In Sports News: Viktoria Plzeň are an unprecedented 12 points clear in the Czech league with only 12 games played; stuttering Sparta Prague need to get to grips with their problems, says defender Brabec after a home defeat to Teplice; Baroš scores two before exiting the pitch in pain on his return for Galatasaray; and Czech goaltenders Vokoun and Neuwirth enjoy positive starts to the NHL season.
In football, Gambrinus liga leaders Plzeň beat Brno 4:1 on Sunday, and secured their position at the top of the chart, 12 points ahead of title holders Sparta Prague. In Friday’s game, Sparta lost to third Teplice 0:2 at home; on Wednesday, Sparta will face Lausanne in another game of Europa League’s Group F. In other games of the top Czech division, Mladá Boleslav tied 0:0 with Hradec Králové and remain fourth; Prague-based Bohemians 1905 beat Liberec 3:1 on Saturday, and moved up to ninth place of the leach chart.
Sponsors of the Czech national football team have objected to the team’s away games only broadcast on cable with a small number of subscribers, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Friday. Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier between Lichtenstein and the Czech Republic was only broadcast on Sport1, a cable channel with around 100,000 subscribers. The same station will broadcast a match in Scotland next year, while an away game against Spain will most likely not be shown at all. The Česká spořitelna bank and T-Mobile said they would prefer the games be screened on channels with nation-wide coverage.
Meanwhile, the Czech Under 21 side have qualified for their age level’s European Championship. After beating Greece 3:0 at home in a play-off game the youngsters won 2:0 away on Tuesday to secure a 5:0 victory on aggregate. The Under 21 European Championship takes place in Denmark in June. A draw for four-team groups in the eight-nation tournament will be held next month.
The Czech Republic’s footballers eased to a 2:0 away victory over tiny Liechtenstein on Tuesday night, notching up their second win in Euro 2012 qualifiers in five days. Tomáš Necid found the net for the visitors after 12 minutes, before 18-year-old debutant Václav Kadlec added a second just before the half hour mark, becoming the youngest player ever to score for the Czech Republic. The Czechs are now second in Group I behind Spain, who they visit in their next European Championship qualifier in March.
The Czech national football team secured a comfortable win over Liechtenstein on Tuesday to keep its campaign for the European Championship, to be held in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, on track. The win saw goals from up-and-coming talent; nevertheless, some on the team are ruing the fact that the Czechs could have even been further ahead in their group.
The Czech international Petr Čech is the third best soccer goalkeeper of the last ten years, according to the International Federation of Football Historians and Statistics. The 28-year-old, who plays for English club Chelsea, figures behind Italy’s Gianlugi Buffon and Iker Casillas of Spain in a provisional table. Though the IFFHS will not announce the goalkeeper of the decade until next year, no other keeper can leapfrog Čech under its points system.
In Sports News this Monday: Josef Váňa wins the Grand Pardubice steeplechase for the seventh time at the age of 57, though his latest triumph is not without controversy; the Czech Republic’s footballers put their campaign to reach Euro 2012 back on track with a win over Scotland in Prague; and Phoenix and Boston thrill fans as the NHL comes to the Czech capital for the second time.
Ahead of Friday’s qualifying game for the European Championship 2012 between the Czech Republic and Scotland, the manager of the Czech national football team Michal Bílek said the Czechs were under more pressure than their opponents. The Scottish team won four points out of its two games while the Czechs only played a single game, which they lost. However, Bílek said than any other result than victory would seriously hinder the Czech campaign for Euro 2012
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs enjoy their biggest success in decades at the women’s basketball world championships, finishing second – it’s a miracle, says most valuable player Hana Horáková; the Czech men’s volleyball team make the quarter-finals in their world championships in Italy; and the Czech soccer squad assemble in Prague ahead of a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland.
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