In football, the Czech Republic’s under 19 team failed to book a place in the UEFA European finals being played in Georgia. The Czechs were beaten in the last minute in the semi-final game against England with a back heeled goal by substitute Lukas Nmecha as the match appeared to be heading into extra time. The other finalists will be Portugal which beat the Netherlands by a sole goal.
Czech national Under-21 football team finished at the bottom of Group C after succumbing to a 4:2 defeat at the hands of Denmark in the final group game. The Czechs twice fell behind in the game, but both times equalised as Denmark opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. The Danes took the lead once again in the 73rd minute and sealed their victory late in the second half. The team of Vítězslav Lavička returns home with three points from three games.
The Czechs have kept alive their chances of further progress in the European Under-21 Championships following a surprise 3:1 victory against Italy on Wednesday night. The Italians equalised after the Czechs went ahead in the first half but a brace of late goals put the game beyond the stunned Italians. Czechs now have three points in two games and face Denmark in the final group game.
One of Czech footballs main long time sponsors, the brewery Gambrinus, said in a public statement that it was disappointed that new leadership of the Czech football association was not elected on Friday. The letter said that the brewery regarded the situation as critical and was weighing up its further steps. Other main sponsors, such as O2 and T-Mobile, have also voiced their concern about the current situation surrounding Czech football. The top football league currently does not have a main sponsor for the upcoming season after insurer ePojisteni said it would no longer sponsor the league after the last season. Gambrinus was previously the long term league sponsor.
Newly crowned Czech league champions, Slavia Prague, will not be seeded in the third and possibly fourth pre-qualifying round of the UEFA Campions League and could therefore face tough opposition such as Scottish league winners Celtic Glasgow, Greek champions Olympiakos Pireus, or Polish club Legia Warsaw. Slavia return to the top European competition after seven years. They clinched the title on the last day of the season with a convincing win against Brno. The draw for the third round takes place on July 14.
In football, Sparta Prague has signed Serbian attacking midfielder Vakadin Vukadinovic from fellow top league club Zlín. The 26-year-old has signed a three year contract. He was reportedly sought out by league winners Slavia Prague as well. Vukadinovic helped Zlín win the Czech cup competition and qualify for next season’s Europa League. Sparta ended a disappointing third in the league this season.