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The Czech Republic's international football team have drawn with Greece 0-0 in a dynamic friendly match and the once-famous Drnovice football club is reportedly near extinction.

Czech Republic - Greece 0:0

The Czech Republic's international football team drew 0:0 with Greece in a friendly on Wednesday evening in the Greek town of Iannina. A lively Greek crowd applauded the match, which produced several goal opportunities on both sides. It was a less than full strength line-up, though that was not necessarily a bad thing, as it gave several promising players a taste of international football, including several members of the Liberec team which are currently leading the Czech league. Czech coach Karel Brueckner said after the game that he was satisfied with the result and the performance of the new line-up. "We drew in the last two matches so it may seem we are playing rather defensively at the moment, but this is not true."

Drnovice football club very close to extinction

And the collapse of the Czech first division club Drnovice continues. The club has been crippled by financial problems and is now under receivership; nine players have been sold - all of them to Pribram. Quite simply, if the club fails to find an investor very soon it will be history.

Czech-Slovak ice hockey international ends in draw

It's just over a week now till the ice hockey World Championships in Sweden and the Czech Republic has played yet another friendly against Slovakia - the third in a week. After two victories for the Czechs, Tuesday's game ended in a 4:4 draw. It was a game for the fans, said Czech goaltender Dusan Salficky - both goaltenders were kept busy.

The national squad are now ensconced at a training camp, among them their biggest star Jaromir Jagr, whose arrival home in Prague received extensive coverage in the sports pages. I'm here for one reason, said Jagr - to succeed at the World Championships and to help the national side win. And perhaps the biggest Czech ice hockey stars still playing in his home country - Zlin's Petr Cajanek - has become Extraliga player of the year in the annual players ' poll.