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Gambrinus Liga: Week Five Tips

August 16, 2013

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Week Four Review Well, we had a very poor and rather unfortunate time last weekend. Olomouc were leading Teplice 1-0 until Varadi was sent off and the game finished 2-2. Sparta edged past a plucky Bohemians 1905 side 2-1 in the pouring rain after trailing the first half 1-0 and finally, our misery was complete […]

Gambrinus Liga: Week Four Tips

August 9, 2013

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Week Three Review It took Mlada Boleslav a few weeks to get the engines going but they are up and running after knocking four past Slovan Liberec. Jan Chramosta and Jiri Stajiner, inevitability, were among the scorers for Boleslav and they should follow up against Slovacko at the weekend. Let’s not dwell on Slavia’s 3-2 […]

Another Slavia Horror Show

August 6, 2013

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The inquest has begun. A 3-2 home defeat against Olomouc left Slavia Praha in the bottom two with just one point out of a possible nine. A desperate start. Confidence, among the fans at least, was high before kick-off as everyone was expecting Slavia to get their first win of the season but the reality […]

Gambrinus Liga: Week Three Tips

August 2, 2013

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Week Two Review The beating that Bohemka took from Plzen two weeks was always a difficult one to measure. There is no shame getting spanked by Plzen, especially if you are a newly promoted side, but the 5-1 beating dished out by Brno illustrates what a tough task Bohemka have to stay in the division. […]

Gambrinus Liga: Week Two Tips

July 26, 2013

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Week 1 Review It was an interesting opening weekend in the Gambrinus Liga. But there already appears to be ominous signs for the rest of the league as Plzeň and Sparta occupy the top two spots after a glut of goals. It’s hard to envisage anything but a two horse race this season. There were some […]

Slavia luckless in front of goal

July 20, 2013

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Slavia Praha kicked off their season with a frustrating 1-1 home draw against Banik Ostrava. Missed chances and defensive mistakes cost Slavia two points here, however, there were signs of encouragement with the amount of chances created in a second half rally.  Over 7500 fans were dotted around Eden and the combination of the sweltering […]

Slavia Praha and Priorities

July 9, 2013

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We are just ten days away from the new Gambrinus Liga season kicking off and I can feel a sense of cautious optimism building around Eden. Pre-season has habit of breeding false confidence – I should know – but Slavia seem to be heading in the right direction after an excellent end to last season. […]

Jiří Štajner to inspire Mladá Boleslav

June 20, 2013

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The Gambrinus foam has barely been wiped from Pavel Horvath’s mouth and yet I am pining for the new season to kick off. And without a major tournament vying for our attention this summer, although the Confederations Cup has been excellent so far, we have to feed off the transfer window for footballing nourishment. Thankfully […]

Goals at the Juliska

April 26, 2013

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It’s Friday and the sun is shining – this can only mean one thing (well two things actually) – we are coming to the end of the season and Dukla Praha are playing at home. Dukla Praha v Sigma Olomouc Dukla welcome Sigma Olomouc to Prague this evening in rude health and in search of […]

Brazil 2014: Denmark to oust Czechs and Bulgaria

April 22, 2013

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Michal Bilek may have kept his job last week as coach of the Czech Republic but the chances of his side, in my opinion, reaching the World Cup in 2014 look very remote indeed. Italy, you would expect, can start booking their accommodation in Brazil after a blistering start in Group B. The Italians sit in top spot […]

Jablonec to bounce back against České Budějovice

April 16, 2013

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So the dust has settled on the ‘S’ derby and the Sparta squad have enjoyed a trip to see the mayor and collect a giant key to the city for their efforts. It was a predictable result in all fairness as Sparta proved to be far too slick. On a positive note for Slavia fans it landed […]

Milan Baroš: Repairing his reputation

March 12, 2013

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Milan Baroš scored his first goals since returning to the Czech Republic this weekend and in the process, whether he meant to or not, the ex Liverpool striker went someway into repairing his ailing reputation. The hat-trick, his first in Czech football, he notched in the 3-0 win over Hradec Králové was crowned by giving his […]

Laughing all the way to the Banik

March 9, 2013

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There were 1-0 victories for two Prague sides last night. Dukla overcame Pribram 1-0 and Slavia finally managed to win away from home against Brno. Hurrah! Anyways, here are my thoughts on todays action. Banik Ostrava v Hradec Kralove – 3pm Ostrava have yet to win a game with Milan Baros back at the club, […]

Dukla Praha look primed for home win

March 7, 2013

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Last Friday saw both predictions come sailing in. KABOOM! Liberec and Jihlava finished 0-0 ensuring Under 2.5 goal backers collected with plenty to spare and David Lafata broke his league duck with Sparta scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over České Budějovice – Lafata was a juicy 4/1 to open the scoring. Very nice indeed. […]

Liberec and Lafata to shine?

February 28, 2013

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The Gambrinus Liga is back. Well it was back last week but somebody forgot to tell the strikers as goals were at a premium, that was, until the top two sides weighed in with a few. Hopefully round 18 can provide us with more entertainment and a few winners to boost the Svijany fund. Here […]

Zdeněk Zeman: The 65 year-old Czech and AS Roma

November 2, 2012

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They knew it was never going to be an easy ride, but the Giallorossi fans always knew it would be fun. We are only 10 games into the season but Zdeněk Zeman’s AS Roma were, yet again, on the wrong end of a five goal thriller – this time Parma inflicted the third 3-2 reverse […]

The Lowdown on Olympique Lyonnais

September 20, 2012

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Sparta Praha open their Europa League adventure with their toughest fixture of the group stage. An away trip to Lyon. The french outfit are regular Champions League participants, however, they will have to make do with the Europa League after finishing in just 4th position in Ligue 1 last season (and 18 points off champions […]

Fresh Corruption Scandal Looms

September 18, 2012

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Breaking news has surfaced today about the alleged match fixing and the handling of specific games in the Gambrinus Liga. Sparta chief, Daniel Křetínský, has met with the Czech FA President, Miroslav Pelta, and presented information that is sure to send reverberations around the footballing community in the Czech Republic. Just months after former health […]

The Aftermath: Czech Republic 0-1 Finland

September 12, 2012

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The Czech Republic were humiliated by a Finnish side ranked 96th in the world – 77 places lower than the Czechs. Sierra Leone, Libya, Haiti and Canada are all deemed significantly superior according to FIFA’s latest rankings. However, to gather some perspective, let’s remember England and Portugal are ranked third and fourth respectively. Galatasary defender, […]

2014 World Cup Qualifier – Denmark vs Czech Republic

September 5, 2012

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The Czech Republic begin their World Cup qualification campaign with a tricky opener in Denmark. The Dane’s impressive form in qualification games must be a concern for Michal Bílek. Denmark have won their two previous qualification groups, ousting Portugal on both occasions to qualify directly to the 2010 World Cup and this summer’s European Championship […]