Midfielder Radek Šírl has left the Russian club Zenit St Petersburg for Mladá Bolesav in the Czech football league. The 29-year-old joined Zenit from Sparta Prague in 2002, helping the club win the Russian league title in 2007 and the UEFA Cup the following year. However, after problems with injuries he was recently released by Zenit. Šírl, who can also play as a full-back, has eight caps for the Czech national side.
In Sports News this Monday: the biggest Czech team ever at the European Rowing Championships takes home a bagful of medals, with gold for Ondřej Synek confirming his dominance this season; football league leaders Viktoria Plzeň wallop Ústí nad Labem in front of their first sell-out home crowd in years; and a battle of two Czech ice legends sees Jágr’s Omsk beat Hašek Spartak Moscow.
The Czech football manager Michal Bílek says he has not given any thought to standing down. Bílek, who was appointed last October, lost his first competitive game in charge of the national team on Tuesday, when the Czechs were beaten 1:0 at home by Lithuania in the first game of their campaign to qualify for Euro 2012, and there has been criticism of the coach in the media. However, Bílek said that while the result had been a huge disappointment, he had not for a moment considered resigning. The Czech Republic need to beat Scotland in Prague next month to keep alive their hopes of reaching the next European Championship.
The Czech national under-21 football team beat that of Iceland 3:1 in Jablonec on Tuesday and secured the top spot in their qualifying group for the Under-21 European Championship 2011 in Denmark. The Czechs first scored in the 20th minute, and two more strikes followed in the second half. The Icelanders were only able to hit the net in the 79th minute, and set the final score to 3:1. The Czechs secured top spot in the qualifying group 5, and will advance into play-offs for seven spots to join hosts Denmark at the final tournament next June.
The Czech national football team will open their campaign for the 2012 European Championships as they face Lithuania in the eastern city of Olomouc on Tuesday. In the first competitive match under the new manager, Michal Bílek, the Czechs will rely on midfield Tomáš Rosický, who has overcome health problems and is fit for the game.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s footballers prepare for their first competitive game under manager Michal Bílek – but will playmaker Tomáš Rosický be fit for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Lithuania? And Jaroslav Kulhavý takes silver at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Canada.
Italian football club Udine’s Czech goalkeeper Zdeněk Zlámal appears set to join Czech football club Slavia on loan until the end of the season, Slavia’s spokesman has said. Both clubs have been negotiating on the matter and are reportedly close to a deal. The result should be known next week. Zlámal, the former goalkeeper for the Under-21 squad, could boost Slavia at the back, given that the regular minder, Martin Vaniak has not returned to 100 percent health, while his replacement, Finn Ansii Jaakkola, has been less than solid between the posts, making a key mistake in a recent match against Olomouc.
The Czech national football team took the train – for the first time in decades – to get to the eastern city of Olomouc where they will face Lithuania in the first game of the EURO 2012 qualification on Tuesday. The Czech line-up, which includes Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech, Arsenal midfield Tomáš Rosický, and Galatasaray’s striker Milan Baroš, will seek to bag the first three points in qualifying group I where they will later also face Spain, Scotland and Liechtenstein.
In Sports News this Monday: in tennis, the US Open kicks off with two main Czech hopefuls; in football, Sparta Prague are eliminated from the Champions League and will only play in the second level club competition this season; in motor-racing, Freddy Loix with Škoda takes the title at the Barum Rally Zlín, and Czechs do fairly well at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.
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