In football, Czech captian Tomáš Rosický has signed a new contract with English team Arsenal. The injury prone midfielder‘s current contract was due to expire this season. Details of the new deal have not been revealed. Rosický joined Arsenal in May 2006 but has only played for the club 76 times. He was sidelined for a year and a half due to injury.
Perhaps the most talented Czech soccer player of his generation Tomáš Rosický has just signed a contract extension with his club Arsenal. The new deal can be seen as expression of faith in the 29-year-old, who has missed much of the last two years through injury. But is Rosický now capable of returning to the form that made him such a star in the first place?
The soccer player Radoslav Kováč says he will not appear for the Czech national team again. Kováč made the announcement in an interview for Saturday’s edition of the newspaper Sport. The 30-year-old, who can play as either a centre back or a defensive midfielder, is currently at the English Premier League club West Ham, after spells at Sigma Olomouc, Sparta Prague and Spartak Moscow. Kováč made 30 appearances for the Czech Republic, scoring two goals.
2009 has been a rather mixed year for Czech sport. Perhaps the biggest single story was the national soccer team’s failure to reach the World Cup, despite having a relatively easy group on paper. The Czech men’s tennis team, meanwhile, went on a remarkable run in the Davis Cup, only to lose to Spain in the final. And in athletics, Barbora Špotáková took the Czech Republic’s only medal, silver in the women’s javelin, at the Athletics World Championships in Berlin.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic have a mixed time of it at ice hockey’s Channel One Cup, taking points in all of their games but never the maximum three; David Bakeš notches up a career-best fourth in a Snowboardcross Cup event in Colorado; and the erratic Czech footballer Jan Šimák has been shown the door by Stuttgart.
Retired Czech footballer Pavel Nedvěd will return to the pitch next week for the first time since ending his career in May. The 2003 European footballer of the year will join other greats such as France’s Zinedine Zidane as well as current players in a match between European and African sides to fight against racism. Nedvěd will captain the European side, Didier Drogba, the African team. Funds raised in the match will go to African children as well as towards research on the neurodegenerative disease ALS - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The match will take place at the Olympic stadium in Turin, Italy on Monday.
In football, Sparta Prague have bowed out of the Europa League following a 0:3 home defeat against Copenhagen on Wednesday night. A weakened Sparta struggled against the more active Danish opposition and were two gaols down by half time. They needed to win the game to go through to the next round of the competition. City rivals Slavia Prague play their last Europa League game on Thursday against French team Lille but have no chance of going further in the competition.
Sparta Prague football club have demanded an apology from Marek Suchý, a player with their arch rivals Slavia Prague who held up a scarf with the slogan ‘Death to Sparta’ in front of Slavia’s hardcore fans after a Europa League game earlier this month. Suchý, who is 21, made the gesture following his last match for Slavia before joining Spartak Moscow on loan for one year. The defender told Czech Radio that the gesture had been made in a moment of high emotion, saying he was sorry if it had caused offence.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s tennis player of the year is…the country’s whole Davis Cup team; the Czech women’s floorball team reach the last four at the World Championship for the first time, but come home empty handed; speed skater Martina Sáblíková wins a World Cup 3000m race in her second best time; and Sparta and Slavia face their last games of 2009 in football’s Europa League, though only the former have something to play for.
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