In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballers fail in a friendly against Norway while at home, action continues in Gambrinus Liga; two Czech riders see mixed luck at motorcycle Grand Prix in Brno; Czech cross country rider wins 2011 World Cup; and three-time hockey world champion Oldřich Machač dies aged 65.
Czechs fail in Norway friendly
“I think we can sum it up quite simply: nothing worked. The only positive thing about the game was the fact that it wasn’t part of the EURO 2012 qualification. Everything else – the style of play we wanted to show, what we prepared for, just did not happen. It was one of those games when you get ready and it unfortunately turns out into the complete opposite.”
“My task is to advance to the European championship. When you look at our qualifying group, we are in the second place, ahead of our biggest rivals Scotland and Lithuania. We never really failed any of the qualifying games, which is why I’m not considering stepping down.”
In Gambrinus Liga, great start for Sparta Prague
Among the three newcomers, Hradec Králové has been doing best so far, ranking 6th with two wins and one loss. The biggest disappointment so far has been one of the most popular Czech clubs, Baník Ostrava, who is last with zero points and 11 conceded goals after the first three rounds of the top Czech football league. However, to fight their way up the league table, Baník signed their former striker Václav Svěrkoš who comes back after a poor stint with the French club Socheaux and Greece’s Panathinaikos.
125 ccm rider Kornfeil finishes 7th at Brno Grand Prix
“The race was decided in the 4th lap. There was a group of riders competing for second place and I wanted to join them. One of the riders dropped out, I passed him and we started fighting. But that delayed us and I could not catch up with the group ahead of us.”
In the Moto GP category, Karel Abraham was last on the grid but had a great start and passed two other riders. However, he fell in the fifth lap, and although he managed to come back in the race, but his bike failed him eight laps later and the Czech did not finish. In overall standings, both Czechs rank 12th in their respective categories.
Cross country biker Jaroslav Kulhavý wins World Cup series
“It’s the biggest success for me so far; the competition takes place throughout the season which means you can’t do poorly in any of the races. There is no room for mistakes. That’s why I really appreciate it; four wins is something amazing.”