Browsing All posts tagged under »Sparta Prague«

Jablonec to bounce back against České Budějovice

April 16, 2013 by

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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 […]

The Lowdown on Olympique Lyonnais

September 20, 2012 by

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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 by

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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 […]

Nailing my colours to the Viktoria Plzen mast

July 12, 2012 by

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This seasons Gambrinus Liga promises to be a fascinating tussle, in my eyes anyway, between Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzeň. Maybe drawing a line through Liberec’s title aspirations before a ball has been kicked seems a tad harsh, but I just cannot see how they will manage to hold onto their crown whilst they flirt […]

Gambrinus Liga – 5 Things we learned this weekend

February 19, 2012 by

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The Gambrinus Liga was back in action this weekend after a three month winter hiatus. I went to three games in Prague and here are the five things I learnt. Ladislav Krejčí is lucky his right leg is still intact – Sparta youngster Krejčí has overtaken Vaclav Kadlec (in my eyes) as the hottest property in […]

Tomáš Řepka and Lazy Punditry

January 25, 2012 by

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Tomáš Řepka is a target for lazy punditry and journalism; we are all to eager to spout off the stereotypical views that accompany such players; myself included. ‘Peter Crouch has great feet for a big lad’ is another line that is often trotted out by fans and pundits – amazed that someone who makes a […]

The Changing Face of Sparta Prague

January 18, 2012 by

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Sparta Prague are currently undergoing some major cosmetic surgery, and as the bandages are being slowly peeled away I am beginning to like what I see. Gone is the prehistoric and deadpan general manager that was Jozef Chovanec, a legendary player and respected coach, but severely lacking in charisma and charm. The snarling centre back […]

František Straka and the Impossible Job

November 7, 2011 by

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Former Sparta Prague player and manager František Straka is doing his utmost to win over the Slavia Prague fans, his side has now won 3 games on the bounce – which was unheard of under former management. Czech champions Viktoria Plzen were their latest victims at Eden; the 2-1 victory could prove pivotal in winning […]

Bony Wilfried – Vitesse Arnhem Hero

November 4, 2011 by

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The 22 year old former Sparta Prague striker Bony Wilfried is turning into a cult hero at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and rightly so. Bony notched his eighth league goal of the season against local rivals De Graafschap, in fact it was the winning goal which sent Vitesse into the lofty heights of fourth place […]

The Art of Defending

October 30, 2011 by

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It appears that schoolboy defending isn’t just confined to the English Premier League as the Czechs are are putting together a showcase of head scratching defensive mishaps. The previous seven days in England has seen Manchester City spank their beloved neighbours 6-1 and yesterday it was Arsenal who posted a ridiculous “jumpers for goalposts” score […]

Credit where Credit is due

October 2, 2011 by

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Begrudgingly, you have to admire what Sparta Prague has achieved so far this season. They have come out of the traps like a scolded cat, 9 wins out of 9 in the league with a goal difference of +19. If this was Viktoria Plzen, Jablonec or Mlada Boleslav everyone would be waxing lyrical about the […]

Czech Football and European Hangovers

August 30, 2011 by

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Chris Boothroyd delves into the archive and works out if European Football is a burden to Czech sides looking to retain their title. Viktoria Plzeň’s qualification for the UEFA Champion’s League group stages for the first time in their history has undoubtedly been a fantastic achievement for the club. Their double victory over Danish Champions […]

Václav Kadlec – Fact or Fiction?

July 17, 2011 by

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The young great Czech hope, Václav Kadlec, needs to hit the ground running this season. Václav had a hugely underwhelming season last year; he collected more tattoos than league goals. In 25 league appearances Kadlec only mustered 4 solitary goals, of course playing out of his favored central position didn’t help his goal tally, but […]

Sparta Prague 0-0 Liverpool

February 19, 2011 by

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Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool side travelled to the Czech Republic to take on Sparta Prague, for their first time in their history. Infact, Liverpool have only met Czech opposition once before, beating Slovan Liberec  4-2 on aggregate, this was on route to winning the UEFA Cup in 2001 – a lucky omen for Liverpool perhaps? Not […]

Doctor, Doctor.. I think im sick..

February 9, 2011 by

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International week is here again, it’s that time when the flu viruses and calf strains suddenly appear. It’s amazing how frequently top players will be held back by club doctors, or a sudden bout of flu appears and the player cannot join up with their international team mates. It’s a fully understandable scenario on both sides […]

The Czech Champions – Sparta Prague

February 4, 2011 by

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The current defending Gambrinus Liga champions, Sparta Prague, had a very strong finish to the first half of the season as they sealed qualification to UEFA Europa League knockout stages. Domestically, they finished like a steam train too, by rattling off 5 wins in a row, reducing Plzens lead at the top of the league […]

3 Things I have learnt this week…

December 31, 2010 by

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Its been a busy time this last couple of weeks, I was back in the UK for Christmas, catching up with family and friends but today I have had time to sit back reflect over the 10 days. Here are 3 things I have learnt over the festive period. 1. England cannot handle the snow […]

Kadlec takes limelight from Necid

December 16, 2010 by

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The game between Sparta Prague and CSKA Moscow may have been a dead rubber, but it was a very entertaining second half as both sides looked for the win. The temperatures in Prague tonight must have been around -10, not to mention the amount of snow which fell today. But all in all, the pitch […]

Vaclav Kadlec – The Future of Czech Football

November 3, 2010 by

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Vaclac Kadlec is probably the worst kept secret in Czech football, the 18 year old Sparta Prague forward is a great talent and has already made over 50 appearances for Sparta. Kadlec has also played and scored in Champions League and Europa League games, nothing fazes this kid, his pace and power makes one of […]

A Day of Landmarks

October 22, 2010 by

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Well, as the title says it been a day of small landmarks for myself. I have reached 2000 visitors on the blog as well as 100 twitter followers, its a nice little milestone and finally I had press accreditation for the Sparta Prague v Lausanne Sports game in the Europa League. Its been a good […]