In Sports News this Monday: the 2010 Winter Olympics are the most successful ever for the Czech Republic with two gold and four bronze medals; Šárka Záhrobská is the last Czech to reach the podium following a third-place finish in the women’s slalom; after two bronze medals (including one in the men’s cross-country relay) skier Lukáš Bauer finishes way off the pace in the 50 kilometre classic; and Jablonec extend their lead as the Czech football season resumes.
The second half of the 2009/2010 football season got underway in the
Gambrinus Liga on Saturday, seeing the following matches: Brno against
Liberec, Sparta Prague against Příbram and Slavia Prague against
Bohemians Prague. Brno edged Liberec 1:0, Sparta and Pribram tied 1:1, and
Slavia defeated Bohemians Prague 1:0 in their derby.
Matches on Sunday included České Budějovice against Teplice which ended in a 0:0 draw, and Bohemians 1905 against Jablonec, which Jablonec won 3:0.
In football, star Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech, who plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League, will miss the next three to four weeks due to a calf injury. Čech suffered the injury during his side’s Champion League first-leg loss on Wednesday against Inter Milan. Chelsea were defeated 2:1. Besides missing games for Chelsea, Čech will also not be able to take part in the upcoming friendly between the Czech Republic and Scotland.
Representatives of Czech and Slovak football associations met on Thursday in Prague to discuss a possible merger of their football leagues. The idea has been floated that a return to former Czechoslovak situation of a common league could happen within several years. They already have a rough idea of how this could happen but expect some tough talks with European football’s governing association, UEFA. It has rejected similar moves in the past. One of the main arguments in favour of a joint league would be that the quality of football and competition would improve.
Fans of league football will be returning to the stadiums at the weekend, and unruly behaviour could now find them banned from sporting events. The new punishment is the result of the new criminal code, which took effect on January 1. As per the law, judges can now prohibit anyone found guilty of an intentional criminal act from attending sports, cultural or other social events for up to ten years. While the bans are intended primarily to dissuade football hooliganism, they may also be applied to attendees of concerts, community festivals or other events.
In football, Czechs have been told the timetable for their Euro 2012 qualifiers. The Czechs have been drawn in the same group as Spain, Scotland, Lithuania and Lichtenstein for the championships hosted by Poland and Ukraine. The first encounter against group favourites and current champions, Spain, will be an away match on March 25, 2011 with the return game on October 7, 2011. The first group match will be against Lithuania on September 11 this year with the return leg on October 11, 2011, ending the Czech qualifiers.
Czech national and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech provided striker Didier Drogba with a pass from a goal kick which allowed Drogba to extend his team’s lead to 2:0 in the Premier League confrontation against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. Čech and Drogba are reported to have been practising passes from goal kicks. The win allowed Chelsea to take a four point lead at the top of the league following Manchester United’s defeat earlier in the day. Čech also made some crucial saves to stop Wolves getting back in the game.
Czech footballer Tomáš Ujfaluší and his team Atletico Madrid have booked their place in the final of the Spanish cup. In Thursday night’s return leg match Atletico lost 2:3 away against Santander but went through on the basis of their first leg 4:0 home win. They will face Seville in the final. The appearance in the final is also likely to guarantee a place in the Europa League competition even if they lose.
In Sports news this week: the Czech women’s tennis team beats Germany to reach the Fed Cup semi-finals; in football, Czechs will face title holders Spain in the next European 2012 championship qualifications; goalie Petr Čech contributes to Chelsea’s win over city rival Arsenal; and hockey star Jaromír Jágr returns from Russia fit for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The Czech Republic’s footballers will face title holders Spain, Scotland, Lithuania and Lichtenstein in the qualifying stages of the next European Championship in 2012. The Czech coach Michal Bílek had said he hoped to avoid the Spaniards in Sunday’s draw in Warsaw. The winners of each group will automatically for Euro 2012, which is being held in Poland and Ukraine, along with the team that comes second with the best results; the other four berths will be decided by playoffs. Qualification for the tournament begins this autumn after the World Cup in South Africa, which the Czechs failed to reach.
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