The Prague Mission

The Prague Mission

Luka wonders why he made his father such a promise. Probably he caught him off guard and said yes immediately, without thinking. But this morning when he got up, he had a lump in his throat, like a big lemon going up and down between the throat and the guts. […]

Czech League Fans Have Nothing in Common with Each Other

Czech League Fans Have Nothing in Common with Each Other

Dan can’t sleep at night knowing that his dad was able to see his favorite team champion 7 times before dying. He even saw them compete in Scotland, during the European finals against Celtic FC. Dan was an only kid and was also taught to be a football fan. He […]

Green, Green Grass of Home

Green, Green Grass of Home

So there was Luka, crying, an old man, bald, a well respected member of the club, climbing onto the back of his fat friend against the fence, who kept swearing both in Czech and German. Luka, holding a bag of shredded paper between his teeth, like his four legged best […]

European and American Sports

European and American Sports

Europeans are often fascinated by Americans who do not understand or want to understand football. For them it is a smaller game called soccer and played by their daughters in school. For them, football is like something odd that entails no excitement. The thing is Americans love it when, in […]

Americans in the Czech Republic

Americans in the Czech Republic

Honey and Mike watched attentively the NBA game and when the game ended, the West Coast team had won the game to the East Coast team by a score of 196-173. The players, mostly black, had made incredible pirouettes and displayed great physical prowess in order to achieve that score. […]

Understanding Czechoslovakian Soccer and Cuisine

Understanding Czechoslovakian Soccer and Cuisine

There were no big stunts during the scene, no physical risks for anyone involved. Mike admitted “I do not understand Czechoslovakian soccer. Why was it a genius goal?” And Veronika did not know what words to choose to answer that question. Especially the part about Czechoslovakia, since that country had […]

The Czech League and Pride

The Czech League and Pride

Dan is not sure when he will die, but he can at least say that he has seen his favorite Czech football team champion more than once. It seems like a rather superficial life goal, but what with what has been happening in the Czech League in recent years made […]

The Austro Hungarian Empire, Czechoslovakia and Grandparents

The Austro Hungarian Empire, Czechoslovakia and Grandparents

What wonders had Dan witnessed? During the first thirty years of Dan’s life, he had only seen miserable matches, bankruptcy that almost left the fans without a football club and two shameful years in the second division. That was all Dan had witnessed in 30 years. Dan was first a […]