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Sports in the Czech Republic

The most popular sports in the Czech Republic are football (soccer), ice hockey, volley-ball, tennis and kickball (an original Czech sport similar to volley-ball in which the players kick the ball over a low net.)

s The most famous Czech sports grouping is the mass participation Sokol organisation. Although the main goal of Sokol is to promote national health and sports, it played a key role in the national resistance to the Austrian Empire, the Nazi occupation and the Communist regime. Soon after it was founded in 1862, colourful gymnastics rallies were held regularly in Prague until the German occupation in 1938. The Communist regime banned the organisation after its 1948 rally, but Sokol continued to exist abroad. In July 1994, Sokol staged a triumphant return with a rally in Prague.

Where to hire sport equipment?

Follow provided links to learn more about sport opportunities in the Czech Republic:

Ice Hockey
Skiing in the Czech Republic
Fishing & hunting
horse-riding courses
hiking, rambling & trekking
tennis courts
golf courses
Water sports...(yachting, canoeing etc.)
extreme sports (paragliding, climbing, aero sports etc.)

Football is the most popular sport in the Czech Republic. The Czech Football Association has run the country�s top league, the 1st league, since l925. The most popular club, AC Sparta Praha, have been remarkably successful in both domestic and European contests. Czechoslovakia were runners-up in the 1934 and 1962 World Cups, European champions in 1976 and the Czech Republic narrowly lost to Germany in the finals of 1996�s European championships held in England. F. Pl�nicka, I. Bican, J. Masopust, I. Viktor, A. Panenka, Z. Nehoda, T. Skuhravy, K. Poborsky, P. Berger and P. Nedvedare among the most famous Czech footballers.

Ice hockey
For years Czechoslovakia's national ice hockey teams have ranked among the top five or six national teams in the world. The national ice hockey team have won the World Hockey Championships seven times (the last time in 1996 in Vienna). They came 2nd in the Canada Cup in 1976. Today, Czech ice hockey suffers from a mass exodus of its best players to foreign leagues, especially to the NHL. Among the most famous players to have left are J. J�gr, D. Ha1ek, M. Straka, R. Hol�k, R. Reichel, M.Rueinsk� and V. Vujtek. V. Nedomansk�, J. Holecek, V. Martinec, I. Hlinka, J. J�gr and D.Hasek are among the most famous Czech ice hockey players.

Czech tennis players have been remarkably successful in international competitions. One of them, Martina Navr�tilov�, is arguably the best female tennis
player of all time. Many other male and female tennis players have appeared in the top 1OO rankings of international tennis including Drobn�, J. Kodes, I. Lendl, P. Korda, H. Mandlikov�, H. Sukov� and J.Novotn�.

Track and Field
Czech athletes have made a great impression on track and field competitions. The runners E. Z�topek and J. Kratochv�lov�, the javelin-throwers D. Z�topkov� and J. �elezn�, the discus-throwers L. Danek and I. Bug�r, the decathlete R. Zmel�k, the shot-putters H. Fibingerov� and R. Machura and others are among the most famous Czech athletes. Contemporary world athletics features the decathlete Tomas Dvorak and triple-jumper Sarka.Kasparkov� - both of them won the last World Athletics Championship in 1997.

Other Sports
The multiple Olympic medal winner Vera Caslavsk� (1968) became one of the most famous personalities in Czech sports and also played an important role in the international Olympic movement. The Posp�1il brothers won 20 world championship titles in bicycle polo. The famous Czech school of ski-jumpers has fostered athletes who have won several European and world titles and Olympic victories (J. Ra�ka, J. Parma, P. Ploc, P. Dluho1). Cross-country bikers I. Fi�era and R. �imunek have brought home numerous world champion titles.

Sport links


Sparta Praha

Defending Czech champions Sparta Praha is the Czech Republic's wealthiest and most successful club.

Slavia Praha

Sparta's greatest rivals have an impressive official site that is currently undergoing many improvements. The site also has an English-language mirror.

Bohemians Praha

The 'Kangaroos,' one of the nation's most famous and best-known clubs, still in the 1st division (3 years and counting). Its Web site is well-designed and has an extensive English-language section.



Czech Ice Hockey Association (CSLH)

The CSLH (Czech Ice Hockey Association) site is extensive, and includes pages on each of the elite Czech teams. Unfortunately, however, none of it is translated into English.



Czech Association of American Football (CAAF)

Gridiron's governing body in the Czech Republic has a rather basic Czech-language site.


Prague Lions

One of the country's two oldest clubs (along with the Prague Panthers), and 1998 national champions, the Lions maintain a large, accessible site, in English and Czech.


Czech Baseball Association (CBA)

The CBA Web site is packed with information on the country's well-developed baseball scene, and includes information on the elite Extraliga clubs that battle for the national championship.


