In football, Slavia Prague has progressed to the next qualifying round of the Europa League with a 2:0 win at home on Thursday night against Levadia Tallinn. The goals were scored by new Dutch signing Gino Van Kessel and Milan Škoda. The win meant Slavia proceeded on away goals after a 1:3 defeat in the first leg.
The Czech Football Association has named Karel Jarolím as the new manager of the national football team. The association’s chairman Miroslav Pelta said they had agreed a two year contract with Jarolím, the current manager of Mladá Boleslav, with an option for a further two year extension. Jarolím replaces Pavel Vrba who has signed with a Russian league club following the Czech team’s poor showing at the European Championships in France.
Chelsea football club have again loaned out the defender Tomáš Kalas. The 23-year-old from Olomouc, who has three international caps, will spend next season at English Championship club Fulham after last term helping Middlesbrough win promotion from the same competition. Since signing for Chelsea six years ago the Czech has been out on loan almost all the time.
Footballer Milan Baroš is set to leave Mladá Boleslav for Slovan Liberec in one of the biggest domestic transfers so far this summer, the news website Lidovky.cz reported on Tuesday. Baroš, who is 34, was not a regular starter for Mladá Boleslav last season. The striker scored 41 goals for the Czech national team in 93 appearances and won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.
Former international Jan Koller has criticised the performances of the Czech Republic at football’s Euro 2016, where they picked up only one point in three group games. The country’s record goal-scorer told the newspaper Sport that Pavel Vrba’s team had looked scared, treated opponents Spain and Croatia like unplayable supermen and produced “very destructive football”. Koller said he had previously refrained from speaking negatively about Czech teams but this time he had to be critical of one of the worst sides in the tournament.
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.
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