Zlín have lost for the first time this season in Czech soccer’s top flight. The club’s unexpected positive start to their 2016–2017 campaign earned comparisons in the media with Leicester City, who stunned the football world by winning the English Premier League last season. However, Zlín’s 10-game unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday night when they went down 2:0 to Teplice. Zlín avoided relegation last season by just three points and play at a 6,000-capacity stadium.
The Czech Republic drew 0:0 with Azerbaijan in Ostrava on Tuesday night in a qualifier for the football World Cup in Russia in 2018. Coach Karel Jarolím made seven changes from the team that lost 3:0 to Germany at the weekend but the move brought no improvement up front. The Czechs have not scored any goals in three World Cup qualifiers and with only two points to date are second from bottom in their group.
The Czech national soccer team are preparing for a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Ostrava on Tuesday night. The Czechs have only one point from the first two games in their campaign to reach Russia in two years’ time and coach Karel Jarolím says he believes his players will not allow the gap between them and group leaders Germany and Azerbaijan – both of whom are on six points – to widen.
In football, the Czech Republic was brushed aside 0:3 in a confident performance by Germany in their World Cup group qualification match in Hamburg on Saturday night. There were a brace of goals from Thomas Muller and one from Toni Kroos. The German team outclassed the Czechs, who lacked possession for large parts of the match, and often looked as though they could easily increase the margin. Czech manager Karel Jarolím’s squad, still to find the net in the campaign so far, face Azerbaijan at home on Tuesday.
The Czech Under-21 football team has booked its place for the European Championships being hosted by Poland next year. The Czechs beat Moldova 4:1 at home on Friday night. Their place in the finals was secured after Belgium lost 3:0 against Montenegro. That means that while other teams have games in hand the Czechs cannot be overtaken. Czech prospects had been dented after a defeat last month against Belgium.
In football, Czech and Sparta Prague midfielder Martin Frýdek has suffered a knee injury during training with the national squad which now threatens to leave him sidelined for the rest of the season. The injury was sustained Tuesday with the latest update and prospects on him playing delivered on Friday. The 24-year-old already underwent an operation on Wednesday. Frýdek’s injury increases the ranks of sidelined Sparta players which already includes Ondřej Zahustel, Josef Šural, Costa, Lukáš Vácha and Tomáš Rosický.
The Czech national football team face Germany at Hamburg in their second world cup group C qualifier on Saturday night. Czech trainer Karel Jarolím has urged his players before the match to tighten up their performance in defence against the potent German attack. But he has also warned them not to be too much in awe of their opponents and make the most of any attacking opportunities offered. The last Czech-German confrontation on German soil two years ago resulted in a surprise 3:0 win for the visitors. The Czechs drew their qualification group opener against Northern Ireland without finding the net. Germany are the reigning world champions.
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