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. I only remembered Charlie Nic re-signing.



    Easy one to recall. Watching him struggling around the opposition penalty box in the 90s it always looked to me that a zimmer frame would help his mobility and pace up front. To use one of Charlie’s favourite expressions, his big bottom meant that he spent his 2nd spell at Paradise “running the goblet”.

  2. Dena29



    Hiya,pal…Pleased tae Meetya.



    Yes, That is a Fair Point, which ye hiv..well..Pointed oot.




    Mebbe, Ronny has decided No tae gie Paul a Shot at the Peerie..






    If that be the Case..then.. well.. that’s that..






    Let me ask you.. pal .. Wan Leetle Question.



    “Hiv YOU ,personally, Ever Seen Paul McMullan, Play?



    Well.. Whether Ye hiv nor hivnae.. Seen Paul Play..



    Let Me tell Ye ..that AH HIV..






    Ah saw him.. TOTALLY DEMORALIZE the Young Rangers Team.. at the Latter Half of Last Season,in the Youth Championship Game..



    The Ranger’s Full Back ,who wiz opposing Young Paul,in that game.. wiz a Guy Named


    Haggerty.. A Guy, who up tae THAT GAME..wiz daeing fairly well in the Rangers Set up..n..hid enjoyed a Few Games with the Rangers FIRST TEAM..






    After..Young Paul wiz thru wi Him.. Haggerty, wiz Thru wi.. Rangers..



    He Wiz Let Go.. at the End of Last Season..



    Yes..Paul is THAT GOOD.. He is a Great Talent.. n..if .. as You have suggested



    Ronny May hiv decided that Paul is Not worthy of At Least



    A TRY OOT…in the First Eleven, during these Friendlies.. then



    Ah am Afraid that Ronny Stock in Kojo’s Eyes.. wid Be oan the Doon Turn..



    But.. Ah am so sure that the Reason Why Ronny has Not Given Paul at least a Try OOT..



    is ,simply , because..



    Ronny has bin… GROSSLY ..UNINFORMED.. by..



    well.. JOHN KENNEDY.. F’rinstance..



    of How Well Suited Paul wid be ..in the Vacant Right Wing Spot ,which has Opened up in the First Eleven..



    Noo Ye Know






  3. ffm – i’m the only conspiracy theorist in the village)



    15:46 on 11 July, 2014


    I only remembered Charlie Nic re-signing.



    Easy one to recall. Watching him struggling around the opposition penalty box in the 90s it always looked to me that a zimmer frame would help his mobility and pace up front. To use one of Charlie’s favourite expressions, his big bottom meant that he spent his 2nd spell at Paradise “running the goblet”.





    I personally thought that his best analogy was “the world is my lobster”, well, it wasn’t exactly rocket surgery was it?






    End London rule. YES

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on

    som mes que un club- the only way they will come up is if there is league reconstruction-which will happen IMO

  5. traditionalist88 on

    !!Bada Bing!!



    We can all scoff and laugh at them signing former players because their scouting department is Super Ally playing Football Manager but Boyd and Miller will score goals in that league. Hibs remain a shambles and the rebuilding there will probably take 3 transfer windows- that leaves Hearts who have made some interesting signings and a possible surprise package like a Falkirk as the only realistic challenger. The bookies odds of 1/4 compared to 4/1 for the mini’s reflects this. Hope I’m wrong but unless there is another insolvency event I don’t know…




  6. Morrissey the 23rd on

    If NegAnon2 wants my phone number. Give it to him. I’d like a proper chat with him if he wants to.

  7. Bsr 16:02



    Sitting in work here and i actually ‘loled’ a that. Cue a few funny stares…

  8. Vmhan



    Memory lapses are the new cool …



    Now whit was ah gonnae do next



    Game now at 5.15pm according to ‘fishel site

  9. Kojo



    Agree that RD is playing LG there for his own reasons, but playing there – for a while – will be good for LG.



    In real games as ever, RD will play to the team’s strengths.



    Twofooted CSC

  10. Kojo I get your point , and to answer your question no I havent seen Paul play but I would assume Ronny has and if he doesnt think hes the answer on the wing then we have to let him live or die by those decisions we can all have an opinion (even is it is an informed opinion as your is) but ultimately he has the final say. I am not saying Paul is or isnt the answer but what Ronny does or doesnt decide is the only decision that matters





  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    traditionalist88- i seen them struggle v basically part time amateur teams last year,only thing he can manage is a steakbake.Mibbery will peak next season but i still don’t think it will get them up.HH

  12. Forster; Matthews, van Dijk, O’Connell, Izaguirre; Mulgrew, Johansen, Kayal; Commons, Stokes, Boerrigter (MH)



    Tonights Team, If this is the team for Iceland, some big shocks. Maybe it isn’t.

  13. Kojo have you thought of communicating your thoughts to Ronny,John C and John K? Make more sense than going on about on here. Go on try it you may even get a response from them. BTW I think Paul is a fine player. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  14. archdeaconsbench on

    Just saw this on Facebook….


    They like a march, don’t they?







    Glasgow Rangers Daily Update


    15 hrs ·



    Rangers fans propose to march on Commonwealth Games opening Ceremony.



    On the 23rd of July the Opening of the Commonwealth games will be held at Celtic Park, Rangers fans on this day are being urged to march upon Celtic Park, holding flags and banners with “Justice For the Rangers Support” & “We Demand Answers”



    It doesn’t matter how many people you march to the stadium with, as long as during the opening ceremony, the stadium is surrounded by a wall of blue, with innocent supporters of an innocent club, demanding answers for the mistreatment we suffered.



    Considering this will be being broadcast across the Commonwealth it is vital that any signs can be seen from the air. And that any chants rival the noise being made inside the Stadium.



    Scotland & The rest of the world will be made to sit up and listen to the Rangers support, as we demand the answers we so thoroughly deserve.



    Pass this message on if you wish to be part of it.




  15. Subs: Zaluska, Fasan, Lustig, Fisher, Waters, Findlay, Biton, McGregor, F. Twardzik, Henderson, McGeouch, Forrest, Fridjonsson

  16. Subs: Zaluska, Fasan, Lustig, Fisher, Waters, Findlay,Biton, McGgegor, F. Twardzik, Henderson, McGeouch, Forrest, Fridjonsson, Pukki, Balde, Watt, Griffiths, Atajic



    Left out a few subs in my first list.

  17. And if they do march to Celtic Park on the 23rd, they will get some nice police protection.

  18. Tony Watt does’nt seem to be making an impression on Ronny. He has’nt had any game yet, has he? Hail Hail Hebcelt

  19. Is this the same team for Tuesday? That Dutch winger is not Celtic class, Sammi would be much better IMO.



    Ach well all the best to him maybe our manager can make a player of him.



  20. Well Ronny is certainly giving Derk plenty of exposure. He either fancies him as a player or he is trying to put him in the shop window.

  21. Hrvatski Jim on

    STV quiz programme.



    Question: which Yorkshire football team plays at Elland Road?



    Contestant: New York?

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