In Sports News: Viktoria Plzeň are an unprecedented 12 points clear in the Czech league with only 12 games played; stuttering Sparta Prague need to get to grips with their problems, says defender Brabec after a home defeat to Teplice; Baroš scores two before exiting the pitch in pain on his return for Galatasaray; and Czech goaltenders Vokoun and Neuwirth enjoy positive starts to the NHL season.
The Czech national football team secured a comfortable win over Liechtenstein on Tuesday to keep its campaign for the European Championship, to be held in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, on track. The win saw goals from up-and-coming talent; nevertheless, some on the team are ruing the fact that the Czechs could have even been further ahead in their group.
In Sports News this Monday: Josef Váňa wins the Grand Pardubice steeplechase for the seventh time at the age of 57, though his latest triumph is not without controversy; the Czech Republic’s footballers put their campaign to reach Euro 2012 back on track with a win over Scotland in Prague; and Phoenix and Boston thrill fans as the NHL comes to the Czech capital for the second time.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs enjoy their biggest success in decades at the women’s basketball world championships, finishing second – it’s a miracle, says most valuable player Hana Horáková; the Czech men’s volleyball team make the quarter-finals in their world championships in Italy; and the Czech soccer squad assemble in Prague ahead of a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland.
In sports news this Monday: the women’s basketball world championship gets underway in the Czech Republic; in football, Galatasary’s Milan Baroš scores a hat-trick and gets injured in a single game; and at home, Plzeň set a league record as they establish a convincing lead at the top of the Gambrinus liga.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech men’s team fail to reach the final of the Davis Cup, despite having been 2:1 up against Serbia after day two of their semi-finals clash; Lukáš Konečný (32) becomes the first Czech boxer to win a European professional title; and it’s a weekend to forget for current and former Czech soccer captains Tomáš Rosický and Tomáš Ujfaluši.
The reigning Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková came first in the international Diamond League this year, but could only manage bronze at the European Championships in Barcelona. Following a season blighted by injuries, the 29-year-old announced last month she was parting company with her trainer – and planning to work with javelin legend Jan Železný. When I spoke to Špotáková this week, I asked the athletics star if it was true there had been a link between her training schedule and her injury problems.
In Sports News this Monday: the biggest Czech team ever at the European Rowing Championships takes home a bagful of medals, with gold for Ondřej Synek confirming his dominance this season; football league leaders Viktoria Plzeň wallop Ústí nad Labem in front of their first sell-out home crowd in years; and a battle of two Czech ice legends sees Jágr’s Omsk beat Hašek Spartak Moscow.