Miroslav Pelta has stood down as chairman of the Czech Football Association. He tendered his resignation from the cell where he is being held on remand over charges of large-scale abuse of sports subsidies. The news was relayed to the newspaper Deník Sport by his lawyer. Pelta did not stand in a vote for the post of FA chief on Friday but none of the candidates secured enough backing to win election. He had been the top man in Czech soccer since 2011 and is the owner of Jablonec FC.
In football, the Czech national team lost in a friendly against Belgium 1:2 on Monday night. The Czechs came under heavy pressure from the home side in the first 25 minutes and conceded a goal from striker Batshuayi. A mix up in the Belgian goal allowed Krmenčík to draw level before half time. Belgium went ahead with a headed goal from substitute Fellaini after the break. The Czechs had chances to level the match towards the close with Souček hitting the post. The match is a warm up for the World Cup group qualifier against Norway on June 10.
In football, the Belgian national team to take on the Czech Republic in a friendly on Monday night will be without captain and star player Eden Hazard. The 26-year-old Chelsea attacker twisted his ankle and is out of the game. The game against Belgium is a warm up for the Czechs for the World Cup group qualifier on June 10. The Czechs are currently third in the group, with two points less than second placed Northern Ireland.
One of Czech footballs main long time sponsors, the brewery Gambrinus, said in a public statement that it was disappointed that new leadership of the Czech football association was not elected on Friday. The letter said that the brewery regarded the situation as critical and was weighing up its further steps. Other main sponsors, such as O2 and T-Mobile, have also voiced their concern about the current situation surrounding Czech football. The top football league currently does not have a main sponsor for the upcoming season after insurer ePojisteni said it would no longer sponsor the league after the last season. Gambrinus was previously the long term league sponsor.
The Czech Football Association failed to elect new leaders at a meeting in Prague on Friday. Even after three rounds of voting the top two candidates to be chairman, Martin Malík and Petr Fousek, failed to obtain the majority needed to occupy that the top position. The stalemate means that Mirolsav Pelta remains association chairman although he is currently in police custody related to a suspected sports funds fraud involving the Ministry of Education. A special general assembly of the association should be held at the latest by November 31. The two frontrunners from Friday failed to win sufficient support from both Bohemian and Moravian delegates. They have not confirmed whether they will stand again.
Newly crowned Czech league champions, Slavia Prague, will not be seeded in the third and possibly fourth pre-qualifying round of the UEFA Campions League and could therefore face tough opposition such as Scottish league winners Celtic Glasgow, Greek champions Olympiakos Pireus, or Polish club Legia Warsaw. Slavia return to the top European competition after seven years. They clinched the title on the last day of the season with a convincing win against Brno. The draw for the third round takes place on July 14.
In football, Sparta Prague has signed Serbian attacking midfielder Vakadin Vukadinovic from fellow top league club Zlín. The 26-year-old has signed a three year contract. He was reportedly sought out by league winners Slavia Prague as well. Vukadinovic helped Zlín win the Czech cup competition and qualify for next season’s Europa League. Sparta ended a disappointing third in the league this season.
Czech top division club Zlín had particular reason to celebrate Manchester United’s Europa League win against Ajax on Wednesday night. The win means that Zlín will qualify for the first phase of the Europa League next season and there is also a cash bonus for the relatively small club. Participation in the competition means that Zlín, this year’s Czech cup winners, will earn at least 70 million crowns as a result.
In football, the Czech daily Sport has reported that Italian Andrea Stramaccioni has been signed up for a two year deal to be the head coach of Sparta Prague. The paper says the club will announce his arrival on Tuesday. Stramaccioni has been manager in the past of Inter Milan, Udinese, and Greek club Panathinaikos. He is reported to have set his immediate goal for the next season to win the Czech league title and qualify for the initial group of the Champions League. Sparta will finish third in the league.
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