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.
Viktoria Plzeň have been crowned Czech football league champions after a
2:1 win over Teplice on Saturday evening. The West Bohemians secured the
title one round before the end of the season and gave themselves a seven
point lead on second-placed Slavia.
Plzeň, which won the league for the fifth time within the past eight years and for the third time in a row, have secured a spot in the Champions League’s playoffs next season.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech has said continuity is a fundamental
principle for the club’s new manager who will take over from retiring
Arsène Wenger. The 35-year-old Czech said failure to respect that
principle could threaten the club with the same problems as Manchester
United after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Čech’s comments were reported in the London daily, the Evening Standard. The front runner to take over from Wenger is former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, according to British media reports. Čech said Arsenal’s main league problem this year was dropped away points.
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