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The manager of the Czech national football team, Michal Bílek, on Monday announced his picks for the upcoming EURO 2012. The 23 nominees include Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický, goalkeeper Petr Čech from Chelsea and strikers Milan Baroš from Galatasaray and Tomáš Necid from CSKA Moscow. Coach Bílek also picked eight players from the Czech top division including midfielders Daniel Kolář, Milan Petržela and Václav Pilař from Viktoria Plzeň and the best Gambrinus Liga striker David Lafata from Jablonec. The Czechs will
In Sports News: Liberec win Czech football title; Arsenal, with Czech midfielder Tomáš Rosický, have secured a spot in next year’s Champions League; Chimsa, Kiprop win Prague International Marathon while legendary footballer Pavel Nedvěd also takes part; the Czech national hockey team wins over Italy but loses to Russia in group stage action at the World Championship in ice hockey; Czech tennis player Berdych loses to Federer in Madrid final.
Slovan Liberec won the Czech football title after a 0:0 tie against runners up Viktoria Plzeň in the final round of the top division. Defending champions Plzeň needed a win to clinch the title but failed to convert several good opportunities, and finished third in the league table, three points behind the champions. Sparta Prague beat České Budějovice 3:0 in the final round and finished second. Two Prague teams, Bohemians 1905 and Viktoria Žižkov, are relegated to the second top division.
In the final round of the Czech top football division, Slovan Liberec play Viktoria Plzeň for the title. Liberec, in first place with 65 points host defending champions Plzeň, in second place, with 62 points. If Plzeň win, they will win the title due to a higher number of points won. Sparta Prague, which spent most of the season at the top of the table, lost any hope of winning the tile on Wednesday when they tied 1:1 against Dukla Prague, and are now ranked third with 61 points.
London football club Chelsea, together with star Czech goalie Petr Čech, won the FA Cup on Saturday, defeating rivals Liverpool by a score of 2-1. It is the fourth time in six years that Chelsea clinched the championship and this year has marked a remarkable turn-around for the team, which has struggled to otherwise remain among the top five or so teams in the English Premier League. Later in May, the club will play Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League.
Sigma Olomouc beat Sparta Prague 1:0 on Wednesday night to win the Czech FA cup. The cup final, played in Plzeň, saw the only goal two minutes into the second half when Olomouc defender Michal Vepřek threw the ball in on the left side, got it back and made his way into the box where he produced a hard shot to the far corner. The win sweetens the season for Olomouc who had nine points taken away from them over match-fixing. For their part, Sparta might wrap the season empty handed as their chances of winning the league are growing thinner.
Sparta Prague on Wednesday handed a fine of 250,000 crowns, or more than 13,000 US dollars, to their Cameroonian midfield Martin Abena for missing sessions. The 25-year-old player, who has only appeared in one game this season, missed five sessions in March, club management said. Martin Abena’s lawyer said the fine was too big, and asked the club for further details.
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