In Sports News: Czech football all-time great Masopust dies at 84; defending champion Kvitová battles illness ahead of Wimbledon first round match; Šafářová in spotlight at All England Club after reaching French Open final; and Prague’s Podolí swimming stadium celebrates 50th anniversary.
Football legend Josef Masopust dies at 84
In an earlier group game against the same opponents Pele was injured but stayed on the pitch as substitutes were not allowed in those days. As Masopust recounted half a century later in 2012, the great Brazilian was flabbergasted when the Czech sportingly ordered his teammates not to attack as Pele had been effectively hamstrung (the game ended 0:0).
“He said, The whole of my footballing life they’ve treated me like a punch-bag – but now I’ve experienced something beyond my comprehension… From that time I’ve had a great relationship with Brazilian supporters. They admire me for that gesture, because Pele was and is the king to them.”
Title holder Kvitová battling illness ahead of Wimbledon return
“I’ve still got a head cold but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was. I stayed in bed and was glad I could doze during the day. Luckily I haven’t had to take antibiotics… Not having trained means the nerves and pressure will be greater. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to play a single match, which isn’t much of a confidence booster. But I said it’s better not to play than to play and lose in the first round.”