Czech Republic national football team
|Association||Fotbalová asociace České republiky (FAČR)|
|Head coach||Pavel Vrba|
|Most caps||Karel Poborský (118)|
|Top scorer||Jan Koller (55)|
|FIFA ranking||20 (6 August 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||2 (Sept 1999; Jan–May 2000; Apr–May 2005; Jan–May 2006)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||67 (March 1994)|
|Elo ranking||28 (14 June 2015)|
|Highest Elo ranking||1 (June 2004, June 2005)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||37 (September 2010)|
| Turkey 1–4 Czech Republic
(Istanbul, Turkey; 23 February 1994)
| Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
Czech Republic 7–0 San Marino
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 7 October 2006)
Czech Republic 7–0 San Marino
(Uherské Hradiště, Czech Rep.; 9 Sep 2009)
Russia 4–1 Czech Republic
(Wrocław, Poland; 8 June 2012)
Czech Republic 0–3 Denmark
(Olomouc, Czech Republic; 22 March 2013)
|Appearances||1 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Round 1, 2006|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1996)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1996|
|Appearances||1 (First in 1997)|
|Best result||Third Place, 1997|
The Czech Republic national football team (Czech: Česká fotbalová reprezentace) represents the Czech Republic in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic, the governing body for football in the Czech Republic. Historically the team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, and Czechoslovakia.
The national team was founded in 1901, existing under the previously mentioned names before the separation of Czechoslovakia in 1992. Their first international competition as the Czech Republic was UEFA Euro 1996 where they finished runners-up, their best finish in any international competition. Despite their early success, they have only featured in one FIFA World Cup, the 2006 tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round of the competition. However, they have participated in each of the past five UEFA European Championships, reaching the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2004 in addition to their runner-up finish in 1996.
- 1 History
- 2 Record in major tournaments
- 3 Honours
- 4 Managers
- 5 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 6 Stadia
- 7 Squad
- 8 Player records
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
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 favourites 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 qualifying group, behind Spain and Yugoslavia, and subsequently missed the tournament.
The Czech Republic qualified for Euro 2000, winning all ten of their group games and conceding just five goals. In the finals the team were drawn in Group D, alongside 1998 FIFA World Cup winners France, co-hosts the Netherlands and UEFA Euro 1992 winners Denmark. This was considered to be the most difficult group to advance from in the tournament. The team were unlucky in the first match against the Netherlands as they hit the woodwork multiple times before losing 1–0 to a last-minute penalty. The Czechs lost their second match against eventual champions France 2-1 which eliminated them from advancing to the knockout round. Czech Republic managed a 2–0 win against Denmark in their final game courtesy of two goals from Vladimír Šmicer.
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 in both legs by Belgium in the UEFA play-offs for a place in the finals.
However, after the disappointment of the play-off defeat to Belgium, the fortunes of the national team began to change significantly with a settled team of star players at top European clubs such as Pavel Nedvěd, Jan Koller, Tomáš Rosický, Milan Baroš, Marek Jankulovski and Tomáš Galásek together with the emergence of highly rated young goalkeeper Petr Čech. The team were unbeaten in 2002 and 2003 scoring 53 goals in 19 games, easily qualifying for Euro 2004 in the process. The Czech Republic went on a 20-game unbeaten streak, finally ended in Dublin on 31 March 2004 in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland. The Czechs entered the Euro finals in Group D, dubbed the tournament's Group of Death alongside the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia. Despite going behind in all three group games, the team won them all. This included trailing 2–0 to the Netherlands in a classic 3–2 win and beating Germany in the final match with a much weakened team having already qualified. The Czechs convincingly beat Denmark in the quarter-finals meaning a semi-final against Greece awaited them. The Czech Republic went into the semi-final against Greece as favourites and Tomáš Rosický hit the bar after just two minutes, Jan Koller had shots saved by the Greek goalkeeper and Pavel Nedvěd left the pitch injured in the end of the first half. It was not to be as the ninety minutes finished goalless and Greece won the game in the last minute of the first half of extra-time with a silver goal. Greece would go on to win the tournament.
The Czech Republic recorded their record win during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA), thrashing Andorra 8–1 in a qualification match in Liberec. In the same match, Jan Koller became the all-time top scorer for the national team with his 35th international goal. At the end of the campaign, after finishing in second place in Group 1 then defeating Norway in a playoff, the Czechs qualified for their first FIFA World Cup. The team was boosted prior to the play-off matches by the return of Pavel Nedvěd, who had initially retired from international football after Euro 2004. The squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany included 18 of the Euro 2004 team which reached the semi-finals. With the team ranked second in the world, the Czechs were expected to do well. They started the tournament in fine form with a 3–0 win over the USA. However, during the game Jan Koller had to leave with a hamstring injury, putting him out of the tournament. In the next game, with the absent Koller and Milan Baros still recovering from injury, the team suffered a shock loss, having Tomáš Ujfaluši sent off and ultimately losing 2–0 to Ghana. Baroš returned for the final game against Italy which the Czechs had to win to progress. Once again the team were reduced to ten men as Jan Polák was dismissed before half-time for two bookable offences. Italy went on to win 2–0. Pavel Nedvěd, Karel Poborský and Vratislav Lokvenc retired from the national team after this tournament.
