Czech football champions Viktoria Plzeň beat Armenia’s Pyunik Yerevan 4:0 on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League’s second qualifying round. Plzeň arrived in the Armenian capital will little knowledge of their opponents, but Pyunik put up no major resistance. Plzeň went ahead early in the game with a header by Milan Bakoš, and the Czechs were leading 3:0 at half time after Pavel Horvath and Milan Bakoš converted penalty kicks. Daniel Kolář then set the final score in the 73rd minute. The second leg is scheduled in Plzeň for July 19.
In Sports News this week: Roman Kreuziger’s outlooks in Tour de France uncertain; in superbikes, bad luck streak continues for Jakub Smrž at the world Superbike championship event in Brno; Czech football champions Viktoria Plzeň begin their bid to reach Champions League; and Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová receives a queen’s welcome in her home town.
The Czech Republic’s national football team dropped by four positions to the 36th place of the latest FIFA ranking, second worst position in history, due to the Czech team’s poor showing at a tournament in Japan earlier this month where the Czechs played two goalless games. The team now ranks 23rd among European nations; that means they will be seeded in the third pot at the draw of the 2014 World Cup qualification in July, with little chances of avoiding the strongest teams.
The former head of the Czech football association, František Chvalovský, has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted of credit fraud. Mr Chvalovský was once a major figure in Czech football, but has spent the last 10 years trying – so far unsuccessfully – to defend himself from fraud charges.
A Prague court has sentenced the former president of the Czech Football Association František Chvalovský to 10 years in jail for extensive fraud that allegedly stripped Komerční banka of 1.5 billion crowns. Chvalovský, who was also a functionary and sponsor of the Chmel Blšany team, and four managers of the Satrapa and Českomoravská agrarni spolecnost companies are suspected of having used the money Komerčni banka lent them for the repayment of previous debts, not for the purchase of farm produce as agreed on with the bank. The four accomplices also received unconditional sentences. Chvalovský can appeal the verdict.
Czech tennis players Kvitová, Berdych breeze through first three rounds at Wimbledon but Cetkovaská crushed by Lisicki in 4th; the Czech U21 and U17 football teams suffer defeats at the European and World championships; the national inline hockey team edges the US by a score of 3:2 in the final of the World Championships; hockey goalie Ondřej Pavelec is now a Winnipeg Jet.
The chairman of the Czech Football Association, Ivan Hašek, announced on Sunday that he was leaving his post in favor of resuming a career in coaching. The resignation of the man who has sometimes been dubbed “the savior of Czech football” two years into his four-year contract was met with consternation and disappointment by members of the football association and the public alike. Samuel Beckwith, the blogger behind the Czech Football Daily, speaks about the implications of Mr. Hašek’s resignation, what it means for the future of soccer in this
Ivan Hašek on Sunday stepped down as the head of the Czech football
association, halfway through his four-year term. In a surprising move, Mr
Hašek told the delegates of the FA’s general assembly in Prague he
considered his mission to be completed, and that he would return as head
coach to the Al Ahli football club in the United Arab Emirates. Mr Hašek
was elected the head of the Czech FA two years ago amidst hopes he would
clear the football-governing body of corruption allegations. The
association will elect its new head within three months' time.
At its general assembly in Prague on Sunday, the association also formally changed its name. Its new official name is the Football Association of the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s under-17 national football team lost 2:1 to Uzbekistan at the world championships in Mexico on Saturday, and was knocked out of the tournament. The Czech went ahead in the 23rd minute when Lukáš Juliš converted a penalty. But the Uzbeks equalized one minute before halftime and in the 73rd minute, the Czech defence allowed the Uzbeks an easy winning goal. The Czechs, who only scored two goals at the tournament, finished last in their group, after beating New Zealand and losing to the United States and Uzbekistan.
The Czech Republic’s under-21 men’s national football team lost 0:1 to Belarus on Saturday in the bronze medal game at the European Championships in Denmark. The Czechs showed a poor performance in the match against their weakest opponent at the tournament, and conceded the decisive goal two minutes before the end of the regular game time. Besides bronze medals, the Czech team also lost an opportunity to qualify for the football tournament of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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