Czech Basketball Federation (CBF)

The national basketball federation Web site features an extensive English-language mirror, covering all areas of Czech basketball, including the national team and the men's elite Mattoni National Basketball League.



Golf Club Praha

This club close to downtown Prague has a colorful history. Founded in 1926, the original course was destroyed by the communists in 1950. The club survived and moved to its present site -- a former military training area -- in 1989.


Prague-Velka Chuchle Racecourse

The Velk� Chuchle racecourse lies in the south suburbs of Prague. It was founded in 1906. The racecourse has always played a large role in the management of horse racing in the country. Races take place every Sunday from April to November, apart from the midsummer break in July.


Masaryk Circuit

The country's premier motor racing circuit, in Brno, hosts motorcycling's Czech Republic Grand Prix, probably the nation's best-attended sporting event. The Masaryk is also lobbying to become a Formula One venue. Its Web site is fully translated into English.


Prague International Marathon

The annual Prague International Marathon is held in the spring. Organizers also sponsor other events on the day of the marathon and the whole year round. For information on all these events, check out the Marathon site.


CSTV (Czech Physical Education Union)

As an umbrella organization for the vast majority of Czech sports federations, the CSTV site, though only in Czech, provides a treasure trove of links to many of the smaller Czech sports associations' official Web sites and e-mail addresses.

Sports Equipment Hire

Praha 1, N�rodn� t��da 43
Tel: 224 22 97 02 Fax: 224 22 97 02
Saturday: 10:00-14:00 Sunday: Closed
Also at I-3, Praha 1, Na po���� 42, tel. 222 32 50 13. Open 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 15:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00.
Praha 1, Na p��kop� 12 Tel: 224 21 02 04
Saturday: 09:00-19:00 Sunday: 11:00-19:00
Drapa Sport
Praha 1, Revolu�n� 1
Tel: 221 80 33 12
10:00-19:00 Saturday: 10:00-18:00
Sunday: Closed
El Nino
Snow and skateboarding shop with the attitude of a nasty wind. Praha 2, Palack�ho n�m�st� 2
Tel: 224 91 31 17
09:30-18:30 Saturday: 09:30-13:30
Sunday: Closed
Giga Sport
A Czech sporting superstore - all the brands and a massive range meaning good for the all-round sportsman but a little lacking in specialisation. Praha 1, Na p��kop� 19-21
Tel: 224 23 35 52 Fax: 224 23 74 94 E-mail

Happy Sport
Sking and snowboarding equipment rental, sales and services amongst other sport equipment. Also at Praha 4, Kotorsk� 1598, tel. 241 40 39 43. Open Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-13:00. Closed Sun. Praha 6, N�rodn� obrany 16, tel. 224 32 55 60. Open Open Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-13:00. Closed Sun. Praha 9, Beranov�ch 127
Tel: 286 92 01 12 E-mail
Saturday: 09:00-17:00 Sunday: 10:00-15:00
JB Sport
They have a lot of ice-hockey equipment should you be big, butch and have twinkle toes. Praha 1, Dl�d�n� 3
Tel: 224 21 09 21 Fax: 224 21 09 51 E-mail

09:00-18:00 Saturday: 09:00-13:00 Sunday: Closed
Flogging sparkling new snowboards and associates. Praha 1, Vodi�kova 34
Tel: 224 21 12 40 E-mail
Saturday: 10:00-13:00 Sunday: Closed
Mystic Skates
Big trousers, both waterproof and leaky, snowboards and skateboarding - look cool with broken limbs. Praha 1, �t�p�nsk� 31
Tel: 222 23 20 27 Fax: 222 23 20 27 E-mail

10:00-19:00 Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Complete equipment and service for skiers age 2 to 100 years. Praha 2, Slavojova 10
Tel: 224 93 64 42 E-mail
Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Prague Store
Praha 1, V�clavsk� n�m. 18
Tel: 224 23 79 21 Fax: 224 23 79 60 E-mail

SKI Servis Radot�n
All winter sports equipment sold, serviced or rented. Praha 5, Topasov� 5
Tel: 257 91 30 63 Fax: 257 91 09 91 E-mail

New and second-hand boards and accessories. Praha 3, Husitsk� 29
Tel: 222 54 12 71 E-mail
Saturday: 10:00-14:00 Sunday: Closed
Sport YMCA
You know the dance - come get the gear. Praha 1, Na po���� 12
Tel: 224 87 58 11 / 224 87 53 82 Fax: 224 87 58 18 E-mail

09:00-18:00 Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Sun & Snow
Tucked into the side of a hotel and knocking out new snowboards. Praha 7, Milady Hor�kov� 19
Tel: 220 10 61 78 E-mail
Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Lower class sports wear, but beggars can�t be choosers, eh? Praha 1, Na p��kop� 7
Tel: 224 22 57 25
Saturday: 09:00-18:00 Sunday: 10:00-16:00



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