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.
In Sports News this Monday: with one round to go, Viktoria Plzeň clinch the Czech football title, Ústí nad Labem and Brno are relegated and Dukla Prague return among the elite; in tennis, Lucie Šafářová advances to French Open’s second round with more Czechs yet to face their first round opponents; and in cycling, Roman Kreuziger ranks in the top ten in Giro d’Italia.
The Czech hockey team continues streak at the World Championships with wins over Slovakia and Russia; Czech tennis player Kvitová breaks into the women’s top ten for the first time; League-leaders Plzeň defeat Mladá Boleslav to retain three point lead over Sparta; defending Premier League champions Petr Čech and Chelsea suffer defeat against Manchester United; Kenyan runners dominate Prague International Marathon.
The reigning ice hockey world champions the Czech Republic beat Finland 2-1 in their final preliminary match on Wednesday evening in Slovakia. Milan Michálek and Jaromír Jágr scored for the Czechs, while goalie Ondřej Pavelec only allowed a goal in the dying seconds. The team has shown its strength, finished first in Group D without losing any points and needs only one more win to guarantee a spot in the first sudden death round, the quarterfinals.
The Czechs get off to a winning start at the Ice Hockey World Championship, defeating Latvia 4:2; Czech defenceman Radek Martínek is out for six weeks after suffering chilling injury; Plzeň draw against Brno, leaving window of opportunity for Sparta; Petr Čech and Chelsea have fighting chance in Premier League title race.