In Sports News this Monday: there are upsets in the playoffs of ice hockey’s Extraliga, with the clubs who came first and second in the regular season both exiting in the quarter-finals for the first time ever; Sparta Prague pull ahead in the Czech soccer league with a 3:0 win over Brno; Vendula Frintová takes a top triathlon prize in Australia; and former European footballer of the year Pavel Nedvěd takes part in the Prague Half Marathon.
Retired footballer Pavel Nedvěd is going to run a half-marathon in Prague at the weekend, the news website idnes.cz reported on Wednesday. The 37-year-old former star midfielder of Juventus Torino, who retired last year, registered for the Hervis Praue Half-Marathon 2010 which will start in the centre of the Czech capital at noon on Saturday. Pavel Nedvěd, who last appeared on the Czech national team in 2006, had mentioned earlier he would like to run a marathon.
The Czech international soccer goalkeeper Petr Čech should be fit to play for his club Chelsea in a Premier League game against Portsmouth on Wednesday night, Reuters reported. Čech, who is 27, has been absent since February 24, when he was injured during a Champions League match against Inter Milan. Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said he welcomed the return of his goalkeeping number one at this crucial point in the season.
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.
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