Retired football legend Pavel Nedvěd played a one-off game for the Czech
lower league club Skalná on Saturday. Nedvěd, who is 45, took part in the
match in order to fulfill his dream of lining up alongside his son, also
called Pavel, the Czech News Agency said.
The Nedvěds were on the losing side in the encounter, which took place in the seventh tier of Czech soccer, as Skalná were overcome 4:1 by Královské Poříčí.
Pavel Nedvěd spent five years at Italy’s Lazio and eight at Juventus and in 2003 became only the second Czech to win the Ballon d’Or as European footballer of the year. He earned 91 international caps.
Retired Czech football legend Pavel Nedvěd will join the ranks of small
hometown club Skalná 1.B in a match which could see up to 2,500 visitors,
far more than the 115 people who saw the team’s last outing (8:1 against
Hazlov), news site idnes.cz reported Friday.
Nedvěd was European Footballer of the Year in 2003 and is the former captain of the Czech national squad and most famously played for Juventus and Lazio before that.
He was also part of the Czech squad that finished second at Euro ’96, losing in the final to Germany.
FK Skalná head Miroslav Balej confirmed that Nedvěd had registered with the team. Also registered with the club is the player’s son, Pavel Nedvěd, jr. The match, against Královský Poříčí B, takes place on June 2.
Retired Czech footballer and Juventus Vice-President Pavel Nedvěd says the
Chinese energy company CEFC failed to meet the conditions of a contract
under which it was to pay him 600 thousand euros for promoting football in
Nedvěd has handed the matter over to his lawyer.
Jaroslav Tvrdík, who represents CEFC in Europe, said the company had signed two contracts with Nedvěd, had paid him in full for one service rendered and was ready to pay 50 percent for the other because all the conditions of the second contract had not been met.
Nedvěd denies this, saying he had fulfilled his obligations in full.
Pavel Nedvěd, former Czech national football team captain and the best footballer of his generation, has appeared on a special set of coins, celebrating Czech football legends. Issued by the Czech Mint in Jablonec nad Nisou, the series already features 10 legendary Czech and Czechoslovak footballers, including Antonín Panenka and Josef Masopust. Part of the proceeds from their sale is used to support retired football internationals.
The Czech Republic’s footballers were beaten 3:1 by Poland in a friendly game in Wroclaw on Tuesday night, with the visitors’ only goal coming from midfielder Ladislav Krejčí. The encounter between two nations who have qualified for Euro 2016 saw goalkeeper Petr Čech equal the Czech national caps record of 118 set by Karel Poborský. The 33-year-old, who made his international debut in 2002, has refused to speculate on the eventual record he may set before the end of his career.
Czech President Miloš Zeman bestowed no fewer than 35 high state honours on Wednesday at a Prague Castle ceremony celebrating the anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Among those decorated were a WWII hero, a teenager who sacrificed his life for a classmate and an ex-football star. However, the list of honourees has not been without controversy.
Former Czech football international Pavel Nedvěd, the founder of the babybox system in the Czech Republic Ludvík Hess and pop singer and former actor Václav Neckář are among those expected to receive state honours on Wednesday, October 28th – marking the founding of independent Czechoslovakia in 1918. Pavel Nedvěd is a former captain of the national squad and was European footballer of the year in 2003; Ludvík Hess is credited with a system which saved dozens of newborns abandoned by their mothers. Czech President Miloš Zeman said earlier in the year he would bestow a medal for heroism in memoriam on Petr Vejvoda – a 16-year-old who was fatally stabbed coming to the defence of a schoolmate attacked at their secondary school by a mentally-ill woman.