In the Czech Republic, people celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve with a nine course meal, which includes fish soup, baked carp and bread and honey. And thatâ€™s how David Rozehnal will celebrate Christmas this year in Newcastle. Itâ€™s good we donâ€™t have a game on Christmas day though, thatâ€™s for sure.
David Rozehnal – adapting well to all things in England
David Rozehnal talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œBefore I came to England I already knew what a crazy period it was in the Premier League because of the number of games there are,â€ â€œIt isnâ€™t something Iâ€™ve had to do before. We donâ€™t get a break. When I was in the Czech Republic, Belgium and France, we took a holiday and had a few days off to spend with the family.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think any other countries play so many games over Christmas and a lot have breaks, which means everyone can spend some time at home, but Iâ€™m still looking forward to it. I decided to play in England so I will not be moaning. It will be difficult, Iâ€™m sure, but itâ€™s the same for all the teams. I will just have to hope I am able to recover quickly from games because it is non-stop.â€
Rozehnal will celebrate Christmas for the first time as a father, since his wife Petra, recently gave birth to their first child, a baby boy. Seems like David will approach Christmas in England as he seems to approach most things in life, he will adapt to it and embrace it.
â€œIâ€™m fortunate because in the Czech Republic, we have the big celebration on Christmas Eve. We will be given a bit of time off I think and we will make that day special.â€
â€œIt is a new experience, but I have already had plenty of those living in England. I am very happy and I will take on this challenge just as I have done with everything else, adapting to a new style of football, learning a new language and living in a different city.â€
â€œEvery day we will be in training and then we will start a really difficult period of games, which will test our squad, I think. I am told it is a very important time in the season, with big crowds and so many points to play for. If we can have a good Christmas it will put us in a very good position.â€
The results in the next 4 games through January 2nd and the game with Manchester City at home, will let us know how well Newcastle are likely to do in the league this season. We still haven’t lost hope of qualifying for the UEFA Cup next season, but we may need some help such as one of the top 4 teams winning the Carling Cup, so extra league places will qualify teams for Europe. It’s still possible we can do that, which would be great.