In Sports News this Monday: it’s all football today, with Slavia Prague winning their first league title in 12 years; after their rollercoaster end to the season, Slavia coach Karel Jarolím says, all’s well that ends well, while midfield veteran Vladimír Šmicer compares this team to the 1996 Slavia title-winning side; Bohemians 1905 and Most are relegated; and Czech international goalkeeper Petr Čech is looking forward to what he says is the biggest game of his career, the Champions League final.
Slavia win league for first time since 1996
Sparta’s collapse allowed Slavia to savour the sweetest of successes. Here’s the latter’s manager Karel Jarolím:
Midfielder Vladimír Šmicer was part of the Slavia team which last won the Czech league in 1996 and rejoined the club last summer. Which title-winning side did he think was better?
“I think 12 years ago we had a really good team, and there was a bigger difference in quality between us and the other teams. This season things have been really balanced. In 1996 we really dominated the league – I’d say that team was a bit better, yes.”
At the other end of the table, Most and Bohemians 1905 were relegated. And just to conclude our end-of-season round-up, the top scorer in the Gambrinus League was Václav Svěrkoš of Baník Ostrava, with 15 goals. His form has earned Svěrkoš at least a place in the provisional Czech squad for the European Championship.