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. Oldtim67



    Many happy returns, hope you have a great day and Coolbrooke makes it even better for you HH


    Seems the Ayrshire Tims had a good wee day yesterday,all the better for my absence!



    Bristol was fun city for the day as PETEC and I did the tour.



    Hope yer on that train,Pete!

  3. Por Cierto et al,



    As you no doubt aware the reference to ” New Rangers” tops was deliberate.



    Although the OO influence is diminishing they ( And their hangers on ) remain loud and vocal.



    The OO is increasingly seen as politically incorrect and many don’t want to be associated with it, but that doesn’t mean that there are not many who share the same principles.


    To use a very vague equation the BNP was and is toxic, however many of its policies live on with the ideology of the acceptable face of UKIP.



    Let us be blunt here, the establishment will never let “Rangers” die; As we have witnessed. They can have 10 clubs, 10 companies blah, blah



    As for the accusation of using the sectarian card ref the indy debate; on the contrary I was reacting to the sectarian card event that was be played out in front of my own eyes.



    Companies house registrars are fine and well and make good argument but reality at ground level is what most of us face and what we must react to.



    HH to you.

  4. The BBC website stating the “marching season” runs from April to August… You would think they would look fitter if they had been marching for 5 months..



    If they had been marching for 5 months, i was hoping they would have been further away from us by now!



    maybe around the middle of the north sea or somewhere equally welcoming for that type of folk, somewhere were no one was forced to hear or see them and somewhere far away where councils and polis wouldn’t need to feign lack of authority to stop their sectarian activities



    nae offence tae oil rig workers by the way

  6. Yorkbhoy



    Once took great delight in laying daft laddie when talking to a hunnette. She told me her da and brothers were off to ulster for a walk….. My that’s a long walk, says me with my best fake demure smile glued to my coupon!



    Interesting to read bbc website background on the marches. Written as tho it was newsround for kiddies. But I guess it serves to highlight it for the mad anachronism it should be.



    HH jamesgang

  7. Tamrabam



    “nae offence tae oil rig workers by the way”





    Still recovering from the Petrofac Training cup announcement.




  8. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Happy birdie to you, happy birdie to you….


    Happy birdie dear Oldtim67, happy birdie tooooo youuuu….

  9. New article before i hit the hay paul67.. Camon pal



    Anyway song of the day



    Pangur ban- holy ground

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    12:47 on 13 July, 2014



    No matter how far they walk, zombies canny get fit, ’cause thur deed….!!!! \o/

  11. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Doc @ 19:59 & Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo 20:31



    I’m up for that. It’s about time Sabina saw Germany.



    I knew you two would get on. I did tell you Doc is a living angel.



    I would mention the bottle in the cupboard under the sink of the bathroom but then again Awe Naw’s offer may be withdrawn.



    Reading Awe Naw’s post about going to the chapel reminded me of his student days when an auntie and uncle came to visit him for the weekend. On the Sunday morning when they ask where the chapel was, he took them to the synagogue giving away he had no idea where it was.

  12. Slabhoy - Duntocher is Green and White on

    My missus is feom Rochdale and was in Glasgow last Thurs on business. Cab driver says he is on the orange walk at the weekens. Missus replies “I didn’t know Orange was sponsoring a walk in Glasgow”







  13. Just in to say…..






    11:39 on 13 July, 2014




    Petition signed mate although, being an old fogie



    I’m not too sure about revealing bank details online?



    Normally, my ‘techno’ kid looks after all those things and



    he’s not here the now. If there’s any other way to donate



    I’ll get him to check it when he returns. That apart, guid



    lhuck – the bassas ruin my birthdat every year :)



    Hail Hail – laters….


    KEV J



    Ya ingrate-it’s not everyone who gets the bands out to play on their birthday every year!

  15. bournesouprecipe on



    Lustig::::::::Ambrose:::::::::Van Dijk:::::::Izzaguirre






    :::::::::::::::::::::::Pukki:::::::::: Stokes:::::::::::::::::::::::::



    Biton if Kayal is still injured, Matthews if Lustig is unfit.

