In Sports news this week: Czech swimmer Barbora Závadová comes in seventh in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final at the FINA World Championships, the results of the Czech World Cup 2014 qualifying group are announced, the Czech team faces Spain in the final of the European Under-19 Championship, and the Czech soccer top flight resumes after summer break.
In the last two years Czech road bike racer Roman Kreuziger, who rides for Team Astana, finished in the top 10 in the world’s most prestigious cycling ‘ordeal’, the Tour de France. 2011, though, won’t see a three-peat. After a tough first week in which he suffered several crashes, and a second in which he languished, Kreuziger is currently in just 112th spot. Now his only real option remaining is to make a mark in Stage 17 on Wednesday, before the race moves to steeper heights in the Italian Alps.
In Sports News this week: Roman Kreuziger’s outlooks in Tour de France uncertain; in superbikes, bad luck streak continues for Jakub Smrž at the world Superbike championship event in Brno; Czech football champions Viktoria Plzeň begin their bid to reach Champions League; and Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová receives a queen’s welcome in her home town.
In Sports News: Petra Kvitová downs Sharapova in a thrilling Wimbledon final; Peschke in the doubles and Iveta Benešová in the mixed doubles also prove victorious; hockey star Jágr shocks Pens fans by signing with the Philadelphia Flyers; free agent goalie Tomáš Vokoun agrees deal with Washington, home to fellow Czech netminder Michal Neuwirth.
The former head of the Czech football association, František Chvalovský, has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted of credit fraud. Mr Chvalovský was once a major figure in Czech football, but has spent the last 10 years trying – so far unsuccessfully – to defend himself from fraud charges.
Some of the Czech media labelled it Super Monday – the 4th round at Wimbledon in which three Czech players were vying to make it to the tournament’s quarterfinals. In the end, only one of the three did: not Tomáš Berdych (a finalist at Wimbledon last year and the World No. 7) and not the lesser-known Petra Cetkovská, whose surprise run was ended by German player Sabine Lisicki. Through to the quarterfinal is 21-year-old Petra Kvitová who is showing sensational form, dispatching Belgian opponent Yanina Wickmayer in a mere 45 minutes. The score: 6:0,
Czech tennis players Kvitová, Berdych breeze through first three rounds at Wimbledon but Cetkovaská crushed by Lisicki in 4th; the Czech U21 and U17 football teams suffer defeats at the European and World championships; the national inline hockey team edges the US by a score of 3:2 in the final of the World Championships; hockey goalie Ondřej Pavelec is now a Winnipeg Jet.
The chairman of the Czech Football Association, Ivan Hašek, announced on Sunday that he was leaving his post in favor of resuming a career in coaching. The resignation of the man who has sometimes been dubbed “the savior of Czech football” two years into his four-year contract was met with consternation and disappointment by members of the football association and the public alike. Samuel Beckwith, the blogger behind the Czech Football Daily, speaks about the implications of Mr. Hašek’s resignation, what it means for the future of soccer in this