Czech Republic national football team

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Czech Republic
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Association Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Jaroslav Šilhavý
Captain Vladimír Darida
Most caps Petr Čech (124)
Top scorer Jan Koller (55)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code CZE
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 45 Steady2.svg(9 April 2020) [1]
Highest2 (September 1999; January – May 2000; April – May 2005; January – May 2006)
Lowest67 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 34 Increase2.svg 4 (2 April 2020) [2]
Highest1 (June 2004, June 2005)
Lowest47 (4 September 2017)
First international
Flag of Hungary (1848-1849, 1867-1869).svg  Hungary 2–1 BohemiaFlag of Bohemia.svg
(Budapest, Hungary; 5 April 1903)
As the Czech Republic
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1–4 Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
(Istanbul, Turkey; 23 February 1994)
Biggest win
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 5–0 Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
(London, England; 22 March 2019)
World Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1934 )
Best resultRunners-up, 1934 and 1962 (as Czechoslovakia)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1960 )
Best resultChampions, 1976 (as Czechoslovakia)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1997 )
Best resultThird Place, 1997

The Czech national football team (Czech : Česká fotbalová reprezentace) represents the Czech Republic in international football, and are 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 Czech team, as Czechoslovakia, finished as Runners Up to hosts Italy at the second-ever FIFA World Cup in 1934 and again were Runners Up to Pelé's Brazil at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. They won the European Championship in 1976 over West Germany. [3] [4]

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The national team was founded in 1901, existing under the previously mentioned names before the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993. Their first international competition as the Czech Republic was the UEFA Euro 1996, where they finished runners-up, and they have taken part in every European Championship since. Following the separation, however, they have only featured in one FIFA World Cup, the 2006 tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round of the competition.

History

Before World War I, the Kingdom of Bohemia, predecessor of the Czech Republic, was part of Austria–Hungary. Bohemia 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 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.

The 1990s

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. They finished third in their qualifying group, however, behind Spain and Yugoslavia, and subsequently missed the tournament.

The 2000s

The Czech Republic qualified for Euro 2000, winning all ten of their group games and conceding just five goals. [5] 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. [6] 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. [7] 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. [7]

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.

After the disappointment of the play-off defeat to Belgium, however, 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 and 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. [8] The Czechs entered the Euro finals in Group D, dubbed the tournament's Group of Death alongside the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia. [9] 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. [10] 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 90 minutes finished goalless and Greece won the game in the last minute of the first half of extra-time with a silver goal. [11] Greece would go on to win the tournament.

Czech Republic (red) v Ghana (white) at the 2006 World Cup. Closeup Czech Republic versus Ghana at 2006 World Cup.jpg
Czech Republic (red) v Ghana (white) at the 2006 World Cup.

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. [12] 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. [13] The team was boosted prior to the play-off matches by the return of Pavel Nedvěd, [14] who had initially retired from international football after Euro 2004. The squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany included 18 of the Euro 2004 team which reached the semi-finals. With the team ranked second in the world, [15] the Czechs were expected to do well. They started the tournament in fine form with a 3–0 win over the United States. During the game, however, Jan Koller was forced to leave with a hamstring injury, [16] putting him out of the tournament. In the next game, with the absent Koller and Milan Baroš still recovering from injury, the team suffered a shock loss, having Tomáš Ujfaluši sent off and ultimately losing 2–0 to Ghana. [15] Baroš returned for the final game against Italy which the Czechs had to win to progress. Once again, however, the team were reduced to ten men as Jan Polák was dismissed before half-time for two bookable offences. [16] Italy went on to win 2–0. Pavel Nedvěd, Karel Poborský and Vratislav Lokvenc retired from the national team after this tournament. [17]

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. The Turks, however, scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to win the game 2–3, [18] 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. [19] Ivan Hašek took temporary charge as manager, [20] 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. [21]

The 2010s

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Czech Republic in 2014

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 secured a 2–2 draw. [22] 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 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 goalkeeper Petr Čech, although there were no more goals and the Czech Republic recorded their first win of the tournament. [23] 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, [24] becoming the first team to ever win a group at the European Championships with a negative goal difference. [25] The Czech team faced Portugal in the quarter-finals. In a tense and cagey game of few chances, Portugal eventually made the breakthrough with 11 minutes remaining through a header from Cristiano Ronaldo to win the match 1–0 and eliminate the Czechs.

