Czech Republic's World Cup

Czech Republic's World Cup

Rino's back in the groove

WOMEN - you can never please them. Gennaro Gattuso has just helped Italy beat the Czechs to earn their passport into the second round of the World Cup and his wife's not entirely happy. "He played well today," Monica sighs from behind her sunglasses, "but he should have scored." She's proud of her Rino, but a bloke's lot is a hard lot.

Czechs offer Brueckner contract extension

THE Czech Republic Football Association will offer coach Karel Brueckner a new two-year contract, which he looks likely to accept despite the team's early exit from the World Cup.

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Testing time for Italians takes toll on coach Lippi

ITALY coach Marcello Lippi was in an edgy mood ahead of his team's final World Cup Group E match against the Czech Republic today, hoping his side return to their best form.

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Surly Czechs nobody's mates as Bruckner's motley crew hit wrong notes

JUST a few hours in the small hamlet of Westerburg is enough to learn certain things about Karel Bruckner's Czech Republic. Firstly, they are made in their manager's image: stern and very guarded. Pavel Nedved and Petr Cech apart, they are an uncharismatic lot, a heads-down and no eye contact kind of team. Secondly, they are unloved in their host town.

Cech says life at Chelsea has made him fearless

CZECH Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech insists his time at Chelsea has taught him to fear no-one - not even club team-mate Michael Essien.

Baros still struggling with foot injury

ASTON VILLA striker Milan Baros is still suffering from a foot injury and is uncertain when he will be available to play for the Czech Republic in the World Cup.

Koller's injury not as serious as first thought

GIANT Czech striker Jan Koller's World Cup is not over after scans revealed the thigh injury picked up in yesterday's win over the United States is not as serious as was first feared.

Bruckner backs Koller to trouble US

CZECH Republic coach Karel Bruckner is convinced Jan Koller can cause problems for the United States tonight.

Tough task on debut for Czechs

CZECH Republic will not take their task lightly when they make their World Cup debut against the United States in Group E tonight.

Nedved Czechs back in

WHEN the Czechs clinched a hard-fought play-off victory over Norway in Prague last November, securing their passage to Germany, the emotion of the occasion was too much for their stand-in captain.

Czechs will not take United States lightly, says Reyna

THE days when the US were seen as a football lightweight are long gone and any gap between the world's elite and teams like the Americans has all but disappeared, captain Claudio Reyna said yesterday.

Baros told to rest after friendly fright

CZECH Republic striker Milan Baros has joined the injury list for the world's second-ranked team.

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