In Sports News this Monday: Teplice remain top of the Czech football league, though Jablonec are in hot pursuit; remarkably, all of the latter’s eight victories this season have been by a single goal; champions Slavia Prague are under pressure, after only taking one point in four games; Czech soccer great František Veselý dies at 65; and in ice hockey’s Extraliga, new coach David Volek makes an immediate impact at Sparta Prague.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballer Milan Baroš could be out for two months after breaking a bone in his foot in a game for Galatasaray, while Marek Jankulovski is set for ankle surgery; Teplice remain on top of the Czech football league, despite dropping two points at České Budějovice; skier Šárka Záhrobská takes nul points from her first slalom event of the season; and after 20 rounds Třínec lead ice hockey’s Extraliga.
Less than a week after Ivan Hašek stepped down as manager of the Czech international football team his successor has been announced. Michal Bílek, hitherto Hašek’s assistant, has been given a three-year contract and a clear task: rebuild the Czech squad and lead them to Euro 2012. But does the 44-year-old have what it takes?
In Sports News this Monday: with Ivan Hašek stepping down as manager of the Czech international football team, his former assistant Michal Bílek is the bookies’ favourite to take over on the Czech bench; Slavia Prague’s goalkeeper is carried from the pitch by an ambulance after a clash with an opponent leaves him out cold for 10 minutes; Petra Kvitová is beaten in the final of tennis’s Linz Open; and decathlete Roman Šebrle says he wants to return to the Olympics – as a golfer.
So it’s official, the Czech Republic’s footballers will not be going to next year’s World Cup in South Africa. With Slovenia, as expected, beating San Marino, the result of the Czechs’ final qualifier against Northern Ireland in Prague on Wednesday night became irrelevant. In any case, a poor game ended 0:0. It was the last match in charge for coach Ivan Hašek and the last appearance for left back Marek Jankulovski, who retires with 78 caps. Given the fact their group looked relatively easy, where did it all go wrong for the Czech Republic? That’s
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s footballers beat Poland in Prague but would still need a miracle to reach next year’s World Cup; Czech manager Ivan Hašek says his charges have given their all since he took the helm; and at almost 57 years old, legendary Czech jockey Josef Váňa wins the gruelling Velká pardubická on Tiumen, a horse he himself trains.
A dream came true this season for ice hockey fans from Brno, myself included. Kometa Brno, the most successful Czech hockey club in history, returned to the top division after long 13 years. But the joy did not last long – the “Blue and White Aristocrats” lost the first eleven matches in a row, which has put many fans'passion for Kometa to a serious test.
This week’s guest in One on One is Czech golf pro Alan Babický. A skilled businessman but also former dancer, choreographer and downhill skier, Babický picked up the sport of golf at the fairly late age of 28. But within ten years he had built up a solid reputation, even winning the World Golfers’ Championship in Thailand in 2004 – one of the most prestigious competitions for amateur players. Recently I caught up with Alan Babický to discuss his career; the first thing I asked was how much he knew about golf the first time picked up a club 15 years
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs reach the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1980 after a sensational victory over Croatia; Radek Štěpánek says he and his team-mates are happy but not satisfied yet, while Tomáš Berdych expresses gratitude for vocal Czech support in Porec; and Lucie Šafářová loses in the final of the Bell Challenge in Quebec.