Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie has joined Werder Bremen from Czech champions Slovan Liberec, the Bundesliga club said on Friday. Gebre Selassie, 25, has signed a four-year deal. Selassie, born to an Ethiopian father and a Czech mother, played in all four of the Czech Republic's games at Euro 2012, including the 1-0 quarter-final defeat by Portugal on Thursday when the right back was marking Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Czech national football team lost 1:0 to Portugal in the quarterfinals of EURO 2012 in Warsaw on Thursday and was knocked out of the tournament. In the game, the Czechs delivered their best performance at the championships but failed to stop Portugal’s star Ronaldo from sending them home. Thursday’s match was also the Czech striker Milan Baroš’s last appearance for the national side.
Some 20,000 Czech fans are expected to travel to Warsaw for their team’s quarter final match against Portugal on Thursday evening. Fans left the cities of Prague and Brno on special fan busses on Thursday; hundreds of supporters of the Czech team are travelling to Poland by train. In Warsaw, they will be greeted with Czech-language signs, city officials have said. However, it is expected that the fan turn-out at the Warsaw match will be lower than it was during the group phase games in Wroclaw, which is easier to reach from the Czech Republic.
The captain of the Czech national team, Tomáš Rosický, will not be in the starting line-up of Thursday’s match against Portugal. The manager of the Czech team, Vladimír Šmicer, told Czech TV that the team captain may join the team at a later point in the quarter finals game but that he is still fighting an Achilles heel infection. Šmicer, a former successful midfielder for Slavia Prague and Liverpool FC, has not released any further details regarding the starting line-up. Mr Rosický last Sunday travelled to Prague for treatment; on Tuesday, he returned to Poland and trained with his team mates on Wednesday.
Europe’s football governing body, UEFA on Wednesday banned Czech FA Cup winners Sigma Olomouc from participating in next season’s Europa League over the club’s involvement in a corruption scandal. The Czech football association fined Olomouc for allegedly bribing players from an opposing team to ensure a victory in the last round of the 2008-2009 season. The case is now being review by a court. It is not clear whether Olomouc will be replaced by another Czech team in the upcoming Europa League season.
The Czech Republic’s national football team defeated EURO 2012 co-hosts Poland in their last group-stage game on Saturday to surprisingly emerge as winners of Group A. After a disappointing start to the tournament against Russia, the Czech team gained momentum and beat both Greece and Poland, advancing to the quarter-finals where they’ll play Portugal on Thursday. But the injured Czech captain Tomáš Rosický’s participation in the game is uncertain.
The Czech Republic reached the Euro 2012 quarter-finals as Group A winners after beating Poland 1:0 in Wroclaw on Saturday. The Czechs withstood early Polish pressure and took the lead in the 72nd minute with a neat strike from Petr Jiráček which proved enough to seal the team’s advance. The victory puts the Czechs back in the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time since making it to the semi-finals in Euro 2004 when they lost to Greece.
Members of the Czech national football team expressed disappointment over some of their fans’ hostility towards team coach Michal Bílek and striker Milan Baroš, the news agency ČTK reported on Wednesday. Defender David Limberský said he didn’t understand why some fans whistled at the coach and the striker after Friday’s game against Russia as well as ahead of the game against Greece on Tuesday. Milan Baroš is one of the team’s most prolific strikes but he last scored last November against Liechtenstein. Many fans also dislike his frequent dives and discussions with the referees.
Medical tests on Wednesday confirmed that the Czech national team’s Petr Čech and Tomáš Rosický did not suffer serious injuries in last night’s game against Greece at the EURO 2012 tournament in Poland, and might be fit for Saturday’s match. The team captain, midfielder Tomáš Rosický retired at half time of the Czech side’s 2:1 win against Greece with an injury of his Achilles’ tendon while goalkeeper Petr Čech complained about problems with his shoulder joint. The Czech team’s doctor said chances were high of both players appearing in Saturday’s key game against the hosts Poland.
The Czech national football team rebounded on Tuesday from its opening loss at EURO 2012, by defeating opponents Greece. The squad got off to the best possible start: scoring two goals inside of six minutes. But a mistake by goalie Čech in the second half put Greece back in the game, and made this one closer than it should have been.
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