Changes are changes, but how definite they can be in football? Nothing is clear cut and especially in 1976-77, when changes were rather taking shape and far from obvious. Czech football was clearly not strong enough for complete domination. There was not a single club head and shoulders above the rest. Slovak football was not dead either. It was transitional time really. The Cup supports a view of transition, not a finality: a second division club won it in 1976. In 1976-77 edition the finalists were small fry so to say: Lokomotiva (Kosice) and SKLO Union (Teplice). Of course Cup tournaments escape logic or have their own logic, but it is interesting to contemplate the fact that none of the big clubs managed to reach the final. Since Czechoslovak Cup was unusual competition – separate Cup tournaments were held in Czechia and Slovakia and the winners met at a grand final contesting the federal cup – the failure of the big names was strange, particularly in Slovakia where two clubs were quite above the rest, Slovan and Inter from Bratislava. Larger pool existed in Bohemia and Moravia, yet small clubs won the local cups both in Czechia and Slovakia.
Sitting: Stratil, Sourek (?), Bicovsky, Rygr – coach, Fajfert – assistant coach, Zalud, Koubek, Jirousek.
Not much of a team, otherwise they would not have been 12th, but not that bad either: Premysl Bicovsky was regular national team for some years and their biggest star, although the midfielder was not in the European champions' squad. Pavel Stratil and Zdenek Koubek were also playing for the national team now and then. These three provided class and as far as the opponents were of the kind of Lokomotiva (Kosice), perhaps Teplice even had the winning edge. Just perhaps, for it was a battle of equals and Teplice lost minimally 1-2.