Retired football legend Pavel Nedvěd played a one-off game for the Czech
lower league club Skalná on Saturday. Nedvěd, who is 45, took part in the
match in order to fulfill his dream of lining up alongside his son, also
called Pavel, the Czech News Agency said.
The Nedvěds were on the losing side in the encounter, which took place in the seventh tier of Czech soccer, as Skalná were overcome 4:1 by Královské Poříčí.
Pavel Nedvěd spent five years at Italy’s Lazio and eight at Juventus and in 2003 became only the second Czech to win the Ballon d’Or as European footballer of the year. He earned 91 international caps.
Retired Czech football legend Pavel Nedvěd will join the ranks of small
hometown club Skalná 1.B in a match which could see up to 2,500 visitors,
far more than the 115 people who saw the team’s last outing (8:1 against
Hazlov), news site idnes.cz reported Friday.
Nedvěd was European Footballer of the Year in 2003 and is the former captain of the Czech national squad and most famously played for Juventus and Lazio before that.
He was also part of the Czech squad that finished second at Euro ’96, losing in the final to Germany.
FK Skalná head Miroslav Balej confirmed that Nedvěd had registered with the team. Also registered with the club is the player’s son, Pavel Nedvěd, jr. The match, against Královský Poříčí B, takes place on June 2.
Retired Czech footballer and Juventus Vice-President Pavel Nedvěd says the
Chinese energy company CEFC failed to meet the conditions of a contract
under which it was to pay him 600 thousand euros for promoting football in
Nedvěd has handed the matter over to his lawyer.
Jaroslav Tvrdík, who represents CEFC in Europe, said the company had signed two contracts with Nedvěd, had paid him in full for one service rendered and was ready to pay 50 percent for the other because all the conditions of the second contract had not been met.
Nedvěd denies this, saying he had fulfilled his obligations in full.
In ice hockey, Brno have clinched the Czech top league Extraliga title. They beat last year’s champions, Liberec, 5:2 to take their lead in the series to 4:0. In the run up to the finals, Kometa Brno only lost two games, both in the semi-finals against Hradec Králové. The title is the first for Brno in 51 years. The last was in 1966 when the club, which has gone through a series of name changes, won a series of 11 league titles in 12 seasons.
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