The success was attributed to their coach Anton Malatinský, who is reffered to as ‘legendary’ nowadays. Perhaps the real reason was the financial back-up: Spartak was attached to the automotive plant TAZ and very likely the management of the plant was keen on sports and poured enough money to keep good players around, for provincial clubs normally cannot compete – better players tend to be lured by big clubs in big cities. By 1973 it was very experienced squad indeed:
With national players Kuna, Dobias, Adamec, Kabat, Masrna, experienced and respected Hagara, Geryk, Martinkovic, and young talent like Keketi and Varadin the team was well balanced and strong indeed. Well deserved title, to the envy of traditional leading clubs like Dukla (Prague) and Slovan (Bratislava).