The domestic soccer first division is going to be sponsored by a Chinese company, the chairman of the Czech Football Association, Miroslav Pelta, said on Czech Television on Sunday. However, Mr. Pelta would not reveal the name of the firm, saying an official presentation would take place within two weeks. He said that thanks to President Miloš Zeman, who has cultivated ties with the world’s most populous state, companies from China have a great deal of goodwill towards the Czech Republic. The Chinese company CEFC owns Slavia Prague and is one of the biggest sponsors of the Czech national team.
In football, the Czech Republic beat Russia 2:1 in a friendly warm-up ahead of the Euro 2016 finals in France. The Czech team pulled back after conceding an early goal with captain Tomáš Rosický getting the equalizer. Tomáš Necid got a late equalizer in the 90th minute. The Czechs will now face South Korea in Prague for the last warm up match before heading off for France.
The Czech Republic’s footballers are preparing to take on Russia in their second-last warm-up game for the European Championship on Wednesday. Coach Pavel Vrba is expected to again field captain Tomáš Rosický, who on Friday made his first appearance for the national team after a prolonged absence through injury. Other players, such as full-back Michal Kadlec, are also available for selection after arriving at the Austrian training camp late due to club commitments. The Czechs will then face South Korea before playing Spain in their first game at Euro 2016 on June 13.
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.
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