Slavia Prague football club are in talks with Spartak Moscow over a deal which could see Slavia captain Marek Suchý join the Russian side on a one-year loan deal. However, a representative of Spartak denied media reports that they would pay one million euros for the services of the 21-year-old defender for a 12-month period.
The Czech football league leaders Teplice, who have been hit by a possible outbreak of swine flu, were beaten 6:2 by Sigma Olomouc on Monday evening, in the last game of the 15th round. One Teplice player is confirmed as having the H1N1 virus while another is suspected of having the illness and others have reportedly displayed flu symptoms. The club had an appeal to postpone the game turned down by the Czech football association, who cited UEFA guidelines.
In Sports News this Monday: at least one member of the Teplice team is suffering from swine flu, but the Czech FA refuses to postpone their game Monday; Tomáš Necid nets two for CSKA in the Moscow derby against Spartak, while Jan Morávek, also 20, scores his debut goal for Schalke; and speed skater Martina Sáblíková comes close to her own world record in a spectacular 5000 m in Norway.
The new Czech football manager Michal Bílek says he understands the negative reaction after his young side were beaten 2:0 by minnows Azerbaijan in a friendly tournament in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. That followed a defeat to the hosts on Sunday. Czech newspapers have described the result against Azerbaijan as a disgrace. However, Bílek told reporters that the results were secondary and it was more important to keep trying out new players.
The Czech Republic’s national football team lost to Azerbaijan 0:2 at a tournament in Saudi Arabia on Wednsday, finishing last of four teams. The embarrassing defeat by the 125th team of the FIFA world ranking followed a Sunday’s loss to Saudi Arabia. Czechs lost both games under the new national side manager, Michal Bílek.
In Sports News this Monday: Michal Bílek loses his first game as Czech international football coach after fielding a young side against the UAE; Pavel Nedvěd will take a coaching role at Juventus, according to an Italian newspaper; and Radek Štěpánek climbs to 12th in the world rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Paris.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs come last with only one point at ice hockey’s Karjala Cup, despite taking the lead in all three of their games; javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the third time in a row; and Teplice are now three points in front in the Czech football league after a win over their nearest rivals Jablonec.
Teplice extended their lead at the top of the Czech football league on Saturday, with a 1:0 home win over second-placed Jablonec. Teplice are now three points in front of their nearest rivals, with 14 of the league’s 30 rounds played. The only goal of the game was rather curious; the ball bounced off the cross-bar and went in after hitting the fit of the Jablonec goalkeeper.
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