In Sports News this Monday: Martina Sáblíková crowns a dream season with victory at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships, though her coach says he may quit if the state doesn’t put more money into the sport; Lukáš Bauer also ends his season well, coming second in the cross-country skiing World Cup; Czech football is hit by allegations of match-fixing, though questions are asked about the timing of the controversy; and Sparta Prague go top of the league after they beat Olomouc and Teplice are beaten by Brno.
The owner of the Czech first division football club Bohemians Praha, Karel
Kapr, says players from Sigma Olomouc paid his team to throw a match at
end of last season in order to ensure the latter reached the qualifying
stages of the Europa League. Mr Kapr told the police that Olomouc
goalkeeper Petr Drobisz offered and later gave his players CZK 300,000
16,000) to deliberately lose. The police’s anti-corruption unit have
launched an investigation into the matter.
In 2004 Czech football was rocked by the biggest scandal in its history, when widespread bribery and match-fixing was uncovered. Fourteen referees were punished, four clubs had points deducted and several officials were banned.
The Czech football coach Vítězslav Lavička has led Sydney FC to victory in the grand final of Australia’s A-League. Lavička, who took the helm at Sydney last year, saw his charges beat Melbourne Victory 4-2 on penalties to add the championship to the premiership they won on the last day of the regular season. He had previously managed a number of clubs in the Czech league, including two stints at Sparta Prague.
In Sports News: Czech downhill skiers clinch a sensational win in the World Cup Nations Teams event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen; football’s Sparta eke out last-minute win against Mladá Boleslav; Baroš scores in his first game back for Galatasaray; in hockey, Slavia and Liberec become the last two teams to reach the quarterfinals; Czech athletes post disappointing results at World Indoor Athletics championships.
The British press has reported that Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech, who plays for Chelsea, could return to the pitch earlier than previously expected – in ten days’ time. The footballer suffered a leg injury in late February in a Champions League game between Chelsea and Inter Milan. Doctors’ assessments suggested Čech would be out for at least a month, but the Guardian has reported the player is recovering qucikly. All the same, it is unlikely the goalkeeper will be able to return in time for the 2nd leg of the Champions League match up against Inter next Tuesday. He could return to the pitch in a Premier league game against Blackburn on March 21.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic make very light work of Belgium to reach the last eight in tennis’s Davis Cup, not dropping a set on their way to victory in just six and a half hours; cross country skier Lukáš Bauer comes second in the 30 km pursuit in Finland’s Lahti; and Teplice and Sparta Prague are still neck-and-neck in the Czech soccer league after victories at the weekend.
The Czech Republic’s footballers were beaten 1:0 by Scotland in a friendly in Glasgow on Wednesday night. The Czechs dominated play for much of the match but were unable to convert possession into goals. In three games under manager Michal Bílek the Czechs have been beaten three times and failed to score a single goal. Bílek said after Wednesday’s defeat that in the absence of the injured Milan Baroš his team lacked a player who could find the net in such games. The Czech Republic will face Scotland again in qualifiers for Euro 2012; their group also contains European champions Spain, Lithuania and Liechtenstein.
The Czech Republic’s footballers are preparing for their first game of the year, a friendly against Scotland on Wednesday night. Mainstays Petr Čech and Milan Baroš are injured and will miss the match at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. It was arranged before the draw for the qualifiers for Euro 2012, which pitted the Czechs against Scotland, along with European champions Spain, Lithuania and Liechtenstein.
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.
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