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. Weefra



    Really sorry to hear your news mate.


    May your wee ma RIP


    Will keep her in my prayers.



    God bless

  2. Livibhoy



    Was at last years game .


    My bhoy was a mascot for the hoops.


    Can’t make it today.


    Hope your bhoy has a blast.

  3. Nags…



    Been given this for 16.35 at Perth. First info from this source but am told it’s reliable, from the yard, and have had a moderate ew.




  4. Stairheedrammy on

    Braw and Weefra- my thoughts are with both of you. The pain diminishes but the memories stay strong

  5. WeefratheTim: Sorry for your loss. Will say a wee prayer for the repose of her soul at Mass at 4 p.m. Thoughts also for you and all your loved ones. So many of us on here know what it is to lose a mother, but as my dad once said “If you think your mother will only worry about your here, you are wrong. She wont give up till you are beside her in heaven.” So weefra be assured she will be speaking to the Boss for you ever day of your life.

  6. RIP Weefrathe Tim’s wee mammy


    Prayers offered



    Connacht Football final at Castlebar Ht


    Mayo 1-09. Gallway 0-5


    Gallway spurning chances but being slightly outclassed by the Green and Red.


    Big big game to come up at 4pm


    Munster Hurling Final


    Corcaigh v Limerick at P U C



  7. Weefra & Braw…..



    Condolences on loss of your loved ones; may they rest in eternal peace.

  8. WeefratheTim



    Sad news about the loss of your Mum – thoughts and prayers with you and the family.

  9. WeefratheTim.



    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mum, sincere condolences to you and your family.

  10. Mountblow tim on

    Good afternoon CQN



    Braw and Weefra



    Sincere condolences


    Thoughts and prayers for both your families



  11. weefrathetim



    13:21 on 13 July, 2014



    God bless your wee maw and you and your family at this time.

  12. mattgallscot on

    Weefrathe, sorry for your loss, only time heals the memories will always be there.

  13. I just got an e-mail with the picture of a brilliant T-Shirt, but unfortuneately I don’t know how to do the tiny pic thingy, but here is the wording on the T-Shirt.



    “Monica Lewinsky’s ex boyfriend’s wife for President”

  14. Macjay:



    Just got a chance to scroll back and see your piece on the Boyne Parade. Last November I had the opportunity to have an interview with Roseanna Cunningham in the Scots Parliament about the OB act. She suggested that all the issues I raised were really police matters. Ms Cunningham also stated that when police acted against GB and others it was as a result of gathering information beforehand.



    The Minister was very clear that her remit was to gather information about sectarianism in Scotland. Therefore I would suggest that the clip that you posted, which I and many on here have viewed, is about serious issues, viz., bad policing and sectarian acts. Perhaps Macjay you should forward the film to Ms Cunningham and ask for her views on what took place.

  15. Neustadt-Braw. and weefrathetim



    So sorry to hear your sad, sad news.


    Thoughts and Prayers for both families at this very sad time.







    Slowing down in my old age, by the way, I used to wear winklepickers when I lived in Glasgow…Up the Locarno…………

  17. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on




    just logged on, and saw the news. Please take my care my friend.







  18. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on




    just logged on, and saw the news. Please take care my friend.











    Were they also curled up due to genuflecting at church?



    That’s the source of my strange moniker. Made me smile when I read the tale,still does!

  20. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on



    Are you going to the game at Murrayfield? Should be in town by 4pm if you want a few pints:)

  21. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on




    So sorry to hear about ur sad loss. Prayers and thots with you.





  22. Jorge Valdano, scorer in the ’86 WC final for R-hen -teena against W. Germany, was asked:



    – Who’s the world’s best player?






    -And the second best?



    -Messi, injured.


    About time PAUL67 got his finger out and posted a new article.



    Canny have some poor sod doing a 1690 on this of all weekends!

  24. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Thoughs and prayers with you and yours in this time of sadness.

  25. Ft


    Mayo 3-14 Gallway 0-16


    Mayo Four in a row Connacht champions ! Could this be the year Sam ends up in the Green and red county !!


    Now for Pairc ui Chaoimh


    Munster Hurling Final


    Cork v Limerick


    Up Corcaigh Up the Rebels !! Hail Hail !