In Sports News this Monday: Roman Kreuziger becomes the first Czech ever to finish in the top ten in cycling’s Tour de France; Slavia and Sparta, the two main contenders for the Czech football league title, draw their opening games – not the best preparation for Champions League qualifiers this week; Pavel Nedvěd says his career is definitely over, at least as far as Europe is concerned; and Tomáš Fučík set a new Czech record in the 100 m backstroke in Rome.
Mission accomplished as Kreuziger, 23, breaks into top ten in Tour de France
Sparta and Slavia draw opening league games of season
On Tuesday Sparta host Panathinaikos in the first leg of their tie to reach the Champions League group stage. The next night Slavia are in action in the same competition, away to Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova.
Nedvěd: retirement decision is final, at least as regards Europe
Pavel Nedvěd’s future remains unclear, though he has ruled out playing in Europe again. Speaking as a special guest on Sunday at a cup game between his first club Dukla and Radotín, Nedvěd told journalists he had just been on holiday in the US and had a number of offers to join a Major League Soccer club. However, the midfielder, who turns 37 in a month’s time, said it was unlikely he would decide to accept any of them. Nedvěd, one of only two Czechs to have been named European player of the year, made his final appearance for Juventus at the end of last season.
Fučík sets new Czech 100 m backstroke record at Rome swimming worlds
Tomáš Fučík set a new Czech record in the 100 m backstroke at the world swimming championships in Rome on Monday morning. He knocked 44 hundredths of a second off his own record from last year, setting a new national best of 56.10 seconds. However, that wasn’t good enough to earn Fučík a place in the final in Rome.