In Sports News this Monday: Michal Bílek loses his first game as Czech international football coach after fielding a young side against the UAE; Pavel Nedvěd will take a coaching role at Juventus, according to an Italian newspaper; and Radek Štěpánek climbs to 12th in the world rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Paris.
Czechs lose first football international under new boss Bílek
“The main thing is the guys are young and most of them are getting their first starts. It was to be expected that we didn’t have a particularly great understanding today. On the other hand, I don’t think it was bad, but we should perform100 percent better in the future. That’s why we’re playing these two friendlies, so that the young guys can get started, and obviously so it’ll be better in the future.”
Manager Michal Bílek said nerves played a role in Sunday’s defeat.
The Czech Republic take on Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Their next game after that is another friendly, against Argentina in the middle of December, though no venue has yet been set.
Nedvěd to take coaching role at Juventus, says daily
In other football news, the Italian newspaper Tuttosport has reported that former Czech captain Pavel Nedvěd will take up a coaching role at Juventus next year. The daily said Nedvěd, who is 37, would first train youngsters at his former club, before joining the senior coaching staff at Juve next season.