In Sports News: the Czech Republic's footballers reach the semi-finals at the Under 20s World Cup for the first time ever; Patrik Berger surprises many by expressing a wish to return to international football after a six-year break; the Czech women's tennis team miss out on a place in the Fed Cup's elite after losing 4:1 away to Spain; and rower Ondrej Synek says his latest success is just a warm up for the Rowing World Championships next month.
In Sports News: Tomas Berdych climbs back into the top ten in tennis's world rankings after reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon; Nicole Vaidisova says goodbye to the All England Club at the same stage, but has more to regret; football goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to wear a special protective helmet for another season; Vladimir Smicer scores on his 'debut' for Slavia Prague; and Dominik Hasek receives a better contract from Detroit Red Wings, while Robert Lang leaves the NHL club.
Robin Ujfalusi is a humanitarian aid worker, football-lover, and now author. I met him in a cafe the other day to ask him about his new book "Jak se hraje fotbal v Africe" or, "How football is played in Africa". The book was written during a three month stay in Nairobi, where Robin was working with communities, and more specifically, their football teams. Ujfalusi comes from a footballing background, with his cousin, Tomas, playing for the Czech national team. In "How football is played in Africa", Tomas Ujfalusi makes a guest appearance, writing
Czechs take three golds at the kayak slalom World Cup in Prague; goaltender Dominik Hasek is close to singing a new contract with Detroit Red Wings while his brother, footballer Martin Hasek, is retiring. Midfielder Vladimir Smicer is likely to sign with Slavia Prague as well as start his new TV career. Cyclist Pavel Padrnos will not be taking part in this year's Tour de France, while in athletics, Katerina Badurova overcomes the Czech pole vault record at the Golden Spike in Ostrava.
Lukas Pesek sees disappointing 18th place in 125cc British Grand Prix; in ice hockey, 19 year-old Jakub Voracek was the first European chosen in this year's NHL draft; goalie Tomas Vokoun is headed for Florida after 9 years with the Nashville Predators; and, English jockey Paul Eddery has won the 87th Czech Derby at Prague's famous Chuchle racetrack.
On this day (20/6/1976) thirty one years ago, Czech footballer Antonin Panenka wrote himself into football history books by scoring the decisive goal for Czechoslovakia in a penalty shoot-out after the final of the European Cup of Nations against West Germany ended in a draw. This goal was undoubtedly one of the greatest moments in Czech sporting history and it made Panenka a household name. In this edition of Czechs Today, we look at the career of this great footballer and recall his stunning penalty kick, which sealed Czechoslovakia's only ever
Prague's Old Town was the unusual venue for a football tournament on Saturday afternoon, but then it was an unusual tournament - organised by the Football for Development project, the competitors included a youth team from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and Tomas Ulfalusi, a star for the Czech national team.
Czechs out of European Under-21 Championships following 3:1 loss to Italy; Pavel Nedved keeps secret whether he will return to the pitch for Italy's Juventus; Berdych wins first grass title; Hilgertova becomes oldest European medallist in kayak slalom, while Czech duo win silver in canoe; ice hockey's Dominik Hasek ready to negotiate new season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Little over a month ago Klara Polackova was on top of the world, literally, as she became the first Czech woman to ever reach the peak of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Klara, who is 28, is now back home in Prague, and told me all about her incredible experience when we met the other day at a city centre café; but first she spoke a little about her background.
With the temperatures soaring to 30 degrees in the Czech capital these days, ice hockey is probably the furthest thing from many peoples' minds, mopping their foreheads at work, ticking off the days before their holidays start. All of the year's big tournaments have wrapped up and the Czechs didn't do too well in any: at the Ice Hockey World Championship in May they struggled through three losses before finally giving up the ghost. Likewise, this year was the first in a while that saw no Czechs win North America's Stanley Cup. True, at least there