. He overplays Oasis, IMO but hey who am I to Judge anyone when I still sing over the mike to Many Europeans, East and West such nonsense as this. :))))

  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    The crowd you love is oor crowd.


    You are an integral part of that crowd. We are Celtic. We are blessed.

  6. jamesgang



    Friday 4th July 9pm to 11pm is a bit of a blur. But by noon the next day I was wide awake, with a full set of teeth and a set of prescription glasses that allowed me to drive home. But seriously not proud………..

  7. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    delaneys dunky



    T in the park live on BBC 3



    you might catch your fav group




  8. Jobo Baldie



    21:30 on 11 July, 2014






    Friday 4th July 9pm to 11pm is a bit of a blur. But by noon the next day I was wide awake, with a full set of teeth and a set of prescription glasses that allowed me to drive home. But seriously not proud………..





    Sounds awesome.



    Well Done Jobo, was it an acgr dram that done it. I don’t drink that stuff but it definitely does something, I’ll be having another the next time I see him, if he let’s me. I started potting balls in killer and giving wee cuddles to people I love but never show it enough.

  9. DD



    HH to you my pal.






    Was at an international medical conference last year when an impromptu night on Estrella intervened and I awoke on the ensuite floor!



    You’re a better Bhoy than me. Always!







  10. antipodean red on

    delaneys dunky,



    My Bhoy went to see Chvrches in Fremantle during last season, Martin Doherty ended the session saying that he was going to watch the Hoops on TV somewhere, I think that was the day we lost to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup?




  11. Jobo



    As you know I’d have been the soberest there, you behaved impeccably what I saw, and as usual, a total gentleman – and yes that was Taggsy ;)







  12. Right was oot the back there with Shug the dug, and his new squeaky toy for his birthday, it’s a rubber chicken




    daughter walks oot, and shout


    Hugo, stope choking the chicken


    Poor wee dug :-)

  13. FGF



    The dug didnae know where to look, daughter just walked back in nonchantly


    That’s Ghirls for you :-)

  14. Jobo



    I then had to go to the Barcelona equivalent of the SEC and listen to medical lectures all day!



    As I say, you’re the bhoy. And apols I was just going to quietly pull your leg!



    HH jamesgang

  15. IGC



    If you are still lurking.



    Thanks for the Nesta…now just as long as I remember to take one..or is it two..

  16. bjmac –



    fantastic to see you back posting, even if it took my own indiscretions to prompt you to post! You’re getting pretty close to being my role model!

  17. Jobo



    Hahaha – you shouldn’t lower your standards to such an extent!!!! ;)







  18. Delaneys Dunky on




    Martin is a good bhoy.


    Wee Lauren is wonderful.


    Chvrches are magic.


    Biffy, Biffy, Biffy feckin Clyro!

  19. Fourgreenfields



    I’m good mate, very busy work, just back from a short break to Alton Towers with my son. Had logged on to find out about the game earlier!



    How are you?







  20. BJMac



    Have to say, think that Alton Towers is a superb theme park, bet you both enjoyed that wee trip :-)

  21. Suarez to Barca for £75 million?!



    A new challenge to get his teeth into.




  22. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28262019



    George Clooney has clearly read the Nimmo Smith Report, the Craig Whyte & Charles Green transactions and the FTT & UTT transcripts.



    “There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong,” his statement began: “The cover-up is always worse.”



    Welcome to the world of Scottish Football.



    SDM & Oldco – The cover up is always worse.

  23. Delaneys Dunky on




    Lunacy, Barca are now just a capitalist club wi nae morals win wi any scum in your team mob.

  24. Cowiebhoy



    I agree, we’d been before and have the queues sussed, he was on The Smiler 7 times yesterday!!!! We had a great time.







  25. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma


    19:38 on


    11 July, 2014


    Kano’s Ghirl wins at 25/1?????



    Where is that bloody Richie with his info when we could all have slapped a tenner on the beast?



    He can buy his own round next time I see him — mind you I will buy him one back.



    Useless Bugger!




    Richie is in his flat in Spain. he’s a bit low with a touch of colitis,He received a text that Kano’s girl was running,but he forgot to mention it as he was suffering from his colitis.

  26. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Preperations for tomorrow update.


    Pleased to announce all flags and bunting up and Langloan in Coatbridge is covered in Green,White & gold :))))))

  27. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Preparations even :((





    Gooooooooooooood evening sir good to hear about your quality time with your boy :))))).

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