The song Růže mezi trny, or Rose among Thorns, by the star singer-songwriter Jaromír Nohavica, is a tribute to female football referee Dagmar Damková. On Sunday, she refereed one of the highlights of the season, a game between title contenders Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague. The match ended in a 1:1 draw, but for many, including big Ostrava fan Jaromír Nohavica, she was the obvious winner for her smooth handling of the heated game. Radio Prague spoke to Dagmar Damková and asked her how she liked the song.
Police in the north Moravian city of Ostrava have charged four soccer fans with violent behavior, 119 were given a misdemeanor charge. Over 300 fans were arrested before the Sparta Prague soccer game on Sunday evening. The arrests were made after Sparta supporters made physical and verbal attacks on officers on their way to a match against Baník Ostrava. There have been tensions between the fans of both clubs for many years. After several hours, 200 of those detained on Sunday were let go and returned to Prague by train. The game ended 1:1, leaving Sparta and Baník tied on points with only three rounds of the Czech league to go; Sparta are top as they have a superior goal difference.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come second in Sweden’s LG Hockey Games – decent performances by less well players will please coach Vladimír Růžička, after 25 NHL players declare themselves unavailable for the imminent World Championship; with Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague playing out a 1:1 draw, only two points separate the top four teams in the Czech soccer league with three games to go; Iveta Benešová wins the second WTA title of her career; and pole vaulter Kateřina Baďurová retires at 27.
The Czech international football goalkeeper Petr Čech is among the richest young sportspeople in the United Kingdom and Ireland, according to a rich list published by the Sunday Times. Čech was rated as the eighth richest sportsperson under the age of 30, with an estimated fortune of GBP 13 million. The goalkeeper, who turns 28 later this month, took a step closer to winning a third English Premier League title on Sunday when his club Chelsea beat Liverpool. He has 72 international caps.
Baník Ostrava have drawn level on points with Sparta Prague at the top of the Czech soccer league with only four rounds remaining this season. Baník beat Bohemians 1905 in the capital on Monday evening to reach 54 points, the same number as Sparta who have a superior goal difference of four. The two clubs, whose fans are bitter rivals, will go head to head in Ostrava next Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the Czech title.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech women’s tennis team are trounced by Italy in the Fed Cup semi-finals; Patrik Eliáš and Petr Sýkora pull out of the Czech squad for next month’s ice hockey World Championship, while there are calls to call up Dominik Hašek (45); and reports Tomáš Rosický could return to the Bundesliga are denied.
Baník Ostrava have drawn level on points with Sparta Prague at the top of the Czech soccer league, after a 1:0 away victory over Liberec on Monday evening made it five wins in five games for the north Moravian side. With five games remaining this season, both teams are on 51 points. The closeness of the title race means all eyes will be on a match between the top two at Baník Ostrava’s Bazaly stadium in two weeks’ time.
In Sports News this Monday: Pardubice make home advantage pay to go 2:0 up in the Extraliga final, with young forward Daniel Rákos and veteran goalie Dominik Hašek making most headlines; Sparta Prague drop two points in the race for the Czech league title and have to see out season without goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek; and Czech javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named an “ambassador” for the new Diamond League.
For fans of the Prague soccer club Bohemians 1905, the year 2010 is shaping up to be the end of an era. Due to several architectural shortcomings that would cost millions of crowns to fix, the club will have to leave its storied Ďolíček stadium in Vršovice. But some Bohemians fans believe that the real reason behind the club’s move is a different one. Sarah Borufka reports.
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