In Sports News this week: Sweden’s Peter Hanson wins golf’s Czech Open; the Czech Under-21 baseball team wins the European title;in football, Sparta Prague lose to Žilina in the first leg of Champions League qualifier and fall to Plzeň in the top Czech division; and javelin champion Barbora Špotáková finishes second in the Diamond League event in Zurich but secures the series title.
Viktoria Plzeň have maintained their lead in Czech football’s first division after a 1:0 win over Sparta Prague in the capital on Saturday evening, with the only goal of the game coming from Petr Jiráček on the hour mark. That result follows a defeat for Sparta in the Champions League in mid-week and puts more pressure on manager Jozef Chovanec, who has blamed the title-holders’ poor form on injury problems.
The management of Sparta Prague football club have fined captain Tomáš Řepka in connection with an alleged drink driving incident. The sanction was imposed days after a Czech tabloid reported that Řepka had got into his car and driven home, despite being inebriated. Sparta refused to say how much the player was fined. Recently the former Czech international, who is known for being hot headed, was banned for three games for spitting at an opponent.
Tomáš Ujfaluši has ruled out returning to the Czech football squad. The defender, who is 32, captained the team before quitting international soccer after being criticised for going out drinking after a game. The Czechs’ team manager Vladimír Šmicer recently asked Ujfaluši to reconsider his decision to retire, and there were press reports that he could make a comeback. However, the Atletico Madrid player has scotched that suggestion, telling reporters he had not given the matter any thought. The Czech team have largely failed to impress since Michal Bílek was appointed trainer last October. Their campaign to reach the 2012 European Championship begins in a few weeks’ time.
Sparta Prague suffered a 2:0 home defeat to Žilina on Tuesday night in a Champions League qualifying game. The result means that Sparta have a hill to climb in next Wednesday’s second, away leg: they need to beat the Slovaks by at least two goals to reach the group stage of the lucrative competition. The Czech title holders last qualified for the Champions League five years ago, while Žilina have never taken part in the competition.
Sparta Prague are preparing for one of their biggest games of the season, when they host Slovakia’s Žilina in the first leg of a tie for a place in European football’s top club competition the Champions League. Sparta will be without three key players on Tuesday night, with one of them, Marek Matějovský, also due to miss next Wednesday’s second leg through suspension. The Czech title holders last reached the group stage of the lucrative competition five years ago.
In Sports News this Monday: Jorge Lorenzo wins the Czech Grand Prix, but only teenager Jakub Kornfeil gives local fans something to cheer about in Brno with a sensational finish in the 125cc race; Viktoria Plzeň remain in front in the Czech football league, while title-holders Sparta prepare to face Žilina for a place in the Champions League; and close but no third 2010 victory over Federer for Tomáš Berdych.
The Czech Republic’s footballers beat Latvia 4:1 in a friendly on Wednesday night. All the goals came in the second half, with the first scored by Roman Bednář, who was making his first appearance for the national side since being photographed by a UK tabloid buying drugs last year. The other Czech players to get on the score sheet were Martin Fenin, Zdeněk Pospěch and substitute Tomáš Necid. Next month the Czechs – who failed to make it to this summer’s World Cup – start their campaign to reach the 2012 European Championship with a tie against Lithuania. Their group also includes world champions Spain, Scotland and Liechtenstein.
The Czech Republic’s footballers have won their final warm-up game before their campaign to reach Euro 2012 gets underway next month. The Czechs struggled to impress in the early stages of Wednesday’s home friendly against Latvia, before moving up a gear in the second half and running out 4:1 winners.
The Czech Republic’s footballers are preparing for a friendly match against Latvia in Liberec on Wednesday evening. Coach Michal Bílek is without three players for the game: goalkeeper Petr Čech, striker Milan Baroš and midfielder Tomáš Sivok. Forward Roman Bednář is expected to make his first appearance for the national side since being photographed by a UK tabloid buying drugs last year. Next month the Czechs – who failed to make it to this summer’s World Cup – start their campaign to reach the 2012 European Championship with a tie against Lithuania. Their group also includes world champions Spain, Scotland and Liechtenstein.
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