time to start another thread about european summer adventure of Corgonliga teams
welcome Berko.Hello guys, well as you must know Israeli champions Ironi Kiriat Shmona were drawn with Zilina for the Champions League qualifiers.
In Israel there is a mix feeling since they could have been drawn in theory against tougher oppoenents but on the other hand the fact that Zilina has played in the Group Stage couple of years ago and being a constant figure in Europe worries a bit.
What are your expectations and the reactions? How does Zilina come for this match and for this season on the Slovakian league?
Thank you very much for the welcome and the reply:thumbsup:welcome Berko.
Zilina has realistic expectations imo, they were put to their place after embarassing CL campaign 2 seasons ago. They are fully aware of strenght of israeli champ but want to progress. IMO they see it 50-50.
from their www (freely translated)
Tomáš Majtán, forward
I didnt want Hapoel Ironi Kirjat Šmona. Not a draw you would want, but we have to deal with it. It´s up to us to confirm why we were seeded team. We play 1st leg at home, and we should use this opportunity to kill the series by convincive win. Dont have any experience with israeli football. Just spoke to Mario Pecalka (Hapoel Tel Aviv) who said me that Kiryat Shmona is quality club that managed to leave powerhouses of israeli league behind them.
Stanislav Angelovič, defender
Hapoel Kiryat is tough opponent, israeli football has it´s quality. We need to do our best to qualify to 3rd preliminary. Best way would be to seal the deal aready in the 1st leg
Martin Dúbravka, goalkeeper
Israeli league is quality. Many israeli clubs were succesfull in European competitions. Difficult to say if the home fixture is any sort of advantage for us. We need to get more informations about our opponent.
neither team takes this one easily imo, IKS might have better squad but basically no international experience, which can play important role, especially in the opening Leg.i seriously think IKS gonna win this one easily (dont be offended), the israeli league is much better than the slovak one atm, its not like 10 years ago when maccabi lost to Zilna in CL campaign after the team had "mini" bankrupt and fights between the players..
but if not, i will not be suprised since IKS is a small club with no fans at all and they got a realy small budget, but still they kept their squad from the last year - and they won historic championship with this squad
Thank you very much for the information. Well it should be a tight one anyways. Did Zilina already start their pre season?you are more than welcome Berko thank you for insight about IKS, much appreciated.
Zilina is the most succesfull slovak team of the last decade, winning 6 titles since 2002. Their main competitor in 2000s used to be Artmedia, recently replaced by traditional Corgonliga big dog Slovan, most succesfull Slovak club ever. Trnava tries to make it´s comeback, clinching 2nd place in last season.
Very true, domestic and european cup football are two completely different things with different tactics, mentality etc. Sure a strong squad helps but as you pointed out Kajoo that experience is sometimes vital in progressing past those tricky early qualifying rounds.neither team takes this one easily imo, IKS might have better squad but basically no international experience, which can play important role, especially in the opening Leg.
yes they´ve already started pre-season, and played 5 friendlies, see post #12Thank you very much for the information. Well it should be a tight one anyways. Did Zilina already start their pre season?
everyone believes we could make it, both Greeks and Bosnians are doable on a good day.Regarding your NT what are the expectations for the upcoming qualifiers?