IndieLiga goes and Czechs out some second division football in Brno.
On a trip to Brno in Czechia, we decided to go and watch the local team, Zbrojovka Brno, who were relegated from the Czech top flight last year.
On a lovely sunny day we got the bus from Brno centre to the stadium, about 3 km away. The journey gave us a feel for the city away from the wonderful centre.
First job at the stadium was to get a ticket, English didn’t work too well at the ticket office, luckily German did. We got out tickets, 100 Czech crowns each, about 4 euros. Great value. Naturally the next big job was to find a beer, we had a stroll around the stadium and found a bar. A quick Staropramen and then into the ground.
The stadium was only half open, both ends behind the goal were closed. Unfortunately there were no away fans. Varnsdorf is at the opposite end of the country on the Czech-German border, not so far from Dresden. The fans who were there were generating a good atmosphere, which I suspect was fueled by Czech beer.
The game was entertaining, although only Brno really seemed to want to win it. Varnsdorf looked set up to grind out a point. Just before half time Brno had a man sent off for a second yellow, a really stupid challenge in front of the referee, slightly harsh but the player shouldn’t have given the referee the option.
The second half saw 10 man Brno still taking the game to 11 man Varnsdorf, but unable to break them down. At the final whistle, an entertaining 0-0 draw, although the beer helped.
Then it was the bus back into the centre for a good night out!
Score: 0 – 0