In Sports News: the Czechs win their opening game at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany; Kenyan Eliud Kiptanui comes first at the 16th Annual Prague International Marathon; Čech’s Chelsea demolish Wigan to capture the Premier League title; Bohemians 1905 fans see their team’s final match at Ďolíček stadium - but post-game violence leads to 17 arrests; Sparta look likely to clinch league title.
Police detained 17 people during street clashes between football fans in Prague late on Saturday night. The street violence erupted shortly after a match between Slavia and Bohemians 1905. Emotions ran high also due to the fact that this was the last match at the Doliček stadium for the Prague soccer club Bohemians. Due to the stadium’s poor state the club will have to share the nearby modern Eden stadium with Slavia Prague, a solution that most fans oppose. Drunk fans smashed the windows of the Vršovice town hall and altogether cause damage to public property worth 250 thousand crowns. Of the 17 detained two may face charges of assaulting a public official.
The defending champion at the BMW Open in Munich, Tomáš Berdych advanced without difficulty on Wednesday to the next round of the clay court tournament. The No. 3 seed outclassed Spain’s Pere Riba in straight sets 7:5, 6:1. He will play in the quarterfinal against German player Philip Petzschner. Another Czech, Jan Hájek, also advanced to the quarterfinal stage, beating Benjamin Becker of Germany 6:4, 6:0.
The song Růže mezi trny, or Rose among Thorns, by the star singer-songwriter Jaromír Nohavica, is a tribute to female football referee Dagmar Damková. On Sunday, she refereed one of the highlights of the season, a game between title contenders Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague. The match ended in a 1:1 draw, but for many, including big Ostrava fan Jaromír Nohavica, she was the obvious winner for her smooth handling of the heated game. Radio Prague spoke to Dagmar Damková and asked her how she liked the song.
Police in the north Moravian city of Ostrava have charged four soccer fans with violent behavior, 119 were given a misdemeanor charge. Over 300 fans were arrested before the Sparta Prague soccer game on Sunday evening. The arrests were made after Sparta supporters made physical and verbal attacks on officers on their way to a match against Baník Ostrava. There have been tensions between the fans of both clubs for many years. After several hours, 200 of those detained on Sunday were let go and returned to Prague by train. The game ended 1:1, leaving Sparta and Baník tied on points with only three rounds of the Czech league to go; Sparta are top as they have a superior goal difference.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come second in Sweden’s LG Hockey Games – decent performances by less well players will please coach Vladimír Růžička, after 25 NHL players declare themselves unavailable for the imminent World Championship; with Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague playing out a 1:1 draw, only two points separate the top four teams in the Czech soccer league with three games to go; Iveta Benešová wins the second WTA title of her career; and pole vaulter Kateřina Baďurová retires at 27.
Baník Ostrava have drawn level on points with Sparta Prague at the top of the Czech soccer league, after a 1:0 away victory over Liberec on Monday evening made it five wins in five games for the north Moravian side. With five games remaining this season, both teams are on 51 points. The closeness of the title race means all eyes will be on a match between the top two at Baník Ostrava’s Bazaly stadium in two weeks’ time.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has climbed to 14th in the world ATP rankings. That represents an advance of one place from his previous position and his best ranking since mid-2008. The top ranked Czech men’s player got through to the quarter finals of the Monte Carlo tournament last week following a bright start to the clay court season. He has expressed the ambition of getting back into the world’s top 10, a position he last occupied two years ago.
In Sports News this Monday: Pardubice make home advantage pay to go 2:0 up in the Extraliga final, with young forward Daniel Rákos and veteran goalie Dominik Hašek making most headlines; Sparta Prague drop two points in the race for the Czech league title and have to see out season without goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek; and Czech javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named an “ambassador” for the new Diamond League.