Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilič could be lined up as the new coach of
Sparta Prague, Czech news sites reported Thursday.
The web site Seznam reported that Bilič’s agent is due in Prague next week for talks with club bosses about the possible engagement of the Croat.
Sparta are currently fifth in the Czech top league with 25 points. That’s a massive 17 points adrift from league leader Viktoria Plzeň on 42 points. The current manager of the team is Italian Andrea Stramaccioni, whose squad has failed to shine in spite of heavy spending in the transfer market.
A statue of the Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague was daubed with the
dates of 1956, 1961, 1968 and 2017 in red paint, the police reported
It is the latest of a number of incidents surrounding the controversial statue of the general who led the Soviet move on Prague at the end of WWII.
In the past, residents of the Prague district have called for the statue to be removed.
After being present on several fronts in WWII, Konev was involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and was also present in Berlin for the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. 1968 is the date of the Soviet led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
ANO leader Andrej Babiš has said that he expected party members elected to
parliament who are also regional governors to choose between one or other
of the functions. Babiš said he would give them some time to make the
The choice could affect three or four ANO members of parliament. Karlovary Vary regional governor Jana Vildumetzová has said thought that she would like to do both jobs, remaining as governor without pay. The governor of the Central Bohemia region, Jaroslava Jermanová, and Olomouc region, Ladislav Okleštěk, face the choice.
The Moravia-Silesia region governor says he has reached an agreement that he perform both functions.
Electricity producer ČEZ said Thursday that the unscheduled shutdown of
its Dukovany-4 nuclear reactor had ended early in the morning.
The 510 MW capacity reactor should be at full power during the evening of November 23. That would mean all four Dukovany reactor and two Temelín reactors would be operating normally.
The unscheduled outage began November 8 following a leakage of non-radioactive water outside the core reactor area.
The same day as the unscheduled outage started, CEZ had announced it expected output from its two nuclear plants, Dukovany and Temelín, to rise to 8.0 TWh in the last quarter.
The Czech Republic’s football team has slipped down the FIFA rankings.
The top men’s team dropped two places to stand at 48th.
The team failed to qualify for the World Cup being hosted by Russia next year. The team won two friendlies during a mini-tournament in Qatar, beating Iceland as well the hosts.
The FIFA rankings are topped by Germany, Brazil, and Portugal.
The Czech Republic’s main motor sport event, the motorcycle Grand Prix at Brno, made a slim profit of 4 million crowns this year. The figure was revealed Thursday by Brno mayor Petr Votřál. The event, part of the world championships and this year staged between August 4 and 6, is sponsored by city, regional, and state funds to the tune of 100 million crowns. Around 194,000 spectators attended the event this year.
Czech president Miloš Zeman should name ANO leader Andrej Babiš prime
minister on December 6, public broadcaster Czech Television reported on
Thursday. The cabinet should be appointed on December 15, the broadcaster
Babiš has been trying to win support for a minority ANO party with little support so far. The communists said they could tolerate such a government. Otherwise ANO, with 78 seats in the lower house of parliament out of 200, would appear to fall way short of the majority needed to win a vote of confidence and form a stable government.
Veterinary inspectors have discovered an illegal warehouse with 2.6 tonnes
of meat, the deputy spokesman of the Czech Veterinary Authority, Petr
Majer, told the Czech News Agency on Thursday.
The warehouse stored frozen fish from Vietnam, fish cans from Korea and frozen beef from Austria, which were sold to various restaurants in Prague. The veterinary office issued a ban on the sale of the foodstuffs and the warehouse operator is facing a fine of up to one million crowns.
Czech President Miloš Zeman is set to open an exhibition presenting Prague
Castle treasures in the history museum in Moscow’s Red Square on
Thursday, the fourth day of his official visit to Russia. In the afternoon
Mr Zeman will travel to Yekaterinburg to attend another Russian-Czech
On Wednesday, the Czech head of state awarded four Russian personalities at a reception he and his wife Ivana held at the Czech embassy in Moscow as a way to thank Russian war veterans who took part in the liberation of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation. He also met with the last Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.