Siegl & Šmicer: Rolling back to the 90s! Even on the practices of the rich and the judges

SMICE: “When I say ninety, I remember the beginning of my career. I thought to myself: Great, I will go to Ace, I have a chance that maybe I will go abroad. C “It was a big change for me. Of course, the whole environment was so free, it was after the revolution.”

SIEGL: “I agree. Beautiful moments. Now we also remembered it in some series, although there was something pleasant. It was the beginning of a successful career and the time when we started with Sparta, I remember the 90s very well.”

SMICE: “I had such a good youth that everything relaxed. I started playing in the A’s, we were relatively well paid at the time. “

SIEGL: “Have you been to war?

SMICE: “He wasn’t. I studied.”

SIEGL: “It just came to our knowledge at that time. When I came out of the war, I respected every day. No, just kidding, I had a nice one too. I was in the Cheb’s Red Star. In the eighty-ninth we didn’t get into the game, as soldiers we could get a bass we disobeyed the order of. For hitting the whole nation. And then came the nineties. It was absolutely great in Sparta. Most importantly, a good team came together, that was the base. And it stayed together for quite a long time. At the earliest after the World Cup in Italy , older players, almost the entire skeleton, went abroad and we young people started playing. Everything worked out for us, we showed how good we are on the pitch. I know that there will be objections that the judges were behind us … “

SMICE: “I won’t say that, just watch the videos of the games, and it’s clear to everyone… They did really well, they had a good squad. Basically, nine reps in the base line-up. They were tuned, so it was not such a surprise for me. In fact, I also cheered them on in the cups, it was a success for all of Czech football. I think I was even at the game… “

SIEGL: “I saw that you had tears in your eyes…”

SMICE: “Not that. (laughs) But when I was fifteen or seventeen, I went to see Sparta, like I saw Bohemka, Slavia. I liked football. Standa Griga and Tomáš Skuhravý played for Sparta in the time. And then Sigi, Jirka Novotný, just started jumping. I knew he could score a goal, that was his biggest weapon. He was definitely not a sprinter or a Diego Maradon, but the goals mattered. And he cultivated a lot of them. And quickly. He was very uncomfortable and treacherous for us in that, we knew he could score a goal for us at any time.”

SIEGL: “The last time you reminded us of the Slavia derby, where Pepa Chovanec played, it seemed that the most agile problems were caused by the agile Vlada Smucler – I sometimes call him that (laughs). Agile Smica. The team started working for them too, and he belonged to them. So I guess I’ve been perceiving it ever since. He decked himself out in speed again. And then they got another one, which we knew that, s he had the chance, a clear goal, he would throw it anyway: Kukačka (Pavla Kuku).!

SMICE: “Look, we once played the UEFA Cup with Sturm Graz, Večerní Praha gave me about seven in the ranking and wrote: Fast, scorpion, but missed.” (Laughs)

SIEGL: “Netrefílek is good!” (Laughs)

SMICE: “Then I stayed in the hut for a bit, the boys liked it. They put it on my locker, it took me a long time to get rid of it.”

SIEGL: “We received such pucks during the evaluation…”

SMICE: “Palets in Gól magazine.”

SIEGL: “The players sometimes did it wrong. In the morning I came to the cabin, I looked and said: What is this? And it was said: I have five … (in tears)

SMICE: “When you were playing badly, you had a black puck, if not crosses.”

SIEGL: “He has three crosses and I played better… (laughs) It left someone a bit dazed…”

SMICE: “That’s why they started saying, ‘Don’t read the paper.’ These things touched people.”

SIEGL: “It’s not true, it’s not true, focus on performance! (laughs) Just like Vláďa is lucky, Dušan Uhrin, who coached us too. Not that we played it ourselves in the final, but when one player gave up, the other jumped right away. Both he and Dušan were successful, even in the national team. »

SMICE: “Sparta had a well-formed team base and hit the incoming players. Young Nedvěd, Lokvenc, Jožka Kožlej came… They bought boys, who were part of the national team then. From Ostrava to Řep, Čížek… They took everyone out – thanks to their good play, everyone wanted to go to Sparta.”

SIEGL: “I will come back to the first phase. Such a Master: without the injuries, he would have a much better career. Or Vonas (Roman Vonášek), Roman Kukleta… We were strangers, but we played big matches. I got goosebumps, reach … (moved)

SMICE: “I see him.” (Laughs)

SIEGL: “The boys made themselves visible. Míša Bílek, who moved to Sevilla, says: What kind of player are you? Everyone asked him after the game with Barcelona. We also made Spartan fans happy by Europe. I was still looking forward to our arrival at the stadium – and the crowds everywhere. It was the back of the stadium still standing, thirty-six thousand spectators… You can’t forget that.”

SMICE: “I remember the derby we won 2-0…”

SIEGL: “He’s talking about that…”

SMICE: “There were thirty-five thousand spectators, crammed into the very bottom. It was an experience for me. My first big match of my career, in front of so many people. Fortunately, we won it.”

It was a time when football patrons were popping up at the big clubs in Prague. When the Czech-American Boris Korbel failed in Sparta, he won in the summer of 1991 in Slavia. And in Letná, a confident businessman, Petr Mach, who did not fight much, took office. Sparta, sponsored by Opel, had the best stadium in the country and without “useless” formalities…

SIEGL: “Boris Korbel and I sat down at the Palace Hotel. He was introduced to him as the new owner of Sparta, so we cheered… And the next day he came to see you.”

SMICE: “Because your leaders disagreed. You didn’t leave Korbel there.”

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