The former Czech football international Pavel Nedvěd has been appointed vice president of the Italian club Juventus.The 43-year-old former midfielder was on the board of directors in Turin, having retired from playing for the club in 2009. The news were announced after Friday's shareholders'meeting at Juventus Stadium. Pavel Nedvěd spent eight years as a player in Turin and was named European player of the year in 2003. He made 91 appearances for the Czech Republic and was part of the Czech team which reached the final of the 1996 European Championships.
Goalkeeper Petr Čech will play for the first time this season in the Champions League as London club Arsenal face Bayern Munich. The match is seen as a must-win for Arsenal, who lost their first two games with David Ospina between the sticks. Čech, who recently got his sixth clean-sheet this season in the Premier League, is quoted by the Czech daily Sport as saying matches like Tuesday’s were “the reason he plays football”. In 2012, Čech won the Champions League final against Bayern with former club Chelsea.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech clinched his sixth clean sheet since the start of the new season with Arsenal, helping his side to a 3:0 win over Watford at the weekend. By the player’s own count, he is two short of tying David James’ overall record of 169 in the Premier League. Reports in September had Čech breaking the record but the goalkeeper later clarified online that four games had been mistakenly added as he had not played the full 90 minutes of those matches. Arsenal are currently in second place in the Premier League standings.
The Czech Republic have come first in their qualifying group for soccer’s Euro 2016 after a 3:2 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Tuesday night. The visitors went 2:0 up in the first 31 minutes thanks to goals from Pavel Kadeřábek and Josef Šural before Holland’s Robin van Persie scored an own goal. He and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar later found the net for the hosts but the Czechs held on for their second win over the Netherlands in a successful qualification campaign.
The Czech national football team suffered its first loss at home in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday night. Fans had hoped to celebrate the team's overall successful campaign (the Czech Republic had clinched a berth in the championship earlier). Instead, home spirits were dampened when Turkey got on the scoreboard in the second half, twice beating goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík. The first goal came on a penalty. Turkey now has a strong chance of reaching Euro 2016, while Netherland's hopes hang by a thread. The Czechs face the Dutch national squad on Tuesday.
Czech soccer club Slovan Liberec notched up a surprise away win over Olympique Marseille in a Europa League group game on Thursday night. The only goal of the game came from defender Vladimír Coufal with his first strike for Liberec after three years at the club. Sparta Prague were also in action in European club football’s second-tier competition, beating Cypriot side APOEL 2:0 in the Czech capital. Viktoria Plzeň fared less well on Thursday, losing 1:0 away to Spanish league leaders Villareal.
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