In Sports News: the Czech Republic triumphs over Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup; Czech footballer Pavel Nedvěd, recently retired, turns down offers from Juve, Mourinho, Hašek; cyclist Kreuziger is in 14th spot after the first nine stages of Tour de France; Knapková triumphs in Lucerne to become women’s single-scull World Cup Champion; hockey goalie Hašek is reportedly unhappy over his new helmet.
In Sports News: Respected football coach and former player Ivan Hašek is given a broad mandate as the new chairman of Czech FA; Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štepánek make it to the 4th round at Wimbledon; In hockey, only three Czechs are chosen in the 2009 NHL draft; and Ondřej Polívka wins the modern pentathlon at the European Championships in Germany.
Ivan Hašek has been named chairman of the Czech FA. Delegates from the Czech and Moravian chambers voted overwhelmingly in Hašek’s favour over the only other contender for the post Luděk Vinš. Hašek received 167 votes overall, to Vins’ 32. After the result, Mr Hašek congratulated the other candidate and appealed to delegates to elect close associates of his to the deputy leadership, to allow for broader changes in the running of the association. The 45-year-old Hašek is a former player for Sparta Prague, as well as a highly-respected coach.
The Czech hockey team failed to grab a medal at this year’s World Championship in Switzerland after being eliminated by Sweden in the quarter finals. The disappointment came despite the fact that the Czech line-up included several stars of the NHL, arguably the best hockey competition in the world. One of the players who joined the Czech squad in Switzerland is Patrik Eliáš, the forward of the New Jersey Devils and our guest in this week’s edition of One on One.
In Sports News this Monday: young Czech defender Jan Šimůnek wins the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg; with Slavia having taken the Czech league title attention has turned to the fight for second place, with Sparta currently edging it over Liberec; Robert “Bobby” Holík retires after 18 seasons in ice hockey’s NHL; and Czech handball star Filip Jícha puts his club Kiel ahead in the final of the sport’s Champions League.
The Czech ice hockey player Robert “Bobby” Holík has said he is retiring after 18 seasons in the NHL. In an interview for the New York Post, Holík, 38, said he had decided at the end of the season that he wanted to spend more time with his family. The centre won two Stanley Cups with the club where he spent the best part of his career, the New Jersey Devils. His father Jaroslav Holík won the 1972 world championships with Czechoslovakia and seven national championships with Dukla Jihlava.
In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Berdych wins his first title of the season after an epic battle with Russia’s Youzhny in the final of the Munich Open; with an eight-point lead and only three games to go, Slavia Prague seem assured of winning the Czech football league again; Czech-born golfer Alex Čejka squanders the biggest final day lead in the history of the Players Championship; and questions are being asked about where it went wrong for the Czechs at the world ice hockey championships.
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