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Czech Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Národní tým
Association Českomoravský fotbalový svaz
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Michal Bílek
Captain Tomáš Rosický
Most caps Karel Poborský (118)
Top scorer Jan Koller (55)
Home stadium AXA Arena
Na Stínadlech
Stadion Eden
FIFA code CZE
FIFA ranking 25
Highest FIFA ranking 2 (March 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 67 (September 1999 From January 2000 to May 2000 from April 2005 to May 2005 From January 2006 to May 2006)
Elo ranking 36
Highest Elo ranking 1 (Jun. 2004, Jun. 2005)
Lowest Elo ranking 36 (Nov 2009 -)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Hungary 2–1 Bohemia Bohemia
(Budapest, Hungary; 5 April 1903)
 Turkey 1–4 Czech Republic Czech Republic
(Istanbul, Turkey; 23 February 1994)
Biggest win
Czech Republic Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra 
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
Czech Republic Czech Republic 7–0 San Marino 
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 7 October 2006)
Czech Republic Czech Republic 7–0 San Marino 
(Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic; 9 September 2009)
Biggest defeat
Bohemia Bohemia 0–4 England 
(Prague, Bohemia; 13 June 1908)
 Switzerland 3–0 Czech Republic Czech Republic
(Zürich, Switzerland; 20 April 1994)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1, 2006
European Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result Runners-up, 1996
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1997)
Best result 3rd, 1997

The Czech national football team is the national football team of the Czech Republic and is controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic.

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History

Before World War I, Bohemia (present–day Czech Republic), whilst part of Austria–Hungary, played seven matches between 1903 and 1908, six of them against Hungary and one against England. Bohemia also played a match against Yugoslavia, Ostmark and Germany in 1939 while being the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

Outside Stadion Eden

When the Czech Republic was part of Czechoslovakia, the national team had runner–up finishes in World Cups (1934, 1962) and a European Championship win in 1976.

When Czechoslovakia split and reformed into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the Czech Republic national team was formed, and they played their first friendly match away to Turkey, winning 4–1, on 23 February 1994. The newly formed team played their first home game in Ostrava, against Lithuania, in which they registered their first home win, a 5–3 victory.

Their first competitive match was part of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying campaign, in which they defeated Malta 6–1 in Ostrava. During the campaign, the Czech Republic registered six wins, three draws, and an embarrassing defeat against Luxembourg, finishing their qualifying Group 5 in first place, above favorites the Netherlands. In the final tournament, hosted by England, the Czechs progressed from the group stage, despite a 2–0 opening game defeat to Germany. They continued their good form, and progressed to the UEFA Euro 1996 final, where they lost 2–1 to the Germans at Wembley Stadium.

Given their success at Euro 1996, the Czechs were expected to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. However, they finished third in their group, behind Spain, and Yugoslavia, and subsequently failed to qualify.

They did, however, qualify for Euro 2000, winning all ten of their group games, conceding just five goals. The team failed to perform well at the finals though, producing just one win, and being eliminated in the group stage.

Once again, the Czech Republic failed to qualify for the World Cup, this time finishing second in their group, behind Denmark, and then being beaten 1–0, and 0–1 by Belgium in the UEFA play–offs for a place in the finals.

They progressed to the finals of Euro 2004, qualifying through their group ahead of the Netherlands, and their only dropped points being in a 1–1 draw away to the Oranje. In the Euro finals, the Czechs progressed to the semi–finals, where they were beaten 1–0 by the eventual upset champions Greece

The Czechs finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup, qualifying for the 2006 edition in Germany, via a play–off against Norway, winning both legs 1–0. They seemed set to progress to the last 16, with a 3–0 win over the USA, however, 2–0 defeats to Ghana, and Italy promptly ended their hopes of progression.

The disappointing World Cup campaign was followed by a successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2008, where they finished top of their group, above Germany on head–to–head records. The Czechs beat co–hosts Switzerland 1–0 in their opening game, before being beaten 3–1 by Portugal, this meant that they, and Turkey carried identical records going into the final group game. The Czechs took a 2–0 lead just past the hour mark and looked set to qualify. However, the Turks staged a stunning comeback in the last 15 minutes of the game to win the game 2–3, and that signaled the end of another disappointing performance at a major tournament and the final match for coach Karel Brückner.

