Czech soccer manager Jarolím under fire after poor Nations League start; javelin pair represent Europe in Continental Cup; climber Ondra misses out on third world championships gold; and Czech tennis pairing fail in Grand Slam hat trick bid.
Jarolím under fire after Ukraine defeat
The Czech Football Association were critical of the coach when he failed to get the country to the World Cup in Russia. Now Jarolím has a lot of work to do if his charges are to achieve anything in the new Nations League.
The Czechs took the lead after only four minutes in their first game in the competition, at home against Ukraine on Thursday. However, they conceded at the close of the first half and again, thanks to a mix-up at the back, on the 90th minute to eventually lose 2:1.
“Naturally it’s not pleasant. But it would be sad if one wasn’t up to the job. This is the coaching trade and you have to count on all possibilities. Football brings victories and defeats.”
The Czechs face the third team in their Nations League group, neighbours Slovakia, away on October 13 before another clash with Ukraine three days later.
Way before that they face Russia in a friendly in Rostov-on-Don on Monday night, after the recording of our show. Karel Jarolím has promised to ring the changes for that clash.
Vadlejch and Ogrodníková in Continental Cup action
Ondra misses out on third world gold
The phenomenal Czech climber Adam Ondra has failed to make it a hat trick of gold medals at the Climbing World Championships. Ondra finished second to Austria’s Jakob Schubert in Innsbruck to take silver this time out. Another Czech, Jakub Konečný, came sixth in Sunday’s final. The sport will be included in the Olympic Games for the first time in Tokyo in 2020.