In a major fixture of the Czech football season, Sparta Prague beat city rivals Slavia 1:0 on Monday. The host Sparta, a strong favourite for this year’s title, was on the defensive throughout much of the first half, with defending champions Slavia wasting some good opportunities. But in the 39th minute, Sparta threw the ball in front of the goal where it re-bounced before Sparta’s Libor Sionko drove it in. In the second half, Slavia was pushing to equalize but Sparta would not let that happen. After Monday’s win, Sparta Prague is leading the table with two points ahead of Baník Ostrava, six rounds before the end of the season. Slavia, down at eight place, has lost any viable chance of defending the league title.
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The new manager of Slavia Prague football club František Cipro continued his winning start with a 3:0 home win over Bohemians 1905 on Monday evening. In his first game in charge on Thursday, Slavia beat their biggest rivals Sparta Prague 1:0 in the first leg of the Czech cup quarter-finals. Cipro replaced Karel Jarolím as boss after the latter parted company with Slavia following a run of poor results; during Jarolím’s five years in charge the club won back-to-back league titles for the first time in decades and reached the Champions League for the first time ever.
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Slavia Prague football club have parted company with manager Karel Jarolím after a string of poor results. Jarolím was at Slavia for five years and oversaw one of the most successful periods in their modern history, when they opened a new stadium, won the Czech league two years running and reached the Champions League for the first time. However, this season Slavia have failed to challenge for the title and currently lie in eighth place. The club’s management first threatened to sack Jarolím before later offering to keep him on for the rest of the season; in the end the coach himself decided to quit. He has been replaced by František Cipro.
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.
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