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Chris Johnstone|02.02.2012

Rosický heading for two more years at Arsenal

Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický's agent says the midfield star should stay at Premier League club Arsenal with a probable deal that would see him there for another two years being thrashed out by the targt date of mid-February.

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Chris Johnstone|12.01.2012

Viktoria Plzeň player positive in second drugs test

Viktoria Plzeň defender David Bystroň has ben told that a second test for banned substances taken at the Champions League match against BATE Borisov has proved positive. European football's governing body UEFA should spell out the follow-up disciplinary proceedings next week.

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Chris Johnstone|22.12.2011

Sparta Prague nails down Hřebík as club manager

Jaroslav Hřebík has been named overall sporting manager at top Czech club Sparta Prague with a clear mandate to win the domestic league and get them back into Europe. Sparta's paymasters are also looking for a more atractive blend of football, something Hřebík achieved with the under-19 national squad.

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Chris Johnstone|20.12.2011

Football hard man Tomáš Řepka quits Sparta Prague

Former Sparta Prague captain Tomáš Řepka has agreed terms to leave the club as it looks rebuild for the future. Sparta, currently at the top of the Czech league, pointed that Řepka had only played three league games this season and has recently been sidelined for health reasons. On the pitch, the defender built a reputation as a fiery and uncompromising hard man.

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Guest Writer|12.12.2011

Czech women footballers hope to score with racy calendar

It took some time to come up with a game plan, but members of top of the league FC Slovan Liberec women’s team have finally put their best feet forward and launched a 2012 calendar – where football shorts and shirts are nort required for the photos. Earnings from the calendars will contribute to extra training with an eye to the spring restart of the season.

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Chris Johnstone|21.11.2011

Czech footballers, staff fined for Euro 2012 scenes

In a rapid about turn, the Czech football association (FAČR) has imposed a collective Kč 2 million fine on the players, managers and staff of the Czech football team for conduct at Podgorica airport after their play-off victory. Players stripped down and chanted insults at some media critics of their lackluster qualification campaign and later ripped up suits on the flight to Prague.

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Chris Johnstone|28.09.2011

Injuries raise Plzeň hopes of fashioning Champions League result in Milan

Viktoria Plzeň travel to AC Milan in the Champions League group game on Wednesday night hoping their first dream encounter will not turn into a nightmare. But the chances of the Czechs getting more than some souvenir shirts out of the game have been raised by AC Milan’s frail early league form and some worries to key players up front.

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Chris Johnstone|27.09.2011

Czech MPs reject football hooligan clampdown

A bid to introduce two-year maximum jail sentences on Czech football fans invading the pitch and masking their faces to avoid identification by the police has failed to win sufficient support in the lower house of parliament. The English-style clampdown was backed by the Czech football association, police and some clubs but the justice minister said existing laws were a match for the situation.

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Chris Johnstone|22.09.2011

Son of world’s top footballer aims to cut links with struggling Slavia Prague

A massive photo of probably the world’s top football scorer, Josef Bican, was unveiled with great fanfare on Slavia Prague’s Eden stadium two years ago. Now the son of the legendary Czech-Austrian footballer wants club bosses to take it down, saying he is disgusted at Slavia’s record on and off the pitch. Many fans seem to agree with the sentiments at the still stuggling club where Bican set records.

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Chris Johnstone|12.09.2011

Ex-Czech soccer star suspected car-theft gang member

Tomáš Skuhravý was one of the suprise packages of the 1990 football world cup in Italy, scoring a hatful of goals that helped the Czechoslovak team advance to the quarterfinals, where they were beaten by the eventual winners, West Germany. He is now reported to have been detained by police who seized a gang stealing luxury cars in Germany and the Czech Republic and selling them after modifications and re-registration.

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