In Sports News this Monday: Footballers assemble ahead of Euro 2016 – Vrba looks forward to rare period of prolonged training; champions Plzeň to replace boss Krejčí with Pivarník; Hradec Králové and Karviná win promotion; Czech swimmers leave London empty-handed; and Šafářová and Kvitová advance to second round at Roland Garros.
Lengthy training period before Euro 2016 a boon, says Czech team boss Vrba
“It’s been a long time since I’ve had the team together for three weeks. For me it’s something very different from meeting on Monday and then breaking up again on Thursday after a game. In that regard it will be a very positive time and, I hope, a time that will really help us a lot. I’m looking forward to it a lot.”
Thirteen of Vrba’s draft 25-man squad were in Poland for Euro 2012 and the group are set to be older than their Group D opponents Spain, Croatia and Turkey. The coach could have brought down the age average by including, for instance, 18-year-old Václav Černý, who has begun making an impact at Dutch club Ajax. But Vrba says the midfielder is not ready.
“Of course we all know that he’s very promising – he’s really interesting. On the other hand, I don’t think he has enough experience of senior football to go straight to the European Championship.”
Plzeň to appoint Pivarník manager after Krejčí quits
Czech league champions Viktoria Plzeň have moved quickly to replace Karel Krejčí, who has left to focus on his post as assistant to national team boss Vrba. According to press reports, the man overseeing Plzeň’s campaign for a third title in succession will be Roman Pivarník, a 49-year-old Slovak who has up to now been in charge at Prague club Bohemians 1905.
Hradec Králové and Karviná promoted to top flight
Blame me, says Baumrtová after Czech women swimmers miss medal in London
The Czech Republic’s swimmers left the European Aquatics Championships in London empty-handed. Closest to success were the women’s relay team, who finished fourth in Sunday’s final, 1:24 seconds off the medals. Czech team member Simona Baumrtová blamed herself for the result.
“I’m really sorry about it because I lost the relay. Apart from the 200 metres, nothing really went well for me here. I’ll have to think about where it went wrong. Compared to the other girls, my performance was definitely poorer.”