What is being described as a European first takes place on Saturday, when a Czech men’s soccer league game will be officiated entirely by women. Referee Dagmar Damková and two female assistants Adriana Šecová and Lucie Ratajová – who recently won plaudits for their refereeing of the women’s Champions League final – are overseeing a game between Dukla Prague and Zlín in Czech football’s second tier. Damková has been refereeing men’s games since 2003, when she became the first Czech woman to do so.
The Czech football association called on Thursday for new legislation that would make entering the field by fans a criminal act. The move comes after several dozen football fans charged the field after the Czech FA cup final game in Jihlava on Wednesday, the latest in a series of similar incidents. The association will work with experts to draft a bill inspired by similar legislation approved in the UK in the early 1990s. The head of the Czech football association, Ivan Hašek said he believed the proposal will find sufficient support among the country’s politicians.
The Czech Football Association has given Slavia Prague a new lease on life, issuing the club a licence on Tuesday to play in the top flight next year. The club, with more than a 100-year history, was in danger of being relegated to the lowly third division over unpaid debts and a lack of ownership transparency. Now the most outstanding questions have been answered and the club will return next season.
The Czech football association on Tuesday granted the debt-stricken club Slavia Prague a licence to play in the country’s top division next season. Earlier this month, however, it faced relegation when the FA refused to licence it over Slavia’s unclear ownership structure and financial difficulties. But the football association changed its decision after a new investor took over, and paid some of the debts. Slavia Prague, one of the Czech Republic’s most traditional clubs, ranks 10th in this season’s league table.
In Sports News this Monday: with one round to go, Viktoria Plzeň clinch the Czech football title, Ústí nad Labem and Brno are relegated and Dukla Prague return among the elite; in tennis, Lucie Šafářová advances to French Open’s second round with more Czechs yet to face their first round opponents; and in cycling, Roman Kreuziger ranks in the top ten in Giro d’Italia.
Football’s Viktoria Plzeň have clinched the league title for the first
time in the club’s history, cementing their hold on the top spot with a
3:1 win over Ostrava on Saturday, one round before the end of the season.
full stadium of 8,000 as well as thousands of more fans on the city square
watched the historic result. In the past, Plzeň brought up some of the
country’s best players, among them goalkeeper Petr Čech and now retired
midfielder Pavel Nedvěd, but never before come close to winning the
league. Celebrations erupted when Plzeň team captain Pavel Horváth was
handed the league cup by Czech FA head Ivan Hašek.
In related news, at the bottom of the table it is clear which two clubs will be relegated to the 2nd league next season: Brno, who are second-to-last, join Ústí nad Labem after losing 1:0 against Příbram. By contrast, Dukla Prague will make a triumphant return to the top league after a 17 year absence.
Footballer has become only the third Czech player to ever win the French league: the two previous ones were Vladimír Šmicer (with Lens) and Milan Baroš (with Lyon). Rozehnal plays for Lille, who secured the top spot in the French league on Saturday after earning a 2:2 draw against Paris St. Germain. The Czech player is on loan from Hamburg and, although benched on Saturday, played in 13 league games this season, scoring once.
The famous Czech football club Dukla Prague is set to make a triumphant return to the country’s top domestic league next season, after defeating Kladno in their most recent match in the 2nd league by a score of 3:1. Dukla has not played in the top flight since 1994, when it was relegated to the 3rd league over financial difficulties. The team now leads the 2nd league with 56 points, eight more than second-place Viktoria Žižkov and 12 more than Jihlava. The team can now finish no worse than second spot, cementing the club’s promotion.
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