Victorious Viktoria Zizkov

Sunday morning football is back, and I think everyone knows the offside rule now…

FK Viktoria Žižkov kicked off their spring season with an entertaining home fixture against Kraluv Dvur on Sunday March 6th. Žižkov granted free entry to all supporters so there was no excuse to miss out on the match. I associate Sunday morning football with pub teams back in England so it was quite refreshing to watch Zizkov kick off at 10:15 on a cold Sunday morning. But while it may have been cold sitting waiting for kickoff, the atmosphere within the stadium was very warm and there was a real community spirit in the air. From Czech nationals to expats from across the world, many had turned up to cheer on the home side.

Of course it would not be Sunday morning football if there were not vendor stands selling all of your typical types of food and drink, giving you the kick start you need on a Sunday morning. Everything from hot drinks to beer – we are in the Czech Republic of course – and the classic klobasa with copious amounts of mustard and horseradish were all in high demand. I myself decided to go for a klobasa and drowned it in both mustard and horseradish, who said you can have too much of a good thing?

This was my first football match in Prague which might surprise some locals as there are so many teams that call Prague home, none more famous that AC Sparta Praha. However I am glad my first experience of football in Prague was on a cold Sunday morning alongside some very devoted fans, you could really sense the passion for Žižkov around the stadium. While the stands may not have been full it did not deter everyone from joining in a Mexican wave that traveled around the stadium at least ten times, an entertaining moment among an exciting game.

The football that was on display was impressive too, a lot of it was better than some of the performances coming out of St James’ Park (that’s Newcastle United to you that don’t know) at the moment, there was a real work ethic on the field. This made for an 8 goal thriller in the end with Viktoria Žižkov coming out 6-2 winners with some great goals scored towards the closing stages of the game. The score line was not just a representation of the performance on the field but also what the home fans gave to Zizkov. Chants were breaking out throughout the ground every few minutes. I even heard someone chanting “Viktoria!” over and over again to the tune of Notorious B.I.G’s – Notorious B.I.G, quite amusing to hear. Every time the home side put another goal in the back of the net scarves erupted from people’s shoulders and were swung around in the air, something which I also joined in with. As Zizkov were putting the final nails in Kraluv Dvur’s coffin the sun also broke through the clouds illuminating the whole stadium and warming the fans up, a good omen for the rest of Zizkov’s season? I think so.

This was an entertaining way to spend my Sunday morning and I would recommend it to any football fans travelling to Prague who want to soak up some of the sporting atmosphere in the city. Viktoria Žižkov continue their spring campaign with a home fixture against FK Banik Most 1909 on Sunday 13th at 10:15, so why not go along and show your support.

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