In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s handball team scores a famous victory over the Olympic champions France in a European Championships qualifier in Brno; the Czech Republic play Slovakia on Tuesday in a friendly game to mark 100 years of ice hockey in this part of the world; in football, Slavia concede their first goal at Eden this season, though two strikes from wonder-boy Necid gives them a 2:1 win over Brno; and the greatest Czech sumo wrestler ever calls it a day.
Czech handball players celebrate victory over Olympic champions France
“I’m glad that Nikola Karabatic played and they put out their strongest possible line-up – it made the victory all the more valuable. We said before the game we could take on anybody, including the best team in the world right now, and at the right moment we showed our strength.”
Czechs play Slovaks in Prague to celebrate 100 years of ice hockey
A friendly international between the Czech Republic and Slovakia is being held in Prague on Tuesday to celebrate one hundred years of ice hockey in this part of the world. The most successful Czech player of all time, Jaromír Jágr, will be taking part, despite a slight groin problem. Jágr is also in new coach Vladimír Růžička’s squad for the Karjala Cup, which begins in Norway on Thursday.
Slavia concede first goal at Eden but beat Brno to extend lead in league
Greatest Czech sumo wrestler ever retires at 35
The greatest Czech sumo wrestler of all time has just hung up his loincloth at the age of 35. Jaroslav Poříz, who took silver medals at the world amateur championships in 2006 and again this year, is the head of the Czech sumo union and has set up a training centre in Jilemnice near the Krkonoše Mountains.