In Sports News this Monday: Josef Váňa wins the Grand Pardubice steeplechase for the seventh time at the age of 57, though his latest triumph is not without controversy; the Czech Republic’s footballers put their campaign to reach Euro 2012 back on track with a win over Scotland in Prague; and Phoenix and Boston thrill fans as the NHL comes to the Czech capital for the second time.
Ahead of Friday’s qualifying game for the European Championship 2012 between the Czech Republic and Scotland, the manager of the Czech national football team Michal Bílek said the Czechs were under more pressure than their opponents. The Scottish team won four points out of its two games while the Czechs only played a single game, which they lost. However, Bílek said than any other result than victory would seriously hinder the Czech campaign for Euro 2012
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs enjoy their biggest success in decades at the women’s basketball world championships, finishing second – it’s a miracle, says most valuable player Hana Horáková; the Czech men’s volleyball team make the quarter-finals in their world championships in Italy; and the Czech soccer squad assemble in Prague ahead of a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland.
Vitkoria Plzeň continue to lead the Czech football league, after a 1:0 victory over Slavia in Prague on Friday evening made it 10 wins in a row for the west Bohemian club. They have only dropped two points in 11 outings this season. Plzeň are aiming to win the first league in their history in the year of the 100th anniversary of the club’s founding.
The manager of Sparta Prague football club, Jozef Chovanec, says some players will be fined for mistakes they made in a 3:0 defeat at CSKA Moscow in a Europa League game on Thursday. Chovanec told the newspaper Sport that the team’s captain Tomáš Řepka, who needlessly picked up a booking, would be among those sanctioned.
Atletico Madrid have agreed contract extensions with defender Tomáš Ujfaluši, winger Jose Antonio Reyes and midfielder Paulo Assuncao, the Spanish club said on Friday. All three were major contributors as the club won the Europa League last season and reached the King's Cup final which they lost to Sevilla. Czech Ujfaluši, 32, has signed a deal which binds him until 2013.
Galatasaray's injured striker Milan Baroš will not be fit in time to face
Scotland in the Czech Republic's Euro 2012 qualifier in Prague on October
8, Czech coach Michal Bílek said Wednesday. Baroš limped off the pitch
with a torn thigh muscle after scoring a hat trick against Buyuksehir in
the Turkish league game on Sunday. Doctors say he might be out for two or
Bílek, whose team lost 0:1 at home to Lithuania in the Group I opener, selected two newcomers: Sparta Prague's 18-year-old striker Vaclav Kadlec, and Milan Petržela, a midfielder with Czech top-flight leaders Viktoria Pilsen.
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.
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