WC: Welcome to Slovakia, the host of the 2011 WC- some general info and fun trivia

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  1. slovakiasnextone

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    Okay, so it doesn´t happen too often that we actually have such an event like the IHWC happening here in Slovakia, so I thought I might very well use it to tell you a few things about my country (thanks to being hockey fans I hope that unlike most of the rest of the world you at least have heard of this tiny lil place), because I guess the only source of info most of you ever got was from movies like Eurotrip or Hostel, but even more so I´d like to use this thread to show the atmosphere of the WC here and what it means for us to be hosting this events (this is mostly directed to NA fasn as I guess the other Europeans have already been there a few times) and therefore I´d like to introduce you to soem projects that connect to the 2011 IHWC in Slovakia. This thread can also be used for questions you have about the 2011 IHWC in Slovakia or your impressions and I´d also like to encourage my fellow Slovak members to post here and to add what I have left out. So, I hope you all enjoy this!

    Slovakia in general


    Official name: Slovak Republic
    Location: In Central Europe neighbouring Czech republic in Northwest, Austria in Southwest, Hungary in the South, Ukraine in the East and Poland in the North

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    Area: 49.035 km2 (18,932sq mi)
    Population: 5 429 763 (2010 estimate)
    Ethnic groups: Slovak 86%, Hungarian 10%,2 % Roma, 2% other (Russyn, Czech, Ukranian...)
    Capital: Bratislava (Pressburg- GER, Pozsóny-HU)
    GDP (PPP): 120.758 billion (USD)
    GDP (PPP) Per capita: 22.267 (USD)
    HDI: 0.818 (very high, 31st in the world)
    Time zone: CET
    Currency: Euro (Since January 1st 2009)
    Independence: January 1st 1993
    Government type: parliamentary democracy
    Head of state: Ivan GaÅ¡parovič
    Member of international organizations: United Nations, WTO, OECD, NATO, European Union, Council of Europe, Visegrad Four and many others
    Highest peak: Gerlachovský štít (Gerlach Peak) in High Tatra mountains
    Longest river: Váh
    Biggest river: Danube
    National Parks: 9- High Tatras, Low Tatras, High Fatra, Low Fatra, Pieniny, Slovak Karst, Slovak Paradise, Poloniny, Muránska Planina
    National anthem: Nad Tatrou sa blýska- Lightning over the Tatras (written by Janko Matuška in 1840´s)


    High Tatra National Park
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    National Park Big Fatra​

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    UNESCO Sights in Slovakia​

    Banská Å tiavnica​

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    Bardejov​

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    SpiÅ¡ Castle (one of the largest in Europe)​

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    Vlkolínec Village​

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    Wooden Churches (one of them)​

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    AND THERE´S MUCH MUCH MORE TO SEE, BUT NOW LET´S GET TO HOCKEY!!!!!

    Ice-Hockey in Slovakia

    General Info:
    Total players: 8 671
    Male: 1 886
    Female: 288
    Junior: 6 497
    Referees: 389
    Indoor Rinks: 45
    Outdoor Rinks: 21
    Men´s World Ranking: 8th
    Women´s World Ranking: 10th​
    Top league: Slovnaft Extraliga
    2010/2011 Champion: HC Košice

    Slovakia and the 2011 IIHF World Hockey Championship


    Candidature video:​


    Trailer:​


    Venues

    BRATISLAVA
    Population: 457 426

    Old Town
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    New City Centre EUROVEA​

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    Štadión Ondreja Nepelu- Ondrej Nepela Stadium (temporraily called Orange Arena for the IHWC)
    Pre-reconstruction
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    Current Look Outside
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    Current Look Inside
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    KOÅ ICE

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    Štadión Ladislava Trojáka- Ladislav Troják Stadium- Steel Arena

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    So this is Part 1, Part 2 to follow soon!​
     
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    Very interesting ! Thanks a lot !:handclap:
     
  3. slovakiasnextone

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    Košice preparing for the WC
    Railway station
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    Resprayed graffiti in an underpass near Steel Arena
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    Bratislava preparing for the WC

    Volunteers planting flowers:
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    Sprayers respraying graffiti in an underpass in Bratislava

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    Hockey statues, there will be together 21 and after the IHWC they will be auctioned and the money will go to Slovak youth hockey​
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    Billboards all over the country:

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    And finally some ineteresting facts:​
    The Slovakia fanclub
    A few years ago the fanclubs of most teams from the Slovak Extraliga have agreed to create one big fanclub for the 2011 IHWC. As a part of the preparations they have been playing an annual ball hockey tournament amongst themselves. Originally they wanted more than 1000 tickets, but in the end they got only around 200. They will be the ones responsible for the atmosphere during Slovakia games and it will be interesting to see how they´ll do as drums for example aren´t allowed.

    The anthems
    Lots has been said about the official anthems and the various unofficial ones as well and you can listen to them in the anthem thread, but one things stays the same- the old Slovak NT anthem Nech Bože dá forever connected with the glory days of Slovak Hockey is the one that will be in the hearts of the fans forever.



    Lyrics, my poor English translation

    Nech Bože dá- May God give
    May God give, May God give
    we´re good enough for it
    May God give, May God give
    the winning goal
    May God give, May God give
    we´re playing it good after all
    so that noone would forget us anymore

    How many times have you already stood there alone?
    How many wounds, there´s no sparing with that?
    How many times have already been loosing?
    How many times have you been standing in lee?

    May God give, May God give
    we´re good enough for it
    May God give, May God give
    the winning goal
    May God give, May God give
    we´re playing it good after all
    so that noone would forget us anymore

    So many stars and our doublecross
    maybe glory nobody knows
    a few tears you doon´t believe yet
    in the morning the wind lifts into the ears

    May God give, May God give
    we´re good enough for it
    May God give, May God give
    the winning goal
    May God give, May God give
    we´re playing it good after all
    so that noone would forget us anymore

    Even when they´re already on their knees
    each one of us is a bit beaten
    that doesn´t mean anything for us
    we´re never drunk with vanity

    May God give, May God give
    we´re good enough for it
    May God give, May God give
    the winning goal
    May God give, May God give
    we´re playing it good after all
    so that noone would forget us anymore

    Å ťastný puk (The Lucky Puck)
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    The puck has been baptized by Peter Å ťastný and is meant to bring luck to the Slovak team. It made a tour through the whole of Slovakia and has been so far touched by over 135 000 people live. You can watch videos of the pucks tour through the country here.(I chose the one where it is at the Final of an U10 tournament in the reconstructed Nepela rink, but you can view other as well)

    There´s also been a song recorded for the puck´s tour:



    Peter Cmorík and Marián Greksa- Voláme do boja- Hokej môže byť lepší (We call to battle- Hockey can be better)
    Hey!Hey! Hey!Hey!Hey! Hey!
    We´re with you on the ice, we´re with you in hell, we will set the hell on fire this night!
    And the opponent can´t get away on his own feet, each one of us will instantly come to help!
    We call to battle, we call everybody! This song will play until the morning!
    We´re gasping for breath and the air is thin, God is chiming into the dressing rooms in vain...
    And this nation knows it, it´s already boiling in everyone´s heart
    We are the country of the winners tonight. Tonight we will all clench our fist
    for the boys glory and honor, the double cross will bless us the golden goal
    And this nation knows it, it´s already boiling in everyone´s heart
    We are the country of the winners tonight. Tonight we will all clench our fist
    for the boys glory and honor, the double cross will bless us the golden goal
    Pressure 300 to 200. And the heart in the throat, either now or never again!
    The thunder of our voices will strike wildly. Heaven will break into a happy weeping
    And this nation knows it, it´s already boiling in everyone´s heart
    We are the country of the winners tonight. Tonight we will all clench our fist
    for the boys glory and honor, the double cross will bless us the golden goal
    And this nation knows it, it´s already boiling in everyone´s heart
    We are the country of the winners tonight. Tonight we will all clench our fist
    for the boys glory and honor, the double cross will bless us the golden goal


    The medals
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    The Jerseys are ready
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    Biggest Hockey Bar
    During the IHWC the largest Hockey Bar in Europe will be open in Bratislava with a capacit of 2000 people.

    My sme tu doma! (We´re at home here!) TV Spot



    "Victory isn´t everything, but the will to win is."

    "WE´RE AT HOME HERE!"

    In the fight for the victory.

    In the hardest fights.

    Slovak legends are born.

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    Fan Villages
    There will be big Fan Villages in both Bratislava and Košice, AFAIK the tents are already built, but I couldn´t find the photos right now. Also in pretty much all Slovak towns and maybe even in villages there will be big screens in squares showing the games, so if you´re a hockey fan and you´re planning to visit Slovakia this is your best time to do so!

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  4. slovakiasnextone

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    I totally forgot: Memorial plaque commemorating Ladislav Troják in Košice, first Slovak to win the IHWC gold in a Czechoslovak jersey:

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    EDIT: About the Lucky puck, there is also a virtual version, which has so far been "touched" by almost 80 000 people, you can do it too if you click here!

    Post stamp commemorating the WC:

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    Ad the coins:

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    A look back to 2002

    when Slovakia was a Hockey republic for real:

    The news from the biggest commercial channel after the victory against Russia in the final, atmosphere in towns- Bratislava, Banská Bystrica during the game and hen the return of the golden boys.



    An American view on the whole thing:

     
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    Very nice read, thank you. Slovakia is a beautiful country!
     
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    nice work, slovakiasnextone!

    .. and hopefully we add the second one, it is about time!
     
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    How well have the tickets been sold? I'm guessing Slovakia's matches are sold out and probably the Czech's likewise. How about the rest of the games?
     
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    But there are also a dark sides.

    Please, be aware of -

    - Bratislava Train Station - uf uf. Please, move as fast as you can from this place. Because the homeless will eat you, you will die on that smell and the Gipsy's will sell you everything , with perfumes beginning. :shakehead

    - Taxi drivers - many of them have a very big "WCH tax". That means, they taximeter is overclocked to 4-5 € per km.

    - Burglars, Jolsters - they are everywhere (not only in Slovakia)

    - long beer lines on the Bratislava Stadium - i dont know how it was in Kosice, but in the new Bratislava Stadium, it was horrible. In the pause i waited more than 15 minutes to my beer. So, my advice is to be dry in the game, drink after the game...

    thats my few words.
     
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    Great thread!

    Slovakia is definitely on my list of places to see in the future.
    I love hills and hiking and I've heard good things about Slovakia in that regard.

    I'm sure you'll do a great job and many Germans will head over for the WC.
     
  11. slovakiasnextone

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    Hey, alko! Of course as I said every bit of input is appreciated, but this thread was meant to promote the good things. Obviously there are loads and loads of things about this country and this IHWC that I personally don´t like too, however what i was trying to do in here was to avoid the typical Slovak nature and negativism- nothing is ever good and if it is it will get worse as jcbio11 put it in the Team Slovakia thread. Everything in the worls has a dark side and we are no exception. Maybe you can create a seperate thread about some of the things that the visitors should beware, I´m sure they could use some of the advice (btw Bratislava taxi drivers already have a "foreigner tax" anyway). But I´d really appreciate if we could keep the nature of things in here positive (especially after the long time it took me to create this), there is enough negativism in Slovak press and media and between Slovak fans already (and everyone here knows that I´m very guilty of this myself), so let´s avoid it here at least in this thread.....Thanks:D

    GCZ, yes Slovakia´s games have been sold out before the selling of seperate tickets for each game even started, Czech rep. should be sold out too....Bratislava´s two preliminary groups should be pretty packed....

    A bit harder in Košice where there´s no Slovakia or CZE.....they need to cheapen the tickets for the games between the bottom feeders, who´s gonna pay 40 Euro for that? But at least the games between the top teams in preliminary round and the qualification round should get a solid crowd.....

    I think play-offs have been sold out....

    I´m not sure but I think they actually sold around 250 000 tickets si far (they wanted to sell around 350 000).....
     
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    Great work! Slovakia is a beautiful country. Should be a great tournament.
     
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    I envy Slovakia's mountains. Man, I wish we had those.
     
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    Someone getting robbed in a hotel that belongs to someone who´s been robbing us all for years.....who would believe that.......:laugh:

    It´s funny how no media even uses the hotel´s name (DoubleTree by Hilton) rather than sticking with Široký´s hotel- and this one seems to fit especially after what happened to Demitra....

    On a serious note, I hope that the ******* who did it will return the things back....
     
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    Awesome introduction and some good reads. Thanks.:handclap:
    I will be at the world cup with a couple of friends from May 3rd for about a week to see some qualification round games. Really looking forward to this. We have no tickets yet, but I'm pretty sure it won't be a problem to get some.
    Anyway, I'd also like to see some NHL playoff hockey while I'm there. Anybody from Bratislava here who knows a place that has some screens, shows the games and doesn't close too early?
     
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    http://www.riverfunzona.sk/en/ there will be 3 or 4 fan zones in Bratislava (one close to arena) with screens, cultural events, dj's and lots of beer etc. :laugh:

    I'm sure u will have a lot of fun in city, but i'm not so sure if u will get the tickets... Capacity of arena in BA is only 9300 for WHC, slovak and czech games are already sold out. You still have a chance to get some tickets, even before games (but minimal), but don't be surprised if you won't get any. If you want to be sure to see some games live, I recommend you to buy tickets from the official e-shop: http://www.iihf.com/channels-11/iihf-world-championship-wc11/home-oc/tickets/buy-tickets.html

    if you want more information, here is the oficcial info site in geraman: http://www.ms2011.info/de/

    anyway, i'm glad for every hockey fan that wants to come to slovakia :) will be fun. i hope u will have a good time :handclap:
     
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    Hmm, watching NHL? I´m not sure, but it might be harder than you´d think.... even though every single bar in Bratislava will be showing hockey on screens, but there will be a huge focus on World Championship hockey, so I´m not sure....
     
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    Got a front-row seat for what I'm hoping to be Canada vs Sweden on the 9th in Kosice! So pumped! I'm Gonna be travelling from Hungary into Kosice a day or two before - any suggestions on cool things to do/see in the city?
     
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    Wow. The arena in Bratislava looks a million times better than it did when I was there in 2005.

    I found the public transportation in Bratislava fairly easy to use. And, IIRC, there was a bus that went directly from the train station to the arena.
     
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    This is a great thread - I didn't know much about Slovakia and this was very informative.

    Few questions for you (or other Slovakian posters here) if you don't mind:
    (mostly directed towards men's hockey specifically)
    - where would you rank Slovakia right now in hockey?
    - what would you say was the height of Slovakia's hockey history?
    - who would you consider the biggest players/heroes/idols in Slovakian hockey (both current and all-time)?
    - what would you say is the future of Slovakian hockey?
    - there are 8-9k hockey players in Slovakia, but 6.5k are junior players and <2k are men. Does this mean that many kids don't pursue hockey beyond the junior level, or do a lot of them move on to leagues in other countries?
    (this is assuming that the numbers relate to how many are playing within the country)
    - how do the Slovak pro league and junior programs compare to other Euro leagues/programs?

    That was more than a few questions, I guess this thread has just made me quite curious.
     
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    - where would you rank Slovakia right now in hockey? 7th, but we will go down in a close future

    - what would you say was the height of Slovakia's hockey history? After the split with CZ, gold from 2002 WHC, 4th place in Vancouver 2010 :)cry:)

    - who would you consider the biggest players/heroes/idols in Slovakian hockey (both current and all-time)? Dzurilla, Golonka, Stastny's... Palffy, Satan, Hossa, Chara

    - what would you say is the future of Slovakian hockey? Big changes in hockey federation, slovak hockey league and with raising of young players are needed. Otherwise we will continue in the "free-fall". Hope this championship will help.

    - there are 8-9k hockey players in Slovakia, but 6.5k are junior players and <2k are men. Does this mean that many kids don't pursue hockey beyond the junior level, or do a lot of them move on to leagues in other countries?
    (this is assuming that the numbers relate to how many are playing within the country) That's a long story...

    - how do the Slovak pro league and junior programs compare to other Euro leagues/programs? We have a lot to improve. Even in the comparision with historically worse hockey countries.
     
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    That depends on what do you prefer. First, you should definitely check Kosice's website. If you like sightseeing there is plenty of that on the main street. There are also some museums, botanical garden, zoo, watchtower, castle ruins. If you look at the site you will find something of your preferences.
     
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    haha Pavol Demitra is funny " we got beautiful nature and beautiful girls" lols ok that's good enough
     
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    This is a great thread - I didn't know much about Slovakia and this was very informative.

    Few questions for you (or other Slovakian posters here) if you don't mind:
    (mostly directed towards men's hockey specifically)
    - where would you rank Slovakia right now in hockey? In the top 7. Exact position varies. When team Slovakia has its top guns, they can compete with anyone (see their records in last two Olympics, when they were able to ice all the best players - unlike in Nagano and Salt Lake; they're 2-0 vs both Russia and Sweden last two Olympics)

    - what would you say was the height of Slovakia's hockey history? Well our independent history isn't long, so I'll say 2000s and still counting.

    - who would you consider the biggest players/heroes/idols in Slovakian hockey (both current and all-time)? Peter Stastny, Peter Bondra, Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara, Miroslav Satan, Vladimir Dzurilla

    - what would you say is the future of Slovakian hockey? We'll get by. We always do. Despite all the catastrophic scenarios, nothing is ever as bad as predicted. The forward crops of our national team are slowly getting older, but our defense will feature guys like Sekera and Meszaros for years to come and if one of Panik, Tatar or Viedensky pans out, we're good.

    - there are 8-9k hockey players in Slovakia, but 6.5k are junior players and <2k are men. Does this mean that many kids don't pursue hockey beyond the junior level, or do a lot of them move on to leagues in other countries?
    (this is assuming that the numbers relate to how many are playing within the country) I guess so.

    - how do the Slovak pro league and junior programs compare to other Euro leagues/programs? Not very well.

    That was more than a few questions, I guess this thread has just made me quite curious.
     

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