In Sports News this Monday: Baroš scores twice for Mladá Boleslav against relegation-bound boyhood club Ostrava as soccer season resumes; no change at top as Sparta prepare for Europa League action; and Czech women’s biathlon team win relay on eve of World Championships.
Baroš teary-eyed after scoring against relegation-bound ex-club Ostrava
“I had tears in my eyes at the end. It’s the club where I grew up. It still upsets me that I had to leave – otherwise I’d still be there… They have good players, but it’s a new Baník and it will take some time for things to come good. They’re all 17 or 18 years old, so even a 3:0 defeat like today will teach them a lot. If they’re to win promotion back to the first division next season, they’ll have to be prepared.”
Manager Vlastimil Petržela – who has helmed several Czech clubs and enjoyed success in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg – took over at Ostrava last month with the full expectation that they will go down. He says he is focused on getting his young charges in shape for next year’s promotion challenge.
“I’m glad that the team is 90 percent made up of guys from Ostrava. This is a real Baník, not just some cobbled together side. I said that I would bring the club back to the first division next year and that’s what I am going to do.”