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.
Ski jumper Jakub Janda, who was recently became an MP, is to take part in
his final competitive event on Saturday. Mr. Janda, who is 39, will take
part in a team event in a World Cup meeting at Wisle in Poland. He failed
to make it into Sunday’s individual final.
Mr. Janda was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the Civic Democrats. He is one of 120 first-time MPs due to sit in the new lower house, which was elected in October and convenes on Monday.
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.
Cross country skier Lukáš Bauer, 39, confirmed on Thursday that he has definitely retired and will no longer represent the Czech Republic at a top competitive level. The winner of three Olympic medals, including one silver, and two times world championship runner up said that his appearance in March’s world championship event in Lahti, Finland, was his last for his country. He will continue to take part in long distance events only for the team he created three years ago.
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.
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.