National football team coach dismissed


The head coach of the national football team Petr Rada was dismissed on Wednesday by the Czech FA on the grounds of the team’s poor record in qualification for next year’s World Cup. Rada has led the team for nine months, after replacing coach Karel Bruckner who stepped down after the team’s loss to Turkey in the 2008 Euro championship. However Rada’s own record has been less than successful. After a recent draw with Slovenia and a key loss to Slovakia, the team’s chances of booking a berth to South Africa next year appear slim. Some names being mentioned as possible successors to Petr Rada include Ivan Hašek, who coaches in the United Arab Emirates, and former Sparta Prague coach František Straka.