A row has broken out at the top of Czech football with the head of the
reigning champions, Slavia Prague, warning that it will refuse to allow
players to be released to play for the national team.
The warning has come from Slavia head Jaroslav Tvrdík, who said he was disgusted by the attacks on national manager, Karel Jarolím, by the deputy chairman of the football association, Roman Berbr.
Jarolím was confirmed in his position on Tuesday in spite of the Czech failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Berbr, according to the news site Aktualne.cz, has continued his attacks on the manager and said that the only reason he has not been sacked is that the contract is difficult to terminate.
The Czech Republic’s national football team eked out a 2-1 win over
Azerbaijan on Thursday in World Cup qualifying.
Neither squad had any hope left of qualifying for the tournament in
Russia, with the two top spots in the group already sewn up by Germany and
Northern Ireland; but a third-place finish in the group would leave the
squad better positioned in the draw for Euro 2020.
On Thursday, the Czech Republic got goals from Kopic and Barák.
Czech top football league leaders, Viktoria Plzeň, turned around their
home match against Bohemians 1905 to win 2:1.
The ninth win in a row equals the start of the season winning run of Sparta Prague in 2011.
Plzeň’s win gives them a 10 point lead over second placed Olomouc, who were due to play later on Sunday.
In football, Sparta Prague drew in a goalless match against Dukla Prague.
It is the fourth time in a row that Sparta have failed to win away this season and further distances the club from the league leaders. Sparta’s Jan Holenda came closest to opening the score when he hit the post.
Sparta are in fourth position in the league with 15 points, nine adrift of leaders Viktoria Plzeň who play on Sunday.
The Czech national soccer team manager, Karel Jarolím, has called up only
one uncapped player, Olomouc’s Šimon Falta, for two World Cup qualifiers
against Azerbaijan and San Marino. The midfielder, who is 24, has scored
three goals and made one assist for his club this season.
The Czechs final World Cup qualifiers games, in Baku on October 5 and in San Marino three days later, will be of little consequence as Jarolím’s men are already out of the running for Russia 2018.
Prestigious French magazine L'Equipe has ranked 21-year-old Czech
striker Patrik Schick 20th in the world in its list of top 50 football
players up to age of 21.
The top spot went to Marco Asensio of Real Madrid.
Schick is on loan to Roma who will buy him by the end of one year from Sampdoria for an estimated 42 million euros. Last season, he scored 11 goals in the top flight.