Football Lent in Trnava Over, Spartak Win League Title after 45 Years

Fans invade the pitch at Anton Malatinsky Stadium in Trnava to celebrate Spartak Trnava's football league title after a 45-year hiatus on May 5, 2018. (Photo by TASR)

Trnava, May 5 (TASR) – A football Lent in Trnava, considered Slovakia’s most passionate football city, is over, as the local premier league team Spartak on Saturday secured a champions title after a 45-year hiatus.

In an emotion-laden match featuring three red cards, Spartak at their home stadium defeated DAC Dunajska Streda 2-0, gaining an unbeatable 10-point lead ahead of DAC and distancing themselves from arch-rival Slovan Bratislava (defeated 1-0 in Ruzomberok on the same day) to 11 points two rounds to spare.

Dethroning Zilina in Slovakia’s premier league, called for sponsorship reasons ‘Fortuna liga’, Trnava managed by English coach born in Serbia Nestor El Maestro, 35, won their first league title since Slovakia became independent in 1993.

All previous five league titles gained by ‘Bili Andeli’ (‘White Angels’, in the Trnava dialect) date back to the Golden Era of Trnava football in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when they also reached the European Cup (the Champions League’s predecessor) semi-finals once and quarter-finals twice – the only Slovak team ever making it as far in Europe’s top football competition.

“I’m the happiest person on earth … Trnava have won the league more than deservedly. They have smashed it. All the others were only contending for second place, that’s the truth,” said El Maestro after the match.