In Sports News: Petra Kvitová downs Sharapova in a thrilling Wimbledon final; Peschke in the doubles and Iveta Benešová in the mixed doubles also prove victorious; hockey star Jágr shocks Pens fans by signing with the Philadelphia Flyers; free agent goalie Tomáš Vokoun agrees deal with Washington, home to fellow Czech netminder Michal Neuwirth.
The former head of the Czech football association, František Chvalovský, has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted of credit fraud. Mr Chvalovský was once a major figure in Czech football, but has spent the last 10 years trying – so far unsuccessfully – to defend himself from fraud charges.
Some of the Czech media labelled it Super Monday – the 4th round at Wimbledon in which three Czech players were vying to make it to the tournament’s quarterfinals. In the end, only one of the three did: not Tomáš Berdych (a finalist at Wimbledon last year and the World No. 7) and not the lesser-known Petra Cetkovská, whose surprise run was ended by German player Sabine Lisicki. Through to the quarterfinal is 21-year-old Petra Kvitová who is showing sensational form, dispatching Belgian opponent Yanina Wickmayer in a mere 45 minutes. The score: 6:0,
Czech tennis players Kvitová, Berdych breeze through first three rounds at Wimbledon but Cetkovaská crushed by Lisicki in 4th; the Czech U21 and U17 football teams suffer defeats at the European and World championships; the national inline hockey team edges the US by a score of 3:2 in the final of the World Championships; hockey goalie Ondřej Pavelec is now a Winnipeg Jet.
The chairman of the Czech Football Association, Ivan Hašek, announced on Sunday that he was leaving his post in favor of resuming a career in coaching. The resignation of the man who has sometimes been dubbed “the savior of Czech football” two years into his four-year contract was met with consternation and disappointment by members of the football association and the public alike. Samuel Beckwith, the blogger behind the Czech Football Daily, speaks about the implications of Mr. Hašek’s resignation, what it means for the future of soccer in this
Czech footballers get off to a winning start at the European Under-21 Championships; Czech MotoGP rookie Karel Abraham finishes seventh in the British Grand Prix; the national handball team has successfully qualified for the European Championship in Serbia in 2012; Pro MTB rider Spěšný notches up first season win.
Football goalkeeper Petr Čech proves key in the Czechs’ draw against Peru in the Kirin Cup; Liechtenstein upset Lithuania in Euro 2012 qualifying to boost the Czech Republic’s own tournament chances; Viktoria Žižkov is promoted to the top flight, joining four other Prague clubs; tennis legends Mečíř, Novotná edge Lendl, Mandlíková in mixed-doubles in Prague; hockey goalie Hašek takes time off to hit the singletrack but plans to return in 2012/2013 season.
The Czech Football Association has given Slavia Prague a new lease on life, issuing the club a licence on Tuesday to play in the top flight next year. The club, with more than a 100-year history, was in danger of being relegated to the lowly third division over unpaid debts and a lack of ownership transparency. Now the most outstanding questions have been answered and the club will return next season.