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Eckel: Travel to Sipsi Trnava for a historic match

The Sepsi OSK delegation started their historic journey from Bucharest on Wednesday morning: Szeklerland will fight in their first international cup match against Spartak Trnava in Trnava on Thursday evening – which will be their 153rd European meeting.


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Szentgyörgy residents already trained at Trnava Stadium on Wednesday (Photo: Facebook / Sepsi OSK)

George’s team set off in a good mood, as they top the League 1 table after the first round, being the only team to win by two goals. However, many of the key players in the previous season against Academia Klincini, such as Estefan Fulop, who is just recovering from a long injury, and Branislav Ninaj and Katalin Golovka, who were eliminated at the end of preparation, did not play – only the latter have a chance. And Ioan-Andre Dumiter was sold to FCSB by Sepsi only on Wednesday, with Bucharest paying €350,000 for the 22-year-old, according to Romanian press reports.

On the other hand, what is very bad about Szeklerland is that UEFA does not allow guest fans to travel at the moment, although the lottery from St. George’s point of view was more convenient than a trip to the heights. Difficult. It is true that Slovak epidemiological rules also allow a maximum of 1,000 spectators for a match, so most chairs at the 19,200-seat Anton Malatinsky Stadium remain empty.

the two teams Bogdan Metricia The captain of the Sepsi team was certified by the Zicklers last summer right after the season he played for Spartak (28 games, 8 goals). The 33-year-old midfielder has a fond memory of his former club and, as he said at Wednesday’s press conference, ahead of the draw, he even felt he would be Sepsey’s first opponent. “Spartak is a very good team in Slovakia, I can only say good things about it for my current teammates. I followed the results, the development of the youth, I played with half the team and even worked with coach Michal Gasparek for a few days.” – Maitreya’s world.

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Leo Grozavo The Sepsi coach anticipates a balanced encounter where the momentary inspiration of one player or the other can make a difference. “We lost two players this summer and the new players are not used to the old players. Despite the success of the preparatory matches, I have enough experience to know that it means nothing.” said the manager at Szentgyörgy.

Sports Director Attila Hanaji’s Predictions

European Conference, Qualification
Round 2, first match

19.00: Spartak Trnava (Trnava, Slovakia) – Spartak Trnava (Romania) – Live on a UFO!