Football Club is a new Czech-language quarterly that delivers long-form articles on various aspects of domestic and international soccer culture and history. Inspired by similar titles around Europe such as the UK’s The Blizzard, it was created by Karel Häring, a well-known football writer, and Czech Radio journalist Jan Kaliba. In his introduction to the first edition of Football Club, Häring recalls that when he was at the newspaper Sport the target readers were “factory workers rather than university graduates”. So, I asked him, is the new journal
Letná stadium in Prague was packed on Thursday night with fans, most of who were hoping the home team could turn around their fortunes following their 2:0 first-leg qualifying round loss to Belgrade’s Crvena Zvezda. It didn’t happen: Red Star’s Boakye made it an even taller climb for Sparta when he scored in the 19th minute in what turned out to be the lone goal of the game.