The head of the Czech FA Miroslav Pelta has indicated that he would like football manager Karel Jarolím to take up the post of national team coach following the departure of Pavel Vrba. Jarolím currently manages Mladá Boleslav. The FA head said that Jarolím was the only coach he had spoken with so far and that the manager had also expressed an interest. In past seasons under the coach, Mladá Boleslav finished third and fourth twice.
Goalkeeper Petr Čech, who plays for London club Arsenal, announced his retirement from international football for his country on Friday. The 34-year-old made the announcement at a press conference and called his decision final. Čech played for the national squad for some 14 years and had 124 caps. He was named goalkeeper of the tournament at Euro 2004, where the Czech Republic reached the semi-final but were knocked out in extra time by a silver goal from Greece.
In football, Sparta Prague midfielder Ladislav Krejčí is close to signing for Italian top league team Bologna, according to Sky Sport Italia. The broadcaster said Krejčí is currently undergoing a medical with a 108 million crown price tag for his transfer agreed. Italy would be the first foreign engagement for the player who has been part of Sparta’s first team since 2010. Last season, Bologna finished four points above the relegation zone in Serie A.
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.
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