PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Czech Republic midfielder Pavel Nedved will retire from international soccer after his team plays Serbia on Wednesday in an exhibition match. Nedved, who came out of retirement last year to help the Czech team reach the World Cup, said Tuesday he will make his 91st and final appearance for the national team against the Serbs. The Juventus midfielder led a strong Czech team at the World Cup, but it was eliminated in the first round after beating the United States and losing to Italy and Ghana. At the 2004 European Championship, Nedved helped the Czechs reach the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Greece in extra time.
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