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.
Czech football striker Patrik Schick played in a rollercoaster second half
Champions League semi-final for AS Roma against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Schick was brought off the substitute’s bench at half time when the visitors were already losing 2:0.
Schick had chances up front but saw Roma concede another three goals before scoring twice. The 5:2 score line gives them a glimmer of a chance for the return leg at home.
Arsenal’s Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech helped his team secure a last four
place in the Europa League on Thursday night against CSKA Moscow.
Arsenal took a comfortable 4:1 first leg lead into the second leg away tie. But the Gunners were given a shock after conceding two goals on either side of the half time break.
Late goals by Welbeck and Ramsey calmed their nerves ahead of the eventual 2:2 draw.
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