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World Cup Qualifiers: Chris Brunt Nets Cracking Free-Kick As Northern Ireland Beat Czech Republic At Windsor Park (Video)

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Northern Ireland secured second spot in Group C on Monday night after an impressive 2-0 win over Czech Republic at Windsor Park.

The hosts took the lead just before the half-hour mark, with Jonny Evans heading home after a corner.

Things got even better for the Irish on 41 minutes, with Chris Brunt scoring a fantastic free-kick.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Everton See Off Burnley To Lift Trophy As CEE Cup Wraps Up In Fine Style (Photos & Highlights)

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Lo and behold, it was Everton that ending up whisking the Generali CEE Cup back home to Merseyside with them.

A resounding 3-1 victory over fellow countrymen Burnley ensured that the Toffees were the first team from outside Eastern Europe to win the seventh annual staging of the fast-growing and increasingly prestigious youth tournament.

Pies In Prague: An Introduction To The CEE Cup, The Under-19s Tournament Featuring Starlet-Laden Sides From Everton, Burnley And Leicester City

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence 'CEE').

The Premier League will be represented by academy sides from Everton, Burnley and Leicester.

Sparta Prague: Tomas Rosicky Ruled Out For Rest Of Season After Managing Just 19 Minutes Of Football Since His Return

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In news that shouldn't come as much of a shock, Sparta Prague have gone ahead and sidelinedTomas Rosicky out for the rest of the season.

In a statement issued on their club website, Sparta confirmed that Rosicky's ongoing Achilles tendon issueisn't showing any signs of improvement and have therefore ruledthe 36-year-old midfielder out indefinitely after he elected to undergo further surgery.

Czech First League: Togolese Striker Francis Kone Saves Goalkeeper’s Life After Accidental Collision (Video)

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Togolese international Francis Kone was the hero of the hour when his quick-thinking quite possibly saved the life of an opponent during a Czech First League game at the weekend.

Bohemians goalkeeper Martin Berkovec was knocked out cold when he accidentally collided with a teammate on the edge of his penalty area.

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Germany thrash Norway, England survive Slovakia scare in World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) – Germany fired six past Norway while England fought back after an early scare to beat Slovakia in European World Cup qualifying on Monday.

Timo Werner scored a double in Germany’s 6-0 rout of the Norwegians in Stuttgart to leave Joachim Loew’s world champions with a perfect eight out of eight record atop Group C.

Germany thrash Norway, England survive Slovakia scare in World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) – Germany fired six past Norway while England fought back after an early scare to beat Slovakia in European World Cup qualifying on Monday.

Timo Werner scored a double in Germany’s 6-0 rout of the Norwegians in Stuttgart to leave Joachim Loew’s world champions with a perfect eight out of eight record atop Group C.

Germany football stars slam Nazi chants

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany players have blasted a hardcore group of crowd members for shouting Nazi-era chants during a World Cup qualifier as the world champions hope to secure a finals berth on Monday.

Germany have three qualifiers left but can wrap up their place at next year’s tournament in Russia by beating Norway in Stuttgart on Monday if nearest rivals Northern Ireland fail to beat the Czech Republic the same night in Belfast.

Germany football stars slam Nazi chants

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany players have blasted a hardcore group of crowd members for shouting Nazi-era chants during a World Cup qualifier as the world champions hope to secure a finals berth on Monday.

Germany have three qualifiers left but can wrap up their place at next year’s tournament in Russia by beating Norway in Stuttgart on Monday if nearest rivals Northern Ireland fail to beat the Czech Republic the same night in Belfast.

Russia in sight for Germany as Kane ends drought

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Paris (AFP) – Mats Hummels fired Germany to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Friday with a late winner against the Czech Republic, while Harry Kane scored twice as England downed Malta 4-0.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner struck after just four minutes for the world champions in Prague, but Vladimir Darida’s stunning second-half equaliser hauled the hosts level.

Russia in sight for Germany as Kane ends drought

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Paris (AFP) – Mats Hummels fired Germany to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Friday with a late winner against the Czech Republic, while Harry Kane scored twice as England downed Malta 4-0.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner struck after just four minutes for the world champions in Prague, but Vladimir Darida’s stunning second-half equaliser hauled the hosts level.

