In football, former national captain and Arsenal midfield star, Tomáš Rosický, played in front of his home fans for the first time at Sparta Prague on Saturday. Rosický was brought off the substitutes bench on the 72nd minute to loud applause from the around 14,000 fans. But Rosický, who last played for Sparta 16 years ago, was unable to make the difference in a disappointing home performance against Mladá Boleslav with the final score 2:2. Sparta now trail the surprise league leaders, Zlín by a point.
In football, new Czech manager of the national team, Karel Jarolím, has said that he sees room for improvement mainly in the finishing of his team. The Czech team completed a goalless draw in its first competitive game, a world cup qualifier, under Jarolím against Northern Ireland on Sunday. The manager pointed out in a press conference Wednesday that of the 15 shots during the game just one was on goal. Jarolím added that he counted on calling up Under-21 striker Patrik Schick to the main team and also hoped that former captain Tomáš Rosický would be willing once again to play for the national side. He said he would stay in touch with midfielder Rosický, who recently signed for Sparta Prague, with a view to his return to the national team.
In football, Slavia Prague have announced the somewhat surprising appointment of Jaroslav Šilhavý as its new manager. Šilhavý has only been the manager of Dukla Prague since May. He is best known for his managerial stint at Slovan Liberec where the club won the Czech league title. Slavia sacked previous manager Dušan Uhrin junior after a disappointing start to the season.
The Czech Republic’s opening match against Northern Ireland in the 2018 FIFA World Cup UEFA qualifying tournament ended in a 0:0 draw on Sunday, with the Czechs picking up one point. The team played an offensive game under their new coach Karel Jarolim, but were unable to break Northern Ireland’s defense. The Czechs could have gone ahead in the fourth minute when a cross found right back Pavel Kadeřábek unmarked inside the six-yard box but it was at waist height and he only managed to put the ball over the bar with his thigh. The team’s next games are against Germany, Azerbaijan and Norway.
Czech football club Viktoria Plzeň has confirmed it will play its upcoming Europa League match against Roma with its stadium partly closed – punishment by UEFA over the racist behaviour of some its fans. Incidents were registered in the club’s Champions League qualifying match against Ludogorets Razgrad on August 23. The manager of the club said it was taking a zero-tolerance approach and that it would fight without compromise against racist behaviour. The match against Roma takes place on September 15.
The Czech Republic’s national football team have won their first game under new manager Karel Jarolím, beating Armenia 3:0 in Mladá Boleslav on Wednesday evening. The goals came from Ladislav Krejčí, Václav Kadlec and Jan Kopic, while it was only the side’s second clean sheet in 26 outings. The match was a warm-up ahead of the Czech Republic’s World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins against Northern Ireland in Prague on Sunday.
The Czech national soccer team have gathered in Prague ahead of their first games under new coach Karel Jarolím. The Czechs are set to face Armenia in a friendly in Mladá Boleslav on Wednesday before taking on Northern Ireland in Prague in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Five players, including Petr Čech, retired from international football after the recent Euro 2016, at which the Czech Republic picked up just one point in three games.
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