In sports news this Monday: the women’s basketball world championship gets underway in the Czech Republic; in football, Galatasary’s Milan Baroš scores a hat-trick and gets injured in a single game; and at home, Plzeň set a league record as they establish a convincing lead at the top of the Gambrinus liga.
The top flight Czech football club Slavia Prague rejected on Saturday manager Karel Jarolím’s resignation. Jarolím offered to step down over a string of poor results; on Friday, Slavia lost 3:0 to Slovácko, failing to win for the sixth time in a row. After ten rounds of the top Czech division, Slavia has ten points and ranks tenth in the division chart, tailing 15 points behind league leaders Plzeň. Jarolím, who joined Slavia in 2005, has won two league titles and reached the Champions League with the club. Last season he left Slavia in March over poor results only to come back two months later.
Sparta Prague came back from behind to win the derby game against Slavia on Monday night. Hosts Slavia took the lead on 22 minutes through Petr Trapp. Sparta come back soon after half time with a similar goal stemming from a free kick. They took the lead in the 89th minute through striker Bony Wilfried. Sparta trail league leaders Plzeň by seven points in third place with Slavia mid-table in ninth.
Atletico Madrid’s Czech defender Tomáš Ujfaluši apologized on Monday for injuring Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and putting him out of action for some two weeks. The incident occurred in the overtime of Sunday’s game between the two Spanish top division clubs; as the Argentine forward advanced in full speed, Ujfaluši tackled him from the side and caught his ankle; he got a red card and was sent off the pitch. The Czech defender reportedly wished Messi a speedy recovery.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech men’s team fail to reach the final of the Davis Cup, despite having been 2:1 up against Serbia after day two of their semi-finals clash; Lukáš Konečný (32) becomes the first Czech boxer to win a European professional title; and it’s a weekend to forget for current and former Czech soccer captains Tomáš Rosický and Tomáš Ujfaluši.
The Czech title holders Sparta Prague had a great start in their Europa League on Thursday when they beat Italy’s Palermo 3:2 in the Czech capital. After a nervous start, Bony Wilfried scored the home side’s first goal in 17th minute. Palermo managed to draw before halftime, but Jiří Kladrubský and Václav Kadlec put Sparta back in the lead in the second half. Palermo’s Hernandez set the final score with some ten minutes left of the game. Sparta manager Josef Chovanec said the hosts owed the victory to their team spirit. The Czech champions will face CSKA Moscow on their turf at the end of the month, before hosting Lausanne in October.
The Czech title holders Sparta Prague will face Italy’s Palermo in the first game of Europa League’s Group F in the Czech capital on Thursday. Sparta, which only won 1:0 in the latest round of the top Czech division on Saturday, will miss three key players in the midfield due to red and yellow cards. In the UEFA Cup three years ago, the Italians were knocked out by another Czech club, Mladá Boleslav.
Midfielder Radek Šírl has left the Russian club Zenit St Petersburg for Mladá Bolesav in the Czech football league. The 29-year-old joined Zenit from Sparta Prague in 2002, helping the club win the Russian league title in 2007 and the UEFA Cup the following year. However, after problems with injuries he was recently released by Zenit. Šírl, who can also play as a full-back, has eight caps for the Czech national side.
In Sports News this Monday: the biggest Czech team ever at the European Rowing Championships takes home a bagful of medals, with gold for Ondřej Synek confirming his dominance this season; football league leaders Viktoria Plzeň wallop Ústí nad Labem in front of their first sell-out home crowd in years; and a battle of two Czech ice legends sees Jágr’s Omsk beat Hašek Spartak Moscow.
The Czech football manager Michal Bílek says he has not given any thought to standing down. Bílek, who was appointed last October, lost his first competitive game in charge of the national team on Tuesday, when the Czechs were beaten 1:0 at home by Lithuania in the first game of their campaign to qualify for Euro 2012, and there has been criticism of the coach in the media. However, Bílek said that while the result had been a huge disappointment, he had not for a moment considered resigning. The Czech Republic need to beat Scotland in Prague next month to keep alive their hopes of reaching the next European Championship.
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