The retired soccer star Pavel Nedvěd may return to the Italian club Juventus as a youth coach, Tuttosport reported. Nedvěd’s agent was quoted by the Italian newspaper as saying the Czech’s return to Juve had been made possible by the appointment of Andrea Agnelli as club president. Agnelli, with whom Nedvěd enjoys close personal ties, takes over on Monday. The former midfielder spent eight years at the Italian giant before retiring last year at the age of 36. In 2003 he became only the second Czech to win the European Footballer of the Year award.
A week of activities aimed at promoting the Czech Republic has got underway in New York. Among the events due to take place are a presentation of the Czech Republic as a destination for tourism, a seminar for potential investors, and a show featuring the work of around a dozen fashion designers. The centre of activities is the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Members of the Czech international soccer team will be among the guests at a gathering there next Saturday; the players are in America for friendly games against the US and Turkey.
The Czech soccer player Tomáš Ujfaluši has won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid, after the Spanish club overcame England’s Fulham 2:1 in the final on Wednesday night. The defender becomes the seventh Czech player to take a winner’s medal in the competition, which was previously known as the UEFA Cup. Ujfaluši, who is 32, made 78 appearances for the Czech Republic and captained the national team.
A testimonial game for the Czech soccer player Vladimír Šmicer is being held at Prague’s Eden stadium on Tuesday. A Slavia 11 will take on a Sparta 11 in the charity match, which takes place six months after the midfielder retired at the age of 36. Šmicer, who began and ended his career at Slavia, won a Champions League medal with Liverpool in 2005 and played 81 times for the Czech national team.
In Sports News: the Czechs win their opening game at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany; Kenyan Eliud Kiptanui comes first at the 16th Annual Prague International Marathon; Čech’s Chelsea demolish Wigan to capture the Premier League title; Bohemians 1905 fans see their team’s final match at Ďolíček stadium - but post-game violence leads to 17 arrests; Sparta look likely to clinch league title.
Police detained 17 people during street clashes between football fans in Prague late on Saturday night. The street violence erupted shortly after a match between Slavia and Bohemians 1905. Emotions ran high also due to the fact that this was the last match at the Doliček stadium for the Prague soccer club Bohemians. Due to the stadium’s poor state the club will have to share the nearby modern Eden stadium with Slavia Prague, a solution that most fans oppose. Drunk fans smashed the windows of the Vršovice town hall and altogether cause damage to public property worth 250 thousand crowns. Of the 17 detained two may face charges of assaulting a public official.
The song Růže mezi trny, or Rose among Thorns, by the star singer-songwriter Jaromír Nohavica, is a tribute to female football referee Dagmar Damková. On Sunday, she refereed one of the highlights of the season, a game between title contenders Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague. The match ended in a 1:1 draw, but for many, including big Ostrava fan Jaromír Nohavica, she was the obvious winner for her smooth handling of the heated game. Radio Prague spoke to Dagmar Damková and asked her how she liked the song.
Police in the north Moravian city of Ostrava have charged four soccer fans with violent behavior, 119 were given a misdemeanor charge. Over 300 fans were arrested before the Sparta Prague soccer game on Sunday evening. The arrests were made after Sparta supporters made physical and verbal attacks on officers on their way to a match against Baník Ostrava. There have been tensions between the fans of both clubs for many years. After several hours, 200 of those detained on Sunday were let go and returned to Prague by train. The game ended 1:1, leaving Sparta and Baník tied on points with only three rounds of the Czech league to go; Sparta are top as they have a superior goal difference.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come second in Sweden’s LG Hockey Games – decent performances by less well players will please coach Vladimír Růžička, after 25 NHL players declare themselves unavailable for the imminent World Championship; with Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague playing out a 1:1 draw, only two points separate the top four teams in the Czech soccer league with three games to go; Iveta Benešová wins the second WTA title of her career; and pole vaulter Kateřina Baďurová retires at 27.
The Czech international football goalkeeper Petr Čech is among the richest young sportspeople in the United Kingdom and Ireland, according to a rich list published by the Sunday Times. Čech was rated as the eighth richest sportsperson under the age of 30, with an estimated fortune of GBP 13 million. The goalkeeper, who turns 28 later this month, took a step closer to winning a third English Premier League title on Sunday when his club Chelsea beat Liverpool. He has 72 international caps.
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