With four more rounds to go, the top two teams in Czech soccer's first division are tied on points after Slavia Prague drew 1:1 with Jablonec on Sunday evening. Slavia managed to save at least one point with an equalising goal in the final minute of regular time at their Eden stadium. The Prague side are ahead on goal difference only of defending champions Viktoria Plzeň, who had earlier beaten Dukla Prague 2:0.
Czech football league leaders Slavia Prague have been knocked out in the semi-finals of the domestic cup. Slavia suffered a surprise 1:0 defeat to Zlín in the capital on Tuesday evening when the visitors’ Lukáš Holík scored the only goal of the game. It was the Prague side’s first defeat in 24 outings. Zlín last reached the cup final in 1970.
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Czech football’s first division is set for a major shake-up from the start of the 2018–2019 season. Following 30 rounds of the regular season, clubs will form three groups, with the top one battling for the title and the bottom one fighting to avoid the drop. But what is the motivation for the huge change?
Football midfielder Václav Pilař is eying a possible return to the sport with team Vikoria Plzeň after a long absence due to injury. Pilař, who suffered a long-term knee injury, could make an appearance on the pitch before the end of this season or start in the next, writes news site iDnes. The 28-year-old has a league title with Plzeň, spent two seasons in the Bundesliga and has 22 caps and five goals with the national team. He was one of the better players on the Czech squad at Euro 2012.
Visitors to Prague’s main Olšanské cemetery were treated to a somewhat strange sight last Saturday as Glasgow Celtic and Prague Slavia football fans congregated at one specific grave to the tune of a mournful bagpipe. They were paying homage to a Scotsman, Johnny Madden, a legend for both clubs who coached Slavia Prague for 25 years from just after the start of the 20th century to its third decade and took them to the top in Czech and European football.
Management of Prague football club Bohemians 1905 has sacked their 65-year-old manager Miroslav Koubek. The move follows a series of poor results with no win since October last year which sees the club fighting off relegation in the top Czech league. A replacement has not yet been named. Club official have confirmed that they are talking with the manager of second division Vlašim, Martin Hašek.
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