In Sports News: Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri expresses conviction star Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd will play at Euro 2008; Slavia coach Karel Jarolím seen as likely to replace Karel Brückner as coach of national football team; football’s Sparta pull ahead of Slavia in domestic league; kayaker Hilgertová secures spot at Beijing Olympics; hockey star Jaromír Jágr shines in Rangers’ elimination of New Jersey in opening series in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Juventus coach has faith in Nedvěd comeback
Last week national team manager Vlastimil Košťál suggested that Nedvěd and team coach Karel Brückner had already broached the subject of a comeback but if they have they aren’t saying anything for the time being. Only Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri at the weekend made his position clear: he told Italian journalists he was “convinced” Nedvěd would play at Euro 2008. Ahead of Juventus’s 4:0 demolition of Atalanta at the weekend, the coach described the midfielder as the “the same old Pavel, hungry to win”.
Jarolím seen as contender to replace Brückner as national side coach
The Czech daily Sport has reported that Slavia coach Karel Jarolím might be a favourite to replace national football squad coach Karel Brückner who has announced plans to step down after this summer’s European competition. The daily writes in its Monday edition that Jarolím and team manger Vlastimil Košťál as well as coach Karel Brückner held a secret meeting in Prague last week. Could Jarolím be the man for the job? In the past he indicated an obvious willingness but isn’t saying now. Slavia owner Petr Doležal, on the other hand, has suggested he would not be happy to let Jarolím go: the team has a contract with the coach until 2010.
Meanwhile, three other contenders have also been mentioned as favourites for national team coach, former Sparta player and coach Ivan Hašek among them.
Sparta edge ahead of Slavia in league standings
Rangers oust Devils in NHL playoffs
New York Ranger’s captain Jaromír Jágr had a shining Game 5 in the Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring once and earning two assists to oust the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Rangers wrapped up the quarterfinal series in New Jersey.