In Sports News this Monday: Czechs beat Argentina to reach Davis Cup finals; in football, Plzeň controversially beats Sparta Prague in Gambrinus Liga; Czech hockey fans look forward to NHL stars coming home to play during lockout; and in athletics, Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková returns to her roots and stets her new personal best in heptathlon.
The newly-formed hockey club Lev Praha has made its debut in the Kontinental Hockey League. The first Czech-based team to join the KHL got two wins out of its three home games before setting off on a tour of Russia and Belarus. But has the new club also succeeded in bringing Czech hockey fans to see KHL action in Prague?
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych scored an important win at the US Open when he beat world number one Roger Federer in the tournament’s quarterfinal. Berdych, whose play against the Swiss has been described as overwhelmingly powerful, will next play Andy Murray of the UK for a spot in the US Open final.
In Sports News: Kvitova loses a three-setter against Bartoli at the US Open; the Czech Rally Zlín ends in tragedy; football’s František Cipro is fired as Dynamo České Budějovice coach; Czech paralympians make their mark in London; football clubs Sparta and Plzeň learn who they will face in the Europa League.
Daniel Rossi Silva is a professional Brazilian football player who plays for the Czech top league team SK Sigma Olomouc. Before he has become one of the most respected defensive midfielders, there, he also played in Japan. How does he deal with different cultures? The 31-year old athlete speaks Portuguese, English, Italian and – surprisingly – very good Czech.
This week a spectacular opening ceremony heralded the beginning of the 2012 Paralympic games in London with the themes of enlightenment and diversity. Czechs are being represented at the games by 52 athletes competing across many traditional events like athletics and swimming, but will also be appearing in paralympics-only sports such as Boccia.
Vávra Hradílek was the first athlete from the Czech National team to clinch a medal at the XXX Summer Olympic Games in London this year. The kayaker, who has a vibrant personality and is both thoughtful and sharp on issues, discusses what it was like to win silver, as well as how he hopes to use his new-found fame.
In Sports News: Barbora Špotáková wins Diamond League in women’s javelin for second time in career; in football, Czech midfielder Petr Jiráček appears Hamburg-bound; Bayer Leverkusen want almost 100,000 euros in damages for attack on team player; Sparta and Jablonec face each other on Monday in Czech top division; Kvitová faces Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in the first round of the US Open.