Czech cross-country skier Katerina Neummanova has done it again, winning her second World Cup race in a row, just six months after having a baby. Ilona Hlavackova has been named Czech Swimmer of the Year. There has been a great deal of speculation over whether Czech international football goalkeeper Petr Cech would sign for English glamour club Chelsea. Rene Bolf, meanwhile, is definitely joining Auxerre. And ice hockey goaltender Roman Malek has been let go by Slavia Prague, half a season after helping the club to an historic Extraliga
Martin Hasek, younger brother of ice hockey goaltender Dominik, has joined the Russian football club Dinamo Moscow. Meanwhile, another former Czech international, Ivan Hasek, is set to return to Japan, this time as a coach. The Czech Under 20s team have been having mixed fortunes at the World Junior Championships. Experienced Czech drivers Karel Loprais and Tomas Tomecek will be hoping to do well in the famous Paris to Dakar rally, as will Jana Tylsova, the first woman to ever take part in the famous race.
Pavel Nedved, the Czech international football captain, has been named the Czech Sportsman of the Year, the first footballer to ever win the award. Cross country skier Katerina Neumannova has made a remarkable comeback after having a baby, winning a World Cup race in Austria. And the Czech ice hockey team impressed at the Baltic Cup in Moscow, where they came second.
Czech ice hockey megastar Jaromir Jagr has had mixed fortunes this season: after returning to form, the Kladno-born player is now out of action until the end of January after busting his thumb. Meanwhile, his Washington team-mate Robert Lang has returned to the top of the NHL points rankings. Czech football captain Pavel Nedved came fourth in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards, but will he get Europe's Golden Boot next week? And cross-country skier Katerina Neummanova is looking forward to experiencing pre-race nerves once again, after taking
The Czech swimmer Ilona Hlavackova has won gold and silver medals at the European Short Course Championships in Dublin: she tells us she couldn't have wished for a better Christmas present. In football's Champions League Sparta Prague have drawn holders AC Milan: Sparta's chairman is relishing the prospect. Jiri Welsch is going strong in basketballs' NBA, while upcoming Czech ice hockey star Jiri Hudler has scored his first goal in the NHL.
Next year the Czech Republic will be hosting the ice hockey world championships, and I hardly need remind you that ice hockey is a national institution here. The moment remembered in this week's Witness reflects the symbolism of the sport to many Czechs, both at home and abroad. Daniel Satra, who recently finished studying sociology at the University of Göttingen, was born into a Czech family that had emigrated to Germany after the Soviet invasion of 1968. Here he remembers the first time, as a small child in the 1970s, that he became aware of
The Czech Republic can start celebrating, writes MLADA FRONTA DNES in its leading article, alluding to last weekend's meeting of European Union foreign ministers. Like the nine other acceding countries, the Czech Republic will most probably have its own representative on the European Union Commission. And there are many prospective applicants among Czech politicians, the paper writes.
Against the odds, Teplice have beaten last year's winners Feyenoord to reach the third round of football's UEFA Cup, while Slavia Prague's failure to score against Levski in Bulgaria spelled their end in the competition. Sparta Prague, meanwhile, kept their dream of advancing to the knock-out stage of the Champions League alive by drawing away to Chelsea. Czech Robert Lang is heading the points table in ice hockey's NHL, and things seem to be on the up for the only Czech basketball player in the NBA, Jiri Welsch.
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