In football, hopes that the Czech Under-21 team could take part in a play-off for a place in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, evaporated on Wednesday night during a dismal performance by the England team against Italy. The Czechs were hoping England would win, clearing a way for a play-off between the third place teams in the ongoing European Championships for the Olympic place. In the event, Italy won 3:1 after some naïve English defending and the Rio places will go to Germany, Portugal, Denmark, and Sweden.
The manager and players of the Czech Under-21 football team will be following Wednesday nights match between England and Italy with particular attention. Although the Czech team was knocked out of the tournament on Tuesday night, they could be in line for a play-off match for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil,if England proceed in the tournament. The play-off between the two third placed teams of the Olympic place should take place on Sunday.
Hosts the Czech Republic have been eliminated from the European Under 21 Championship in football. The “Lion Cubs” put in an impressive performance against Germany at Prague’s Eden stadium on Tuesday night, coming from behind to draw 1:1 thanks to a goal from Ladislav Krejčí. However, that result in their final group game left them third, outside the semi-final places. The Czechs may not have played their final game in the competition: If England go through to the semi-finals on Wednesday night, they will play the third team in the second group on Sunday for a place at next year’s Olympics in Rio.
Although neither club has made an official announcement yet, it appears that Arsenal’s signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech is just about a done deal. Čech played for 11 seasons with the Blues, helping the club win the Premier League title four times as well as the Champions League. But after he lost the No. 1 spot to Thibaut Courtois last season, it was only a matter of time before the 33-year-old goalkeeper moved on.
Chelsea defender and team captain John Terry has said goalkeeper Petr Čech could be worth between 12 - 15 points for Arsenal per season, if he ends up joining the London club. He made the statement in an interview for talksport.com. The media is speculating that the 33-year-old Čech will sign with the Gunners after getting the green light from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for his 11 years of service, which included helping secure a slew of titles including the Champions League. Last season Čech was bumped from the No.1 spot by Belgian Thibaut Courtois, ten years his junior. Terry told talksport that Chelsea would miss Čech, but that it was understandable that the goalkeeper wanted to play.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs keep hopes alive at U21 Euros after Kliment hat-trick delivers win over Serbia – they now face Germany with place in semi-finals at stake; Plíšková misses out on first top 10 appearance after defeat in Birmingham final; and Czech women’s basketball team to miss Olympics after exiting Euros at last-16 stage.
In football, the Czech Under 21 side trounced Serbia 4:0 to keep alive hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the European Championships being hosted in the Czech Republic. Striker Jan Kliment scored a hat-trick with two goals in the first half and a third in the 56th minute. Martin Frýdek added the final goal three minutes later. The Czech team made Serbia, who drew with Germany in the first game, look pedestrian with the Serbs never really looking like getting back in the match. The Czechs now face Germany on Tuesday night. Germany leads the group after beating Denmark 3:0.
One time Czech star striker Milan Baroš has signed a two year deal to play for the Synot league football club Mladá Boleslav. The former striker with Liverpool, Lyon, and Galatasary finished with Baník Ostrava at the end of last season. Mladá Boleslav were fourth in the leaguer last time round. Baroš is best known as top scorer in the 2004 European Championships but quickly passed through a series of clubs with his promised early talent failing to deliver and the player often criticized for his diving performances in the penalty area.
The proposed 10 million pound transfer of Czech and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech to Arsenal is close to completion, according to British newspapers. Despite the misgivings of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Petr Čech has the green light from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the club’s board to move to the rival Premiere league club, the Daily Telegraph said on Thursday. The 32-year-old Czech has been second choice ‘keeper for Chelsea after Belgian Thibaut Courtois since the start of this season. Čech is said to be keen to stay on in London and continue playing in the Champions League.
Czech Pavel Kadeřábek scored the first goal in the Under 21 European finals which kicked off in Prague on Wednesday evening. But the defender’s 35 minute strike against Denmark did not bring a win for the home side. A totally different Denmark side emerged in the second half with the previously superior Czechs under pressure. Denmark’s Jannik Vestegaard equalized in the 56 minute and substitute Pione Sisko poked in after confusion in the penalty area to take the lead in the 84th minute. In the other group game Serbia held fancied Germany to a 1:1 draw.
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