The English football club Fulham has confirmed it is looking to sign Sparta Prague striker Tomas Jun, the leading scorer in the Czech top-flight last season. The 22-year-old Czech international is believed to be valued at £2.7million. A representative for Jun told Sky Sports that discussions were still underway, with no official bid yet on the table.
In Sports News: success for Czech canoeists at the European Championships in Slovenia; Kvetoslava Peschkeova is the only Czech to make it past the third round at Wimbledon; and after recovering from leukemia Vaclav Kalousek denies suggestions from Slavia Prague's manager that he is finished in top football.
When the Czech Republic's international football team reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in Portugal last year they won admirers around the globe. Indeed, the country now stands at second in the world rankings. Reflecting the Czech Republic's status as a "world power", the Czech Football Association is about to become involved in an international aid project for the first time - linking up with a Kenyan NGO. A couple of representatives of the organization are currently in Prague setting up the project. I spoke to one of them,
Slavia Prague football club have protested to UEFA about Liverpool's admission to next season's Champions League; UEFA have allowed Liverpool - who won the trophy last season - to enter the competition, despite not qualifying from the English league. This means Slavia look certain to lose their seeding in the third qualifying round. A spokesman for the Czech club told Sky Sports News that Slavia could now face tougher opposition, such as Manchester United. Slavia, who finished second in the Czech league last season, have never reached the lucrative Champions League.
Former Czech football international Tomas Repka has signed a new two-year contract with English club West Ham United, who he recently helped win promotion to the Premier League. Repka, who is 31 and has a poor disciplinary record, joined West Ham from Italy's Fiorentina in 2001 for nine million US dollars.
In Sports News: Vaclav Chalupa's long reign as the number one Czech rower comes to an end, as he symbolically hands his oar to youngster Ondrej Synek; world famous Czech football goalkeeper Petr Cech plays host to Chelsea colleagues in the centre of Prague, while Milan Baros welcomes Liverpool's Dudek to his home village; tennis player Klara Koukalova wins her first title; and Czech ice hockey captain David Vyborny leaves Sparta Prague, saying some teammates resent his World Championships success.
The Czech football star, Juventus midfielder and captain of the Czech National Team in Euro-2004, Pavel Nedved, is back in the Czech Republic for a few days. On Tuesday he displayed his skills to fans in an exhibition match and for many of his fans it was a unique chance to see their hero playing at home again.
Several football clubs are said to have expressed an interest in picking-up Liverpool striker Vladimir Smicer; delegates in the Czech-Moravian Football Association have once again failed to elect a new chairman; the Czech men's handball team ekes out a 1-goal win against Portugal; ice hockey's Jaromir Jagr is set to return to Russia's Omsk.
The Czech national football squad did it again on Wednesday. Just five days after their 8-1 win over Andorra in their Group One World Cup qualifier, they managed to score another six goals against Macedonia, at home in the town of Teplice. But the Czechs still remain in second place in their group, after the Dutch beat Finland 4-0.
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