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 scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to win the game 2–3, and that signalled 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 European Championship, 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. A late goal from Libor Sionko won the next game 1–0 against Slovenia. This was followed by an unconvincing win against San Marino, and a goalless draw in Slovenia. In their following match, against neighbours Slovakia, a disastrous 2–1 defeat at home left the Czechs in a precarious qualifying position. Manager Petr Rada was dismissed and six players were suspended. Ivan Hašek took temporary charge as manager, gaining four points from his first two matches, as the team drew away to group leaders Slovakia and thrashed San Marino 7–0 in Uherské Hradiště. They subsequently beat Poland in Prague but followed this result with a goalless draw against Northern Ireland, finishing third in the group and failing to qualify for the World Cup. Hašek announced his immediate resignation.
A much changed team under new manager Michal Bílek entered the Euro 2012 qualifiers. The campaign began disastrously with a home loss to Lithuania. But an important win at home to Scotland was followed by wins against Liechtenstein. World champions Spain defeated the Czechs in between the Liechtenstein games but the play-off spot was still in their hands. In the next game a controversial last minute penalty from Michal Kadlec away to Scotland grabbed a 2–2 draw. Despite Scotland winning their next two games and the Czechs again being defeated by Spain the team could finish second if they could beat Lithuania away from home in the final game, assuming Spain would beat Scotland at home. Spain won 3–1 and the Czechs convincingly defeated Lithuania 4–1 to seal second spot and a place in the play-offs. The Czechs were drawn to face Montenegro in the two-legged play-off. A memorable goal from Václav Pilař and a last minute second from Tomáš Sivok helped the Czechs to a 2–0 first leg lead. In the second leg in Podgorica a late goal from Petr Jiráček sealed a 1–0 win and the Czechs ran out 3–0 aggregate winners and qualified for Euro 2012.
At the Euro 2012 tournament, the Czechs lost their opening game 4–1 to Russia, with their only goal coming from midfielder Václav Pilař. In their second match, against Greece, the Czech Republic went 2–0 up within the first six minutes thanks to goals from Petr Jiráček and a second from Pilař. Following the half-time substitution of captain Tomáš Rosický, Greece scored a second half goal following a mistake from Czech keeper Petr Čech, although there were no more goals and the Czech Republic recorded their first win of the tournament. Going into their third and final group match, the Czech Republic needed at least a draw against co-hosts Poland to advance to the knock-out stage of the tournament. A second-half strike by Jiráček proved the difference between the teams as the Czechs ran out 1–0 winners. Due to Greece beating Russia in the other group game, the Czech Republic subsequently finished top of Group A, becoming the first team to ever win a group at the European Championships with a negative goal difference. The Czech team faced Portugal in the quarter-finals. In a tense and cagey game of few chances, Portugal eventually made the breakthrough with eleven minutes remaining through a header from Cristiano Ronaldo to win the match 1-0 and eliminate the Czechs.
Due to the improved performance over the 2008 Euro (as well as their previous World Cup qualification campaign) Bílek stayed on as coach, despite unrest amongst fans, and was tasked with qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The Czechs were drawn into UEFA Qualifying Group B along with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Armenia, Malta. The beginning of the campaign was stuttering, with two goalless draws with Denmark and Bulgaria, paired with a narrow win against Malta, capping off their first three games. The team then had a setback in their fourth game, losing 0–3 to Denmark at home. The team was able to win against Armenia and draw with group leaders Italy, but lost to both Armenia and Italy in the rematches, greatly dimming their qualification hopes. Bílek resigned after the loss and was replaced with assistant coach Josef Pešice. In their last two games with their new coach the Czechs got wins over Malta and Bulgaria, but lost to Italy, leaving them in third place and ending their qualification hopes. Pešice resigned as coach following the conclusion of qualifying.
Pavel Vrba, the well known coach of Viktoria Plzeň, was appointed as the team's new coach on the first day of 2014, ahead of Euro 2016. The Czech team, which was much changed from their disappointing World Cup campaign, was drawn into a tough group for qualifying, namely Group A, along with 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists the Netherlands, Turkey, Iceland, Latvia, and Kazakhstan. The Czech team began with a win, defeating group favorites Netherlands 2–1, and followed up with victories over Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Iceland, leaving them as group leaders with maximum points after four matches. A draw at home against Latvia followed; nonetheless, the Czechs remained group leaders.
Record in major tournaments
|1998||Did Not Qualify|
|2010||Did Not Qualify|
|2018||To be determined|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
- ***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
- Rada managed the first six matches, Hašek managed the remainder of the qualification process.
- Bílek managed the first eight games, Pešice took charge for the final two games.
