In Sports News this week: there are no Czech teams in football's Champions League this season but a record three have reached the group stage of the UEFA Cup, including Mlada Boleslav, who scored a famous victory over Marseille - we hear from the former's manager; Jaromir Jagr is back - and scoring again - after a shoulder operation in June; and last season's finalists Slavia Prague are bottom of the Czech ice hockey league.
It was a good night for Czech teams in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, with three of the four clubs in competition going through to the group stage. Mlada Boleslav scored a shock 4-2 win over Olympic Marseille, sending the French team out of the tournament. Liberec qualified after defeating Red Star Belgrade 2-1, while Sparta Prague drew 0-0 with Hearts, winning 2-0 on aggregate to go through. Meanwhile Slavia Prague put up a brave fight against Tottenham Hotspur, eventually losing 1-0.
There were mixed results for the four Czech teams in action in the first round of football's UEFA Cup on Thursday evening. Liberec beat Red Star Belgrade 2:0 at home, though Slavia Prague could not convert home advantage into success against Tottenham Hotspur, losing 1:0. Sparta Prague look well placed for the second leg, after beating Hearts in Edinburgh, while Mlada Boleslav face a tougher challenge after losing 1:0 away to Olympic Marseilles.
In Sports News: Martina Navratilova's glittering career has come to an end with victory in the mixed doubles at the US Open - the tennis legend says she feels both joy and sorrow at retiring at the age of 49; Martin Damm wins the men's doubles at the US Open, taking his first Grand Slam title at 34; javelin great Jan Zelezny receives a standing ovation at his last international meeting; and Sparta Prague's new boss gets off to a winning start in a game of two halves.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic take two medals at the World Rowing Championships in Eton, though there is disappointment for the men's quadruple sculls team; the four Czech teams in football's UEFA Cup face a tough draw, though Slavia boss Karel Jarolim insists they will do their all to overcome Spurts; good news for the national team - Petr Cech is back ahead of two Euro 2008 qualifiers: and ski-jumper Jakub Janda settles a dispute with the Czech Skiing Union.
Four Czech football clubs - Sparta, Slavia, Mlada Boleslav, and Liberec have learned which teams they will face in the opening round of the UEFA CUP. The draw took place on Friday. Sparta will face the Scottish side Heart of Midlothian, Slavia the Tottenham Hotspurs, Mlada Boleslav will challenge Olympique Marseille, and Liberec will face Red Star Belgrade.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle becomes the first decathlete in two decades to defend his title at the European Athletics Championship; Barbora Spotakova takes silver in the javelin in Gothenburg, and breaks her own Czech women's record along the way; there are few changes to the Czech football squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly versus Serbia; and Liberec stride out in front in the Czech league while Sparta manage just one goal in three games.
Slavia Prague captain Karel Pitak has moved to Austrians Salzburg in a three-year transfer worth 1.1 million dollars, the Czech first division club announced on Tuesday. The 26-year-old midfielder, who won 17 caps with the national under-21 side, scored 30 goals in 121 matches in the past five seasons with Prague, including 10 goals last season.