Czech football mourns Josef Pešice

Josef Pešice, who coached the national team of the Czech Republic in 2013, has died at the age of 67.

Josef Pešice has passed away at the age of 67
Josef Pešice has passed away at the age of 67 ©SK Slavia Praha

Czech football is mourning the loss of former Czech Republic national team coach Josef Pešice, who has died at the age of 67.

He took charge of the Czech team for three games in 2013, winning all three, and was also assistant coach to the national Under-21 team.

As a player, Josef Pešice won the Czechoslovak title in 1978 with Zbrojovka Brno, and reached the semi-final of the UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup with AC Sparta Praha in 1972/73. He also played for SK Slavia Praha and AEL Limassol.

As a coach, he was an assistant coach when Slavia reached the UEFA Cup semi-final in 1996. He was also main coach of Slavia, and other ports of call included Jablonec and Teplice, as well as a stint in Costa Rica.

“Josef Pešice has a prominent place in the history of Czechoslovak and, later, Czech football, said the president of the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR), Martin Malík. “There are not many personalities who are so successful not only as a player, but also in coaching.”