Michal Bílek had few surprises in his 23-payer squad for the European Championships, the midfield switch of Vladimír Darida in place of Daniel Pudil already having been given a lot of local coverage. The main worry is still the health of captain Tomáš Rosický, although he insists he is on the road to recovery from a calf muscle strain, and the Polish hotel.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech looks like seeing out his top level football career at English club Chelsea after signing an extension to his existing contract taking it up to the middle of 2016. The Czech national keeper has also moved into the top 20 best paid footballers worldwide, according to reports.
A calf muscle injury to Czech captain and Arsenal midfielder TomášRosický means he had been ruled out of Saturday’s Euro 2012 preparatory friendly against Israel. The injuries worries could force a late change to the final composition of the tournament squad.
Tomáš Rosický, the Arsenal midfielder and Czech captain, joined the squad at a training camp in Austria after a last minute check up on a calf muscle strain that caused worries about his participation in the European Championships.
Czech footballer Petr Čech, for many the man of the match after Chelsea’s penalty shoot-out Champions League win against Bayern Munich, missed some of the early celebrations of what he describes as the greatest moment of his career as he was called for a drugs test with the more than two hours of tension taking their toll.
Arjen Robben showed his typical hard headed determination on the tennis court against Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Čech when they were both players and friends at the London club. On opposite sides now, Čech says Robben is one of Bayern Munich’s main threats for the Champions League final and is hoping for a different outcome from their tennis matches.
While Czech police are ready for any trouble from fans in and outside the stadiums during football’s European Championships, the real headaches are likely to stem from the stepped up border controls likely to be necessary as the tight border checks between Poland and Ukraine are relaxed for the duration of the tournament.
Petr Čech continued his almost uninterrupted run of Czech footballer of the year awards with his seventh title, a feat which puts him one up on Czech and Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedvěd, as he prepares for the Champions League final with Chelsea.
Within 24 hours of winning the Czech league in the final match of the season against title challengers Plzeň, one of the stars of Slovan Liberec’s 2011-2012 season, attacking midfielder Jiří Štajner, has been told he is not expected to play for his country in the upcoming European Championships.
Sparta Prague football club will just be a spectator as the Czech league championship is played out this weekend. But the recent poor form and mounting financial losses must be getting to the owners with radical solutions rumored to be on the bench and ready to be brought into play.