A Czech football club playing in the lowest division has made the sports pages across the country after 16 of its players were booked at the same time last weekend.
TJ Sokol Upohlavy’s players decided to make a splash as they were trailing TJ Sokol Libochovany 6-0 in their game in the lowest district tier last Saturday.
When Martin Blizil scored to make it 6-1 in the 82nd minute, all 11 of the team’s players on the pitch took off their shirts in celebration — a deed punishable by a yellow card.
Five substitutes came off the bench to celebrate with them, also taking off their shirts and earning a booking.
“The last game didn’t really go our way, but our players maybe set a world record,” the team said on Facebook after losing the game 6-2 in the end.
“When you underperform, what’s left is a sense of humour,” it added.
The referee did not book each player individually — also because with the players’ shirts off, he could not see the numbers.
But he did enter the bookings in the match report. The transcript, with a yellow rectangle next to each Upohlavy player’s name, has since gone viral on local social media.
The village of Upohlavy, where the club is based, has a population of 276 people and lies about 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of the Czech capital Prague.
In the 47-second trailer for the new iPhone 15, the Czech Republic appears multiple times, including various places in our country.
Right from the first few seconds, the staircase and the bustling street suggest that the location is Prague.
In the very next scene, Apple showcases 2x lossless zoom on a standard iPhone 15 against the backdrop of the Strahov Tunnel Control Centre in Prague’s 6th.
Another reference to Prague occurs in a chat group on the iMessage platform called “Prague Tips.” However, it doesn’t quite fit here, considering that Panská skála is over 100 kilometers away from the Czech capital.
This isn’t the first time Apple has chosen our city to shoot its commercials. The most recent promo was in 2022 when Apple featured Prague’s National Technical Library in a TV spot for the 3rd generation iPhone SE.
In 2019, a trailer for the Apple Watch Series 5 showed the possibility to make payments at the nonexistent turnstiles in the Prague metro. The same advertisement also highlighted the “Czech Grand Canyon” quarry Velka Amerika and the popular Kavárna Liberál in Holešovice.
A year earlier, the grey brutalist Vltavská metro station was a suitable backdrop for Apple to advertise the vibrantly colored iPhone XR.
In the last few years of the Cold War, from 1985 to 1989, an inspired young man decided to prove to the world that Europe, despite the political differences that kept it divided in two, was and remains one entity.
With a small camera that he keeps close to his heart, Constantin Pittas will scan the then-divided Europe, capturing countless hundreds of films the true face of the European citizen.
It records raw emotions of everyday people in Western and Eastern countries, as they are reflected through their gaze, eventually managing to record history itself.
The fall of the Berlin Wall will find him to be a witness in the city of Berlin and there, he will make the mindless decision to drop his project and leave the material of the photographs for a whole 25 years in a storage room.
Today, in Prague, we have the unique opportunity to see history in its human form unfolding before our eyes, and during this troubled period we live, to ask ourselves again: Is Europe, after all, a unique entity?
Looking at some of the photos, 1989 seems surprisingly long ago. And it must seem even more so for the young generation for whom the Iron Curtain is just a lesson in their history textbooks.
The photographic exhibition will take place at Clam Gallasův Palác Kalab’s Hall, from 14.09 to 24.09.2023. Opening hours: 9:00 – 18:00.
Address: Husova 158/20, Prague 1.
Constantin Pittas was born in Athens, Greece. He studied engineering at the Technical University of Athens. In 1984 he started photographing in the streets of his native city and till the end of this year, he made his first project about Athens and the Athenians.
In the next few years, he travelled extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, photographing Cold War Europe, people on both sides of the Wall.
In 1989, he abandoned this project and photography as well, and “buried” his work for 25 years. In 2014, completely by chance, he discovered his old photos in his storeroom.
In 2015 he published his book, “Images of Another Europe” and a year later, he had a large exhibition of his European photos at the Benaki Museum, in Athens
A consortium comprising Solaris Bus & Coach, Solaris Czech and Škoda Electric has submitted a winning bid in a tender for the delivery of 20 bi-articulated Trollino 24 electric trolleybuses, held by the Prague public transport operator DPP.
This is the first such large order for vehicles of this type. The deliveries shall be carried out within 24 months of the signing of the contract.
Each vehicle will feature four axles, including two drive axles. The drive of the Trollino 24 will consist of two traction motors. Traction batteries, used as a source of energy in the event of power supply failure, will be placed on the roof of the vehicle’s second section.
The minimum range of the trolleybus, when running on traction batteries stipulated in the tender specification, amounts to 11 km.
The bi-articulated trolleybus is 24,700 mm in lnegth. It can carry up to 179 passengers, including 54 people seated. The vehicle interior will also feature two bays for passengers in wheelchairs.
The Trollino 24 is a five-door-model with a 2-2-2-2-2 door layout.
Both the lighting in the passenger compartment and external lighting have been designed using LED technology.
The bi-articulated Solaris trolleybus was presented for the first time to the public in 2019 at the Busworld trade fair in Brussels.
In 2020, the trolleybus was test-driven in regular passenger traffic in Bratislava. This is yet another trolleybus model in the Solaris range. The company added these zero-emission vehicles to its offering back in 2001.
Since then, it has delivered 1,800 Trollinos to customers all over Europe.
Czech football Tomáš Souček “ticks all the boxes” for West Ham United Manager David Moyes
West Ham United manager David Moyes says he’s hopeful the signing of Czech Republic midfielder Tomáš Souček will be completed soon.
Souček is thought to have had a medical with the London club and is set to move from Slavia Praha in a transfer worth approximately €15 million.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of West Ham’s fixture against Liverpool, Moyes said the 25-year-old ticked a lot of boxes:
“I think that he gives us a lot of different aspects, but more importantly, he fits the profile of the player I want to bring to West Ham.
“I said I wanted to bring young players but we’re also in a difficult period we also need experienced players who could help us at this moment in time.
“I think at the moment he helps a little bit in both of that, he’s got 25 caps for the Czech Republic, he’s captain of Slavia Prague, he has played as a defensive midfield player, if you look at his goals, he has scored an awful lot of goals as an attacking midfield player as well.
“I think what we needed was a bit of all, we needed cover for some players, we needed to add another midfield player, we obviously have to add goals, so at the moment he ticks an awful lot of the boxes we’ve been looking to get what we need to do is to give him an opportunity and a bit of time to settle in.”
Souček came through the youth academy at Slavia and has won two Czech League titles and two Czech Cups.
He has made 34 league starts last season and scored 13 goals, as well as appearing in this season’s Champions League, scoring against Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund in the group stage.
Jaroslav Tvrdík, Chairman of SK Slavia Praha on released the following statement via the clubs Twitter:
“The club released Tomáš Souček for a medical examination and negotiating a contract with West Ham United FC.
“In the case of completion of the agreement and fulfillment of the entire contractual cooperation, this would be a record transfer in the Czech league. Tomáš would deserve it.”
Should he be in the national team for Euro 2020, Souček will be playing in London this summer for sure when England face the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium.