FK AS Trenčín have been crowned champions of Slovakia for the first time just three weeks after claiming their maiden Slovak Cup.
Second-placed MŠK Žilina's 2-1 home defeat against ŠK Slovan Bratislava handed the Slovak First League title to Trenčín, who are now eight points clear with two games remaining. Žilina's loss means Saturday's top-of-the-table clash has been rendered academic.
Trenčín were three points adrift of Žilina going into the winter break, but a ten-game winning streak secured an unlikely championship for Martin Ševela's charges. The team from a city near the Czech border with a population of 56,000 have an average age of just under 22.
Trenčín won the Slovak Cup for the first time after beating FK Senica 3-2 on penalties on 1 May. Success did not come instantly when former AFC Ajax and Netherlands winger Tschen La Ling took control of Trenčín in 2007 but, after a second-place finish 12 months ago, the title dream has come true.
Progress, however, has come at a price. Key players such as Bosnian midfielder Haris Hajradinovič and Nigerian winger Moses Simon departed for Belgian side KAA Gent during the winter transfer window. Last summer, Tomáš Malec – Trenčín's 2013/14 top scorer – moved to Rosenborg BK.
On a positive note, Brazilian winger Jairo decided to stay and the return of Dutch winger Gino van Kessel provided a boost. Trenčín are unbeaten in 2015.
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