After the failure to impress at the Euro, the Czechs faced World Cup qualification, being drawn in Group 3, under the guidance of coach Petr Rada. They started with a 0–0 away draw against Northern Ireland, which was followed by a poor performance against Poland, losing 2–1. Their campaign was starting to become a nightmare when they had loads of trouble to defeat Slovenia, winning 1–0 thanks to a Libor Sionko goal with ten minutes to go. This was followed by an unconvincing win against San Marino, and a goalless draw in Slovenia. However, the worst thing was still to come. Their following match, against their neighbors Slovakia, meant an impacting 2–1 defeat at home that left the Czechs in a terrible situation, and it was also coach Petr Rada's last match. Ivan Hašek took over as both Czech FA president and manager, slightly improving things, as they drew away to group leaders Slovakia and thrashed San Marino 7–0 at Uherske Hradiste. They entered the penultimate matchday with a game against Poland to win, and hoping that Slovenia did not defeat Slovakia. They did their task, but the Slovaks weren't able to theirs, and lost 2–0, which meant that minnows San Marino had to hold the Slovenians to a draw to give the Czechs a chance of reaching the play-offs. Effectively, their hopes had sunk, and the 0–0 draw against the Northern Irish was a mere formality which ended the first Czech failed campaign since 2002.

There was a large confusion in the western media over the head coach of the Czech national team in November 2009. Former player Vladimír Šmicer was named as manager of the administrative division on 11 November 2009, just one day after he had retired from football. The term manager (which has a different meaning in Czech language) caused a widespread speculation. In fact the Head coach of the Czech national Team is Michal Bílek as of November 2009.

Record in major tournaments

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World Cup

For 1930 to 1994 records, see: Czechoslovakia

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Round 1 20 3 1 0 2 3 4
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 1/4 3 1 0 2 3 4

Confederations Cup

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1997 Third place 5 2 1 2 10 7
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2001 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2005 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1/8 5 2 1 2 10 7

European Championship

For 1960 to 1992 records, see: Czechoslovakia

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
England 1996 Runner-up 6 2 2* 2 7 8
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 3
Portugal 2004 Semifinal 5 4 0 1 10 5
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Round 1 3 1 0 2 4 6
PolandUkraine 2012 2 - - - - - -
Total 4/4 17 8 2 7 24 22
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootout.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Notes

2 Qualification not yet begun

Managers

Czech Republic Václav Ježek (1993)
Czech Republic Dušan Uhrin (1994–1997)
Czech Republic Jozef Chovanec (1998–2001)
Czech Republic Karel Brückner (2001–2008)
Czech Republic Petr Rada (2008–2009)
Czech Republic František Straka (2009)
Czech Republic Ivan Hašek (2009)
Czech Republic Michal Bílek (2009–)

FIFA World Cup qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Slovakia 10 7 1 2 22 10 +12 22
 Slovenia 10 6 2 2 18 4 +14 20
 Czech Republic 10 4 4 2 17 6 +11 16
 Northern Ireland 10 4 3 3 13 9 +4 15
 Poland 10 3 2 5 19 14 +5 11
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 47 −46 0
  Czech Republic Northern Ireland Poland San Marino Slovakia Slovenia
Czech Republic  0 – 0 2 – 0 7 – 0 1 – 2 1 – 0
Northern Ireland  0 – 0 3 – 2 4 – 0 0 – 2 1 – 0
Poland  2 – 1 1 – 1 10 – 0 0 – 1 1 – 1
San Marino  0 – 3 0 – 3 0 – 2 1 – 3 0 – 3
Slovakia  2 – 2 2 – 1 2 – 1 7 – 0 0 – 2
Slovenia  0 – 0 2 – 0 3 – 0 5 – 0 2 – 1

Results over the last 12 months

Full history of results

Date Home Team Score Away Team
28 March 2009  Slovenia 0–0 Czech Republic 
1 April 2009  Czech Republic 1–2 Slovakia 
5 June 2009  Czech Republic 1–0 Malta 
12 August 2009  Czech Republic 3–1 Belgium 
5 September 2009  Slovakia 2–2 Czech Republic 
9 September 2009  Czech Republic 7–0 San Marino 
10 October 2009  Czech Republic 2–0 Poland 
14 October 2009  Czech Republic 0–0 Northern Ireland 
15 November 2009  Czech Republic 0–0*
2-3(p)
United Arab Emirates 
18 November 2009  Czech Republic 0–2 Azerbaijan 
3 March 2010  Scotland 1–0 Czech Republic 

Stadia

The most important matches of the Czech national team are held in Prague's AXA Arena, the home stadium of Sparta Prague. Other venues include Stadion Eden (the biggest and perhaps most modern in the country) and stadiums in the cities of Teplice, Olomouc and Liberec.

