A Slovak raid to claim top Czech football manager Pavel Vrba as the manager of the national team has been repulsed. Club bosses at reigning Czech champions Viktoria Plzeň say will not be allowing the manager to end his contract early to take up the job and say the decision sends a clear signal that it wants to continue in its current path.
All that stands in the way of top Czech football manager Pavel Vrba accepting an offer to take charge of the Slovak national team is the agreement of his current club, Viktoria Plzeň, with reports saying that basic terms and conditions have been settled. Vrba had apepared to be the logical sucessor to the current Czech national manager if everything goes wrong at Euro 2012.
After a widely praised performance against Tottenham and his first league goal for the club in more than two years, Czech captain TomášRosický has been forced to pull out of Wednesday's match between the Czech Republic and Republic of Ireland.
Already veterans of big club encounters this season, Czech football team Viktoria Plzeň go into Thursday's second round match against Schalke 04 as the slight underdogs following a 1:1 home leg. Captain Pavel Horváth is suspended after a yellow card, but the manager of the German team says this could make the Czech club more unpredictable.
Old stalwarts and new, tested, talents have been named for Czech football manager Michal Bilek's friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on February 29. Both the Czech Republic and Ireland are looking for some fine tuning before the European Championships in June.
Marek Jankulovski the Czech football player who won a Champions League and Serie A title with AC Milan during his ficvwe years with the top Italian club has announced that he is hanging up his boots after sustaining a serious knee injury.
The head of Czech football, association chairman Miroslav Pelta has been pressing the flesh at European football's headquarters and also pushing Czech claims to host a final of the under 21 European championships. His diplomatic dribble is far from over.
Former 1990 football world cup star, Czechoslovak and Czech striker Tomáš Skuhravý, is reported to be facing fraud charges prepared by the police after they broke up of a luxury car-theft ring last year. The police case against Skuhravý is said to have been completed while those against fellow suspects are still proceeding.
Viktoria Plzeň manager Pavel Vrba is the first choice of the Slovak football federation to become manager of the national team. Vrba, is said to be interested, but Plzeň are still in the Europa League and he is unlikely to be freed for the post before the end of the season.