In football, former Czech goalkeeper Pavel Srníček has been taken to hospital after a suspected heart failure. The ‘keeper, who played for his country in the European Championships in 1996 and 2000, was rushed to Ostrava hospital on Sunday. He is reported to be in a critical condition. The player was best known at club level for his seven years as goalkeeper for Newcastle United between 1991 and 1998. He returned for a brief spell to the English club before ending his playing career at the age of 39. Srníček has more recently been one of the goalkeeping coaches for Sparta Prague.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech has commented on his club’s draw against FC Barcelona in the final 16 of the Champions League saying playing against one of the top favourites will be a challenge. Čech listed Barcelona, with players such as Messi, Suarez, Neymar and Iniesta, as favourites alongside powerhouse Bayern Munich. But, the keeper has seen success against both clubs before: in 2012, he and his former club Chelsea defeated Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal and Bayern in the final on penalties. Arsenal and Barcelona play the first-leg at the Emirates on February 23.
Sparta Prague, the lone Czech football club still in competition in the
Europa League, has drawn Russian side Krasnodar in the round of 32.
No Czech clubs are in the final 16 of the Champions League, meanwhile, but London club Arsenal, with goalie Petr Čech, did reach the final 16; Arsenal drew FC Barcelona in the compeition which resumes in the spring.
The Czech Republic will face Spain, Turkey and Croatia in the group stage of football's European Championship in France next summer. Pavel Vrba's team take on the holders Spain in their opening game in Toulouse on June 13. They then play Croatia in St. Etienne and Turkey in Lens. The Czechs have qualified for the tournament for the sixth time in a row.
In football, in the Europa League Slovan Liberec lost 2:4 at home to Olympique Marseille at home on Thursday night. The result means the north Bohemian club ended in third place in the group and fail to progress in the competition. Sparta Prague, who had already qualified for the next stage, won 3:1 against Nicosia and Viktoria Plzeň drew 3:3 with Villareal.
In football, Czech national coach Pavel Vrba has denied rumours that he was weighing up quitting his job in the near future. Speculation about his future surfaced in the daily Sport, which said Vrba has been approached with offers from Russian clubs after the European Championships conclude in 2016. Chairman of the Czech football association Miroslav Pelta said that he hoped Vrba would stay on. He did, however reveal that a clause in Vrba’s contract could allow him to quit before the end of this current two year contract.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech and his Arsenal team have made a miraculous comeback in the Champions League. Čech kept a clean sheet in the 3:0 win over Olympiakos Pireus which ensured the London club’s qualification for the next round of the competition. Arsenal needed to win the game with at least a two goal margin over their rivals for the second spot in the group. Arsenal’s progression in the competition looked almost impossible at one stage after a disastrous debut in the group games.
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