Although neither club has made an official announcement yet, it appears that Arsenal’s signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech is just about a done deal. Čech played for 11 seasons with the Blues, helping the club win the Premier League title four times as well as the Champions League. But after he lost the No. 1 spot to Thibaut Courtois last season, it was only a matter of time before the 33-year-old goalkeeper moved on.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs keep hopes alive at U21 Euros after Kliment hat-trick delivers win over Serbia – they now face Germany with place in semi-finals at stake; Plíšková misses out on first top 10 appearance after defeat in Birmingham final; and Czech women’s basketball team to miss Olympics after exiting Euros at last-16 stage.
The biggest football tournament ever held in the Czech Republic gets underway on Wednesday evening with the opening game of the European Under-21 Championship between the hosts and Denmark at Prague’s Eden stadium. Who are the star names to watch out for? And how far can the Czechs go? I put those questions to journalist Michal Petrák. But I first asked him what hosting the U21 Euros means for Czech soccer.