Due to the improved performance over Euro 2008 (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. [26] The Czechs were drawn into UEFA Qualifying Group B along with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta. The beginning of the campaign was stuttering, [26] 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. [26] Bílek resigned [26] after the loss and was replaced with assistant coach Josef Pešice. [27] In their last two games with their new coach, the Czechs recorded 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 qualifying. [28] The Czech team, which was much changed from their disappointing World Cup campaign, was drawn into a tough [29] group for qualifying, namely Group A, along with 2014 World Cup semifinalists Holland, Turkey, Iceland, Latvia and Kazakhstan. The Czech team began with a win, defeating group favourites 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, and on 6 September 2015, the Czech Republic qualified for their sixth European Championship. However, they only managed to get one point from a draw with Croatia, losing to Spain and Turkey and suffering their worst performance in the European Championship. During a friendly match against Australia on 1 June 2018, the Czechs recorded their biggest defeat losing 0–4 in Sankt Pölten, Austria. [30] They got their worst defeat during their first qualifier for Euro 2020, as they were beaten 0–5 at Wembley Stadium by England. [31]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

    Champions      Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquadsPldWDLGFGA
as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Runners-up 2nd430196 Squad 110021
Flag of France.svg 1938 Quarter-final5th311153 Squad 211071
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Group Stage14th200207 Squad 431051
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Group Stage9th411296 Squad 430193
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Runners-up 2nd631277 Squad 5401207
Flag of England.svg 1966 Did not qualify6312124
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Group Stage15th300327 Squad 7511167
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify421193
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 420246
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Group Stage19th302124 Squad 8422156
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Did not qualify83231112
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Quarter-final6th5302105 Squad 8521133
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify10451219
as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Flag of France.svg 1998 Did not qualify10514166
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 126242010
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Group stage20th310234 Squad 1411033712
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Did not qualify10442176
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 10433139
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 104331710
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalRunners-up9/2133125164749137742934264116

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquadsPldWDLGFGA
as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of France.svg 1960 Third Place3rd210123 Squad 6411165
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 Did not qualify201123
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 631284
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 6411114
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 Champions 1st211053 Squad 8521197
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 Third Place3rd412154 Squad 6501174
Flag of France.svg 1984 Did not qualify8341157
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 623175
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 8503129
as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic as Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Flag of England.svg 1996 Runners-up 2nd622278 Squad 10631216
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 Group stage10th310233 Squad 101000265
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 Semi-finals3rd5401105 Squad 8710235
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 Group stage11th310246 Squad 12921275
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 Quarter-finals6th420246 Squad 10613158
Flag of France.svg 2016 Group stage21st301225 Squad 107121914
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 Qualified85031311
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
Total1 Title10/1632136134243124812122251102

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionGroupPosPldWDLGFGA
2018–19 B 1 2nd420244
2020–21 B To be determined
Total420244

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquads
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Third place3rd5212107 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999 Did not qualify
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001
Flag of France.svg 2003
Flag of Germany.svg 2005
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013
Flag of Russia.svg 2017
TotalThird place1/105212107

Honours

CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
World Cup 0202
European Championship 1135
Confederations Cup 0011
Total1348

Head-to-head record (since 1994)

As of 17 November 2019, after the match against Bulgaria.