Czech keeper Koubek signs for Rennes

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Rennes (France) (AFP) – Czech international goalkeeper Tomas Koubek has joined Rennes from Sparta Prague, the Ligue 1 outfit announced on Monday.

The 25-year-old was one of two players ordered to train with the Sparta women’s team last year for saying “women belong at the stove” after a decision against him by a female assistant referee.

Kompany back for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia

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Brussels (AFP) – Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was on Tuesday included in Belgium’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia and friendly against the Czech Republic after a 500-day absence from the national team.

Coach Roberto Martinez named the oft-injured Kompany among a 27-strong squad for the June 5 friendly in Brussels and World Cup qualifier four days later in Tallinn.

Kompany back for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia

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Brussels (AFP) – Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was on Tuesday included in Belgium’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia and friendly against the Czech Republic after a 500-day absence from the national team.

Coach Roberto Martinez named the oft-injured Kompany among a 27-strong squad for the June 5 friendly in Brussels and World Cup qualifier four days later in Tallinn.

Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo quits over World Cup defeats

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Oslo (AFP) Per-Mathias Hogmo quit as Norway's football coach Wednesday after a series of defeats in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals, the Norwegian Football Federation announced.

"Per-Mathias and the NFF have agreed that Hogmo will end his functions as Norwegian manager," the NFF said in a statement.

Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo quits over World Cup defeats

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Oslo (AFP) Per-Mathias Hogmo quit as Norway's football coach Wednesday after a series of defeats in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals, the Norwegian Football Federation announced.

"Per-Mathias and the NFF have agreed that Hogmo will end his functions as Norwegian manager," the NFF said in a statement.

Northern Ireland expect tough times in Germany

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Berlin (AFP) Kyle Lafferty says Northern Ireland must 'work their socks off' in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Germany as they chase a first victory over the world champions for 33 years.

Lafferty scored two goals off the bench in Saturday's 4-0 win over minnows San Marino in Belfast, the same night Germany beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Hamburg to keep their perfect record at the top of Group C.

Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew has called 'same again' for Tuesday's next World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czech Republic with a 3-0 win on Saturday night.

Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew has called 'same again' for Tuesday's next World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czech Republic with a 3-0 win on Saturday night.

World Cup games see England win Southgate opener, Germany cruise

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Paris (AFP) England ground out a low-key 2-0 victory over Malta in Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifier in interim manager Gareth Southgate's first game in charge, while defending champions Germany strolled past the Czech Republic 3-0.

Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli scored first-half goals in front of a crowd of 82,000 at Wembley to steer England to a second straight win in Group F, leaving them two points clear at the top.

Mueller brace inspires impressive Germany win

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Hamburg (AFP) Thomas Mueller netted twice as Germany eased to an impressive 3-0 home win over the Czech Republic to keep them top of their World Cup qualifying group on Saturday.

It leaves Germany with a perfect six points ahead of Tuesday's next qualifier, home to Northern Ireland, who beat San Marino 4-0.

Injured striker Gomez out of Germany squad

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Berlin (AFP) Misfiring striker Mario Gomez is out of Germany's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland with injury, German football officials said on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Wolfsburg player has a buttock injury and will not travel to Hamburg, where Germany will host the Czech Republic on Saturday before taking on Northern Ireland on Tuesday in Hanover.

Injured striker Gomez out of Germany squad

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Berlin (AFP) Misfiring striker Mario Gomez is out of Germany's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland with injury, German football officials said on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Wolfsburg player has a buttock injury and will not travel to Hamburg, where Germany will host the Czech Republic on Saturday before taking on Northern Ireland on Tuesday in Hanover.

Rosicky gets emotional Sparta Prague welcome

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Prague (AFP) Tomas Rosicky on Saturday played his first game since leaving Arsenal in the summer and since stumbling off the pitch in the Czech Republic's draw with Croatia at Euro 2016.

The 35-year-old midfielder last month signed up with Sparta Prague, the team where he had grown up.

On Saturday he came onto the pitch in the 72nd minute as Sparta drew with Mlada Boleslav 2-2 in his first game in the Czech top flight since December 2000.

