In Sports News this Monday: Roman Bednář is suspended by West Bromwich Albion following a newspaper report that he bought illegal drugs – the player says sorry, while the Czech football manager says the player won’t now be called up for a friendly next month; Bohemians 1905 celebrate returning to the top flight in the Czech league; and Radek Štěpánek should be fit in time for next week’s French Open.
Just over a month after the sacking of Petr Rada, František Straka has been appointed manager of the Czech international soccer squad. Straka has a reputation as an inspirational figure, though he has achieved little at club level. What’s more, his appointment is not definitive: he could be gone in a couple of months.
In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Berdych wins his first title of the season after an epic battle with Russia’s Youzhny in the final of the Munich Open; with an eight-point lead and only three games to go, Slavia Prague seem assured of winning the Czech football league again; Czech-born golfer Alex Čejka squanders the biggest final day lead in the history of the Players Championship; and questions are being asked about where it went wrong for the Czechs at the world ice hockey championships.
In Sports News this Monday: after two defeats, the Czechs bounce back at the ice hockey world championships, reaching the quarter-finals with a whopping 8:0 win over Slovakia and overcoming Belarus 3:0; upcoming Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger (23) wins the Tour of Romandie; and after a run of five games without a win, Slavia Prague’s lead at the top of the Czech football league is shrinking.
The Czech national football team remains without a manager, following the sacking of Petr Rada three weeks ago after only nine months at the helm. A number of names, both Czech and foreign, have been bandied about in the media as a possible replacement. Meanwhile, the results of a big public vote on who should manage the Czech team have just been revealed.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech women’s tennis team come close to reaching their first Fed Cup final in over two decades before suffering a total collapse against the US in the doubles; the Czech Republic make a solid start at the world ice hockey championships, beating Denmark 5:0; football goalkeeper Petr Čech makes 13th in a rich list of Premiership players under 30; and Jakub Smrž reaches the podium in the Superbike World Championship for the first time in his career.
Dominik Hašek is nothing less than an ice hockey legend – six time Vezina trophy winner, holder of the Olympic gold and two Stanley Cup rings. Now, the goaltender nicknamed the Dominator is back. On Tuesday Hašek confirmed he would return to the ice next season. This time not in the NHL, but in the Czech Extraliga.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic impress in their final game before the ice hockey World Championships; legendary goaltender Dominik Hašek, 44, is said to be close to joining home town club Pardubice; the Czech women’s team prepare to face the US in the Fed Cup semi-finals, with worries Petra Kvitová may miss the tie through injury; and Zdeněk Grygera salvages a point for Juve, while Petr Čech reaches the FA Cup at the end of a nightmare week.
In Sports News this Tuesday: Karlovy Vary records an historic ice hockey championship triumph; Slavia draw in the Prague football derby to take another step towards the title; there’s no rush to fill the Czech national football manager’s vacant spot; and a Czech tennis player humbles the mighty Serena Williams.
Czech football is at one of its lowest ebbs in years. As well as doing poorly on the field, the national team has been embroiled in scandal off it, with reports that players went out partying after losing to Slovakia in Prague last week. Now the coach has been sacked, the captain has retired and six players have been expelled from the national squad.