Monday, October 3, marks the 90th anniversary of Europe’s first live coverage of a sporting event: a football match between Slavia Prague and Hungaria Budapest in 1926. Radiožurnál’s Josef Laufer, who went on to become a broadcasting legend, provided live commentary of the match, a stroke of luck for the reporter after the original candidate to call the match failed to show up. Radiožurnál edged the BBC by several months in its live broadcast of a sporting event, Czech Radio said.
Goalkeeper Petr Čech kept a clean sheet and fellow player Laurent Koscielny scored in the dying seconds for Arsenal against Burnley at the weekend in the Premiere League to clinch all three points. The match marked Arsene Wenger’s 20th anniversary as Arsenal coach. Although the Gunners dominated in possession, Burnley were not without chances: Johann Berg Gudmundson forced Čech into a full-length stop with a header; the match remained even until virtually the last play of the game.
Czech football club Sparta Prague stunned visitors Inter Milan in their Europa League group stage match at Letná on Thursday night, getting two goals from Václav Kadlec in the first half. Inter got a goal back in the final 19 minutes but Holek headed in a third goal after the Italian side’s Ranocchia was sent off. Sparta now have three points from two games in Group K, putting them in third spot.
Football club Sparta Prague face Inter Milan in their second Europa League group stage match on Thursday led by David Holoubek, the 36-year-old assistant trainer who has taken over in the interim on the bench after Zdeněk Sčasný was let go on Sunday following the club's 2:0 loss to cross-town rivals Slavia. Sparta has not won in four matches. In their Europa League group stage opener, Sparta lost 3-0 against Southampton. Thursday's match takes place in Prague.
The Czech football manager Karel Jarolím has picked 20-year-old Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against German and Azerbaijan. Schick has made just one appearance for the senior international side. Meanwhile midfielder Milan Petržela and centre back Tomáš Sivok have returned to the Czech squad. The Czechs – who drew in their opening qualifier against Northern Ireland in Prague – face Germany away on October 8 and Azerbaijan at home three days later.
In football, Slavia Prague defeated their traditional rivals Sparta 2:0 in a Czech league game at the Letná stadium on Sunday. Maris Mešanovic opened the scoring in the 62nd minute, and Jaromír Zmrhal added another goal in 79th. The victory in the 286th Prague derby moves Slavia to the fifth place in the table.
Czech footballer Vladimír Darida, who plays for Hertha Berlin, is out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury requiring surgery, meaning he will miss upcoming national team qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup. In October, the Czechs face Germany in Hamburg, and Azerbaijan in Ostrava. Darida, a midfielder, is considered a key member of the national squad with 41 caps, more than any other current player (not including Tomáš Rosický who the team’s coach Karel Jarolím would like to see return).
There were mixed results for Czech clubs making their debut in the Europa League on Thursday night. Viktoria Plzeň drew 1:1 with Rome at home. Sparta Prague put in a disappointing and lackluster performance away at English club Southampton going down 0:2 and creating few chances in front of goal. Slovan Liberec drew 2:2 away at Qarabag. Jan Sýkora scored the fastest goal in Europa League history, finding the net in 10.69 seconds.
Former Arsenal and Czech midfield star Tomáš Rosický will not take part in his new club, Sparta’s Prague’s, Europa League away game at English club Southampton on Thursday night. The 35-year-old says that he needs more time to regain match fitness. Rosický came on for 20 minutes on Saturday in the Prague club’s 2:2 draw against Mladá Boleslav. Given an ecstatic reception by the home crowd, Rosický was unable to break the deadlock.
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