In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar defends his world cyclo-cross tite; Tomáš Verner takes bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships; in tennis, Jiří Veselý wins the junior boys’ singles at the Australian Open, and in football, Sparta’s Ivory Coast striker Bony Wilfried joins the Dutch club Arnhem.
Czech forward Libor Kozák bagged both second-half goals as Lazio beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Saturday to keep their Serie A title hopes alive. The 21-year-old opened the scoring from the penalty spot before netted a close-range header heading home the second just four minutes later to put Lazio third in the table, above city rivals Roma who play on Sunday.
In the upcoming leg of the Euro 2112 qualification, Spain will play the Czech Republic on March 25 in the city of Granada, in the south of the country, the Spanish football association announced on Wednesday. Czech fans are entitled to 5 percent of the capacity of the stadium which seats 16,200. A secretary of the Czech football association said the quota was not sufficient, and would try to get more seats for supporters of the Czech team. The venue is where the Czech Republic’s under-21 national team lost to the hosts 2:1 in the European Championship’s knock-out stage.
The Czech Football Federation has approved the nomination of its chairman Ivan Hasek to the board of the Union of European Football Associations. The decision was announced at the end of a meeting with the Bavarian Football Association in Munich, with which a partnership agreement was reached. The nomination was sent to the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, France, and will be voted on in Paris on February 22.
In Sports News: Czech tennis players Berdych, Záhlavová off to winning start at Australian Open; Czechs suffer disappointing Dakar Rally; goalkeeper Per Čech confident Chelsea are recovering from slump; Hamrlík & Plekanec score for the Canadiens in the NHL; ski jumper Jan Matura clinches best result of career.
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.
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