In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs come last with only one point at ice hockey’s Karjala Cup, despite taking the lead in all three of their games; javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the third time in a row; and Teplice are now three points in front in the Czech football league after a win over their nearest rivals Jablonec.
Teplice extended their lead at the top of the Czech football league on Saturday, with a 1:0 home win over second-placed Jablonec. Teplice are now three points in front of their nearest rivals, with 14 of the league’s 30 rounds played. The only goal of the game was rather curious; the ball bounced off the cross-bar and went in after hitting the fit of the Jablonec goalkeeper.
In Sports News this Monday: Teplice remain top of the Czech football league, though Jablonec are in hot pursuit; remarkably, all of the latter’s eight victories this season have been by a single goal; champions Slavia Prague are under pressure, after only taking one point in four games; Czech soccer great František Veselý dies at 65; and in ice hockey’s Extraliga, new coach David Volek makes an immediate impact at Sparta Prague.
London football club Chelsea declassed opponents Bolton by a score of 4:0 on Saturday, taking the top spot in the English Premiership standings - two points ahead of Manchester. The game was goalkeeper Petr Čech’s third clean-sheet in as many matches. Earlier in the week Chelsea downed the Bolton Wanderers by the same score in the FA Cup.
Police detained 11 people on Saturday for violent and disorderly conduct ahead of a football match between Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague. Visiting Baník fans clashed with police at the stadium; there were also several incidents earlier in the day, including a fight between fans of opposing teams and an incident in which football hooligans attempted to set fire to soccer paraphernalia on Prague’s Wenceslas Square. In all some 700 visiting fans from Ostrava attended Saturday's match. Police monitored their departure from Prague after the game ended in a 1:1 draw.
Former Czech legendary football striker František Veselý died of heart failure on Friday at the age of 65. The famous right-winger was a member of the Czechoslovak team that won the European championship in 1976. Veselý played a big part in this success, scoring one goal and assisting another in the semifinal match against the Netherlands. Veselý has played as many as 920 matches in his career, including 34 for Czechoslovak national team. He played for Slavia Praha from 1953 to 1980.
Galatasaray Istanbul striker Milan Baroš, who suffered a foot injury in the Turkish league on Sunday, may head to Germany for treatment. His agent revealed that he was negotiating treatment on the part of the player with German specialist Hans-Wilelm Muller-Wohlfarht, who in the past attended to Czech players such as midfielder Tomáš Rosický and striker Patrik Berger. According to reports, Baroš suffered a broken bone in his foot, meaning he will likely be out for the next six weeks.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballer Milan Baroš could be out for two months after breaking a bone in his foot in a game for Galatasaray, while Marek Jankulovski is set for ankle surgery; Teplice remain on top of the Czech football league, despite dropping two points at České Budějovice; skier Šárka Záhrobská takes nul points from her first slalom event of the season; and after 20 rounds Třínec lead ice hockey’s Extraliga.
Sparta Prague defeated the Romanian side Cluj 2:0 in the Czech capital on Thursday night, increasing their chances of qualifying from the group stage of football’s Europa League. Sparta are now second in Group K with four points from three games. Slavia Prague, meanwhile, kept their hopes of reaching the knock-out stages alive with an impressive 1:1 draw away to Valencia, though with only one point so far those hopes are slim. There are two more rounds of the group stage of the Europa League.
Less than a week after Ivan Hašek stepped down as manager of the Czech international football team his successor has been announced. Michal Bílek, hitherto Hašek’s assistant, has been given a three-year contract and a clear task: rebuild the Czech squad and lead them to Euro 2012. But does the 44-year-old have what it takes?
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