FIFA Confederations Cup
The Czechs qualified for the 1997 Confederations Cup following their second place in the UEFA Euro 1996 Competition and Germany's subsequent refusal to take part. Given that teams only qualify for the Confederations Cup if they win either the FIFA World Cup, or regional championship (UEFA Euro) this is their only appearance.
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not Qualify|
|1999||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||To Be Determined|
After the split with Slovakia, Czech Republic have never failed to qualify for the European Football Championships, with their best finish being second place in the 1996 edition of the tournament. Since then, they have advanced from the first round twice, in 2004 and 2012.
|UEFA European Championship record|
|2016||To Be Determined|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shootout.
- **Gold background colour indicates winning the tournament. Red border colour indicates hosts.
Dušan Uhrin (1994–1997)
Jozef Chovanec (1998–2001)
Karel Brückner (2001–2008)
Petr Rada (2008–2009)
František Straka (2009)
Ivan Hašek (2009)
Michal Bílek (2009–2013)
Josef Pešice (2013)
Pavel Vrba (2014–)
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|9 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Czech Republic||2 – 1||Netherlands||Prague, Czech Republic|
|20:45 (UTC+2)||Dočkal 22'
|Report||de Vrij 55'||Stadium: Generali Arena
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
|10 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Turkey||1 – 2||Czech Republic||Istanbul, Turkey|
|21:45 (UTC+3)||Bulut 8'||Report||Sivok 15'
|Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
|13 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Kazakhstan||2 – 4||Czech Republic||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|Logvinenko 84', 90+1'||Report||Dočkal 13'
|Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
|16 November 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Czech Republic||2 – 1||Iceland||Plzeň, Czech Republic|
Halldórsson 61' (o.g.)
|Report||R. Sigurðsson 9'||Stadium: Doosan Arena
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
|28 March 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Czech Republic||1 – 1||Latvia||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Pilař 90'||Report||A. Višņakovs 30'||Stadium: Eden Arena
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
|31 March 2015 Friendly||Slovakia||1 – 0||Czech Republic||Žilina, Slovakia|
|Duda 49'||Stadium: Štadión pod Dubňom
|12 June 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Iceland||2 – 1||Czech Republic||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík|
|Report||Dočkal 55'||Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
|3 September 2015||Czech Republic||v||Kazakhstan||Doosan Arena, Plzen|
|6 September 2015||Latvia||v||Czech Republic||Skonto stadions, Riga|
|10 October 2015||Czech Republic||v||Turkey||Generali Arena, Prague|
|13 October 2015||Netherlands||v||Czech Republic||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam|
Ten different cities hosted national team matches of the Czech Republic between 1994 and 2011. The most commonly-used stadium is Generali Arena, the home stadium of AC Sparta Prague. As of 3 June 2014, the team has played 36 of 92 home matches there. Recently, most games are held at the new Eden Arena, the largest football stadium in the country.
Stadia which have hosted Czech Republic international football matches:
|Stadium||First international||Last international|
|36||Generali Arena, Prague||26 April 1995||9 September 2014|
|20||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||18 September 1996||11 September 2012|
|9||Andrův stadion, Olomouc||25 March 1998||3 June 2014|
|6||Eden Arena, Prague||27 May 2008||28 March 2015|
|5||Bazaly, Ostrava||25 May 1994||16 August 2000|
|4||Stadion u Nisy, Liberec||4 June 2005||11 August 2010|
|3||Stadion Střelnice, Jablonec||4 September 1996||5 June 2009|
|2||Stadion Evžena Rošického, Prague||24 April 1996||18 August 2004|
|2||Sportovní areál, Drnovice||18 August 1999||15 August 2001|
|2||Městský stadion, Uherské Hradiště||16 August 2006||9 September 2009|
|2||Doosan Arena, Plzeň||12 October 2012||16 November 2014|
|1||Stadion SSK Vítkovice, Ostrava||26 March 1996|
|1||Stadion FC Bohemia Poděbrady, Poděbrady||26 February 1997|
|1||Stadion Za Lužánkami, Brno||8 March 1995|
|1||Stadion Střelecký ostrov, České Budějovice||29 March 2011|
The following players have also been called up to the Czech Republic squad within the last twelve months:
- INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE = Preliminary squad.
- RET = Retired from international football.
Player records are accurate as of 12 June 2015.
Most capped Czech Republic players
|2||Petr Čech||2002 – present||114||0|
|3||Tomáš Rosický||2000 – present||100||22|
|4||Jaroslav Plašil||2004 – present||94||6|
Top Czech Republic goalscorers
|Tomáš Rosický||2000 – present||22||100|
|Michal Kadlec||2007 – present||8||59|
|David Lafata||2006 – present||8||35|
|Tomáš Necid||2008 – present||8||31|
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- List of Czech Republic international footballers
- Official website
- RSSSF archive of results 1994–
- RSSSF archive of results 1903,1906–08,1939
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers