A deal paving the way for a clash between Czech-Slovak football clubs at the end of this season is ready to be signed, the head of the Czech Football Association Miroslav Pelta announced on Wednesday. The clash should take place at the end of the season between the cup winning clubs from each country. Pelta said full details would be unveiled in May. Associations in both countries have been seeking ways of boosting their cooperation sundered with the split of former Czechoslovakia in 1993.
London football club Arsenal got back on winning form after four winless matches, taking all three points against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday. The Gunners got goals from Özil and Oxlade-Chamberlain while goalkeeper Petr Čech made several key saves late in the match to retain the clean-sheet, his twelfth with Arsenal this season. The final score was 2:0. The result puts the Gunners within three points of league leaders Leicester. The two clubs face each other next weekend in a match which could go a long way in deciding who wins the title this year.
In football, Czech captain and Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický has reportedly torn his thigh muscle and looks like he will be out for the rest of the season. The player was injured at the weekend in a FA CUP encounter with Burnley. An update on his condition was given by the English daily, the Sun. For Czech supporters the news puts a big question mark over Rosický’s participation in the European Championships starting in June.
According to reports, including by iDnes and the Daily Mail, Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický suffered a leg muscle injury after playing on for his club in the final 20 minutes of the fourth round of the FA Cup. The match against Burnley (which Arsenal won 2:1) marked the first time Rosický played this season, after being sidelined eight months due to injury and having undergone knee surgery in August. According to the Daily Mail, he could be out for an additional four weeks; other sites reported he could be out of action for six.
Czech midfielder Tomáš Rosický came on in the 71st minute to replace Alex Iwobi in Arsenal's FA Cup fourth round match-up against Burnely. It is the first time this season that Rosický has played for his team; he was out of action for some eight months and underwent knee surgery last August. In the 84th minute, Rosický helped create an opportunity for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the latter shot high. Goalkeeper Petr Čech did not play; David Ospina had goalkeeping duties on Saturday. Arsenal won the match 2:1
In football, leading top league Czech football club Viktoria Plzeň has prolonged the contract of current manager Karel Krejčí until the end of June 2018. The current deal was due to expire at the end of this season. Krejčí took over in August last year when the West Bohemian club exited the qualifying round for the Champions League. At the mid-point in the season, Viktoria are currently top of the local league with a three point lead over nearest rivals, Sparta Prague.
Czech-based betting company Synot announced Thursday that it is ending its sponsorship of the top Czech football league. It will also terminates its sponsorship of first league clubs Sparta Prague, Jablonec, and the Nymburk basketball club as well as its wider support for the Czech Sporting Union. Synot said its move was prompted by changes in betting legislation which will cost it hundreds of millions of crowns. It would not be possible to support its Czech activities with earnings from foreign operations it added. Synot said it would continue supporting sport in other countries which provided a n environment for activities to prosper.
In football, Sparta Prague lost 3:1 in a friendly against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night. The Prague team drew level at shortly after half time with David Lafata finding the net but then conceded two more goals in the second half. The high profile match was the first appearance for new signing, striker Josef Šural, recently acquired from Liberec. Second in the German Bundesliga, Dortmund were preparing for the start of the new German season on Saturday.