Sport fans in the Czech Republic
are spoiled. They can look forward to watching a world-class team competing in every season of the year - in summer, their national football team that has been a member of the European and world elite for decades and, in winter, their revered ice hockey team. It is not therefore clear which sport holds the upper hand in the region. Both types of sport enjoyed generous government support in years gone by, sprouting a series of impressive triumphs and a flurry of players around the world. Some players who earned their spurs in Czech clubs still play for major teams, especially in Europe. This high standard is a legacy that has been fine-tuned by taking part regularly in major final competitions and notching up several victories in various categories. The resultant success story propels them to even greater exploits.