Brno Sports Weekly Report — Zbrojovka X Líšeň Face Each Other Saturday
Tickets sales have been brisk, and a boisterous crowd is expected for the cross-town rivalry game between FC Zbrojovka and SK Líšeň on Saturday at 1 p.m. Photo credit: fczbrno.cz.
Brno, Sept. 11 (BD) — Lokomotiva women struggle at home; HC
Kometa hockey season starts Friday and first home game is Sunday; and the Brno sports
results and schedule.
Zbrojovka, Líšeň To
Face Each Other with Matching Records
The Brno derby between FC Zbrojovka and SK Líšeň will
hopefully be exciting and competitive, but it is beginning to look like a
Zbrojovka, which will host the game on Saturday at 1 p.m.,
has added two big-time players. Líšeň, on the other hand, has two injured
starters and the team will not have access to three top players who are on loan
Both teams are 2-4-1 from seven games in the Fortuna:Narodni
Liga but it really feels lopsided. Tipsport, for example, has Zbrojovka as the
1.5-to-1 favorite while Líšeň would pay a healthy 5.2 to 1.
In fact, Zborojova is still the favorite to win the league at
4.0-1, although that has dropped from the opening line of 1.8-1.
In order to maintain its hopes for returning to the top
league, Zbrojovka has aggressively worked on its roster. The team has added
several players during the course of the season and two more during the recent
Ondřej Vaněk, a 29-year-old midfielder, started his career with Zbrojovka and he is now back. At age 18, he left for Prague to play for Slavia and a barnstorming career that took him through Turkey and Russia. Overall, in 123 top-Czech-league games with Slavia, Jablonec and Plzeň, he scored 16 goals. Since 2016, he has played for Ufa in Russia and scored nine times in 44 games. He has represented the Czech Republic in a national team jersey in eight games. Now he is officially back with his hometown club, although he has already been training with the team for the past three weeks.
Michal Šmíd is a defender who is 32 years old and has scored nine goals in 177 top-league games. He has also played 82 game in the second league. He started his career with Slavia Praha but he has enjoyed most of his career success with Bohemians 1905.
Líšeň, which is playing in this league for the first time,
has drawn sellout crowds for each of its home games. Their travel to this game
will be easy — just a cross-town trip — but they will reportedly not be able to
count on Lamine Fall and Patrik Demeter, who are both injured.
Marek Vintr, Dominik Kříž and Martin Zikl are all on
loan from Zbrojovka, which will preclude their participation in the game.
Ticket sales have been brisk.
in First Home Game
After two wins on the road, Lokomotiva Brno-Horní Heršpice
could not extend its season-starting streak and lost its first home game, 1-3,
to Dukla Praha on Saturday.
The game, which was pelted by hard showers of rain, was
sloppy through the first half, with missed passes, several offside calls and a
lof ot slipping and sliding.
After conceding a goal, Lokomotiva tied the game within a
few minutes when Šárka Krištofová scored in the 59th minute.
Dukla, however, was able to take advantage of overly
aggressive defensive play to score twice more and take control of the game.
Lokomotiva (2-0-1) is now third in the standings, but their
schedule gets tough. They go on the road this Sunday to play FC Viktoria Plzeň (1-0-2)
at 1 p.m. They return to Horní Heršpice on Saturday, Sept. 21 to host AC Sparta
Praha (1-0-1), one of the league powerhouse teams, at 11 a.m.
Kometa Season Strarts
Friday, First Home Game Sunday
HC Kometa begins the 2019-20 Tipsport extraliga season Friday
at HC Verva Litvínov. The first home game is Sunday when defending-champion HC
Oceláři Třinec comes to town for a 4 p.m. start. The game will also be on CT
Martin Zaťovič is the new captain after the retirement of Leoš Čermák. Zaťovič has been a big part of the offense since he arrived three seasons ago and helped the team to titles in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Last year, Kometa finished in the semifinals.
Petr Fiala is the new head coach. Libor Zábranský, the team
owner, steps down after 3½ years on the bench. Fiala had coached HC Olomouc
Zaťovič, Petr Holík and Peter Mueller were the core of the
offense last season and they will be back again. Mueller, an American, will
miss parts of the early season in order to be home for the birth of a child.
Former NHL and national team player Tomáš Plekanec, who
played a handful of games for the team last season, will be a regular as he
winds down his career.
Ondřej Němec is the leader of the defense. Marek Čiliak and
Karel Vejmelka will reportedly share goaltending duties.
In addition to the retirement of Čermák, Martin Docekal has
moved on to Sparta Prague. Alexandre Mallet is now at Vitkovice.
BRNO SPORTS RESULTS
Quick results for various Brno professional and recreational
sports for the past week. Home team listed first (where applicable).
Saturday, Sept. 7,
— Women’s Football: Lokomotiva Brno H.H. 1, FK Dukla Praha 3
BRNO SPORTS SCHEDULE
The schedule for various Brno professional and recreational
sports for the next two weeks. All dates and times subject to change. Home team
listed first (when applicable).
Friday, Sept. 13,
— Hockey: HC Verva Litvínov X HC Kometa Brno, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14,
— Men’s Football: FC Zbrojovka Brno X SK Líšeň, 1 p.m.
— Cricket: Rugby Cricket Dresden RCD 1st XI X Brno CC 1st XI,
Sunday, Sept. 15,
— Hockey: HC Kometa Brno X HC Oceláři Třinec, 4 p.m.
— Women’s Football: FC Viktoria Plzeň X Lokomotiva Brno H.H., 1
Friday, Sept. 20,
— Men’s Football: FC Vysočina Jihlava X FC Zbrojovka Brno, 6
— Hockey: BK Mladá Boleslav – HC Kometa Brno, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21,
— Men’s Football: SK Líšeň X 1.SK Prostějov, 4:30 p.m.
— Women’s Football: Lokomotiva Brno H.H. X AC Sparta Praha, 11
Sunday, Sept. 22,
— Cricket: Brno CC 1st XI X Rugby Cricket Dresden RCD 1st XI,
— Hockey: HC Kometa Brno X HC Sparta Praha, 5 p.m.
The Brno Sports Report is published every Wednesday. All
dates and times are subject to change. Most of the stories are about the
traditional “English-speaking” team sports — football, hockey, baseball,
basketball, American football, cricket, rugby, etc. — but it is also about the
interesting local spectator and participation sports — tennis, badminton,
running, horse racing, swimming, rock climbing, biking, etc. If you have any
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