In Sports News this Monday: After five wins in succession at ice hockey worlds Czechs suffer surprise defeat to Denmark; Rosický leaves Arsenal amid speculation of Sparta move; Olomouc owner suggests refereeing conspiracy following final day relegation; and Berdych parts company with coach Vallverdu.
In four weeks’ time, the Czech Republic will face holders Spain in their opening game at football’s 2016 European Championship in France. The Czechs reached the final in the competition in 1996 and the semi-finals eight years later. But what chances will Pavel Vrba’s team – notably short on star names – have this time out? I put those questions to journalist Michal Petrák from the daily Sport. But our conversation first took in the Czech domestic league – and specifically why attendances are so low.
In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň lift Czech league title with three rounds to go – coach Krejčí says November win over rivals Sparta sparked march to championship; Lucie Šafářová shows form of old with Prague Open win; and Jágr is shortlisted for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication to ice hockey.
Markéta “Peggy” Marvanová is a Czech mountain biker specialising in adventure racing. At the age of just 18, she won the annual 1000 Miles race across the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the first time. Since, she has taken part in gruelling contests including The Tour Divide, which stretches across America. Markéta is also well-known as the lone female rider in the ranks of courier company Messenger in Prague. In this edition of Czech Life, we discuss the thrill of mountain bike racing, the outback, and much more.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech women reach fifth Fed Cup final in six years after beating Swiss in Lucerne; Sparta boss Ščasný “concedes” title race to Plzeň with five rounds to go; Liberec and Sparta tied 1:1 in Extraliga playoffs final; and Chodov become Czech floorball champions in front of record crowd.