Slavia Prague lost 1:0 to England’s Aston Villa in their first group stage game in football’s UEFA Cup on Thursday night. In an entertaining match, the visitors went ahead on 26 minutes after a Steve Sidwell shot took a deflection off John Carew to leave the Slavia goalkeeper Martin Vaniak stranded. Vaniak made a couple of important saves before his team mates rallied in the second half, though they were unable to convert any of a number of chances to draw level. Over 20,000 fans attended the game at Slavia’s new Eden stadium.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s handball team scores a famous victory over the Olympic champions France in a European Championships qualifier in Brno; the Czech Republic play Slovakia on Tuesday in a friendly game to mark 100 years of ice hockey in this part of the world; in football, Slavia concede their first goal at Eden this season, though two strikes from wonder-boy Necid gives them a 2:1 win over Brno; and the greatest Czech sumo wrestler ever calls it a day.
In Sports News this Monday: Sparta Prague draw their first game under new manager Jozef Chovanec while Slavia hammer Kladno to stay in front in the Czech football league; goalkeeper Antonín Kinský says thanks but no thanks to the chance to become Petr Čech’s understudy at Chelsea; and former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová falls to 34th in the rankings.
In Sports News this Monday: history is made with the first NHL games ever held in the Czech Republic taking place in Prague, New York Rangers twice beating Tampa Bay Lightning to get their season off to a perfect start; Tomáš Berdych wins his fourth ATP title and is once again the highest ranked Czech men’s tennis player; and Mladá Boleslav go top in the Czech football league, for 24 hours at least.
In Sports News: after not scoring twice in a game for over two years, Milan Baroš does it three times in a week for new club Galatasaray; Slavia lead the Czech league – but who will be top going into next weekend’s derby at Sparta?; Olympic shooting champion Kateřina Emmons takes a career break to have her first child; and Czech ice hockey fans look forward to a historic first – the start of the NHL season in Prague.
Football striker Milan Baroš hits stride with Galatasaray Istanbul while Petr Čech’s Chelsea draw 1:1 in a nail-biter against Manchester United; Slavia goes top in the domestic hockey league while Jaromír Jágr regains form in Siberia; the 2008 Paralympics wrap up with the Czechs clinching 27 medals.
In Sports News this Monday: Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková sets a new world record, meaning the Czech Republic now has world records in both men’s and women’s javelin; among the first to congratulate Špotáková is Dana Zátopková, who herself set a world record 50 years ago; the Czech Republic has so far won six golds at the Paralympics and an overall tally of 22 medals; and Tomáš Řepka behaves himself as Sparta Prague beat Brno to stay top of the Czech football league.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic have a couple of injury problems ahead of their first World Cup qualifier, but the good news is Marek Jankulovski is fit; former Czech manager Karel Bruckner gets off to a flying start in his new job as Austria beat France 3:1; the Czech Republic has taken four medals, including two golds, at the Paralympics in Beijing; and there are 12 members of the legendary 1998 Olympic winning team in the Czech ice hockey league this season.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic finishes 24th in the medals table at the Beijing Olympics with three gold and three silver medals; and Slavia and Sparta notch up high-scoring wins in the Czech football league but both have big hills to climb if they are to reach the Champions League group stage.
In Sports News this Monday: veteran canoeist Štěpánka Hilgertová is selected to carry the Czech flag at the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics; the 2008-2009 season begins in Czech football’s Gambrinus League with a win for favourites Sparta Prague and a defeat for defending champions Slavia; Kladno are ordered to wear old Baník Ostrava kits in a game between the two; and goalkeeper Jan Laštůvka signs a loan deal with West Ham.