In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballers book spot at Euro 2016 with two qualifiers to go – Limberský praises Vrba’s Midas touch; Synek wins gold at World Rowing Championships after poor season; and Chinese firm buys Slavia Prague.
Czechs book Euro 2016 spot early
“Which of you would have bet on that? Nobody, right? To finish ahead of Turkey and the Netherlands two rounds from the end is unbelievable. Even though our performances weren’t always ideal and our play was a bit creaky our team work was strong. Two-thirds of the squad are from the Czech league, which is really great – it shows the high quality of the competition.”
Limberský previously played under coach Vrba at Viktoria Plzeň and was fulsome in his praise for the Czech manager.
“The boss is a child of fortune. He simply has the karma for it. Wherever he goes, he’s successful. That’s one of the reasons I’m glad to be in the national squad – because you’re almost always guaranteed to enjoy success with him. We appreciate that and we’re going to capitalise on it in future.”
Synek takes gold at Worlds after poor season
“At the end of the day, I said we have to aim high. We trained thoroughly and things got better. We took out the old boat that he won on last year. Everything worked out. After a training camp in Italy we discovered an old centre on Slapy Dam where they cooked really well and looked after us.”