Football goalkeeper Petr Čech, who may well be the most famous Czech on the planet, will retire after a last appearance for Arsenal in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday. In a twist of fate, the game will be against Chelsea, the club with he won which virtually every prize going. To discuss his amazing career, I spoke to football journalist Karel Haering. He was first struck by Petr Čech in 2009 when he began appearing for Chmel Blšany at 17 – and offers this assessment of the qualities that took him to the top and kept him there.
Slavia Prague are crowned champions for 19th time with one round to go – coach Trpišovský says he’s relieved to have got over line; Plzeň boss Vrba says charges had successful season despite coming second; Czechs power on with fifth win in six games at hockey worlds; and Plíšková climbs to second in world with Rome triumph.
Slavia Prague took a major step toward winning the Czech football league by
beating their nearest rivals Viktoria Plzeň on Sunday evening. The Prague
side’s 3:1 victory leaves them five points ahead of Plzeň. All the
game’s goals came after the 80-minute mark.
The match was part of a new “superstructure” in which the top, middle and bottom groups of clubs at the end of the regular season face one another in a round robin system. Sunday’s game was regarded as the toughest test for Slavia, who finished first after 30 rounds.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech is preparing to play in Spain on Thursday night
in the second leg of the Europa League semifinal between his London club,
Arsenal, and Spanish hosts Valencia.
In the first leg, the Gunners won 3-1 in London. The final will be played in Baku against the winner of the duel between Chelsea and Frankfurt.
Čech, 36, says he hopes that this – his last season on the pitch before retirement – will end in Baku. "I want to go to the final and raise one last trophy. I think Arsenal deserves it," he said.
Considered among the best goalkeepers of all time, Čech holds the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets.
Hundreds of people paid their final respects to football player Josef
Šural in Brno on Sunday. The 28-year-old forward died following a minibus
crash in Turkey last Sunday, when he was returning from a game with his
Present at the ceremony were Czech national football team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý, president of Alanyaspor Hasan Cavusoglu as well as players from his former clubs Brno, Liberec and Sparta Prague.
Czech football player Josef Šural has died following a minibus crash in
Turkey. The 28-year-old was returning from a game with his club Alanyaspor
on Sunday when the accident occurred. He was taken to hospital along with
six teammates and later died of his injuries.
The forward, who was 28, made 20 appearances for the Czech national team and played for Brno, Liberec and Sparta Prague.
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