In Sports News this week: the Czech ice hockey team finished third in Moscow’s Channel One Cup; a rare mistake by Petr Cech costs Chelsea three points against Tomas Rosicky’s Arsenal; the Czech national team are now 6th in the FIFA world rankings; Slavia Prague has new owners, though their identity is a mystery; and newspaper reports suggest 18-year-old tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is to marry Radek Stepanek.
In this week’s Sports News: the Czech Republic get a relatively favourable draw for football’s Euro 2008, though midfielder David Jarolim says they cannot underestimate their opponents in Group A; cross country skier Lukas Bauer is the overall World Cup leader for the first time following a fine win in Finland; speed skater Martina Sablikova is also out front in her sport’s World Cup; and Tomas Berdych is Czech tennis player of the year for the third time in a row.
Czech men's tennis number one Tomas Berdych has kept his hopes of reaching the prestigious season's end Masters Cup in Shanghai alive, after advancing to the third round at the Paris Masters with a 6-3 6-3 win over Croatia's Mario Ancic. A good run in Paris could secure Berdych a place in the elite eight player tournament. The Czech now faces Spain's David Ferrer in the third round.
In Sports News: a convincing win for Sparta Prague gives under-pressure coach Michal Bilek a reprieve; Bohemians 1905 leapfrog Most with a 1:0 win to get off the bottom of the table; tennis ace Nicole Vaidisova comes agonisingly close to her first WTA final for a year and a half; Tomas Berdych is hoping a good run at the Paris Masters could see him into elite the Masters Cup in Shanghai; and world slalom champion Sarka Zahrobska isn't too upset with coming 20th in her first race of the new skiing season.
In Sports News: Czech football captain Tomas Rosicky returns after a month's lay-off to score for Arsenal; Jiri Jarosik plays a rare game for Glasgow Celtic, but comes off on the losing side in the world famous Old Firm derby; Petr Cech is among the nominees for European footballer of the year; Slavia are five points clear in the Czech football league; and tennis star Nicole Vaidisova loses to the world number one in the Czechs first semi-final appearance since the Australian Open.
Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek will continue to represent his country in the Davis Cup after signing a one year contract with the local organizers, they announced on Wednesday. Stepanek ended a three year self-imposed exile from the national team in September to clinch a win over Switzerland in the last of the five matches but refused at the time to say whether he would continue playing Davis Cup tennis. The 3-2 win kept the Czechs at the top level of the world team competition.
Twenty-year-old defender Jan Simunek has been called up for the Czech squad for the first time ahead of a Euro 2008 qualifier against Germany on October 17. Simunek, who plays for German side Wolfsburg, captained the Czech Republic at this year's Under 20 World Cup, where the country reached the final. First team regulars Milan Baros, Marek Jankolvski and Jan Polak all miss the Germany game through suspension.
In Sports News: Sparta Prague leave it late to take all three points against Jablonec, while Slavia run riot in a 7:1 win over Zlin; the Czech women's basketball team bounce back after an embarrassing defeat by Germany to overcome Lithuania at the European Championships; Tomas Berdych suffers a surprise exit in the semi-finals at the Thailand Open; and the Czechs draw Belgium in the Davis Cup World Group.
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