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One Million Crown incentive

Czech tabloid offers reward for San Marino win

October 13, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Czech newspaper Blesk has offered European minnows San Marino one million crowns (£36,100) to beat Slovenia in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier and help the Czech Republic go through to next year's tournament.

The Czechs are in third place in Group Three and need to beat Northern Ireland in their final qualifier and hope Slovenia lose in San Marino's Stadio Olimpico Serravalle to clinch a play-off place.

"Blesk is offering a contribution to make the final day of qualification a happy one: a prize of one million crowns to the San Marinesi for a win over Slovenia!," the tabloid said.

San Marino captain Andy Selva told Blesk the offer was interesting. "We will do the maximum for a win but our biggest problem is that we rarely score a goal," he said.

Unfortunately for the Czech's San Marino - a European microstate with a population of only 30,000 - have only ever won one game in their history, beating Liechtenstein 1-0 in a friendly in April 2004.