In football, Czech manager Ivan Hašek will replace Diego Maradona as coach
of Al Fujairah, a team in the United Arab Emirates.
Hašek, a former Czech international, has signed a one-year deal to return to the club he previously managed in 2014/15, the news website Týden reported on Wednesday. Hašek was formerly chairman of the Czech football association and coach for the national team.
Czech football club Dukla Prague has sacked Jaroslav Hynek, the team’s manager since September 2016, following a disappointing season. He had guided Dukla to a respectable 7th-place finish in the 2016–17 season, and in May 2017 was signed to a new two-year contract. But this year the club slid to an 11th-place finish in the Czech First League, and his contract was cut short. Hynek took over as Dukla manager when Jaroslav Šilhavý left for Slavia Prague, last year's champions.
The legendary Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický will end his career with a
star-studded beneficiary game at Prague’s Sparta stadium on Saturday.
The game will pit 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.
The game, which is hopelessly sold out, was due to start at 5pm, but had to be pospond due to heavy rain. There is an accompanying exhibition and gifts for fans.
Czech football team defeated Nigeria 1:0 in the last international friendly
match ahead of the World Cup in Russia, which took place in Vienna on
Wednesday. Czechs dominated the first half of the match with the goal
scored by Tomáš Kalaš in the 25th minute of play.
The Czech Republic failed to reach the World Cup, which begins next week. Their campaign to try to qualify for the 2020 European Championships will get underway after the summer.
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.
Czech international football manager Karel Jarolím said he felt
“terrible” after his team suffered a 4:0 drubbing by Australia at St.
Pölten in Austria on Friday. It was the Czech Republic’s biggest defeat
ever. Jarolím said he had believed that the Czechs were improving but the
match had disabused him of that idea.
The Czech Republic failed to reach the World Cup in Russia, which begins the week after next. Their campaign to try to qualify for the 2020 European Championships will get underway after the summer.
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