CZECH REPUBLIC: EURO 96' GETS IN WAY OF WEDDING PLANS
Restrictions: NO ACCESS CZECH REPUBLIC
Date: 06/28/1996 04:00 AM
Prague, Czech Republic. 28 June 1996
1. Pull out from tight shot of church to show scene
2. Smicer with mother ready to walk down the aisle
3. Pan up rose bouquet to bride and groom at alter
4. Bride and groom kissing
5. Pan of hundreds of well-wishers outside church
6. Bride and groom coming out of church to cheers from crowd
It's being billed as the Czech marriage of the year, even though the wedding night will be in England.
Reaching Sunday's Euro 96 final left Vladimir Smicer with a problem: his wedding day is today.
The solution: Smicer flew to Prague late Thursday, got married early Friday and by the evening he and his bride Pavlina were back in London.
It has all the romance of a royal wedding and the high speed action of a sports final.
It's the Czech Republic's wedding of the year.
Football hero Vladimir Smicer has flown home to marry his sweetheart - and he'll fly her back to England for their wedding night.
He will, of course, have to forsake the honeymoon in favor of training for the final with his team mates.
It's not as if Pavlina didn't know what she was getting in to.
Her father, Ladislav Vizek, was on Czechoslovakia's European Championship team which came third in Italy in 1980.
Smicer's wedding day was first put in danger when his last-minute goal against Russia forced a 3-3 draw and sent the Czech Republic into the Euro 96 quarterfinals.
Now - the rings safely in place - the kiss at the alter - and the hundreds of approving fans - Mr and Mrs Smicer are ready to head back for the finals.