Rosicky gets emotional Sparta Prague welcome

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Prague (AFP) Tomas Rosicky on Saturday played his first game since leaving Arsenal in the summer and since stumbling off the pitch in the Czech Republic's draw with Croatia at Euro 2016.

The 35-year-old midfielder last month signed up with Sparta Prague, the team where he had grown up.

On Saturday he came onto the pitch in the 72nd minute as Sparta drew with Mlada Boleslav 2-2 in his first game in the Czech top flight since December 2000.

Germany

Where to find Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A win for Germany will guarantee them at least a play-off place with three further matches to play. The Czechs, meanwhile, sit third in the table and are nine points behind Germany.

Where to find Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A win for Germany will guarantee them at least a play-off place with three further matches to play. The Czechs, meanwhile, sit third in the table and are nine points behind Germany.

7 players to watch at the Under-21 European Championships 2017

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Where to find Germany vs. Czech Republic on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Czech Republic, you've come to the right place.

Germany is currently atop Group C in the World Cup qualifying group after one win from one game, while Czech Republic tied Northern Ireland in their first match. A win for Germany will keep them in pole position in qualification from their group.

Where to find Germany vs. Czech Republic on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Czech Republic, you've come to the right place.

Germany is currently atop Group C in the World Cup qualifying group after one win from one game, while Czech Republic tied Northern Ireland in their first match. A win for Germany will keep them in pole position in qualification from their group.

Germany want power show, Czechs eye ‘little miracle’

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Berlin (AFP) Germany want a show of power in Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifier against a Czech Republic side hoping for 'a little miracle' against the world champions.

"We're playing against a team that can only be defeated in exceptional circumstances. We hope for a little miracle," Czech coach Karel Jarolim told German magazine Kicker.

Germany want power show, Czechs eye ‘little miracle’

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Berlin (AFP) Germany want a show of power in Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifier against a Czech Republic side hoping for 'a little miracle' against the world champions.

"We're playing against a team that can only be defeated in exceptional circumstances. We hope for a little miracle," Czech coach Karel Jarolim told German magazine Kicker.

World Cup

Schedule of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies on US TV and streaming: March 22-28, 2017

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During the next 10 days, there will be more than 55 international games shown live to viewers in the United States on TV and/or streaming. Among those countries featured - some of whom will be playing World Cup qualifiers and friendlies - they include the United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, England and Argentina.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The international break is in full swing, as Saturday presents a busy slate of clashes across the world of soccer.

Headlining Saturday's action are several World Cup qualifiers throughout Europe. In England, the Three Lions take the field for the first time since Sam Allardyce's dismissal, adding a bit if intrigue to a clash with minnows Malta.

EURO 2016

Andres Iniesta and majestic Luka Modric among top 5 players in Euro 2016 Group D

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Group D drama revives flagging European Championship

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Over the last several days, a series of flat 0-0 draws in marquee games on the field – paired with incessant fan misbehavior off the field – considerably deflated the mood surrounding the 2016 European Championships in France.

Concerns over security, the format allowing progression for four third-placed teams, and an almost-bizarre lack of goal-scoring drama left the tournament in dire need of a shakeup.

Group D drama revives flagging European Championship

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Over the last several days, a series of flat 0-0 draws in marquee games on the field – paired with incessant fan misbehavior off the field – considerably deflated the mood surrounding the 2016 European Championships in France.

Concerns over security, the format allowing progression for four third-placed teams, and an almost-bizarre lack of goal-scoring drama left the tournament in dire need of a shakeup.

Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

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Juventus Legend Pavel Nedved, 45, Comes Out Of Retirement To Join Czech Amateur Side FK Skalna (Photos)

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Just when he thought he was out, they go and drag him back in.

Pavel Nedved has reversed his retirement at the grand old age of 45 in order to sign on with amateur Czech side FK Skalna.

The former Ballon d'Or winner was raised in the northern town of Skalna and will join his 18-year-old son, Pavel Junior, on the roster at the seventh-tier team.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Sunburn, Shut-Outs And Six-Goal Pummellings On Opening Day Of CEE Cup (Photos & Highlights)

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup – the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence ‘CEE').

The View From Day One.

In its heyday, Prague's Strahov Stadium allegedly boasted a maximum capacity of anywhere from 220,000 to 300,000 once ram-packed to the rafters.