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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.12CET
The Czech Republic have only been competing as an independent nation for 20 years, yet in that time the country has qualified for every UEFA European Championship.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.12CET

Czech Republic team profile

The Czech Republic have only been competing as an independent nation for 20 years, yet in that time the country has qualified for every UEFA European Championship.

Best result: winners 1976 (as Czechoslovakia)
Coach: Pavel Vrba
Leading scorers: all-time – Jan Koller (55); current – Tomáš Rosický (21)
Most appearances: all-time – Karel Poborský (118); current – Petr Čech (106)
Association formed: 1901
Nickname: Národní tým (National side)
Where they play: Various

The Czech Republic have only been competing as an independent nation for 20 years, yet in that time the country has qualified for every UEFA European Championship, finishing runners-up at EURO '96 – their first major tournament – and reaching the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2004. In contrast their qualifying record for the FIFA World Cup has been disappointing, reaching only the 2006 tournament in Germany, where they were eliminated at the group stage. The former Czechoslovakia lifted the European title in 1976, defeating West Germany on penalties in the final, and were twice beaten finalists in the World Cup (1934, 1962).

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P135 W82 D25 L28 F259 A115
Final tournament: P29 W13 D5 L11 F40 A38
Qualifying: P106 W69 D20 L17 F219 A77

The Czech Republic reached the quarter-finals at UEFA EURO 2012, their fifth EURO final tournament since the 1993 dissolution of Czechoslovakia. They lost the EURO '96 final to Germany, Oliver Bierhoff's golden goal inflicting a 2-1 defeat, and suffered more extra-time disappointment in the last four against Greece eight years later.

En route to UEFA EURO 2000 they became only the second side to negotiate qualifying with a 100% record, only to exit in the group stage, as they would do in 2008. Not so in 1976, when Prague-born Antonín Panenka's memorable spot kick earned Czechoslovakia the European title with a 5-3 shoot-out victory against West Germany following a 2-2 draw in Belgrade. The Czechs came third in their championship defence four years later.

Memorable EURO matches
19/06/04: Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic, UEFA EURO 2004 group stage
The Czechs came from 2-0 down to reach the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion.

26/06/96: France 0-0 Czech Republic (5-6 on pens), EURO '96 semi-finals
Petr Kouba was the hero at Old Trafford, denying Reynald Pedros in sudden death to take Dušan Uhrin's team into the showpiece.

20/06/76 Czechoslovakia 2-2 West Germany (5-3 on pens), 1976 UEFA European Championship final
Panenka's decisive audacious chipped penalty sealed the title and stands time immemorial.

Did you know?
The Czech Republic won their group at UEFA EURO 2012 despite opening the finals with a 4-1 loss to Russia.

*Last updated 07/01/2014

Last updated: 13/02/14 23.25CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/03/2014 00:53 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Ukraine0-0Czech Republic
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
06/12/2013 08:56:36
Denmark0-0Czech Republic
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) – Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
04/18/2013 14:23:33
11 September 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Czech Republic0-1Finland
Referee: not available
06/12/2013 08:56:47
Czech Republic3-1Malta
Referee: Anar Salmanov (AZE) – Stadium: Štruncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen (CZE)
08/07/2013 18:41:38
Czech Republic0-0Bulgaria
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) – Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
04/18/2013 14:23:33
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Czech Republic3-0Slovakia
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
06/12/2013 08:56:00
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey0-2Czech Republic
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: 19 Mayıs, Manisa (TUR)
06/12/2013 08:57:37
Czech Republic0-3Denmark
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) – Stadium: Andruv Stadión, Olomouc (CZE)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Armenia0-3Czech Republic
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU) – Stadium: Yerevan Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan (ARM)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Czech Republic0-0Italy
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
06/07/2013 21:37:24
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Hungary1-1Czech Republic
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
08/27/2013 02:23:56
Czech Republic1-2Armenia
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) – Stadium: Stadion Eden, Prague (CZE)
09/11/2013 07:04:51
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Italy2-1Czech Republic
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
09/11/2013 07:10:01
Malta1-4Czech Republic
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
12/16/2013 12:36:23
Bulgaria0-1Czech Republic
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
12/16/2013 12:35:54
15 November 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Czech Republic2-0Canada
Referee: not available – Stadium: Andruv Stadión, Olomouc (CZE)
12/03/2013 15:21:15
05 March 2014 - Friendlies 2010-12
Czech Republic - Norway
Referee: TBD
21 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Finland - Czech Republic
Referee: TBD
02/11/2014 20:36:56
3 June 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Czech Republic - Austria
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 04:10:24
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech RepublicNetherlands
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:04:05
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:53:36
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
KazakhstanCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:18:20
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech RepublicIceland
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 03:06:56
Czech RepublicLatvia
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 03:19:27
IcelandCzech Republic
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/03/2014 19:46:37
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech RepublicKazakhstan
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:55:50
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
LatviaCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 00:29:08
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech RepublicTurkey
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 03:19:16
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 04:05:06

General info

  • Founded : 1901
  • Currently playing : European Championship , Friendly matches 2012/2014

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    07/10/2006, Czech Republic 7-0 San Marino, Liberec
  • Biggest defeat:
    08/06/2012, Russia 4-1 Czech Republic, Wroclaw
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 38
    Petr Čech (CZE)
  • Top scorers: 21
    Jan Koller (CZE)
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