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. quonno




    15:32 on 11 July, 2014






    14:05 on


    11 July, 2014





    12:39 on 11 July, 2014



    Twice in your post you state “and that cost Neil his job”


    Its like reading a headline from the DR. For your information , Neil Lennon, if indeed you are referring to Neil Lennon and not some other Neil did not get sacked.



    Confidentiality clauses will ensure that it will be may a long day before the ordinary fan gets to know the full truth about NL’s departure.


    Sacked or resigned who knows. What we do know is that there are many ways to skin a cat.And traditionally Celtic has never been found wanting when it comes to making employees unhappy.




    Exactly who knows so why assume he was sacked!

  2. traditionalist88 on



    16:34 on


    11 July, 2014


    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.





    Hopefully the latter…




  3. Maybe Tony Watt has fitness to work on. Seemed to be more on the bench and in the stand last season in Belgique.

  4. Mak A note..



    This Is Ma First Criticism of Ronny..



    Yes.. Honey Moon is Over, Fur Ronny..



    Ma Criticism.. n.. it should be Your’s ,As well.




    IMAGINE Gien.. Boeriggter, a Game~??



    Ah canny Believe it… Man o Manoshevitz!



    Derk is a Buffoon.. He is No Soccer Player..




    Too Harsh?



    Meant tae be!



    Ah am not Pleased by his Inclusion in today’s team..



    It serves No Purpose, AY-TALL .. Ay- TALL!





    Still, Laughin’

  5. darwinsbeautifulidea on

    How could we have went into the first leg at 1-1,


    as for the cheats ,wasn,t our so called leader going to do something visa uefa,after supporters put up a motion to report them at the last AGM,whatever happend to that.

  6. RWE maybe Ronny wants to see how he interacts with the squad and in training, knowing that -allegedly – he has/had discipline issues with Neil and in Belgium. Hope he can put these things behind him get on with being a star for us. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  7. Greeninbingley on

    Didn’t somebody post earlier in the week that Tony Watt’s picked up a knock? As for Derk, last chance saloon?

  8. Hebcelt



    Hiya, Pally..Nice tae Talk..



    Good Suggestion.. mebbe, Ah wull take ye Up oan it..



    Yes.. Ah don’t think that Ronny is being Too Well Informed..



    Ach..Ah know he wull eventually be able tae Really Find oot the Trew Value of Awe of the Players ,whom he has Inherited.. but.. Like Ah said..



    It is galling tae Me..the guys like John Kennedy,hiv not Pit Ronny Wise tae awe that they.. SHOULD.



    Trouble wi Me.. Ah Hiv a Very High Standard of Awareness..



    n.. Ah canny thraw.. Guys who ur no.. well. Aware..



    Ah saw it Awe the time.. In Lots of Ways.. in the wa Neil went aboot his Joab.



    Neil, didnae reach Ma Standard of Awareness..



    Because.. He wiz constarntly Swatting at Flies.. while the Buzzards werei..



    Ripping at his Tail-Feathers!



    He jist Nevah Noticed..



    Wull Ronny Hiv the type of ‘Awareness’ , that Pleases Me?



    Stay Tuned.



    The Fact that Ronny has Seen Fit at Play a guy such as Boerrigter, Mair than WANCE.. is not too Inspiring ..In Ma Book..



    God. Ah hope that this wull be Boerrigter’s Last Game in a Celtic Jersey.



    Fur he is a Complete Waste of Time..




    In Ma Opinion.. of Course..



    In MA ..opinion.



    Nice Chatting






  9. whitedoghunch on

    our very very highly regarded manager and coaching team have seen a lot more of Derk than me or any here so I look forward to watching him this evening.

  10. Geordie Munro on

    Theirs a footballer inside Derk just waiting to burst out. Mark my words.




    Unfortunately the player looks more Biggens than Rooney.

  11. Whitdoghunch



    Ah don’t agree wi You ,pal.



    Ah am A Celtic fan.. n.. Ah don’t care.. how well a Celtic Player Performs in



    Sham.. Practice games.. At Lennoxtown.



    Ah only Care .. if a Celtic Player kin Cut the Mustard in



    Non Practice games..



    Like .. Playing agin Teams in the S.P.L. or in European Contests..






    Boerrigter, Hasnae Made the Semblance of a Fist.. in ANY BLOODY GAME that AH hiv seen him Play.






    In Ma Opinion..



    Boerrigter, must Go.. he is a WIMP.. a guy wi’ Nae .. Get up n Go.. a Big Feartie.




    He is No Fit tae wear a Celtic Jersey..






  12. Celtic in traditional hoops as they walk onto a ground surrounded with very quaint buildings (2 houses)

  13. Kojo



    14:56 on 11 July, 2014






    tae Continue..



    Beram Kayal,is Back..



    The Auld n Much Lamented wan..No ..the Beram ,that Elbows McCulloch … left us wi… after he inflicted that Horrendous Tackle.. that fateful Day.. on the Poor Israeli.



    Yes, Beram,is Back..n.. If He is..



    Well.. Look oot Mr. Broonie.. ye may hiv a task n a Hauf.. getting Back.. when ye ur ready



    Yes, Broonie,noo that we hiv Beram.. Ye wullnae be Missed..



    Sorry Aboot that.. but that’s Life in the big Leagues..



    Things ur Tuff awe over.



    Nice chatting wi Ye ,palomino. as Usual










    Beram is likely to move on next season, for nothing.



    If he can drive us into the CL, well it obviously won’t be for nothing.



    It might drive us Celtic fans a bit madder though. :))

  14. Istanbulcelt on

    We look bad at the back. All this tapping passes about is all very pretty in the opposition half but in your own box, well a good team will love us doing that against them!

  15. Delaneys Dunky,



    Early Doors tomorrow and just going to pitch up in Bristol to look out for the Peregrine Falcons. Dinnae tell me ye’ve changed yer mind about going?

  16. I see Boerrigter’s selection is raising eyebrows.



    Ronny should remember what Neil Lennon said about Samaras- the kind of player that gets the manager the sack.



    Well Sammy did well enough on occasions to avoid that fate for Lenny but I’m not sure I’d be taking any chances with Mr Boerrigter if I were Ronny.

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