Pavlína Ščasná is one of the greatest Czech women’s soccer players ever. She took up the sport as a child when her father, coach Zdeněk Ščasný, was managing a club in Cyprus and her older brother needed somebody to play against. Ščasná played football with boys until she was 14, before only two years later being named Czech player of the year for the first of five times. Now 27, she is soon set to play alongside the Brazilian star Marta at Los Angeles Sol, after what has been described as the biggest transfer in the history of Czech women’s
Czech midfielder Lukas Mareček is transferring from Czech League´s Brno to Anderlecht Brussels, raising the number of Czechs in the team to four, Pavel Zika from the Sport Invest company told CTK news agency. He said the transfer would be definitively sealed next week when Mareček, 19, undergoes health tests. The three Czechs whom Mareček will join in Anderlecht Brussels are goalie Daniel Zitka, who has been playing for the club for eight years, midfielder Jan Polák, who has been with Anderlecht for three years and is expected to return to the pitch after a knee surgery he underwent last autumn, and defender Ondřej Mazuch, Mareček´s fellow player in the Czech under 21 team.
Czech midfielder Jiří Jarošík has signed an 18-month contract with Spanish top-flight side Real Zaragoza it was revealed on Thursday. Capped 23 times for his country, the 32-year-old former Sparta Prague, CSKA Moscow, Chelsea, Birmingham and Celtic player had spent the last two seasons at Russian first division side Samara, where his contract has expired. Zaragoza was reportedly looking for a defensive player of his type. Jarošík, who has won titles in four leagues, turned down a three-and-a-half-year offer from Sparta.
Sparta Prague said on Thursday they had signed former player Libor Sionko on a two-and-a-half-year contract from FC Copenhagen. Winger Sionko, who is 32, notched up nine goals in 39 appearances for the national side. He returned to his former team only a day after finishing his contract with Copenhagen.
Real Zaragoza have signed versatile Czech midfielder Jiří Jarošík, to boost their squad. The 32-year-old former Chelsea and Celtic player has spent the last two years with Russia's Krylya Sovetov Samara. Zaragoza, who are second bottom in La Liga, have already signed on midfielder Eliseu and striker Humberto Souza.
Czech international Libor Sionko has left FC Copenhagen to return to Sparta Prague, the CTK news agency reported on Thursday. The 32-year-old midfielder, who played for Sparta between 1999-2003, signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Prague club. Sionko has played 39 matches for the national team and scored eight goals. Sparta are second in the Czech championship which is in its winter break.
The Czech football player Patrik Berger has announced his retirement at the age of 36, citing long-term injury problems. Berger, who was part of the Czech team that reached the final at the 1996 European Championship, scored 18 goals for the Czech Republic in 44 international appearances, before retiring from international football in 2001. The midfielder played for the German side Borussia Dortmund before a spell in the English Premier League where he appeared for Liverpool, Portsmouth and Aston Villa. Berger ended his career at the club where it began, Sparta Prague.
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.
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