Sparta Prague drew with Lausanne in a Europa League group game in the Czech capital on Thursday night. The Czech champions had been 3:1 up after 75 minutes when the Swiss team scored twice – including one goal deep into injury time – to level the game at 3:3. Sparta remain second in the group behind CSKA Moscow. Their next game in Europe’s second tier competition is away to Lausanne on November 4.
Police have prepared charges against the first people in an alleged corruption scandal surrounding top Czech league football, according to the daily Hospodářske noviny. Four charges have been prepared against the goalkeeper of first division Sigma Olomouc and the manager of the then first division outfit Bohemians Prague and two players of accepting bribes. The alleged corruption took place before a game in May 2009. The Bohemians manager said in March this year that he advised players to take the cash offered saying he would contact the police later. But he did not get in touch till several months later. Olomouc, now second in the league, could face punishment for the affair this year with one possible sanction being banishment to a lower league.
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In football, Gambrinus liga leaders Plzeň beat Brno 4:1 on Sunday, and secured their position at the top of the chart, 12 points ahead of title holders Sparta Prague. In Friday’s game, Sparta lost to third Teplice 0:2 at home; on Wednesday, Sparta will face Lausanne in another game of Europa League’s Group F. In other games of the top Czech division, Mladá Boleslav tied 0:0 with Hradec Králové and remain fourth; Prague-based Bohemians 1905 beat Liberec 3:1 on Saturday, and moved up to ninth place of the leach chart.
Sponsors of the Czech national football team have objected to the team’s away games only broadcast on cable with a small number of subscribers, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Friday. Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier between Lichtenstein and the Czech Republic was only broadcast on Sport1, a cable channel with around 100,000 subscribers. The same station will broadcast a match in Scotland next year, while an away game against Spain will most likely not be shown at all. The Česká spořitelna bank and T-Mobile said they would prefer the games be screened on channels with nation-wide coverage.
Meanwhile, the Czech Under 21 side have qualified for their age level’s European Championship. After beating Greece 3:0 at home in a play-off game the youngsters won 2:0 away on Tuesday to secure a 5:0 victory on aggregate. The Under 21 European Championship takes place in Denmark in June. A draw for four-team groups in the eight-nation tournament will be held next month.
The Czech Republic’s footballers eased to a 2:0 away victory over tiny Liechtenstein on Tuesday night, notching up their second win in Euro 2012 qualifiers in five days. Tomáš Necid found the net for the visitors after 12 minutes, before 18-year-old debutant Václav Kadlec added a second just before the half hour mark, becoming the youngest player ever to score for the Czech Republic. The Czechs are now second in Group I behind Spain, who they visit in their next European Championship qualifier in March.
The Czech national football team secured a comfortable win over Liechtenstein on Tuesday to keep its campaign for the European Championship, to be held in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, on track. The win saw goals from up-and-coming talent; nevertheless, some on the team are ruing the fact that the Czechs could have even been further ahead in their group.
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