In Sports News this Monday: one of the greatest Czech soccer players ever Pavel Nedvěd makes his final appearance for Juventus; Sparta Prague secure a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League in their last game of the season, while Zlín are relegated; Bohemians 1905 win exclusive rights to the name Bohemians; and the French Open is a real washout with 13 of 20 Czech singles players going out in the first round.
In Sports News this Monday: young Czech defender Jan Šimůnek wins the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg; with Slavia having taken the Czech league title attention has turned to the fight for second place, with Sparta currently edging it over Liberec; Robert “Bobby” Holík retires after 18 seasons in ice hockey’s NHL; and Czech handball star Filip Jícha puts his club Kiel ahead in the final of the sport’s Champions League.
Part of the American response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was a threat to boycott the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The Soviet troops stayed put and the boycott went ahead, initiated by US President Jimmy Carter. To a greater or lesser extent, dozens of countries joined the protest.
Slavia Prague have won the Czech football league for the second time in a row, after beating Viktoria Žižkov on Monday evening. For decades they have had been accused of being věčně druhý (forever second), overshadowed by the country’s richest club, Sparta Prague. So do Slavia’s two titles in two seasons represent a real power shift in Czech football?
2008 was a good year for Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková. In the course of one season, the 27-year-old took Olympic gold in a nail-biting final in Beijing, smashed the women’s javelin world record and was voted Czech Athlete of the Year for the second time running. On Tuesday, Barbora Špotáková, who is also the World champion in the women’s javelin, released a book telling her story so far. After the launch, I asked her which of the many successes she had enjoyed last year meant the most to her:
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.