In Sports News this Monday: Sparta Prague will face Panathinaikos yet again for a place in the Champions League group stage – captain Patrik Berger says any opponent in Sparta’s part of the draw was going to be tough; Tomáš Rosický says he is a footballer reborn after his first game in a year and a half; Jan Koller (36) is reportedly ready to come out of international retirement; and Austria’s Sybille Bammer wins tennis’s Prague’s Open.
Sparta face Panathinaikos yet again in Champions League qualifier
“It would have been hard to choose an opponent – all the teams were difficult. If we want to get into the Champions League we have to beat a difficult opponent …One advantage is that their league starts later, and they won’t yet have found their rhythm. I think they were beatable last year, and it’ll be the same again this year.”
The first, home leg of that tie takes place next week. Slavia Prague, who as Czech champions were in an easier draw, will face either Inter Turku of Finland or the Moldovan side Sherrif Tiraspol for a place in the lucrative Champions League group stage. By the way, before those ties both Czech clubs will have a league game under their belts, with the country’s first division set to get underway again on Friday.
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Koller (36) to return to Czech national side?
Who knows, Rosický could even line up in that game alongside his old Dortmund team mate Jan Koller. The giant striker, who is 36, reportedly told Czech manager Ivan Hašek at the weekend that he was willing to come out of international retirement and represent the Czech Republic again.