In Sports News: the bad results keep coming for Nicole Vaidišová, who was knocked out in her first match at the French Open – her fifth first-round exit in a row; the Czech football squad are preparing for Euro 2008 warm-up games against Lithuania and Scotland, though with Tomáš Rosický out of action, questions remain over their most effective line-up – and who should wear the captain’s armband; and Vítězslav Lavička looks set to take the hottest seat in Czech domestic football, the manager’s job at Sparta Prague.
Vandalism and football hooliganism that has become an increasing problem for both the authorities and people living in the vicinity of football stadiums. The interior ministry has now announced strict new measures to bring the problem under control. Football hooliganism continues to be a major drain on police resources as well as a safety threat.
Manchester United overcame Chelsea on penalties in last night's Champions League final clash in Moscow. Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech played his part in the drama, saving a penalty in the shootout, but his club season with Chelsea has ultimately ended without silverware. Čech will now be hoping to put disappointment with his club side behind him as he looks ahead to the Czech Republic's participation in the European Championships this summer.
In Sports News this Monday: it’s all football today, with Slavia Prague winning their first league title in 12 years; after their rollercoaster end to the season, Slavia coach Karel Jarolím says, all’s well that ends well, while midfield veteran Vladimír Šmicer compares this team to the 1996 Slavia title-winning side; Bohemians 1905 and Most are relegated; and Czech international goalkeeper Petr Čech is looking forward to what he says is the biggest game of his career, the Champions League final.
Four minutes can be a long time in hockey, especially when guarding the slimmest of leads, the situation for the Czech Republic in its quarterfinal match against Sweden on Wednesday at the Ice Hockey World Championship. In the final minutes, the national team led Sweden 2-1 but failed to block an equaliser sending the game into overtime. Worse, in OT, the Swedes struck again, making this the second year in a row the Czechs will finish outside the medals.
In Sports News: Sparta Prague collapse and Slavia Prague go two points ahead with one game remaining in the Czech football league; Sparta’s boss announces his decision to quit at the end of the season – and is promptly sacked; the Czechs are beaten by Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships; Patrik Eliáš is hurt by a TV camera in that game, but should be fit for Wednesday’s quarter-finals game; Štěpánka Hilgertová, 40, wins her second European slalom title; and Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara wins the Prague International Marathon.
The official opening of Slavia Prague's new stadium on Wednesday night was a momentous occasion for the football club, who for seven years had no ground of their own while a reconstruction project dragged on at their traditional home at Eden in Prague 10. Fourteen thousand red-and-white fans turned out to see the ultra-modern stadium, and an exhibition game between Slavia and Oxford University - the two sides having first played each other in 1899.
This weekend will see thousands of runners take to the streets of Prague for the 14th Prague International Marathon. The main 26-mile event will start on Pařížska Street, off Prague's Old Town Square this Sunday morning. Yet again the race will see not only a line-up of the world's top elite athletes, but also competitors from all walks of life and all around the world. I spoke to the President of the Marathon's Organizing Committee, Carlo Capalbo, about the history of the event and how he has seen it grow over the years.
In Sports News this Monday: mixed results for the Czech ice hockey team at the World Championships in Quebec, though there are several positives to be taken from a defeat to Russia; Jaromír Jágr pledges his future to New York Rangers following the club’s exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs; Sparta Prague falter in the race for the Czech football league title after Řepka sees red; and the Prague Open tennis tournament is won by Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
In today’s Mailbox, you will find out who the mystery lady from our April competition was. We will also announce the names of four of Radio Prague’s listeners who were drawn out of the hat and will receive small prizes from us for their correct answers. And of course, there is a brand new quiz question for you. Listeners quoted: Prasanta Kumar Padmapati, Christine Takaguchi-Coates, Jana Vaculik, Ian Morrison, Mark Guy, Panha Pen, Deepa Chakraborty, Colin Law, Partha Sarathi Goswami, Henrik Klemetz, David Eldridge, Christopher Roberts, Charles