Czech Republic at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of the Czech Republic's results at the FIFA World Cup, including those of Czechoslovakia which is considered as the Czech Republic's predecessor by FIFA. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.[1]

Czechoslovakia have been one of the better performing national teams in the history of the World Cup, having ended twice as runners-up, in 1934 and in 1962. Between 1930 and 1994 they qualified for 8 out of 13 World Cups they played qualifiers for, and did not enter in two other World Cups.

After the political split-up into Czech Republic and Slovakia, the official successor football team Czech Republic has been less successful at the World Cup than Czechoslovakia, qualifying only for one out of five tournaments (the 2006 FIFA World Cup) without surviving the group phase. The Czech failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, having ended third in their continental qualifying group.

Throughout the World Cup history, Brazil became the team's historical rival. The two countries have met each other five times but the Czechs (always as Czechoslovakia) never managed to win, with three victories for the Brazilian side and two draws.[2] Two other historical opponents in the finals were (West) Germany and Italy with three encounters each: Czechoslovakia won, drew and lost once against the Germans[3] and the matches against Italy all ended in a defeat.[4]

Record at the FIFA World Cup[edit]

Already in their first World Cup participation in 1934, Czechoslovakia (white) reached the final where they lost the title to Italy (blue)
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
as  Czechoslovakia
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 9 6
France 1938 Quarter-finals 5th 3 1 1 1 5 3
Brazil 1950 Did not qualify
Switzerland 1954 Group stage 14th 2 0 0 2 0 7
Sweden 1958 Group stage 9th 4 1 1 2 9 6
Chile 1962 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 7
England 1966 Did not qualify
Mexico 1970 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 7
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982 Group stage 19th 3 0 2 1 2 4
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify
Italy 1990 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 0 2 10 5
United States 1994 Did not qualify
as  Czech Republic
France 1998 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Group stage 20th 3 1 0 2 3 4
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 9/21 - 33 12 5 16 47 49
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

By Match[edit]

World Cup Round Opponent Score Result Venue Scorers
1934 Round of 16  Romania 2–1 W Trieste A. Puč, O. Nejedlý
Quarter-finals   Switzerland 3–2 W Turin F. Svoboda, J. Sobotka, O. Nejedlý
Semi-finals  Germany 3–1 W Rome O. Nejedlý (3)
Final  Italy 1–2 (a.e.t.) L Rome A. Puč
1938 Round of 16  Netherlands 3–0 (a.e.t.) W Le Havre J. Košťálek, J. Zeman, O. Nejedlý
Quarter-finals  Brazil 1–1 (a.e.t.) D Bordeaux O. Nejedlý
 Brazil 1–2 L Bordeaux V. Kopecký
1954 Group stage  Uruguay 0–2 L Bern &
 Austria 0–5 L Zürich &
1958 Group stage  Northern Ireland 0–1 L Halmstad &
 West Germany 2–2 D Helsingborg M. Dvořák, Z. Zikán
 Argentina 6–1 W Helsingborg Z. Zikán (2), V. Hovorka (2), M. Dvořák, J. Feureisl
 Northern Ireland 1–2 (a.e.t.) L Malmö Z. Zikán
1962 Group stage  Spain 1–0 W Viña del Mar J. Štibrányi
 Brazil 0–0 D Viña del Mar &
 Mexico 1–3 L Viña del Mar V. Mašek
Quarter-finals  Hungary 1–0 W Rancagua A. Scherer
Semi-finals  Yugoslavia 3–1 W Viña del Mar A. Scherer (2), J. Kadraba
Final  Brazil 1–3 L Santiago J. Masopust
1970 Group stage  Brazil 1–4 L Guadalajara L. Petráš
 Romania 1–2 L Guadalajara L. Petráš
 England 0–1 L Guadalajara &
1982 Group stage  Kuwait 1–1 D Valladolid A. Panenka
 England 0–2 L Bilbao &
 France 1–1 D Valladolid A. Panenka
1990 Group stage  United States 5–1 W Florence T. Skuhravý (2), M. Bílek, I. Hašek, M. Luhový
 Austria 1–0 W Florence M. Bílek
 Italy 0–2 L Rome &
Round of 16  Costa Rica 4–1 W Bari T. Skuhravý (3), L. Kubík
Quarter-finals  West Germany 0–1 L Milan &
2006 Group stage  United States 3–0 W Gelsenkirchen T. Rosický (2), J. Koller
 Ghana 0–2 L Cologne &
 Italy 0–2 L Hamburg &

Record by Opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals Scored Goals Conceded
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 6 1
 Austria 1 0 1 2 1 5
 Brazil 0 2 3 5 4 10
 Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 4 1
 England 0 0 2 2 0 3
 France 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Germany 1 0 0 1 3 1
 Ghana 0 0 1 1 0 2
 Hungary 1 0 0 1 1 0
 Italy 0 0 3 3 1 6
 Kuwait 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Mexico 0 0 1 1 1 3
 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 3 0
 Northern Ireland 0 0 2 2 1 3
 Romania 1 0 1 2 3 3
 Spain 1 0 0 1 1 0
  Switzerland 1 0 0 1 3 2
 United States 2 0 0 2 8 1
 Uruguay 0 0 1 1 0 2
 West Germany 0 1 1 2 2 3
 Yugoslavia 1 0 0 1 3 1

Record players[edit]

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Ladislav Novák 12 1954, 1958 and 1962
2 Josef Masopust 10 1958 and 1962
3 Svatopluk Pluskal 9 1954, 1958 and 1962
Ján Popluhár 9 1958 and 1962
5 Andrej Kvašňák 8 1962 and 1970
6 Josef Košťálek 7 1934 and 1938
7 Oldřich Nejedlý 6 1934 and 1938
František Plánička 6 1934 and 1938
Adolf Scherer 6 1962
Viliam Schrojf 6 1962
Jozef Adamec 6 1962 and 1970

Top goalscorers[edit]

Oldřich Nejedlý was Czechoslovakia/ Czech Republic's all-time top scorer at the World Cup.
No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Oldřich Nejedlý 7 1934 (5) and 1938 (2)
2 Tomáš Skuhravý 5 1990
3 Zdeněk Zikán 3 1958
Adolf Scherer 3 1962
5 Antonín Puč 2 1934
Milan Dvořák 2 1958
Václav Hovorka 2 1958
Ladislav Petráš 2 1970
Antonín Panenka 2 1982
Michal Bílek 2 1990
Tomáš Rosický 2 2006

Awards[edit]

Team Awards

  • Second Place 1934
  • Second Place 1962

Individual Awards

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage Archived June 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on 6 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Czech Republic - Brazil". FIFA.com.
  3. ^ "Czech Republic - Germany". FIFA.com.
  4. ^ "Czech Republic - Italy". FIFA.com.

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