In Sport News this Monday: in football, the Czech national team beats Lithuania to earn a Euro 2012 playoff place while Sparta Prague suffer first league defeat of the season; in tennis, Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová takes her fifth WTA title while the Czech women’s team prepares for Fed Cup final; and in cyclocross, world champion finishes third in the World Cup opener.
Czechs face Montenegro in Euro 2012 playoffs
“The draw was certainly good to us; having to play Turkey would have been much more difficult. But the fact that Montenegro managed to finish ahead of Switzerland and Wales in their group, that suggests they are also strong and we would be naïve to underestimate the opponent.”
For their part, the Montenegrins also seemed happy to land the Czech Republic as their rival in the playoffs as they avoided Portugal. The first leg of the playoffs is scheduled in Prague while the second will take place a week later in Montenegro.
Gambrinus liga one third stage completed, with Sparta in lead
“I think we might have been affected by the international break; other clubs had a chance to train while many of our players were with their national sides and there were only ten of us here. But that’s no excuse; we played horribly while Liberec were great.”
Sparta Prague with 27 points lead the league table, followed by Jablonec in second and Liberec in third. The Czech participant in this year’s Champions League, Viktoria Plzeň, moved up to fourth place after they beat Slovácko 3:1 on Friday, less than a week before they play FC Barcelona in Spain.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová wins her fifth WTA title of the season
Fed Cup captain nominates squad for final against Russia
Petra Kvitová will also be the Czech team’s number one for the upcoming Fed Cup Final against Russia, scheduled for November 5 and 6 in Moscow. Besides her, team captain Petr Pála nominated Lucie Šafářová, Lucie Hradecká and Květa Peschkeová for the match. The Czechs will be attempting to win the Fed Cup title for the first time in 23 years. In 1988, the Czechoslovak team - included Jana Novotná and Helena Suková - beat the Soviet Union.
Zdeněk Štybar finishes third in cyclocross World Cup opener
“I knew even before the start that I’m probably not in the condition to win. But I felt better and better in the race so I thought I could do it. Around halfway through, I saw that Sven was not doing so well but he did a great a job and showed all of us how to finish.”
Several racers, including winner Sven Nys, complained about the start of the race when a Czech TV cameraman was standing in their way at the very moment the race began. However, their protests were rejected by the race judges.
In hockey, Slavia angers Brno fans with one-time ticket price raise
And finally, the Czech top hockey division last week saw a controversy between Slavia Prague and the fans of Kometa Brno. In anticipation of large crowds of Kometa supporters, Slavia raised ticket prices for Friday’s game – but Kometa fans declared a boycott of the match, and many of them stayed in Brno. In response to the criticism, Slavia’s marketing manager Antonín Blažek said the raise in price was solely motivated by higher costs; when Kometa fans stop behaving like pigs, Mr Blažek said, Slavia won’t have to up the prices of tickets. In past games between Slavia and Kometa, up to 9,000 fans arrived in Prague to support their team. In the end, it was disappointment for Slavia fans as Kometa eventually annihilated Slavia 9:5.