In football, Czech international Petr Čech and his Arsenal team kept alive their hopes of progressing past the group stage in the European Champions League on Tuesday night. Arsenal won 3:0 against Dinamo Zagreb with Čech little tested between the posts. In the same group, Bayern Munich thrashed Olympiakos Pireus 4:0. That means that Arsenal can progress to the knock-out stage if they can convincingly beat the Greek team in the last game.
In Sports News this Monday: Sparta slip off top of table after over three months after Congo’s Delarge gives Liberec 1:0 win; new leaders Plzeň and Sparta prepare for Europa League action; Sáblíková enjoying best ever start to season, says coach after her latest feats; and Synek named Czech rower of year for sixth time.
Czech football striker Václav Kadlec is set to transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt to Danish club Midtjylland in January 2016. The 23-year old Czech attacker will be joining another Czech, left back Filip Novák, who moved to the Danish club earlier this year. Midtjylland has signed a contract with Kadlec until the end of 2019 and paid some two million euro (around 54 million crowns) for the Czech player.
Qualification by Sweden and Ukraine for EURO 2016 on Tuesday means the Czech Republic finished in pot 3 for the group draw to be held in less than a month. There was a chance until the final results were posted that the Czech Republic could end up in pot 2, alongside Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Austria and Croatia. The draw will be held on December 12 in Paris.
The Czech Republic’s footballers were beaten 3:1 by Poland in a friendly game in Wroclaw on Tuesday night, with the visitors’ only goal coming from midfielder Ladislav Krejčí. The encounter between two nations who have qualified for Euro 2016 saw goalkeeper Petr Čech equal the Czech national caps record of 118 set by Karel Poborský. The 33-year-old, who made his international debut in 2002, has refused to speculate on the eventual record he may set before the end of his career.
In football, the Czech Republic beat Serbia 4:1 in a friendly on Friday night. The Czech team struggled with possession in the first half at Ostrava but nonetheless opened the scoring with captain Tomáš Sivok finding the net. In the second half, the Czechs looked more comfortable and Tomáš Necid made it two from the penalty spot. Goals followed later from substitutes Ladislav Krejči and Ondřej Zahustel.
As he closes in on the record for caps for the Czech Republic, goalkeeper Petr Čech says he doesn't dare to predict how many international appearances he will eventually make. The 33-year-old is set to equal Karel Poborský’s record of 118 appearances for the national side in one of two friendlies against Serbia and Poland due to take place in the next week; he will sit out the other game under an agreement with coach Pavel Vrba. The Arsenal player made his international debut in 2002.
The Czech national football team has unveiled a new kit for Euro 2016. The home strip is meant to evoke Czechoslovak success in 1976 in Belgrade, where the Czechs won the European Championship final on penalties against West Germany. The away kit is reminiscent of 1996, when the Czech Republic came second in the European Championship, iDnes reported.
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