London football club Chelsea declassed opponents Bolton by a score of 4:0 on Saturday, taking the top spot in the English Premiership standings - two points ahead of Manchester. The game was goalkeeper Petr Čech’s third clean-sheet in as many matches. Earlier in the week Chelsea downed the Bolton Wanderers by the same score in the FA Cup.
Police detained 11 people on Saturday for violent and disorderly conduct ahead of a football match between Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague. Visiting Baník fans clashed with police at the stadium; there were also several incidents earlier in the day, including a fight between fans of opposing teams and an incident in which football hooligans attempted to set fire to soccer paraphernalia on Prague’s Wenceslas Square. In all some 700 visiting fans from Ostrava attended Saturday's match. Police monitored their departure from Prague after the game ended in a 1:1 draw.
Former Czech legendary football striker František Veselý died of heart failure on Friday at the age of 65. The famous right-winger was a member of the Czechoslovak team that won the European championship in 1976. Veselý played a big part in this success, scoring one goal and assisting another in the semifinal match against the Netherlands. Veselý has played as many as 920 matches in his career, including 34 for Czechoslovak national team. He played for Slavia Praha from 1953 to 1980.
Galatasaray Istanbul striker Milan Baroš, who suffered a foot injury in the Turkish league on Sunday, may head to Germany for treatment. His agent revealed that he was negotiating treatment on the part of the player with German specialist Hans-Wilelm Muller-Wohlfarht, who in the past attended to Czech players such as midfielder Tomáš Rosický and striker Patrik Berger. According to reports, Baroš suffered a broken bone in his foot, meaning he will likely be out for the next six weeks.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballer Milan Baroš could be out for two months after breaking a bone in his foot in a game for Galatasaray, while Marek Jankulovski is set for ankle surgery; Teplice remain on top of the Czech football league, despite dropping two points at České Budějovice; skier Šárka Záhrobská takes nul points from her first slalom event of the season; and after 20 rounds Třínec lead ice hockey’s Extraliga.
Sparta Prague defeated the Romanian side Cluj 2:0 in the Czech capital on Thursday night, increasing their chances of qualifying from the group stage of football’s Europa League. Sparta are now second in Group K with four points from three games. Slavia Prague, meanwhile, kept their hopes of reaching the knock-out stages alive with an impressive 1:1 draw away to Valencia, though with only one point so far those hopes are slim. There are two more rounds of the group stage of the Europa League.
Less than a week after Ivan Hašek stepped down as manager of the Czech international football team his successor has been announced. Michal Bílek, hitherto Hašek’s assistant, has been given a three-year contract and a clear task: rebuild the Czech squad and lead them to Euro 2012. But does the 44-year-old have what it takes?
The Czech Football Association on Tuesday appointed former Sparta Prague and Real Betis midfielder Michal Bilek the country’s national team coach. The 44-year-old Bilek was assistant to the team’s last coach Ivan Hašek, who announced his resignation a week ago after the Czechs failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Bílek is already the fourth Czech coach this year after Hašek, František Straka and Petr Rada. Bílek, capped 35 times with 11 goals, played at the 1990 World Championships in Italy, after which he moved from Sparta Prague to Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga. With Sparta, he won the top Czech league seven times and was elected Footballer of the Year 1989.
In Sports News this Monday: with Ivan Hašek stepping down as manager of the Czech international football team, his former assistant Michal Bílek is the bookies’ favourite to take over on the Czech bench; Slavia Prague’s goalkeeper is carried from the pitch by an ambulance after a clash with an opponent leaves him out cold for 10 minutes; Petra Kvitová is beaten in the final of tennis’s Linz Open; and decathlete Roman Šebrle says he wants to return to the Olympics – as a golfer.
Chelsea’s goalkeeper Petr Čech complained about the referee in Saturday’s game against Aston Villa, which Chelsea lost 2:1. The host team scored both goals after corner kicks. Petr Čech wrote on his website that before the second goal, Aston Villa’s Carew pulled his jersey and right hand, which prevented him from catching the ball.
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