In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players win the Karjala Cup for the first time in 18 attempts; Barbora Špotáková becomes Czech Athlete of the Year for the sixth year in a row; the Czech men’s tennis team are preparing to meet Spain in the Davis Cup final in Prague; Viktoria Plzeň go top in the Czech soccer league; and the national team have gathered ahead of a friendly against Slovakia.
Czechs win Karjala Cup for first time at 18th attempt
“It didn't really matter who scored the goals. We succeeded in defending well. We were very tight and we kept the space in front of the goal clear. To get through the tournament and only concede two goals is fantastic. Also trainer Hadamczik gives young players a chance, and we had a young line for the whole tournament. I take it as an excellent start to the season.”
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No surprises as Olympic javelin champ Špotáková is named Athlete of Year
“It’s the cherry on the cake after the season. This poll always means that I look back over the whole year, how the other nominees did, how my season went. It’s nice to look back at all of that, and to set targets a bit for next year.”
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Czech national squad preparing for Slovakia friendly
The Czech national squad gathered in Prague on Monday ahead of their last game of the year, a friendly against Slovakia in Olomouc on Wednesday. Coach Michal Bílek has called up five uncapped players for that match.