After winning the European Under 21 Football Championships for the first time ever last year, the Czech Under 21s have failed to reach Euro 2004, after losing to Switzerland on penalties in play-offs in Ostrava on Wednesday. Two more Czech footballers have signed with Russian clubs, continuing a recent trend. In ice hockey, goaltender Roman Cechmanek kept a clean sheet for Los Angeles on Wednesday as he won his 100th NHL victory.
It hasn't been a great week for Czech sport, with Roman Sebrle's silver in the decathlon the only Czech medal so far at the World Athletics Championships in Paris. In football, Sparta Prague have drawn Chelsea, Lazio and Besiktas in the Champions League. Spare a thought, though, for Slavia, who battled hard but could not turn around a 3:0 deficit in their qualifier. And tenth seed Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek are the only Czech tennis players left at the US Open after the fourth day's play.
Triple-jumper Sarka Kasparkova, who took gold at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, has failed to make the final this time out. Meanwhile Jaroslav Baba, 18, says he's happy to have reached the final in Paris and Vera Pospisilova will be disappointed if she doesn't take home a medal. Moravian teams Ostrava and Brno have surprised pundits by topping the Czech football league, leaving their more glamorous Prague rivals in the shade. Acrobatic ski jumper Ales Valenta has won his first competition with his new "icy breath" jump and Jiri Novak is
The Czech Under 19 football team beat England on Sunday to win a semi-finals place at the European Championships. The Czech women's tennis team have made sure of their place in next year's Fed Cup World Group, thanks to a play-offs win over South Africa in Durban. Meanwhile, swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova says a whole year's hard work has gone down the drain, after coming 11th in Barcelona. Vaclav Chalupa has won the Czech rowing championships for the 15th year in a row and ice hockey forward Vaclav Prospal has signed a five-year, 17.5-million-dollar
The Czech number one, Jiri Novak, has won the 550,000-Euro Swiss Open tennis tournament. After a great run of results, the Czech Republic's volleyball team have finished in fourth place at the World Series finals in Madrid. Jana Pechanova has taken silver in the 5 kilometre race at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona and boxer Rudolf Kraj has won the second major medal of his career.
The Wimbledon tennis tournament in London has not been going at all well for the Czech Republic's tennis players: of the ten who entered, only two - Novak and Stepanek - are still there after just three days. The Czech national football team have risen to tenth in FIFA's rankings, while Ostrava wonderboy Michal Papadopulos, looks set to join giants Arsenal, if he can get a Greek passport.
The Czech Republic have taken their best ever tally - three medals - at the European Triathlon Championships in Karlovy Vary. Leading Czech athlete Roman Sebrle has taken part in an unusual event - a complete decathlon not over the regular two days but in just 100 minutes! The Czech Republic's men's volleyball team have something to celebrate after reaching the sport's World League finals in Madrid next month. And in tennis news, Jiri Novak's coach says the Czech no. 1 may retire next year and Martina Narvratilova has made a call for smaller tennis
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