Friday night at 8:45 p.m., the Czech national team meets Russia, its first opponent in the group stage of the EURO 2012 soccer championships, hosted by Poland and the Ukraine. The Czechs will also be playing Greece and Poland in the group stage. Ahead of the kick-off, we spoke to Czech soccer star Pavlína Ščasná-Nováková, who previously has played with FC Bayern Munich as well as other international teams, about the Czechs’ chances, the health of the squad’s star players and the strengths of the national team.
In Sports News: the Czech national football team arrives in Poland ahead of Euro 2012; in hockey, the L.A. Kings have won the first two games of Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, lessening the chance the cup will travel to the Czech Republic this year; in tennis, world No. 4 Petra Kvitová and fellow Czech player Klára Zakopalová have both made it to the fourth round at the French Open.
In Sports News: Eleven days before the start of Euro 2012, football coach Bílek makes final change to national team roster; in related news, the coach will head the national squad at least until the summer of 2014; Czech swimmer Petra Chocová takes gold the European Swimming Championships in Hungary; cyclist Kreuziger finishes in disappointing 15th spot in Giro d’Italia; press suggests Leafs could pick-up hockey goalie Vokoun.
It was a dramatic game: a last-minute goal by Milan Michálek some 30 seconds before the end of the match against Sweden on Thursday brought the Czechs the victory they needed to advance to the semi-finals in this year’s Ice Hockey World Championship. The Czech 4:3 result also marks the first time in 12 years that Sweden will not be playing in the semifinals. In the next match, the Czech Republic faces its neighbor Slovakia. While this is the third time that the Czechs will be competing for a spot in the finals, this year’s solid performance of the
In Sports News: Liberec win Czech football title; Arsenal, with Czech midfielder Tomáš Rosický, have secured a spot in next year’s Champions League; Chimsa, Kiprop win Prague International Marathon while legendary footballer Pavel Nedvěd also takes part; the Czech national hockey team wins over Italy but loses to Russia in group stage action at the World Championship in ice hockey; Czech tennis player Berdych loses to Federer in Madrid final.
The Czech national hockey team has not been firing on all cylinders so far at the Ice Hockey World Championships hosted by Sweden and Finland. In three games, it won twice and lost once, but each match was a struggle, the last – against Denmark – came down to penalty shots. Can the squad turn things around moving forward – putting together a faster, more dynamic game?
In Sports News: the Czech squad wins its opener but loses its second match at World Ice Hockey Championships; in the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs Jágr’s Philadelphia face an uphill battle to make it to the next round; London football club Chelsea, together with star Czech goalie Petr Čech, win the FA Cup; Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová slips to World No. 4.