Czech Republic

The Czech Republic are in their eighth consecutive UEFA European Futsal Championship final tournament.

Coach Tomáš Neumann
Coach Tomáš Neumann ©Sportsfile

The former Czechoslovakia were among the earliest nations to play futsal competitively – their first international being an 8-2 defeat by Belgium in 1983 – though they toiled rather than triumphed. In recent years, though, the Czech Republic have risen to the challenge of reaching the highest European level.

The Czech Republic began life in futsal terms in October 1992, winning a tournament involving Russia, Poland and Latvia, and indeed were victorious in their first six matches. However, it was not until Michal Stříž became coach that they qualified for a major event, the 2001 UEFA European Futsal Championship, and there in Russia they drew 3-3 with the Netherlands before losing to Italy and the hosts. Two years later they advanced to the semi-finals, crashing out 5-1 to Ukraine yet still qualifying for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

As European hosts in 2005, the Czechs missed out on the last four, but they also qualified in 2007 and for the 2008 World Cup before a fine run to the UEFA Futsal EURO 2010 bronze medal. They also qualified for both major tournaments in 2012 – exiting either event in the European group stage and the World Cup last 16 – then maintained their sequence of finals appearances at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 and 2016.

Main round: France 5-3, Norway 4-0, Slovenia 1-3 (Group 5 runners-up)

Play-offs: Belarus 2-1(h), 1-1(a) agg 3-2

Key players
Lukáš Rešetár, Michal Mareš

Coach: Tomáš Neumann

Qualifying top scorers
Michal Kovács, Michal Belej 3

Tournament record
2014: Group stage
2012: Group stage
2010: Third place
2007: Group stage
2005: Group stage
2003: Semi-finals
2001: Group stage
1999: Did not qualify
1996: Did not qualify