News server Aktualne.cz has reported on the first prison sentence in the world of Czech football, describing it as a landmark decision. The sentence was handed out by a Strakonice court to former Dukla Prague player Michal Kánik on Wednesday for bribing players and referees to fix results in top Czech and even junior matches so that sure bets could be placed on them. Kánik said after the sentence that he would appeal to the regional court. Kánik was last year also given a conditional sentence for his part in a 1.0 million crown tax fraud when he held a post at the local Strakonice football club.
Czech football league champions Viktoria Plzeň have called a press conference Thursday in which they are expected to unveil Roman Pivarník as the club’s new manager. Czech media reports say Plzeň have agreed terms with Pivarník’s current club, Bohemians 1905, for him the end his contract early. The league champions were forced to seek a new manager after Karel Krejčí stepped down in a surprise move last week. He said he wanted to focus on working as assistant manager of the national squad. Pivarník previously managed Sigma Olomouc and Jihlava.
In Sports News this Monday: Footballers assemble for training camp before Euro 2016 – Vrba looks forward to rare period of prolonged training; champions Plzeň to replace boss Krejčí with Pivarník; Hradec Králové and Karviná win promotion; Czech swimmers leave London empty-handed; and Šafářová and Kvitová advance to second round at Roland Garros.
Karviná football club has secured its return to the top Czech football league. A 2:0 victory against Pardubice means that third placed Znojmo can no longer leapfrog Karviná for the second place promotion spot. Hradec Králové already secured promotion to the top league last week after spending a season in the second division. Karviná was last in Czech football’s top flight 17 years ago.
Three players’ names have been struck from a provisional squad named just one day earlier for the upcoming Euro 2016 championships. Defender Ondřej Zahustel, midfielder Jan Kovařík and striker Matěj Vrba, it was revealed, will not be taking part. The provisional list is now 25 names long. The final tally – 23 – must be finalized with UEFA by May 31. The team’s coach Pavel Vrba told an internet website that the decision not to take the striker had not been easy. Currently named in the squad are three goalkeepers, eight defenders, 10 midfielders and four strikers.
Czech football manager Pavel Vrba has named a broad squad of 28 players for the Euro 2016 championships in France starting June 10. Vrba said he had most problems selecting strikers. Bohemians 1905’s Patrik Schick is one four attackers named. Tomáš Rosický makes it into the squad in spite of recent injuries. Vrba will have to whittle the players down to 23 by the end of the month when he must notify UEFA of his final choice of players.
With less than a month to go before talk turns from hockey to football, at least for most of the male Czech and European population, Czech national trainer Pavel Vrba has revealed the broad squad of players he is counting on for the European Championships. While the Czechs sailed through their qualifications for the finals in France, Vrba has had a lot of selection headaches to resolve.
In football, Mladá Boleslav has won the top Czech cup trophy of the season, the MOL Cup, after beating fellow north Bohemian club Jablonec on Wednesday night. The first goal was scored in the 71st minute with Mladá Boleslav building on the lead soon after. The victory is also good news for Prague club Slavia as a place will now be freed up for it to compete in the Europa League next season, a return to the European scene after a seven year gap.
Czech and Arsenal footballer Petr Čech is the outright winner of the Golden Glove award, the prize for the English Premier League goalkeeper with the most clean sheets over the season. The prize goes to Čech after his rival to share the prize, Manchester United’s David de Gea, conceded a goal in the dying seconds of the ‘Reds’ last game of the season against Bournemouth on Tuesday night. Čech had a tally of 16 clean sheets for the season.
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