In Sports News this week: the Czech ice hockey team finished third in Moscow’s Channel One Cup; a rare mistake by Petr Cech costs Chelsea three points against Tomas Rosicky’s Arsenal; the Czech national team are now 6th in the FIFA world rankings; Slavia Prague has new owners, though their identity is a mystery; and newspaper reports suggest 18-year-old tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is to marry Radek Stepanek.
Czech hockey team come third in Moscow tournament
Cech blunder costs Chelsea points
The normally unflappable Petr Cech won’t have slept well on Sunday night, after a rare howler led to a 1:0 defeat for his club Chelsea at the hands of Arsenal. The Czech goalkeeper was completely at sixes and sevens when the Gunners whipped in a corner just before half-time, allowing William Gallas to head in the only goal of the much anticipated game. Cech’s international team-mate Tomas Rosicky, meanwhile, was in fine form for Arsenal, who continue to lead the Premier League and win plaudits for their attractive approach.
Czech national team sixth in FIFA rankings
The Czech national team is now 6th in the rankings of world football’s governing body FIFA. The Czechs started 2007 in 10th place but climbed a few places during the year after finishing top of their group in the Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Mystery surrounds ‘new’ owners of Slavia Prague
Slavia and Sparta competing to sign Berger
Slavia are reportedly hoping to entice midfielder Patrik Berger to rejoin the club he left in the mid 1990s. But they face competition from Sparta Prague, who he played for in his teens. Berger, who is 34, is currently at Aston Villa, though he has hardly played at all this season.