Czech football suffered a major embarrassment on Wednesday when a thief broke into the locker rooms during a Champions League qualifying match between Slavia Praha and Belgium's Anderlecht. The thief made off with Anderlecht players' passports, cash and valuables estimated at more than 15,000 euros.
The English football club Aston Villa are set to sign on Czech national Milan Baros, the top-scorer at last year's European Championship. Villa have reportedly offered some 6 million pounds for the Czech striker, who after a very promising start -- and despite periods as Liverpool's top scorer -- had proven something of a disappointment.
For the last six months I've been living around three minutes walk from the stadium of Viktoria Zizkov football club. So it's very near. And it's also very affordable: you wouldn't expect to pay more than two or three dollars admission, which is cheaper than going to the cinema, or pretty much any other form of entertainment you could think of. There are plenty of stands selling beer, and you just have to have a klobasa (even though you know you'll regret it later).
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Every Czech football fan remembers Antonin Panenka's decisive penalty kick against Germany to win the 1976 European Championship. Many of these fans also supported the team Panenka played with for many years - Bohemians Football Club, which was one of the top teams in this country in the 1970s and 80s. Unfortunately, like many clubs in the harsh economic climate of the post-communist era, Bohemians went bust in this, their centenary year. But determined fans have - against all odds - saved the club from extinction.
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Czech football striker Milan Baros may soon be headed for the German Bundeslige, to play for Schalke, if the team's owners can reach a deal with Baros' current club, Liverpool. Schalke coach Ralf Rangnik has revealed that his club has struck a deal with the 23-year-old Czech striker and the player's agent, adding that Schalke would make moves towards agreeing a transfer with Liverpool next week. Liverpool has put up a hefty asking price for Baros - 7 million British pounds. Other clubs that expressed an interest in the striker have been Aston Villa and Deportivo.
German Bundesliga runners-up Schalke admit they are unlikely to sign Czech international striker Milan Baros from Liverpool claiming the seven million pound asking price is too high. Schalke entered the race for Baros's signature on Thursday but have baulked at Liverpool's valuation of the topscorer from the Euro 2004 finals. Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is prepared to let the 24-year-old Baros go after signing Peter Crouch from Southampton but he wants a sizeable transfer fee for the marksman. Premiership side Aston Villa have already had a five million pound offer turned down and are considering whether to up their bid.
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