Yes, it's sport of course, and in football, Sparta got off to the worst possible start in their champions league campaign with a 1-0 defeat against the English team Arsenal here in Prague on Tuesday.
Despite the midfield forays of Tomas Rosicky and the dangerous ariel threat posed by Jiri Novotny, it was a piece of individual brilliance that decided the result. On the half-hour Arsenal's Brazilian full-back Silvinho--who had been a major injury concern before the match--danced his way through a wave of Sparta defenders before lifting a cheeky chip over the advancing Postulka. It was a goal worthy of winning any match, as Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger highlighted: Arsene Wenger there and in Tuesday's UEFA Cup matches, Slovan Liberec will be optimistic after they drew their First Round, First Leg 2-2 away to IFK Norrkoping. Drnovice less so; they were held to a goalless draw at home to 1860 Munich.
Now, you may not have noticed but the Olympics are already underway--the men's and women's football competition starting two days ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sydney. So, just what kind of medals can the Czech Republic be hoping for Down Under? I had a quick word with the President of the Czech Olympic Committee Milan Jirasek: