In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň beat Liberec to win soccer season curtain-raiser Super Cup; Čech wins plaudits for Arsenal debut; and it’s Black Panthers versus Bobcats in Czech Bowl American football final.
Plzeň begin season with Super Cup win over Liberec
“To tell you the truth, this time we really went out with the aim of winning. In past seasons we were holding something back. We had other games coming up in three or four days, such as qualification rounds for the Champions League. This time we have a whole week before our next game. So we said we wanted the trophy – and we went for it.”
Manager Miroslav Koubek said Plzeň’s players would celebrate their Super Cup success relatively soberly.
“Of course they should be responsible and mature and limit their celebrations to the changing room and then go out for dinner. I trust the players will do the right thing, even though they do like to celebrate. They’re reasonable. We know what awaits us in the coming days.”
Plzeň’s next game will see them begin their league title defence with a home clash with Slavia Prague in the first round of the new season next weekend.
Čech impresses on Arsenal debut
Panthers face Bobcats in “Czech Super Bowl”
“In comparison with the Super Bowl the Czech Bowl is lagging a long way behind. But we try to make the game into a show in the American style, so there is some parallel. Our campaign this year has the heading ‘The toughest cultural event of the year’. We want to point to the parallels between sport and culture. It’s always a matter of great emotion and drama.”