First Czechoslovak Republic
An important milestone in the history of the city was World War I.
Bratislava was not hit by fighting directly, but the population were
bearing its consequences on an everyday basis. Supplies were failing,
and prices were the highest in the whole monarchy. The end of World War
I in November 1918 brought about changes on the map of Europe.
Austro-Hungary disintegrated, while the Czechoslovak Republic was
established. The fate of Bratislava was decided at the Paris peace
negotiations. When it was already obvious by the end of 1918 that
Bratislava would be included in the Czechoslovak Republic,
representatives of the city decided to rename it Wilsonov or Wilsonovo
city after the US President T.W. Wilson. Representatives of the city
required the treaty to acknowledge it as an open – free city. However,
this proposal was turned down and the city called Pressburg, Pozsony
and Prešpork was affiliated to the Czechoslovak Republic in January
1919 . A new designation was approved on 27 March 1919 .Bratislava
appeared on the map of Europe.
In the interwar period, Bratislava was developing in a relatively
harmonious way. At that time, the town recorded impressive urban,
architectural, industrial and production growth. Several ethnic and
cultural communities – Slovak, German, Hungarian, Jewish, Czech, Croat
- were living here in exemplary tolerance up to the time of World War
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[img1]The finals of the European Trophy - the Red Bulls Salute - will be played from December 13th to December 16th, 2012 in Vienna and Bratislava. It will be the first time the Red Bulls Salute, an invitational tournament that became the final of the European Trophy in 2010, will not be played in Salzburg.
Launched as the Red Bulls' invitation tournament and now the highlight of their international calendar, the event continues to break new ground and after seven years it will, for the first time, not be staged in Salzburg. The Red Bulls Salute 2012 is seeking new international challenges and this year will, in addition to Vienna - which was added as a venue last year - take place for the very first time in Bratislava (Slovakia).
Maros Krajci, General Manager of Slovan Bratislava Hockey Club says: "Bratislava is looking forward to welcoming the final tournament of the most prestigious ice hockey club competition in Europe. The city proved to be a fine host of the last year´s IIHF World Championship in its modernized 10,000 seat arena. Bratislava will get another great opportunity to foster its international image and attractiveness on the background of a first-class sporting event. For me personally, hosting Europe´s best hockey clubs will be a first-class gift for our enthusiastic fans at the end of the year in which we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing ice hockey in our city."
Red Bulls Salute 2012 in schedule Bratislave:
Thurday 13.12. 17:00: HV71 Jönköping - Tappara Tampere
Thurday 13.12. 20:30: HC SLOVAN Bratislava - Färjestads BK Karlstad
Saturday 15.12. 20:30: semifinals
Sunday 16.12. 20:00: finals