New signings boost Baník

Czech champions FC Baník Ostrava began their preparations for the new season with three new faces yesterday.

Koubský targeted
Bolf, who played in the heart of the Czech Republic defence in their 2-1 win over Latvia on Tuesday, signed for French side AJ Auxerre before leaving for Portugal. And although coach František Komnacký has set his sights on FC Tescoma Zlín's Czech Under-21 defender Jirí Koubský to replace him, the two clubs have not yet agreed terms.

Back in top flight
Definitely starting the season at the Bazaly stadium are attacking midfield player Pavel Zavadil and left-back David Kotrys. Zavadil, a former AS Sparta Praha player, joins on a two-year contract having spent the past six months at Maccabi Haifa. Kotrys, who has signed a three-year deal with Baník, returns to the top flight after two seasons at second division side FC Jihlava.

Papadopulos returns
Possibly leaving the club are 19-year-old striker Michal Papadopulos and Czech Under-21 goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka. Papadopulos returns from his season-long loan at Arsenal FC without having played a single Premiership game and could now be sold, while Lastuvka is on trial at FC Shakhtar Donetsk.