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Football: Juve draw Lyon in Europa League quarters

Runaway Serie A table-toppers Juventus will play French club Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, the continent's second-tier tournament, following the draw at Nyon, Switzerland on Friday. With the final to be played at Juve's Turin stadium, the Italian club will be confident of seeing off Lyon, one of three sides in the quarter-finals yet to win a major UEFA club trophy along with AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands and Swiss club Basel. "We're proud to be the only Italian team," said Pavel Nedved, the former Czech playmaker who is now on Juve's board.

Football: Czech champions Pilsen name new coach

Czech champions Viktoria Pilsen named Dusan Uhrin Jr. as their new coach on Tuesday, following the departure of Pavel Vrba, who has taken over the Czech national team. Uhrin, 46, who left Georgian champions Dinamo Tbilisi two weeks ago, will sign a two-and-a-half-year contract at Viktoria, who were eliminated from the Champions League after finishing third behind Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Group D. "I didn't have to think long about the offer. It's the most successful Czech team of recent years," Uhrin said.

Football: New horizons for Vrba after Pilsen glory

Coach Pavel Vrba bade a triumphant farewell to Viktoria Pilsen late Tuesday, with a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League being his final game in charge before taking over the Czech national team. Having lost 3-2 in Moscow, Czech champions Pilsen eased ahead of their rivals on away goals in a Group D dominated by Bayern and Manchester City to clinch a spot in the Europa League playoffs. "It was a fantastic finale that everyone in Pilsen will remember for a long time," Vrba said after the tireless Pilsen battled back from 1-0 down to win on a 90th-minute goal.

Football: Vrba agrees to take over Czech reins

Viktoria Pilsen coach Pavel Vrba has agreed to take over the reins of the Czech national team, the Czech Football Federation (FACR) said Tuesday. Vrba will begin his new role on January 1. The news was first published two weeks ago, although the appointment had not as yet been ratified. "The executive committee of FACR has unanimously approved the nomination of Ravel Vrba to the head of the national team," said FACR spokesman Ondrej Lipa. FACR general secretary Rudolf Repka added: "Vrba will sign a four-year contract with an option for another two seasons."

Czechs name Plzen manager Vrba to lead national side

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Viktoria Plzen manager Pavel Vrba will take over the Czech national soccer team from January 1 after they failed to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, the Czech soccer federation said. Vrba, 49, who guided unfancied Plzen into the Champions League in two of the past three seasons, replaces Michal Bilek who stepped down after a string of poor results scuppered the Czechs' World Cup chances.

Football: Vrba to take over as Czech coach - Federation

Viktoria Pilsen coach Pavel Vrba will take charge of the Czech Republic national team in January after activating a clause in his contract, the Czech Football Federation (FACR) announced on Monday. "I would like (Pavel Vrba) to start working for the FACR from January 1 in the build-up to the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers," FACR president Miroslav Pelta was quoted as saying on the federation's website.

Dockal strike secures Czechs victory in Bulgaria

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's disappointing World Cup campaign ended on a sour note with Borek Dockal's second-half goal securing the Czech Republic a 1-0 victory as the hosts finished with 10 men on Tuesday. The Czechs finished third in Group B with 15 points, followed by Bulgaria on 13. Bulgaria, who have not reached the World Cup finals since 1998, enjoyed more possession but the Czechs created more scoring chances after picking holes in the home team's porous defense.

Football: Czechs to miss Rosicky against Malta, Bulgaria

The Czech Republic will miss injured Arsenal midfielder and team captain Tomas Rosicky in their World Cup 2014 qualifiers in Malta and Bulgaria, Czech interim coach Josef Pesice told reporters on Monday. "Arsenal have asked us to excuse Rosicky for health reasons. We have called up Borek Dockal" from Sparta Prague to replace him, Pesice said. The injury-prone Rosicky, 33, limped off the pitch with a calf problem during a qualifier against Italy on September 10 in Turin, where a 2-1 loss all but ended Czech hopes of qualifying for Brazil.

Football: Hazard, Willian send Chelsea third

Eden Hazard and Willian came off the bench and scored as Chelsea won 3-1 at Norwich City on Sunday to climb to third place in the Premier League. The visitors took a fourth-minute lead when Oscar drilled home from Demba Ba's lay-off, but Norwich gradually took the upper hand on a sun-soaked afternoon at Carrow Road. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech had to prevent David Luiz from putting through his own goal and Ricky van Wolfswinkel chested the ball wide from close range, before Norwich equalised in the 68th minute.

Football: Czech striker Kadlec signs for Frankfurt

Czech Republic striker Vaclav Kadlec has signed for Eintracht Frankfurt from Sparta Prague on a four-year deal, both clubs confirmed Sunday. The 21-year-old has signed until 2017 and is reported to have cost the German club 3.2 million euros ($4.3m), according to local newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau. "We agreed terms with the player and the club several weeks ago, so we are pleased to have now finalised the details," said Eintracht's director of sport Bruno Huebner.
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