- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

PRAGUE (AP) - The Czech Republic soccer association says Karel Jarolim will take over as national team coach.

The association says Jarolim will get a two-year-contract, starting Aug. 1, with an option for another two years.

Friday’s announcement comes after a week of negotiations between the association and Mlada Boleslav, the Czech club where Jarolim is under contract.

Jarolim replaces Pavel Vrba, who terminated his contract with the national team after being eliminated in the first round at the European Championship. In France, the Czechs lost to Spain 1-0 and Turkey 2-0, and drew with Croatia 2-2 to finish last in Group D.

The 59-year-old Jarolim will be still allowed to lead Mlada Boleslav in qualifying for the Europa League until Aug. 25.

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