The Czech national under-21 football team beat that of Iceland 3:1 in Jablonec on Tuesday and secured the top spot in their qualifying group for the Under-21 European Championship 2011 in Denmark. The Czechs first scored in the 20th minute, and two more strikes followed in the second half. The Icelanders were only able to hit the net in the 79th minute, and set the final score to 3:1. The Czechs secured top spot in the qualifying group 5, and will advance into play-offs for seven spots to join hosts Denmark at the final tournament next June.
The Czech national football team will open their campaign for the 2012 European Championships as they face Lithuania in the eastern city of Olomouc on Tuesday. In the first competitive match under the new manager, Michal Bílek, the Czechs will rely on midfield Tomáš Rosický, who has overcome health problems and is fit for the game.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s footballers prepare for their first competitive game under manager Michal Bílek – but will playmaker Tomáš Rosický be fit for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Lithuania? And Jaroslav Kulhavý takes silver at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Canada.
Italian football club Udine’s Czech goalkeeper Zdeněk Zlámal appears set to join Czech football club Slavia on loan until the end of the season, Slavia’s spokesman has said. Both clubs have been negotiating on the matter and are reportedly close to a deal. The result should be known next week. Zlámal, the former goalkeeper for the Under-21 squad, could boost Slavia at the back, given that the regular minder, Martin Vaniak has not returned to 100 percent health, while his replacement, Finn Ansii Jaakkola, has been less than solid between the posts, making a key mistake in a recent match against Olomouc.
The Czech national football team took the train – for the first time in decades – to get to the eastern city of Olomouc where they will face Lithuania in the first game of the EURO 2012 qualification on Tuesday. The Czech line-up, which includes Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech, Arsenal midfield Tomáš Rosický, and Galatasaray’s striker Milan Baroš, will seek to bag the first three points in qualifying group I where they will later also face Spain, Scotland and Liechtenstein.
In Sports News this Monday: in tennis, the US Open kicks off with two main Czech hopefuls; in football, Sparta Prague are eliminated from the Champions League and will only play in the second level club competition this season; in motor-racing, Freddy Loix with Škoda takes the title at the Barum Rally Zlín, and Czechs do fairly well at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.
In football, Czech defender Tomáš Ujfaluši has ruled out a return to the Czech national squad. In an interview with Sunday’s edition of the daily Sport he said that he would not return to play for his country. The prospect of Ujfaluši’s return in the autumn for European Championship qualifiers was raised in the week by Czech manager Michal Bílek. The 32-year-old defender retired from international football last year. This week he won the European super cup with Spanish team Atletico Madrid.
Czech fans will be able to look forward to a number of clashes between Czech players in the next round of football’s Champions League, as decided in the team draw in Monaco on Thursday. Seven of 11 players on team rosters will be competing in Group F, which includes a match-up between FC Chelsea (who have goalkeeper Petr Čech) and Slovakia’s Žilina, which dispatched of Sparta Prague in the previous round. Tomáš Rosický of Arsenal will face his countryman Tomáš Hubschmann of Donetsk in Group H. AC Milan’s Marek Jankulowski can look forward to matches in the so-called ‘group of death’ which features Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid, and Auxerre, along with the Italian club.
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