  Positive Record  Neutral Record  Negative Record

    Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

    2019

    7 June 2019 (2019-06-07) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–1Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Prague, Czech Republic
    20:45 UTC+02:00 Schick Soccerball shade.svg 20', 50' Report Isa Soccerball shade.svg 3'Stadium: Stadion Letná
    Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
    10 June 2019 (2019-06-10) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg3–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Olomouc, Czech Republic
    20:45 UTC+02:00 Jankto Soccerball shade.svg 18'
    Kopitović Soccerball shade.svg 49' (o.g.)
    Schick Soccerball shade.svg 82' (pen.)
    Report Stadium: Andrův stadion
    Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
    7 September 2019 (2019-09-07) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A Kosovo  Flag of Kosovo.svg2–1Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Pristina, Kosovo
    15:00 UTC+02:00 Muriqi Soccerball shade.svg 20'
    Vojvoda Soccerball shade.svg 66'
    Report Schick Soccerball shade.svg 16'Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
    Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
    10 September 2019 (2019-09-10) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg0–3Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Podgorica, Montenegro
    20:45 UTC+02:00 Report Souček Soccerball shade.svg 54'
    Masopust Soccerball shade.svg 58'
    Darida Soccerball shade.svg 90+5' (pen.)
    Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
    Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
    11 October 2019 (2019-10-11) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–1Flag of England.svg  England Prague, Czech Republic
    20:45 UTC+02:00 Brabec Soccerball shade.svg 9'
    Ondrášek Soccerball shade.svg 85'
    Report Kane Soccerball shade.svg 5' (pen.)Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
    Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
    14 October 2019 Friendly Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–3Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Prague, Czech Republic
    20:00 Darida Soccerball shade.svg 67'
    Král Soccerball shade.svg 68'
    Report McNair Soccerball shade.svg 9', 40'
    Evans Soccerball shade.svg 23'
    Stadium: Stadion Letná
    Attendance: 9,139
    Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
    14 November 2019 (2019-11-14) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–1Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo Plzeň, Czech Republic
    20:45 UTC+01:00 Král Soccerball shade.svg 71'
    Čelůstka Soccerball shade.svg 79'
    Report Nuhiu Soccerball shade.svg 50'Stadium: Doosan Arena
    Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
    17 November 2019 (2019-11-17) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Sofia, Bulgaria
    18:00 UTC+01:00 Bozhikov Soccerball shade.svg 56' Report Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
    Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

    2020

    TBD Friendly Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svgvFlag of Austria.svg  Austria Prague, Czech Republic
    18:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: TBD
    7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA
    Nations League
    Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svgvFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Czech Republic
    20:45 CEST
    8 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA
    Nations League
    Israel  Flag of Israel.svgvFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Israel
    21:45 IDT
    14 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA
    Nations League
    Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svgvFlag of Israel.svg  Israel Czech Republic
    15:00 CET
    17 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA
    Nations League
    Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svgvFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Czech Republic
    20:45 CET

    2021

    Stadiums

    Ten different cities hosted national team matches of the Czech Republic between 1994 and 2011. [32] 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. Since 2012, competitive games have also been held Doosan Arena, Plzeň.

    Stadiums which have hosted Czech Republic international football matches:

    Number of
    matches
    StadiumFirst internationalLast international
    44 Generali Arena, Prague 26 April 199514 October 2019
    20 Na Stínadlech, Teplice 18 September 199611 September 2012
    12 Sinobo Stadium, Prague 27 May 200811 October 2019
    10 Andrův stadion, Olomouc 25 March 199810 June 2019
    5 Bazaly, Ostrava 25 May 199416 August 2000
    5 Doosan Arena, Plzeň 12 October 201214 November 2019
    4 Stadion u Nisy, Liberec 4 June 200511 August 2010
    3 Stadion Střelnice, Jablonec 4 September 19965 June 2009
    3 Městský stadion, Ostrava 26 March 199611 October 2016
    3 Městský stadion, Uherské Hradiště 16 August 20066 September 2018
    2 Stadion Evžena Rošického, Prague 24 April 199618 August 2004
    2Sportovní areál, Drnovice 18 August 199915 August 2001
    2 Městský stadion, Mladá Boleslav 31 August 201615 November 2016
    1Stadion FC Bohemia Poděbrady, Poděbrady 26 February 1997
    1 Stadion Za Lužánkami, Brno 8 March 1995
    1 Stadion Střelecký ostrov, České Budějovice 29 March 2011
    1 Městský stadion, Ústí nad Labem 22 March 2017

    Managers

    Coaching staff

    PositionName
    Head Coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jaroslav Šilhavý
    Assistant Coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Galásek
    Assistant Coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jiří Chytrý
    Goalkeeping Coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Milan Veselý

    Players

    Current squad

    The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Kosovo and Bulgaria on 14 and 17 November 2019, respectively. [33] [34]

    No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
    11 GK Tomáš Vaclík (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 31)290 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla
    231 GK Jiří Pavlenka (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 28)110 Flag of Germany.svg Werder Bremen
    161 GK Ondřej Kolář (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 25)10 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague

    22 DF Pavel Kadeřábek (1992-04-25) 25 April 1992 (age 28)423 Flag of Germany.svg 1899 Hoffenheim
    222 DF Filip Novák (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 29)231 Flag of Turkey.svg Trabzonspor
    62 DF Tomáš Kalas (1993-05-22) 22 May 1993 (age 26)192 Flag of England.svg Bristol City
    32 DF Ondřej Čelůstka (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 30)182 Flag of Turkey.svg Antalyaspor
    42 DF Jakub Brabec (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 27)171 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Viktoria Plzeň
    182 DF Jan Bořil (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 29)150 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague
    52 DF Vladimír Coufal (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 27)70 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague
    172 DF Ondřej Kúdela (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 33)30 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague

    83 MF Vladimír Darida (Captain) (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 29)616 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC
    73 MF Ladislav Krejčí (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 27)415 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna
    143 MF Jakub Jankto (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 24)263 Flag of Italy.svg Sampdoria
    153 MF Tomáš Souček (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 25)253 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
    103 MF Josef Hušbauer (1990-03-16) 16 March 1990 (age 30)211 Flag of Germany.svg Dynamo Dresden
    123 MF Lukáš Masopust (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 27)111 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague
    213 MF Alex Král (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 22)92 Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow

    114 FW Michael Krmenčík (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 27)238 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge
    94 FW Zdeněk Ondrášek (1988-12-22) 22 December 1988 (age 31)41 Flag of the United States.svg FC Dallas

    Recent call-ups

    The following players have also been called up to the Czech Republic squad within the last twelve months:

    Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
    GK Tomáš Koubek (1992-08-26) 26 August 1992 (age 27)90 Flag of Germany.svg Augsburg v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 10 September 2019

    DF Radim Řezník (1989-01-20) 20 January 1989 (age 31)30 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Viktoria Plzeň v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 14 October 2019
    DF Stefan Simić (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 25)20 Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 14 October 2019
    DF David Hovorka (1993-08-07) 7 August 1993 (age 26)00 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague v. Flag of England.svg  England , 11 October 2019 INJ
    DF Marek Suchý (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 32)441 Flag of Germany.svg Augsburg v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 10 September 2019

    MF Jan Kopic (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 29)193 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Viktoria Plzeň v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 14 October 2019
    MF Jaromír Zmrhal (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 26)151 Flag of Italy.svg Brescia v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 14 October 2019
    MF Lukáš Kalvach (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 24)10 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Viktoria Plzeň v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 14 October 2019
    MF David Pavelka (1991-05-18) 18 May 1991 (age 29)221 Flag of Turkey.svg Kasımpaşa v. Flag of England.svg  England , 11 October 2019 INJ
    MF Michal Sadílek (1999-05-31) 31 May 1999 (age 20)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 10 June 2019

    FW Patrik Schick (1996-01-24) 24 January 1996 (age 24)229 Flag of Germany.svg RB Leipzig v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 14 October 2019
    FW Martin Doležal (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 30)40 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jablonec v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 10 September 2019
    FW Matěj Vydra (1992-05-01) 1 May 1992 (age 28)265 Flag of England.svg Burnley v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 10 June 2019
    FW Libor Kozák (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 30)92 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 10 June 2019

    Previous squads

    Records

    Player records are accurate as of 20 November 2018.
    Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

    Most capped players

    Petr Cech is the most capped player in the history of Czech Republic with 124 caps Petr Cech National.JPG
    Petr Cech is the most capped player in the history of Czech Republic with 124 caps
    #NameCareerCapsGoals
    1 Petr Čech 2002–20161240
    2 Karel Poborský 1994–20061188
    3 Tomáš Rosický 2000–201610523
    4 Jaroslav Plašil 2004–20161037
    5 Milan Baroš 2001–20129341
    6 Jan Koller 1999–20099155
    Pavel Nedvěd 1994–20069118
    8 Vladimír Šmicer 1993–20058127
    9 Tomáš Ujfaluši 2001–2009782
    10 Marek Jankulovski 2000–20097711

    Top goalscorers

    Jan Koller is the top scorer in the history of Czech Republic with 55 goals Koller.jpg
    Jan Koller is the top scorer in the history of Czech Republic with 55 goals
    #PlayerCareerGoalsCaps
    1 Jan Koller (list)1999–20095591
    2 Milan Baroš (list)2001–20124193
    3 Vladimír Šmicer 1993–20052781
    4 Tomáš Rosický 2000–201623105
    5 Pavel Kuka 1994–20012263
    6 Patrik Berger 1994–20011844
    Pavel Nedvěd 1994–20061891
    8 Vratislav Lokvenc 1995–20061474
    9 Tomáš Necid 2008–present1244
    10 Marek Jankulovski 2000–20091177

    (Above Information in both tables taken from individual player pages, based on players from the Czech Republic international footballers page (List of Czech Republic international footballers))

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