Do you know the show called “From the Boiler”? Its author is the theatre actor Vojtěch Dvořák and he accepted the invitation to the latest episode of our show Ruik Talk. Among other things, he answered questions about the Czech national team, especially about the atmosphere in the stadiums. How can the spectator atmosphere at Czech national team matches be improved?
Czech national team matches – this is a big pain point of Czech football in terms of atmosphere. Fans all over the country seem to be unable to unite despite their club affiliation and create at least an atmosphere similar to the one we see, for example, at Slavia, Baník or Sparta.
Although Chachař have tried to unite the fan camps in the past and actively support the team at Czech national team matches, this initiative has not met with long-term success so far.
This raises the question of whether a similarly fanatical atmosphere can be created at all in terms of club affiliation or hatred between the different camps.
The atmosphere at national team matches makes me sad
“Well, I’m really annoyed and sorry about this, especially in terms of home games. I’ve been to some national team outings and it was great when the Czechs make the cauldron. But since I’ve been to the games in Eden against Portugal and Poland… That was terrible, it made me sad,” Dvořák, the author of the YouTube show Z Kotle, admitted in Ruik Talk.
It should be added, the atmosphere at the Czech national team matches is only one of the topics of our conversation. However, Dvořák also told us about his experiences with the camera abroad or at hockey matches.
He talked a lot, for example, about the Belgrade derby, where he witnessed some wild action. And for fans of domestic hockey competitions, he described what the Wallachian derby in the Chance League was like from the perspective of a man with a camera. If you’re interested, you can find the full interview above.
“For example, in the match against Portugal I filmed an interview with the guys who were trying to play with the drum and people were scolding them to sit down because they couldn’t see over them,” Dvořák continues.
“When I was at the Allianz Arena, when we beat the Germans 3:0, as far as I can remember, they normally had a cauldron there. The same with the Austrians, the Portuguese, I think they had a cauldron there too,” he says from his memories.
So how to improve the atmosphere at national team matches?
“I think they could have made a sector for active fans. And it doesn’t even have to be that big. I’m in favour of active fans, it will bring down the whole stadium, they will have cheaper tickets. I think nobody can mind that,” he concluded.
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