One-quarter of the players in Czech football’s top division are
foreigners, iRozhlas.cz reported on Tuesday. Of the 354 players who made
appearances in the autumn part of the season, 90 were not from the Czech
Republic, the news site said.
While Slovaks, as is traditional, account for a large number of them, footballers from Eastern European and African states are also making their mark. Foreigners have been the top scorers at half of the top flight’s 16 clubs so far this season.
Viktoria Plzeň can look forward to European football in the New Year after securing third spot in their Champions League group to earn a place in the Europa League. It is the fifth time coach Pavel Vrba has steered Plzeň to the spring phase of Europe’s second-tier competition – an impressive feat for a club of the West Bohemians’ stature.
Viktoria Plzeň have boosted their chances of coming third in their group
in football’s Champions League after a 2:1 away win over CSKA Moscow on
Tuesday evening. The Czech side went behind in Moscow before overturning
the deficit with goals from Roman Procházka, who had earlier missed a
penalty, and Lukáš Hejda.
With the two qualifying positions in the group won by Real Madrid and Roma, Plzeň are vying with CSKA for third spot and a place in the Europa League after Christmas. With both on equal points, Plzeň welcome Roma on the final match day in a fortnight while CSKA visit Real.
Sevilla have gone top of the Spanish football league after their Czech
goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík kept a clean sheet in a 1:0 win over Valladolid
on Sunday. It was the fourth time Vaclík had managed to shut out all of
the opposition’s chances this season. The 29-year-old joined Sevilla from
Swiss side Basel in the summer.
Sevilla moved one point clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after the Catalan side played out a 1:1 draw with third-placed Atletico Madrid.
The Czech Republic have avoided relegation from the second level of
European football’s Nations League after a 1:0 win over Slovakia in
Prague on Monday night. The only goal of the game came from Roma striker
The hosts had needed just one point to avoid going down to League C in the new competition and Slovakia were in the end relegated from a group that had already been won by Ukraine.
The result was the third victory in four games in charge for the Czech Republic’s recently appointed manager, Jaroslav Šilhavý.
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