In Sports News: Top domestic league hockey clubs Pardubice and Kometa face off under an open sky; the Czech U20 hockey team staves off Germany at Worlds; cross-country skier Lukáš Bauer falls to 21st spot after three Tour de Ski events; football’s Aston Villa score late goal against Čech’s Chelsea to draw; Czech quad rider Josef Macháček takes an early lead in the Dakar Rally underway in South America.
Czech and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech lost 1:3 to London rivals Arsenal in a top of the table Premier League clash on Monday night. The Arsenal win puts them second in the table with Chelsea in fourth spot with 31 points, six points off leaders Manchester United who have a game in hand. The loss means that Chelsea and Čech have failed to win any of the last six games. Czech captain Tomáš Rosický came on for the last three minutes of the game for Arsenal.
Top league Czech football club Slavia Prague has been banned from the transfer market according to Wednesday’s edition of the daily Sport. The paper says the ban has been imposed by the football association’s arbitration committee due to failure to pay outstanding debts to a former player, Martin Abraham. A spokesman for the Czech and Moravan Football association later said a ban on player purchases had been imposed at the start of December but this would be lifted at the start of the year. The ban did not affect sales of players, he said, The club currently owes around 100 million crowns to former owner, British company ENIC, and had been counting of the sale of players to cut that burden.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players get back on track with a solid display at the Channel One Cup; Ondřej Bank comes a sensational fifth in a giant slalom World Cup event in Italy; Sparta Prague draw Liverpool in the Europa League; and world tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki helps Prostějov win a Czech title.
Sparta Prague have drawn Liverpool in European club football’s second-tier competition, the Europa League. The first leg takes place at Sparta’s AXA Arena on February 17, with the second game at the English club’s Anfield ground a week later. Liverpool won the Europa League’s predecessor the UEFA Cup in 2001, before winning the more prestigious Champions League four years later.
Football’s Sparta Prague drew 1:1 with CSKA Moscow in their final Europa League group stage game on Wednesday night. The Russians opened the scoring through Alan Dzagoev, before Václav Kadlec equalised for the Czech champions. CSKA had already come first in the four-team group with points to spare, while Sparta’s hold on second place was unassailable.
The Czech first division football club Brno has not had a good season so far. After a series of humiliating defeats, which have left Brno second from bottom going into the winter break, the patience of the club’s owner is at an end. He has taken the extraordinary step of asking both players and the team’s manager to undergo voluntary lie detector tests.
Sparta Prague host CSKA Moscow in their final Europa League group stage game on Wednesday night. The Russians have already come first in the four-team group with points to spare, while Sparta’s hold on second place is unassailable, meaning the match is something of a dead rubber. However, CSKA coach Leonid Slutski said he expected the Czech champions to put on a show for their home fans in what is their last game of 2010.
The management of Brno football club have announced that they are introducing lie detector tests for their own players in a bid to ascertain whether they have deliberately tried to fix the result of games. A club official said the move was nothing sinister, and would prevent rumours that their players were guilty of match-fixing. A clause in the contracts of new signings commits them to undergoing polygraph tests twice a season. The Moravian club, who lie second from bottom of the Czech first division, have also fined players who performed poorly in the first half of the season.
The former Czech football international Marek Jankulovski says it is extremely likely that he will return to his hometown club Baník Ostrava when his contract at Italian giants AC Milan runs out at the end of the season. In an interview with the newspaper Sport, Jankulovski, who is 33, said he wants to return to Ostrava with his family, despite offers from clubs in Europe and the USA. The left-back and midfielder won the Champions League with Milan in 2007, but has not figured in their team this season. He played 78 times for the Czech Republic, scoring 11 goals.
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