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Jaroslav Silhavy named new Czech Republic coach

September 18, 2018

FILE -- In this picture taken on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 Slavia Prague's head coach Jaroslav Silhavy gestures during the Champions League third qualifying round, 2nd leg soccer match between BATE Borisov and Slavia Prague at the Borisov-Arena stadium, in Borisov, Belarus. Jaroslav Silhavy has been named the new coach of the Czech Republic national soccer team on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, file)

PRAGUE (AP) — Jaroslav Silhavy has been named coach of the Czech Republic national team.

Silhavy replaces Karel Jarolim, who was fired last week after a 5-1 loss to Russia in an international friendly. Jarolim took over in 2016 after the Czechs failed to advance from the group stage of the European Championship in France.

The Czech soccer association says the 56-year-old Silhavy was given a contract through December 2019 with an option to extend it if the Czech Republic qualifies for the 2020 European Championship.

A former player, Silhavy was an assistant to Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner from 2002-08, helping the team reach the semifinals of the 2004 European Championship. He also led Liberec and Slavia Prague to titles in the Czech league.

The first test for Silhavy will be UEFA Nations League matches against Ukraine and Slovakia in October.

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