June 24, 1996 |
The Czech Republic, an 80-1 underdog to win the European Championship, advanced to the semifinals Sunday with a 1-0 soccer victory over Portugal at Birmingham, England. Karel Poborsky chipped the ball over Portugal goalkeeper Vitor Baia from the edge of the penalty area in the 53rd minute. In the other quarterfinal, tourney favorite Germany beat Croatia, 2-1, on Matthias Sammer's goal in the 58th minute.
June 30, 1996 |
It is Europe's strongest team against the upset specialist. Germany aims for its third European title in its fifth final today against the upstart Czech Republic, which has beaten Italy, Portugal and France. Germany will be without two of its most experienced and influential players, Stefan Reuter and Andreas Moeller, who are suspended. The Germans almost certainly will be without injured captain and standout striker Juergen Klinsmann.
June 4, 2006 |
Jan Koller scored two goals and the host Czech Republic defeated Trinidad and Tobago, 3-0, Saturday at Prague in a game between teams headed for the World Cup. Koller, who scored both goals in the first half, is the Czech Republic's all-time leading scorer with 42 goals. He returned from a knee injury in a friendly against Costa Rica on Tuesday. At Elche, host Spain extended its unbeaten streak to 21 games with a 2-0 victory over Egypt in which Raul ended a seven-month goal drought.
February 10, 2007 |
James Blake lost to Tomas Berdych, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, on Friday, leaving the United States tied, 1-1, with the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup. Andy Roddick defeated Davis Cup rookie Ivo Minar, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to give the U.S. the early lead in the first-round World Group series. Doubles in the best-of-five format is today, with reverse singles Sunday. The U.S.-Czech series was one of eight in World Group play.
September 17, 2000
Kuwait stunned the Czech Republic, 3-2, at Brisbane to put itself in prime position to advance to the second round. The victory gave Kuwait three points in Pool C. Cameroon leads with four points, the United States has two and the Czechs one. A victory or a tie with the United States Tuesday could move Kuwait into the elimination round.
July 24, 1997 |
Switzerland goaltender Patrick Schopf had been battered for nine goals and could only crouch in his crease in the waning seconds Wednesday afternoon and watch the Czech Republic attack with an extra skater. But Schopf, who had 47 saves, got a leg pad on a slap shot by Czech Marek Vorel with three seconds left, deflecting it to the boards to preserve a wild, 10-9, victory at the In-Line Hockey World Championship.
February 18, 2002 |
The team with the Viking ship patch on its sweater is sailing right through some of the toughest waters the Olympics have to offer. Sweden won its second game of the men's hockey final round by outlasting the Czech Republic, 2-1, Sunday at the E Center in a matchup of the last two gold medal winners. The Swedes already dismantled a loaded Canadian team in the opener, and have clinched the top spot in Group C and the No. 1 playoff seed that comes with it.
December 13, 1998 |
Historical Cycling International is offering a walking and cycling Jewish heritage trip through the Czech Republic from June 24 to July 2. The rendezvous site is Prague to visit the city and to explore Prague's 1,000-year-old Jewish cultural history. In Southern Bohemia, guests will pedal for five days along the Vltava River on country roads past the beer-brewing towns of southern Bohemia to Cesky Krumlov, one of the Czech Republic's most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns.
August 8, 1993 |
In the relentless homogenization of Europe, it's getting harder and harder to find a place where "differentness" hits you in the face. The first time I stumbled into this Eastern European town, it looked for all the world like a place that had settled down to sleep somewhere around the Renaissance and then forgot to wake up. No modern buildings, no neon, no Golden Arches, no traffic lights, not even a Coke machine.
February 3, 1993 |
Dissident-turned-politician Vaclav Havel took office as the first president of the Czech Republic and pledged to preserve close ties with Slovakia. "I believe we will maintain truly deep, friendly and cooperative relations with our closest neighbor, the Slovak Republic," Havel told thousands of cheering supporters from the balcony of Prague Castle.