Viktoria Plzeň rewarded fans at Prague’s Eden stadium on Tuesday with a match to remember against AC Milan in the Champions League. With just minutes remaining the Czech club scored not once but twice to earn a well-deserved draw. While not enough to advance, the club will at least continue in competition in UEFA’s Europa League in the spring.
In Sports News: The national football squad draws Russia, Poland and Greece in Group A at next year’s Championships; footballers Sparta win final autumn match but club will see key changes in management; in hockey, Kladno snaps Sparta’s 10-game undefeated streak; downhill skier Bank finishes 46th at Beaver Creek.
In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň see their first win in the Champions League; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych loses in the semifinal of the ATP’s World Tour Finals; in hockey, Czech hockey clubs refuse to form a joint Czech-Slovak league; and in motorsport, a Czech driver takes part in a Formula 1 event.
The early 1950s in Czechoslovakia was a bleak period in the country’s history, but there was also some escape from politics. In 1952 the Summer Olympics were held in the Finnish capital Helsinki and the undisputed hero of the games was the greatest Czech runner of all time, Emil Zátopek. Despite his extraordinary style, with his face contorted, his head and torso swinging, and emitting sounds that earned him the nickname of “the Czech locomotive”, he went to Helsinki having already twice broken the world record over 20 kilometres. His dream at
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In Sports News: The Czech Republic’s football squad downs Montenegro to boost its chances of reaching Euro 2012; Plzeň, currently in fourth spot in the Gambrinus Liga down 2nd league Sokolov in the 3rd round of the Czech Cup; Federer defeats Berdych in Paris; Russia has defeated the Czech Republic’s hockey team to win Karjala Cup.
Czech player Martin Staszko achieved the greatest success of his poker career when he finished second in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on Wednesday where the 35-year-old Czech won over 5.4 million US dollars in prize money. Czech players now hope his accomplishment will popularize poker back home, and eventually relax recently tightened Czech legislation on the game.
In Sports News: In tennis, the Czechs win their first Fed Cup in 23 years; Football’s Slavia win third in row under new coach Frantíšek Straka; goalkeeper Petr Čech, who suffered a broken nose, may miss the upcoming Euro 2012playoff against Montenegro; hockey star Jaromír Jágr and the Philadelphia Flyers demolish Columbus.
It was always going to be a tough battle for Czech squad Viktoria Plzeň in Champions League action on Tuesday and despite the team’s best efforts, especially in the first 20 minutes, things went south pretty fast. Barcelona star Lionel Messi earned a hat-trick on the evening and 4:0 was the final result at Prague’s Eden Stadium.