In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň top ice hockey’s Extraliga going into the second half of the regular season; defender Marek Židlický waves goodbye after a successful return to his first club Kladno; the Czechs hammer Japan at the World Floorball Championships; and Viktoria Plzeň play Atletico Madrid to decide on top spot in their Europa League group.
Plzeň on top while Židlický moves on after happy spell at Kladno
“I wasn’t here to pick up points, but to prepare chances for the other guys so that we could win games. I’ve really enjoyed it from the start of the season. The fans have been great. That’s why we’re here, or at least that’s why I was here. And Kladno are at the top end of the table, which is great.”
Czechs rout Japanese in first game at World Floorball Championships
“I think it’ll be a completely different game, because we’ll be facing players who are at another level entirely. If we go into the match lightly it certainly won’t be simple. We’ll do everything to ensure that our players are 100-percent focused.”
Filip Jícha voted world’s best handball player
Czech handball international Filip Jícha has just been named world’s greatest player, in an international poll conducted by the website Handball Planet.
Plzeň host Atletico Madrid in group winner decider
Jockey Bartoš parts company with jockey and trainer Váňa
Two big names in the world of Czech horseracing are parting company, the news website iDnes reported on Monday. Jockey Josef Bartoš says he is moving on after failing to reach agreement on extending his contract to ride for the stable of the legendary jockey and trainer Josef Váňa. Bartoš won the Velká pardubická steeplechase on Váňa’s Decent Fellow in 2006 and Sixteen in 2008.