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The Czech Association of Football Players (CAFH) has made a significant step. It has agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.


‘We hope that the memorandum will help the development of football and sports as such and also the development of junior football. We would like to cooperate in other important fields as well, such as in the fight against violence at stadiums, and we are going to introduce certain legal concepts’, said CAFH Vice-Chairperson Marketa Haindlova at a special press conference in Prague, which was attended by FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen and Rudolf Repka, the Secretary General of the Czech Football Association (FACR).


Haindlova stated that, apart from football development, the CAFH concentrates on basic aims: the protection of interests of Czech professional football players, legal advice and the retraining and education of players.


FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen said he appreciated the work done by the Czech players’ association. ‘The CAFH has made some great steps in the last months. We are glad that the CAFH cooperates with the Ministry of Education and FACR. It is the only Czech players’ association approved by FIFPro.’


Van Seggelen added that the CAFH is nominated to become a FIFPro candidate member at the 2011 General Assembly in Tel Aviv, from November 1st until 3rd.  ‘I am very happy that I can introduce CAFH to the FIFPro family.’


Karel Poborsky, Theo van Seggelen and Marketa Haindlova


The CAFH announced its newest plans at the press conference. Karel Poborsky, CAFH Chairman, said that the Czech professional footballers will also participate in the election of the 2011 FIFA FIFPro World XI. ‘We wanted to make it possible for Czech players to join the vote as well. And we are also going to organize a similar award in the Czech Republic with winners chosen by football players and fans.’


Poborsky, all-time leader with 110 appearances for the Czech national team, added that the CAFH has established a beneficial society Sport United to fund social and charitable projects. According to him, CAFH wants to focus on sports education of youth as well. ‘We fund football camps in Moravia and we provide financial support for children from Kigarama orphanage in Rwanda. We would like to organize football camps for children in Cyprus.’


Poborsky concluded by launching the website of the CAFH: (‘we love football’).


Photo above: Karel Poborksy, Theo van Seggelen and Vladimir Smicer