In Sports News this Monday: the Czech women’s team hold their nerve to overcome Slovakia in the last match of a Fed Cup tie in Brno; another season, another World Cup medal for speed skater Martina Sáblíková; footballer Martin Fenin makes a dream start for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring a career-first hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut; and the Czech national team are in Cyprus for two friendlies – minus ill manager Karel Bruckner.
Czechs triumph though Fed Cup tie with Slovakia goes down to wire
Here is the Czech women’s number one, Nicole Vaidišová:
That World Group II win in Brno sets the Czech Republic up for a play-off for a place in the elite World Group.
By the way, it will be the turn of the Czech men next weekend: they are taking on Belgium in the Davis Cup’s World Group first round in another Moravian city, Ostrava.
Sáblíková wins Speed Skating World Cup for second year in row
Is there no stopping Martina Sáblíková? The Czech Sportsperson of the Year has successfully defended the Speed Skating World Cup title she took for the first time last year: a win in the 3000 m at Italy’s Baselga di Pine on Sunday gave the 20-year-old overall victory in the season-long competition.
Dream Bundesliga debut for three-goal Fenin
Czechs facing Greece and Poland in friendlies, minus manager Bruckner
Fenin is currently in Cyprus with the Czech national team for two friendly games against Greece and Poland on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, more experienced squad members Rosický, Jankulovski and Galásek have had to cry off through injury. And for the first time in six years Karel Bruckner will not be on the sideline for those internationals: the 68-year-old manager is ill and has been ordered to stay home. His assistant, Jablonec boss Petr Rada, is filling in.