In Sports News this Monday: Veselý and Berdych to square off in Wimbledon fourth round; meanwhile, Lucie Šafářová is last Czech remaining in the women’s singles competition; Pavel Vrba quits as head of Czech football team after a poor Euro 2016 showing; and cyclist Jaroslav Kulhavý scores second place at the elite Mountain Bike World Championships
In football, the Czech national manager Pavel Vrba has stepped down from his post, after signing a deal with the Russian club Makhachkala. The 52-year-old former Plzeň coach took up the post of the Czech national trainer on January 1, 2014. His squad qualified for the finals of the Euro 2016 Championship, but finished early with just one point from a draw with Croatia in the group stage. Makhachkala was 12th in the Russia league last season. It is not yet clear who will replace Vrba in the post. Mladá Boleslav coach Karel Jarolím or the current head of the Bohemian and Moravian Football Federation and former player Ivan Hašek have been mentioned as possible successors.
In football, the future of Czech national manager Pavel Vrba is in the balance. The web pages of the football association reported Monday that it has been approached by officials of the Russian club Makhachkala. The club is interested in the possibility of using an escape clause in Vrba’s current contract and has been cleared to start preliminary talks. Vrba’s Czech squad finished early in the Euro 2016 championships with just one point from a draw with Croatia in the group stage. Makhachkala was 12th in the Russia league last season.
The Czech Republic’s footballers have been packing their bags after a hugely disappointing European Championship in France. Pavel Vrba’s men exited the competition on Tuesday night following a 2:0 defeat to Turkey left them with just one point from three group games. Where did it all go wrong for the Czechs at the Euros? And what does the future hold for the team’s manager? I put those questions to soccer journalist Michal Petrák on the line from France.
The Czech Republic have been knocked out of football’s European Championship in France. With one point from two games going into their final group match with Turkey, the Czechs needed a win to keep their hopes of progress to the knockout stage alive. However, they lost 2:0 after conceding one goal in each half and failing to reply. Manager Pavel Vrba said he saw no reason why he should step down after the country’s poor showing at Euro 2016. Jaroslav Plašil and David Lafata have announced their international retirements and there is speculation that Petr Čech and Tomáš Rosický have also played their final games for the national side.
The Czech national football squad knew coming into their opening match at Euro 2016 they were facing a powerhouse and an uphill battle: Spain, two-time defending champions and one of the best sides in Europe. The pressure was intense throughout; even so the Czechs remained in it until the dying minutes.
In football, the Czech Republic lost 1:O to Spain in the opening match of the Euro 2016 competition. The goal was scored by Pique in the 87th minute after intense pressure. The Czechs had a chance to equalize in the closing minutes with a shot from Vladimír Darida. Czech manager Pavel Vrba had named the Czech team he is seeking to field against Spain in the Euro 2016 group match on Monday afternoon. The names contain few surprises apart from the fact that Tomáš Necid is preferred as striker to start the game in preference to David Lafata. Necid performed well in the second half of the pre-tournament warm up game against Russia, setting up one goal for Tomáš Rosický and scoring himself in the closing minutes.
This Friday sees the much-awaited start of Euro 2016 in France. Twenty-four national teams will try and advance in the tournament and one, on July 10th, will be crowned European Champion. Tipped as possible favourites are the hosts but also Germany and the defending European champions Spain; that doesn’t mean there can’t be upsets - in the past, underdogs in the competition have also surprised.
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