Limbersky ven: Czech Republic squad to face Turkey and Holland

Pavel Vrba may have remained tight-lipped on the issue, but the main talking point from his squad announcement for the ties against Turkey and the Netherlands was the absence of Viktoria Plzen left-back David Limbersky. During Vrba’s tenure at Plzen Limbersky had always been a reliable and dependable deputy, somebody who carried out his manager’s […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 29th September 2015
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Synot Liga Week 8: Roles are reversed as Slavia win the Prague derby

Sometimes there’s a result that appears that goes against the natural order and ushers in a new era. Time will tell whether Slavia’s derby-day victory over Prague rivals Sparta will be such an occasion, but already the shockwaves are being felt in the capital. In the lead up to the 283rd “S” derby back in […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 28th September 2015
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Synot Liga Week 7: Karel Jarolim’s indecision is costing Mlada Boleslav

If Claudio Ranieri was dubbed ‘The Tinkerman’ for his sensible and successful approach to squad rotation, who knows what moniker the British tabloid media would be concocting if they were aware of Karel Jarolim’s antics this season. The current Mlada Boleslav boss has used twenty-two different players in their seven Synot Liga games this season and […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 23rd September 2015
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Synot Liga Week 6: Jablonec show Sparta they’re up for a title fight

It was the game that was almost lost. On Sunday afternoon Jablonec hosted Sparta Prague and yet despite it being the biggest fixture of the season so far, everything else seemed to supersede it in terms of billing. But then again, it has been a newsworthy couple of weeks in current affairs. Last season Jablonec […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 15th September 2015
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New Players? Title Challenges? Champions League? What could CEFC’s takeover of Slavia Prague mean?

Prague-based sports writer Mark Smith makes his long awaited debut on CZEFootball. And for once he’s looking forward to the future as a Slavia Prague fan. International breaks are supposed to dull, tiresome affairs but it’s been a brilliant week to be a Slavia Prague fan. Firstly, Milan Skoda was the Czech saviour with his two […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 10th September 2015
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A nervy end, but the Czechs seal Euro 2016 qualification in Latvia

Czech Republic 2-1 Kazakhstan Euro 2016 Qualifier – Group A Skontos Stadion, Riga 06.09.2015 After the fingernail shredding end to last Thursday’s qualifier in Plzen, the Czech Republic put their supporters through a similarly frenetic final quarter against Latvia on Monday night. Though this time they were defending from above rather than attacking from below. It […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 9th September 2015
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Milan Skoda the saviour as the Czechs come from behind to beat Kazakhstan

Czech Republic 2-1 Kazakhstan Euro 2016 Qualifier – Group A Doosan Arena, Plzen 03.09.2015 This year the Czech city of Plzen is a European Capital of Culture. Since January, the city, located in western Bohemia, has been putting on festivals, hosting artistic exhibitions and showcasing to the rest of the world that there’s so much […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 5th September 2015
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Europa League Preview

Champions League desperation morphed into Europa League jubilation by the time last Thursday’s Play-Off Round fixtures had been concluded as for the first time on a good number of years the Czech Republic would be sending three teams into the Group Stages of UEFA competition. Plzen did things the easy way, and were the only […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 2nd September 2015
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