Not only Czech football fans but fans of football from around the world will no doubt welcome news that Chelsea keeper Petr Cech's condition has reportedly improved following surgery in Oxford. At the weekend the star keeper underwent emergency surgery after suffering a skull fracture from a collision between Cech and Reading's Stephen Hunt in the English Premiership. Fans are wishing the keeper a speedy and full recovery.
Netminder Cech undergoes operation for skull fracture; Czechs draw 1:1 against Ireland in Euro 2008 qualifier; Sparta third in domestic league; Vaidisova comes close but fails to reach final of Kremlin Cup; Czech authorities consider F1 circuit in Prague; Jagr, Havlat top players' point standings in NHL.
In Sports News: the 116th Velka Pardubicka steeplechase is a success from a Czech perspective - and for 53-year-old trainer-jockey Josef Vana; it's mission accomplished as the Czech Republic beat lowly San Marino to make it three winds out of three in their campaign to reach football's Euro 2008 - and strikers Baros and Koller are back together, and back among the goals; and ice hockey coach Vladimir Ruzicka is set to decide whether to leave crisis-hit Slavia Prague.
In Sports News this week: there are no Czech teams in football's Champions League this season but a record three have reached the group stage of the UEFA Cup, including Mlada Boleslav, who scored a famous victory over Marseille - we hear from the former's manager; Jaromir Jagr is back - and scoring again - after a shoulder operation in June; and last season's finalists Slavia Prague are bottom of the Czech ice hockey league.
In Sports News: the Czech men's tennis team are back in the elite World Group in the Davis Cup after a resounding victory over the Netherlands; Mlada Boleslav are now two points clear in the Czech football league; Sparta fine Repka for giving the finger to Teplice fans, while disgraced former Zizkov boss Hornik is back in the game; and hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek wins on his return with the Detroit Red Wings.
South of Prague near the town of Pribram is a decommissioned military airstrip just off the highway. Before you see any sign of the airport you see the sky above filled with parachutes gently falling towards the earth. Welcome to the Pribram drop zone. The man in command of this place is checking a flight manifest - or passenger list - and scanning the skies with a high tech pair of binoculars.
In Sports News: Czech football champions Slovan Liberec have maintained their excellent start to the current season; Lukas Hartig makes a dream return to the Czech league - scoring two days after signing for Olomouc; the Czech Fed Cup coach welcomes a draw with "former brothers" Slovakia; and the Czech women's basketball team qualify for the knock-out stages at the World Championships.
In Sports News: Martina Navratilova's glittering career has come to an end with victory in the mixed doubles at the US Open - the tennis legend says she feels both joy and sorrow at retiring at the age of 49; Martin Damm wins the men's doubles at the US Open, taking his first Grand Slam title at 34; javelin great Jan Zelezny receives a standing ovation at his last international meeting; and Sparta Prague's new boss gets off to a winning start in a game of two halves.
Though I would say I am reasonably familiar with Czech culture and history, I must admit that I often have to scratch my head a bit - and consult the internet - whenever we feature a new question in our Radio Prague monthly quiz. The subject of the most recent competition - the remarkable prize-winning tennis, ice hockey and football player Karel Kozeluh - was certainly somebody I should have been familiar with, and I learned about his amazing career with fascination.