In Sports News this Monday: Swimmer Simona Baumrtová takes four medals at Short Course Championships; Plzeň draw Shakhtar Donetsk while Liberec will face AK Alkmaar in Europa League – Jan Nezmar says latter have learned to adapt for continental competition; and Czech curlers are heartbroken after missing out on Winter Olympics.
There was a fairytale night for Czech soccer on Tuesday night when the country’s title-holders Viktoria Plzeň kept their European campaign alive with a dramatic home win over CSKA Moscow. What’s more, the Champions League game was the perfect send-off for the manager who steered them into the competition, Pavel Vrba.
In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň face CSKA Moscow in Champions League tie to decide third spot and Europa League place; Dušan Uhrin Jr quits Dinamo Tiblisi, prompting speculation he may take over as Plzeň boss; Czech clubs are set for new ice hockey European Trophy; and Sparta celebrate 110 years with victory.
Tomáš Ujfaluši, a member of Czech football’s ‘golden generation’ which featured the likes of players like Milan Baroš, Jan Koller and Pavel Nedvěd, has decided to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old defender, who played for clubs like Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid and had 78 caps for the national squad, called it quits due to a lingering knee-injury which prevented him from fulfilling a one-year contract with Sparta Prague.
There was exciting news for Czech soccer fans on Monday evening with the announcement that Pavel Vrba will become national team manager in January. The highly respected coach is free to take the post after a buy-out clause was activated in his contract with Viktoria Plzeň, the club he led in 2011 to their first ever league title and a berth in the Champions League, a “double” he repeated this year.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech Republic achieve historic success by winning tennis’s Davis Cup for the second year in row; hero Štěpánek describes sharing moment with his family and explains what has driven him to succeed in competition, while doubles partner Berdych pays tribute to top pair’s teammates.
In Sports New this Monday: Coach Hadamczik disappointed with overseas players after Czechs lose all three games in Karjala Cup; Jágr now seventh in NHL all-time points tally table; Hejnová named Czech Athlete of Year but regrets absence of Špotáková; and non-playing captain Navrátil will miss Davis Cup final in Belgrade.