Sparta Prague have a hill to climb if they are to continue in the Europa
League after defeat in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie
against Spartak Subotica. The Czech side lost 2:0 to the Serbian club in
Novi Sad on Thursday. The second leg takes place in a week’s time.
If Sparta do get through, they will take part in the third and final qualifying round for Europe’s second-tier club competition.
Title hopefuls Viktoria Plzeň, Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague all take three points as new season starts; Ogrodníková comes second in women’s javelin at London Diamond League meeting; Vrzalová breaks long-standing record in mile; and Hermannová and Nausch take bronze at European Beach Volleyball Championships.
Sparta Prague football club have completed the signing of the Ghanaian
player Benjamin Tetteh from Bohemians 1905. The striker, who is 20, has
been training with Sparta since the middle of last month. He has signed a
four-year deal with the country’s richest club.
Tetteh began his career in Europe with Belgium’s Standard Liege and also had a loan spell at the Czech club Slovácko.
The legendary Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický ended his career with a
star-studded beneficiary match at Prague’s Sparta stadium on Saturday.
Thousands of fans from at home and abroad turned up for the match which pitted international stars such as Cesc Fábregas, Mathieu Flamini, Van Persie, Aleksandr Hleb and Jens Lehmann against a home team including Pavel Nedvěd, Karel Poborský, Jan Koller, Petr Čech and Milan Baroš.
Rosický’s penalty shot helped his team to a 5:2 victory and the last goal was scored by his four-year-old son who joined his father on the pitch in the last minutes of the game.