The famous Czech football club Dukla Prague is set to make a triumphant return to the country’s top domestic league next season, after defeating Kladno in their most recent match in the 2nd league by a score of 3:1. Dukla has not played in the top flight since 1994, when it was relegated to the 3rd league over financial difficulties. The team now leads the 2nd league with 56 points, eight more than second-place Viktoria Žižkov and 12 more than Jihlava. The team can now finish no worse than second spot, cementing the club’s promotion.
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Fans of Slavia Prague stormed the pitch during a national cup semi-final on Thursday to protest against the club leadership, forcing an early end to the match. The fans were demanding an end to unclear ownership and financial dealings at the oldest Czech club, who have suffered heavy debts and have lost their first division licence for next season. Some 1,500 fans clashed with riot police, damaged equipment at Slavia's new Prague stadium and tried to attack club director Miroslav Platil. The club could face a 3-0 walkover loss for the incident.
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The head of the Czech football association, Ivan Hašek on Wednesday launched an appeal to try to save the storied but debt-stricken football club Slavia Prague. Slavia, the league champions in 2008 and 2009, face losing their operating licence over debts of 112 million crowns to their former owner, the British company ENIC. Mr Hašek said it had been decided to invite the owners of Slavia to proceed together with the Czech FA to try and save the cash-strapped club. He said the situation was very serious adding that he, like the broader public, was in the dark over who the current owners are. Slavia have had an average season this year and are mid-table. The team’s players have not received wages since the start of the year. Salaries owed are believed to be in the region of 10 million crowns.
Tennis player Petra Kvitová has defeated Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in Charleroi, giving the Czech Republic a 2:1 edge in the Fed Cup World Group semifinal. The Czech player came back after losing the first set 7:5. She won the second 6:4 and the final set 6:2. The match took two hours and 14 minutes to complete. The win gives the Czech Republic a 2:1 edge in the semifinals, with two matches left to play. Záhlavová-Strýcová faces Flipkens in the final singles match on Sunday, and will also play in the double with Iveta Benešová against Belgian players Mestach and Van Uytvanck.
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