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Czech Republic Soccer Coach Out After 5-1 Loss To Russia

Czech coach Karel Jarolim

The coach of the Czech Republic's soccer team is departing in the wake of a 5-1 defeat by Russia.

"Karel Jarolim is stepping down as coach of the Czech national team by mutual agreement.... Thank you, Coach," the Czech Football Association said on Twitter on September 11.

The 5-1 loss in a September 10 friendly in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don was the most lopsided defeat for the Czech Republic since Czechoslovakia split in 1993.

"I feel terrible. I guess I deserve a public execution, It's all my fault," Jarolim said in Russia, adding that the team would probably need a "stimulus."

The defeat in Rostov followed a 2-1 loss to Ukraine at home last week in the Nations League opener.

Jarolim, 62, had been the head coach since 2016 and was unable to lead the Czech Republic to this year's World Cup in Russia.

The football association said it would meet with potential candidates to replace Jarolim.

With reporting by AFP
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