Roundup-Rosicky named Czech player of the year again

Updated: February 6, 2007, 8:31 AM ET
Reuters

Feb 6 - A round-up of soccer stories from around the world:

* Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been named Czech Footballer of the Year for the third time.

Rosicky, who took the accolade in 2001 and 2002, beat Chelsea goalkeeper and last year's winner Petr Cech for the award, based on votes cast by managers, team captains, senior internationals, past winners and journalists.

Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved was third.

* In-form Valencia winger Vicente has a small tear in a muscle in his left thigh and will be sidelined for between two and three weeks. Valencia play Inter Milan in the Champions League first knockout round on Feb. 21.

"I will try to be ready in time to face Inter but it will be difficult," Vicente told a news conference.

* Celta Vigo's board have given coach Fernando Vazquez their backing after Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to bottom club Gimnastic left them 17th in the Primera Liga, and without a win in 10 league matches.

"He will be our coach until June 30, whatever happens," the club said on their Web site (www.celtavigo.net).

* The Asian Football Confederation and the English Football Association have signed a four-year agreement to support the development of football in the Asian continent. The deal was signed by AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam and FA Chairman Geoff Thompson at the recent UEFA Congress.

The agreement focuses on education and training, the AFC said on its Web site.

* China's women's football league will be sponsored by a playing cards manufacturing company, the Chinese Football Association has announced.

Shanghai-based company "Yao Ji" has offered to sponsor all five major women's competitions in China -- the CFA Cup, Super Cup, Super League, National Championship and the All Stars Game.

* Al Qadsiya and Kazma will clash in the Kuwaiti Al Hasawi Cup Final after penalty shootout victories in the semis.

Al Qadsiya advanced 4-2 over Al Kuwait after regular period and extra-time ended scoreless while Kazma edged Al Tadamoun 5-4 after extra-time finished a goal apiece.

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