Viktoria Plzeň have been crowned Czech football league champions after a
2:1 win over Teplice on Saturday evening. The West Bohemians secured the
title one round before the end of the season and gave themselves a seven
point lead on second-placed Slavia.
Plzeň, which won the league for the fifth time within the past eight years and for the third time in a row, have secured a spot in the Champions League’s playoffs next season.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech has said continuity is a fundamental
principle for the club’s new manager who will take over from retiring
Arsène Wenger. The 35-year-old Czech said failure to respect that
principle could threaten the club with the same problems as Manchester
United after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Čech’s comments were reported in the London daily, the Evening Standard. The front runner to take over from Wenger is former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, according to British media reports. Čech said Arsenal’s main league problem this year was dropped away points.
Retired Czech football legend Pavel Nedvěd will join the ranks of small
hometown club Skalná 1.B in a match which could see up to 2,500 visitors,
far more than the 115 people who saw the team’s last outing (8:1 against
Hazlov), news site idnes.cz reported Friday.
Nedvěd was European Footballer of the Year in 2003 and is the former captain of the Czech national squad and most famously played for Juventus and Lazio before that.
He was also part of the Czech squad that finished second at Euro ’96, losing in the final to Germany.
FK Skalná head Miroslav Balej confirmed that Nedvěd had registered with the team. Also registered with the club is the player’s son, Pavel Nedvěd, jr. The match, against Královský Poříčí B, takes place on June 2.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň moved nearer winning the league title in the
top Czech leage with a 2:0 win against Karviná at home.
The win gives them a 10 point lead against second place Slavia Prague who play on Sunday. That means that Plzeň could secure the title next week when they play Slavia. The two goals came from Tomáš Hořova.
The testimonial match for former Arsenal and Czech midfielder Tomáš
Rosický due on June 9 has already been sold out more than five weeks ahead
of the event.
Tickets went on sale at midday on Friday and were snapped up within several minutes.
The match at Sparta Prague’s stadium is due to feature foreign players from the teams the midfield star played for against those from the national Czech squad.
Rosický played for Sparta Prague, Borussia Dortmund, and Arsenal before returning to the Czech club. He announced his retirement as a player earlier this year.
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