In Sports News this Monday: Title contenders need to work hard for victories and Boleslav’s Chramosta scores his first hat-trick as new Czech football season begins; Plzeň and Sparta gear up for away Champions League qualifiers; and Olympic javelin champion Špotáková says Olympics without Russian athletes “incomplete”.
The reigning Czech football league champions Viktoria Plzeň have got off to a wining start to the 2016/2017 season, beating Jilhava 2:1 away. The title-holders came from behind to draw level before Jan Kopic earned them all three points with a fine strike. Plzeň on Tuesday visit Quarabag of Azerbaijan for the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie. The first leg ended 0:0.
Austrian club Admira drew first blood against Slovan Liberec on Thursday
evening in their third round qualifying match for the Europa League but the
Czech club got two goals from Vuch to win 2-1. The second leg against
Admira will be on August 3.
In other qualifying matches, Macedonia’s Shkëndija defeated Mladá Boleslav 2-0, while Slavia Prague drew with Portuguese club Rio Ave.
Czech football title-holders Viktoria Plzeň could only manage a 0:0 home draw with Quarabag of Azerbaijan in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie on Tuesday night. A score draw or win in next week’s return leg would see Plzeň through to the final qualifying round for the prestigious competition. Sparta Prague, meanwhile, drew 1:1 at home with Romanian side Steaua Bucharest at the same stage of qualification.
Czech football title-holders Viktoria Plzeň are preparing to face Quarabag of Azerbaijan in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie on Tuesday night. If they overcome Quarabag over two legs, Plzeň will be one round away from returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2013. Sparta Prague, who last reached Europe’s elite club competition in 2005, welcome Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday at the same stage of qualification.
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.
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