  16. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    kevjungle – murdo macleod is my favorit celtic player ever.



    13:05 on 13 July, 2014



    NEVER reveal your Bank details on line….NEVER….!!!!!!!!




    13:07 on 13 July, 2014



    KEV J



    Ya ingrate-it’s not everyone who gets the bands out to play on their birthday every year!




    Aye, it’s nice to know that at least ,sumdy plays a choon for me :)



    Take care fella & Hail Hail – Off oot.

  18. Anyone going along to the legends game in Broxburn today? Young LB is going to be a mascot for the Celtic team.




  19. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers



    13:07 on 13 July, 2014



    KevJ is not “ingrate” …… he’s only grate when he’s ‘off OOT’ …… \o/

  20. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on



    How was your day with thon fhella who was dressed for the Siberian winter go ?and did you catch the last train?


    or is that a silly question:))))))

  21. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon ….The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors



    13:08 on 13 July, 2014




    I know that I come across as an eejit etc…



    but, every good man knows his limitations :)



    Hail Hail ya Hahahahahahahappy clapper :)



    Off oot this time, bye.

  22. Morrissey the 23rd on

    If you, family or friends are at Tea In The Park, please ask them to donate their sleeping to ‘See The Invisibles’.



    Collections are 10:30pm tonight & 10:30am tomorrow at Buchanan Bus Station.



    Second collections at 10:30am on Monday.



    Kirsty MacQueen on Facebook is also coordinating collections at Balado.



    Thank you!



    For more info:






  23. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Surprised nobody has mention it was Newka Prague we played and not the Oldco.





    We had a smashing day,mate. But Pete was absolutely melting by the time he got to the second pub!



    I had to pass three intended pit stops just to get him to the hotel and booked in.



    Caught the last train with a bit to spare,about thirty seconds.



    Bloody thing then sat in the station for about ten minutes-they don’t do that when I’m late!!

  25. Morrissey the 23rd on

    LiviBhoy @ 13:10


    I’ll say to my mate Woody who lives there and uses the Broxburn supporter bus (No idea if you do).

  26. WeefratheTim on

    Just got the terrible news that my wee mum passed away about an hour ago. Will be off the blog for most of the day.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  27. NEIL LENNON has sent his best wishes to Ronny Deila ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik.



    The former Celtic boss is backing his successor to gets off to a good start in Iceland.



    He said: “I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for him that everything goes according to plan and his team secure a positive result.



    “I mentioned on many occasions during my time as manager how difficult these games are at the start of a season.



    “Basically, your most important matches of the year come right at the beginning. There is just so much at stake.



    “More than anything, the financial implications of reaching the Champions League are hugely important.



    “However, for football reasons, it is also massive. The supporters live for European nights at Celtic Park and the players love testing themselves against the best in the business.



    “As manager of Celtic, I loved pitting my wits against some of the top coaches on the continent and I’m sure Ronny will look forward to that challenge, as well.



    “But Celtic don’t have the luxury of going straight in the group stage and, therefore, it makes for tense games such as Tuesday.



    “You can have better players than the opposition, but if your team have a bad day at the office you can find yourself up against it.



    “Ronny will have worked with the players now for a few weeks and will have a fair idea as to what he has at his disposal.



    “The good thing is that it’s a team with Champions League experience and most of them were good enough to reach the last 16 a couple of seasons ago.



    “They are fairly experienced at this level and that will help.



    “I’m confident they will achieve a decent result in Iceland and go through over the course of the two legs.



    “I sincerely hope Ronny gets off to a good start and goes on to enjoy a successful period as Celtic manager.”





    Bad news,mate. Even though she’s out of harm’s way,you’ll still feel the loss.



    All my very best to you and yours.



    R I P

  29. weefrathetim



    13:21 on 13 July, 2014





    Very sorry to hear that mate, use are in my thoughts and prayers tonight.



    Take care of yourself




  30. WeefratheTim



    So sorry to here the news of your Mother passing away, may the strength of your family and your family on here be with you..