Upcoming fixtures

Date Tournament Location Venue Home Team Away Team
May 22, 2010[1] Friendly New York, New York,
 United States
Red Bull Arena (Harrison)  Czech Republic  Turkey

Current squad

Match Date: March 3, 2010 [2]
Venue: Opposition:  Scotland

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
16 GK Jaroslav Drobný October 18, 1979 (1979-10-18) (age 30) 1 0 Germany Hertha BSC
GK Michal Daněk July 6, 1983 (1983-07-06) (age 26) 0 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
13 DF Ondřej Kušnír April 5, 1984 (1984-04-05) (age 25) 0 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
17 DF Tomáš Hübschman September 4, 1981 (1981-09-04) (age 28) 25 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
3 DF Michal Kadlec December 13, 1984 (1984-12-13) (age 25) 14 1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
5 DF Jan Šimůnek February 20, 1987 (1987-02-20) (age 23) 4 0 Germany Wolfsburg
5 DF Roman Hubník June 6, 1984 (1984-06-06) (age 25) 6 1 Germany Hertha BSC
18 DF Tomáš Sivok September 15, 1983 (1983-09-15) (age 26) 10 0 Turkey Beşiktaş
13 MF Jaroslav Plašil January 5, 1982 (1982-01-05) (age 28) 52 4 France Bordeaux
MF Jan Morávek November 1, 1989 (1989-11-01) (age 20) 0 0 Germany Schalke 04
MF Mario Holek October 28, 1986 (1986-10-28) (age 23) 1 0 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
10 MF Tomáš Rosický Captain sports.svg October 4, 1980 (1980-10-04) (age 29) 71 19 England Arsenal
MF Jan Rajnoch September 30, 1981 (1981-09-30) (age 28) 4 0 Turkey Ankaragücü
MF Rudolf Skácel July 17, 1979 (1979-07-17) (age 30) 5 1 Greece Larissa F.C.
3 FW Adam Hloušek December 20, 1988 (1988-12-20) (age 21) 3 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
7 FW Tomáš Necid August 13, 1989 (1989-08-13) (age 20) 12 4 Russia CSKA Moscow
9 FW Václav Svěrkoš November 1, 1983 (1983-11-01) (age 26) 10 3 France Sochaux

Recent call-up

Players who are temporarily injured or have been called up recently to the squad:

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Petr Čech May 20, 1982 (1982-05-20) (age 27) 70 0 England Chelsea
16 GK Antonín Kinský May 31, 1975 (1975-05-31) (age 34) 5 0 Russia Saturn Moscow Oblast
16 GK Daniel Zítka June 20, 1975 (1975-06-20) (age 34) 3 0 Belgium Anderlecht
DF David Limberský October 6, 1983 (1983-10-06) (age 26) 1 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
4 DF David Rozehnal July 5, 1980 (1980-07-05) (age 29) 58 1 Germany Hamburg
2 DF Zdeněk Grygera May 14, 1980 (1980-05-14) (age 29) 65 2 Italy Juventus
20 DF Martin Jiránek May 27, 1979 (1979-05-27) (age 30) 31 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
12 DF Zdeněk Pospěch December 14, 1978 (1978-12-14) (age 31) 17 1 Denmark Copenhagen
14 MF David Jarolím May 17, 1979 (1979-05-17) (age 30) 27 1 Germany Hamburg
15 MF Michal Švec March 19, 1987 (1987-03-19) (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
11 MF Daniel Pudil September 27, 1985 (1985-09-27) (age 24) 8 2 Belgium Racing Genk
11 MF Radek Šírl March 20, 1981 (1981-03-20) (age 28) 8 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
3 MF Jan Polák March 14, 1981 (1981-03-14) (age 28) 47 6 Belgium Anderlecht
MF Mario Lička April 30, 1982 (1982-04-30) (age 27) 0 0 Czech Republic Baník Ostrava
MF Marek Matějovský December 20, 1981 (1981-12-20) (age 28) 13 1 England Reading
7 MF Libor Sionko February 1, 1977 (1977-02-01) (age 33) 33 8 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
5 MF Radoslav Kováč August 27, 1979 (1979-08-27) (age 30) 31 2 England West Ham United
FW Jan Blažek March 20, 1988 (1988-03-20) (age 21) 2 0 Greece Larissa F.C.
FW Martin Fillo February 7, 1986 (1986-02-07) (age 24) 1 0 Norway Viking
9 FW Michal Papadopoulos April 14, 1985 (1985-04-14) (age 24) 3 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
11 FW Lukáš Magera January 17, 1983 (1983-01-17) (age 27) 3 0 Romania Timişoara
11 FW Stanislav Vlček February 26, 1976 (1976-02-26) (age 34) 14 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
8 FW Jiří Štajner May 27, 1976 (1976-05-27) (age 33) 30 4 Germany Hannover 96
15 FW Milan Baroš October 28, 1981 (1981-10-28) (age 28) 77 38 Turkey Galatasaray

Past squads and campaigns

European Championship Squads

World Cup Squads

See also

References

External links


Simple English

Czech Republic
Association Football Association of the Czech Republic
Confederation UEFA
Coach František Straka
Most caps Karel Poborský (118)
Top scorer Jan Koller (55)
World Cup
Appearances 1
First Apps 2006
Best result Round 1 (2006)

Czech Republic national football team is the national football team of Czech Republic.


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