In Sports News this Monday: Mladá Boleslav could be expelled from Czech ice hockey’s Extraliga over allegations the club falsified a financial health statement; after collapsing on the ice at the start of the NHL season, Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec is now in the form of his life; will Tomáš Rosický leave Arsenal for Aston Villa?; and the Czechs beat Japan 25:1 at the World Floorball Championship.
Premiership League leaders Chelsea – with goalkeeper Petr Čech – fell to third place at the weekend after drawing 1:1 with Everton. The team has not won in their last four games. During the match, Čech suffered a cut to his face from Cahill’s boot. Despite being bloodied, he returned to the field shortly after. Chelsea led following a successful penalty by Drogba but Everton were able to tie in the 86th minute. Arsenal now lead in the standings, followed by second-place Manchester City.
Football club Sparta Prague made it through to the next round in the Europa League after tying with Palermo on Wednesday evening. The Czech side, playing in Italy, twice came from behind to tie 2:2 in their Group F match. Second-half strikes from Jiří Kladrubský and Juraj Kucka cancelled out goals from Nicola Rigoni and Mauricio Pinilla respectively – assuring Sparta a place in the round of 32. Their hosts ended with nine men following the dismissals of Dorin Goian and Javier Pastore. Sparta Prague is the only Czech team still in European competition.
Football clubs in the Czech Republic are so cash-strapped that the
country's top football league is sitting on a financial time bomb,
according to press reports this week. The daily Sport has pointed the
finger at all clubs in the top flight but in particular at 2009 league
champions Slavia Prague. According to the daily, the club owes its players
back pay amounting to 30 million crowns and owes 112 million to its former
owner, the British investment company ENIC. The situation has become so
serious, the daily said, that players at the capital club currently
languishing in 14th place were looking to transfer elsewhere. Slavia
midfielder Petr Trapp announced this week that he was quitting over unpaid
wages, while Tunisian players Tijani Belaid and Hocine Ragued have also
been given permission to negotiate with other clubs with a view to moving
In total, it is estimated that Czech clubs in the top league officially owe 48 million crowns in back pay to players, although Sport has suggested the figure could be even higher.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech tennis star Tomáš Berdych fails to get past the group stage at his first ATP World Tour Finals, but says he is still happy after his best season to date; Aspen proves third time unlucky for Šárka Záhrobská in the slalom; Olympic speed skating champion Martina Sáblíková is still waiting for her first World Cup win this season; and Milan Baroš returns but ends up on the losing side in an Istanbul derby.
In Sports News this Monday: speed skating champion Sáblíková recovers from illness to reach the World Cup podium for the first time this season; Bauer also leaves his sickbed to perform well in the cross-country skiing World Cup; three Czech ice hockey clubs lose points for fielding unregistered players; and the gap at the top of the soccer league falls to four points on the last weekend before the winter break.
The Czech national football team drew 0:0 in a friendly against Denmark on Wednesday evening in front of around 10,000 stadium-goers in Aarhus. Early in the game, in the 18th minute, a penalty was awarded against the Czechs. But the spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Petr Čech. Goals proved elusive throughout the match, although at one point Václav Kadlec came close, hitting the post. The game was the last international outing for both teams in 2010.
The English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion are hoping to buy the Czech international midfielder Jaroslav Plašil in January’s transfer window, the newspaper the Daily Mail reported. Plašil, who is 28 is currently at the French side Bordeax after spells at Monaco and Spain’s Ossasuna in. Meanwhile, there have been press reports that West Brom may loan their out-of-favour Czech striker Roman Bednář to Hull, who play in the second tier of English football.
In Sports News this Monday: Six months after being crowned world champions, the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players fail to take a single point in their first tournament of the new season; the gap at the top of the Czech football league narrows, after leaders Plzeň are held to a draw and Sparta win; Olympic champion speed skater Sáblíková is for once halted by illness; and warm weather brings a high turnout for Prague’s Velká Kunratická cross country race.
Just after the half way point in the season, the gap at the top of the Czech football league has narrowed to seven points. Leaders Viktoria Plzeň were held to a 1:1 at home by Slovan Liberec on Saturday, while second-placed Sparta Prague reduced their deficit after a 2:0 away victory over Slovácko. Plzeň have never taken the title, while Sparta have lifted the trophy 11 times since the establishment of the independent Czech league in 1993.
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