The tributes have flowed in from across the European footballing world after the shock news that former Czech and Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srníček died on Tuesday at the age of 47. Srníček was capped for his country 49 times from the mid 1990s to 2002 but was best known for his role between the posts for his beloved Newcastle United.
Pavel Srníček, the former Newcastle keeper who also played for the Czech national football team and had 49 caps for his country, has died at the age of 47. Srníček had been in an induced coma after suffering cardiac arrest while jogging on December 20. His agent confirmed on Monday that final tests had shown irreversible brain damage and the decision was taken to switch off life support. Former teammates have tweeted condolences and expressed sadness and shock. Most recently, Srníček was goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague. His autobiography 'Pavel is a Geordie' was released only a few days ago.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech broke the record for clean sheets in the Premier League with his club’s 2:0 win on Monday over Bournemouth. The keeper earned 270 clean sheets in 352 Premier League appearances – one ahead of David James who had 169 in 572. The goalie was congratulated by fellow teammates but also former club Chelsea, where he played 11 seasons.
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.
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