In Sports News this Monday: Berdych confirms he will sit out rest of Davis Cup season; Zakopalová wins first title in over eight years; Sparta remain five points clear after win at Bohemians 1905; national side preparing for first match under Vrba; and Jágr reaches 700 goal mark in NHL. More
In Sports News this Monday: Kreuziger comes fifth in Tour de France; champions Plzeň and title contenders Sparta start season with wins; Czech sides have work to do in European competition qualifiers; Koller is back – playing beach soccer; and is Jágr set to team up with Eliáš at New Jersey? More
In Sports News this Monday: Czech soccer’s first division set for cliff-hanger finale with Plzeň’s lead on Sparta down to two points with one game to go; Hradec Králové and České Budějovice relegated as Bohemians 1905 bounce straight back from second tier; and decathlon great Roman Šebrle may well have competed for last time. More
In Sports News: Fans, players mark the 50th anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s second-place finish at the 1962 World Cup; Pirlo emulates Panenka with a cheeky chip against England at EURO 2012; Czech football champions Liberec will face Kazakhstan’s Shakhter Karagandy in the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League; Kvitová begins defence of Wimbledon title. More
A Czech-British ska band called The Chancers has featured legendary Czech footballer Antonín Panenka, along with a number of other Czech celebrities, in one of the group’s music videos, to be premiered on August 11. Also featured are boxing champion Stanislav Tišer and Jan Haubert of the Czech punk band Visací zámek. The video, the band said, celebrated the city where members lived; they stressed that they had wanted personalities they respected to take part. Mr Panenka scored one of the most famous goals in football history to win the 1976 European Championship for Czechoslovakia. The game went into penalties where Mr Panenka chipped the ball famously into the centre of the net as West Germany’s goalkeeper dove left.
In Sports news this week: Czech swimmer Barbora Závadová comes in seventh in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final at the FINA World Championships, the results of the Czech World Cup 2014 qualifying group are announced, the Czech team faces Spain in the final of the European Under-19 Championship, and the Czech soccer top flight resumes after summer break. More
In football, Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň returned to winning ways with a 4:2 victory over Teplice on Friday night. The win extends their lead to twelve points over second placed Sigma Olomouc and Sparta Prague. Sparta can close the gap on Saturday in the local derby against Bohemians 1905. Olomouc plays mid-table Hradec Králové on Sunday. Plzeň suffered their first defeat since the start of the season last week.
In football, Gambrinus liga leaders Plzeň beat Brno 4:1 on Sunday, and secured their position at the top of the chart, 12 points ahead of title holders Sparta Prague. In Friday’s game, Sparta lost to third Teplice 0:2 at home; on Wednesday, Sparta will face Lausanne in another game of Europa League’s Group F. In other games of the top Czech division, Mladá Boleslav tied 0:0 with Hradec Králové and remain fourth; Prague-based Bohemians 1905 beat Liberec 3:1 on Saturday, and moved up to ninth place of the leach chart.
In Sports News this Monday: supporters continue to boycott the home games of Bohemians 1905 due to a new ground-share deal – player Lukáš Hartig says he hopes they come around; Milan Baroš signs a lucrative new deal with Galatasaray; Tomáš Berdych is now seventh in the world, his highest ranking to date; and ice hockey goalie Milan Hnilička retires at 37. More
In Sports News: Hradec Králové end champions Sparta Prague’s 33-game unbeaten run as they return to Czech football’s first division in style; Bohemians 1905 draw with Slavia in their first home game at the latter’s Eden stadium; Roman Kreuziger drops out of the leading 10 riders in the Tour de France; and it’s love-all as tennis players Štěpánek and Vaidišová wed. More