In Sports News this week: there are no Czech teams in football's Champions League this season but a record three have reached the group stage of the UEFA Cup, including Mlada Boleslav, who scored a famous victory over Marseille - we hear from the former's manager; Jaromir Jagr is back - and scoring again - after a shoulder operation in June; and last season's finalists Slavia Prague are bottom of the Czech ice hockey league.
Mlada Boleslav one of record three Czech clubs in UEFA cup group stage
Boleslav's manager is Dusan Uhrin Jr.
"I'd like to call on spectators to start going to watch Czech teams. We've just beaten Olympic Marseille, who a couple of rounds ago were leading the French league. We're doing everything we can to make sure Czech football things improve in Czech football."
That dramatic win over Marseille may have sapped some of Mlada Boleslav's powers: on Sunday they suffered their first league loss of the season, going down 2:0 away to Teplice.
Jagr back on the ice - and among the goals
On the eve of the new NHL season, Czech hockey star Jaromir Jagr has made a return to the ice after undergoing a shoulder operation in June. Jagr successfully completed two friendlies in two days with the New York Rangers, scoring and providing an assist in the second. The Kladno-born forward said his main aim had been to survive the games and that he had expected a more difficult comeback.