Just weeks after joining Sparta Prague, 21-year-old striker Jan Rezek made a dream debut on Tuesday, when he scored two goals. The next day the younger Gluscevic brother at the club also made his mark by netting two. After winning the latest stage of the Dakar Rally, six-time winner Karel Loprais is currently third overall in the truck category in a Czech-made Tatra. Jiri Novak is in good form ahead of tennis's Australian Open. And will Czech ice hockey fans get to see stars Jagr and Lang in action at the World Championships?
In football, leaders Ostrava were fortunate to come away from Sparta Prague with a point on Saturday, after the most exciting league game seen in the Czech Republic in some time. Several Czech players found the net in various European leagues at the weekend, and coach Jaroslav Hrebik has taken over at Dinamo Moscow. The Czech ice hockey team came second in the Karjala Cup and the Velka Kunraticka cross country race was held for the 70th time, with one runner saying this was his last year after an incredible 55 outings!
It hasn't been a great week for Czech sport, with Roman Sebrle's silver in the decathlon the only Czech medal so far at the World Athletics Championships in Paris. In football, Sparta Prague have drawn Chelsea, Lazio and Besiktas in the Champions League. Spare a thought, though, for Slavia, who battled hard but could not turn around a 3:0 deficit in their qualifier. And tenth seed Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek are the only Czech tennis players left at the US Open after the fourth day's play.
Sparta Prague football club have succeeded in qualifying for the biggest event in club football, the Champions League. Sparta reached the prestigious and lucrative competition after drawing 2:2 with Macedonian club Vardar Skopje on Tuesday; that result was enough to put them through after a 3:2 win in the first leg.
Triple-jumper Sarka Kasparkova, who took gold at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, has failed to make the final this time out. Meanwhile Jaroslav Baba, 18, says he's happy to have reached the final in Paris and Vera Pospisilova will be disappointed if she doesn't take home a medal. Moravian teams Ostrava and Brno have surprised pundits by topping the Czech football league, leaving their more glamorous Prague rivals in the shade. Acrobatic ski jumper Ales Valenta has won his first competition with his new "icy breath" jump and Jiri Novak is
The Czech Republic topped the medals table at the World Water Slalom Championships at Augsburg, Germany, with three golds, a silver and a bronze. In swimming, Ilona Hlavackova has taken the first ever Czech medal at the World Championships. The new Czech football season has begun, while the two Czech teams in the Champions League qualifiers face tough opposition. And police have recommended the state attorney file charges against ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek for a brutal attack during an in-line hockey game.
The Wimbledon tennis tournament in London has not been going at all well for the Czech Republic's tennis players: of the ten who entered, only two - Novak and Stepanek - are still there after just three days. The Czech national football team have risen to tenth in FIFA's rankings, while Ostrava wonderboy Michal Papadopulos, looks set to join giants Arsenal, if he can get a Greek passport.
After 16 years without a Czech medal in individual competition, two Czech biathlonists made it to the podium at the sport's World Championships in Siberia on Saturday. The Czechs took only one medal at the European Indoor Atheltics Championships in Birmingham, when Roman Sebrle scored a disappointing bronze. The line-ups for the ice hockey Extraliga play-offs have been decided, and in football Sparta stay in front with a win over Stare Mesto.