In Sports News this Monday: at least one member of the Teplice team is suffering from swine flu, but the Czech FA refuses to postpone their game Monday; Tomáš Necid nets two for CSKA in the Moscow derby against Spartak, while Jan Morávek, also 20, scores his debut goal for Schalke; and speed skater Martina Sáblíková comes close to her own world record in a spectacular 5000 m in Norway.
In Sports News this Monday: Michal Bílek loses his first game as Czech international football coach after fielding a young side against the UAE; Pavel Nedvěd will take a coaching role at Juventus, according to an Italian newspaper; and Radek Štěpánek climbs to 12th in the world rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Paris.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs come last with only one point at ice hockey’s Karjala Cup, despite taking the lead in all three of their games; javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the third time in a row; and Teplice are now three points in front in the Czech football league after a win over their nearest rivals Jablonec.
In Sports News this Monday: Teplice remain top of the Czech football league, though Jablonec are in hot pursuit; remarkably, all of the latter’s eight victories this season have been by a single goal; champions Slavia Prague are under pressure, after only taking one point in four games; Czech soccer great František Veselý dies at 65; and in ice hockey’s Extraliga, new coach David Volek makes an immediate impact at Sparta Prague.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballer Milan Baroš could be out for two months after breaking a bone in his foot in a game for Galatasaray, while Marek Jankulovski is set for ankle surgery; Teplice remain on top of the Czech football league, despite dropping two points at České Budějovice; skier Šárka Záhrobská takes nul points from her first slalom event of the season; and after 20 rounds Třínec lead ice hockey’s Extraliga.
Less than a week after Ivan Hašek stepped down as manager of the Czech international football team his successor has been announced. Michal Bílek, hitherto Hašek’s assistant, has been given a three-year contract and a clear task: rebuild the Czech squad and lead them to Euro 2012. But does the 44-year-old have what it takes?
In Sports News this Monday: with Ivan Hašek stepping down as manager of the Czech international football team, his former assistant Michal Bílek is the bookies’ favourite to take over on the Czech bench; Slavia Prague’s goalkeeper is carried from the pitch by an ambulance after a clash with an opponent leaves him out cold for 10 minutes; Petra Kvitová is beaten in the final of tennis’s Linz Open; and decathlete Roman Šebrle says he wants to return to the Olympics – as a golfer.
So it’s official, the Czech Republic’s footballers will not be going to next year’s World Cup in South Africa. With Slovenia, as expected, beating San Marino, the result of the Czechs’ final qualifier against Northern Ireland in Prague on Wednesday night became irrelevant. In any case, a poor game ended 0:0. It was the last match in charge for coach Ivan Hašek and the last appearance for left back Marek Jankulovski, who retires with 78 caps. Given the fact their group looked relatively easy, where did it all go wrong for the Czech Republic? That’s