UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Scotland||Hampden Park - GlasgowMonday 14 June 2021|
15.00CET (14.00 local time) Group D - Matchday 1
Scotland's first EURO finals game in 25 years pits them against a Czech Republic side who have have been ever-presents over the past quarter of a century.
• While the Scots are making only their third EURO appearance, and their first since 1996, the Czech Republic travel to Hampden Park to kick off their seventh successive EURO campaign having made their debut at that 1996 tournament.
• Runners-up on that first appearance, three of the Czechs' previous six EURO appearances have extended into the knockout rounds, whereas Scotland have never progressed beyond the initial group stage.
• The teams have been regular opponents in recent years, most recently meeting twice in the UEFA Nations League in autumn 2020. Scotland won both games, coming from behind in the first of them to prevail 2-1 at the Ander Stadium in Olomouc on 7 September 2020; Jakub Pešek gave the home side a 12th-minute lead, but goals from Lyndon Dykes (27) – his first for Scotland – and Ryan Christie (52) earned the visitors victory, the winner coming from the penalty spot after Andy Robertson had been fouled by Tomáš Malinský.
• Scotland's Ryan Fraser scored the only goal in the sixth minute at Hampden Park on 14 October 2020.
• A 1-0 friendly victory in Prague on 24 March 2016, Ikechi Anya scoring the only goal, means Scotland have won their last three matches against the Czech Republic and are unbeaten in four, since a 1-0 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying loss in Prague on 8 October 2010.
• The subsequent 2-2 draw at Hampden Park on 3 September 2011 preserved the Czechs' unbeaten record in their four EURO matches against Scotland (W2 D2). Three of the four goals in that game came in the final 12 minutes, Jaroslav Plašil (78) cancelling out Kenny Miller's 45th-minute opener and Michal Kadlec earning the visitors a point with a 90th-minute penalty, eight minutes after Darren Fletcher had put Scotland 2-1 up.
• The Czechs won 2-1 at Celtic Park and 3-2 in Prague in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000.
• This is the teams' first final tournament meeting in a EURO or FIFA World Cup.
EURO facts: Scotland
• Scotland have qualified for two previous EURO final tournaments, in 1992 and 1996. In both they failed to get beyond the group stage, although they won one of their three games in each tournament.
• This is Scotland's first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.
• Scotland have never progressed beyond the first round in either of their EURO appearances or their eight World Cups, although their 1998 World Cup campaign was only the fourth time in those ten tournaments that they failed to win a game.
• Scotland's record in EURO final tournaments is W2 D1 L3.
• The Scots kicked off their UEFA EURO 2020 campaign under Alex McLeish, losing 3-0 in Kazakhstan before a 2-0 win away to San Marino. Steve Clarke then succeeded McLeish in May 2019, Scotland ending in third place in Group I behind Belgium and Russia having picked up 15 points from their ten games overall (W5 L5).
• Scotland qualified for the EURO play-offs after finishing top of their 2018/19 UEFA Nations League group, picking up nine points from four matches under McLeish to win their section ahead of Israel and Albania.
• Israel were again the opponents in the play-off semi-final, Clarke's side scoring all five of their penalties to win 5-4 after a goalless 120 minutes at Hampden Park.
• Penalties were also needed after Scotland's play-off final away to Serbia had finished 1-1, the home side cancelling out Ryan Christie's opener with a 90th-minute equaliser. Once again Scotland converted all five spot kicks, David Marshall saving Serbia's final penalty from Aleksandar Mitrović to book a finals place.
• Scotland are unbeaten in their last five EURO matches (W3 D2), having lost the previous four.
• Scotland's record at Hampden Park is W135 D63 L60. They are unbeaten in their last six games there (W4 D2), since a 4-0 EURO qualifying loss to Belgium on 9 September 2019 that was their fifth defeat in eight matches at the ground (W3).
EURO facts: Czech Republic
• The Czech Republic have qualified for every EURO final tournament since Czechoslovakia split in 1993.
• They won the competition as part of Czechoslovakia in 1976 and reached the final in their first appearance as the Czech Republic in 1996, losing to Germany.
• The Czech Republic also reached the semi-finals at UEFA EURO 2004 and the quarter-finals eight years later.
• In 2016, the Czechs finished bottom of their group having picked up one point from three games. Losses to Spain (0-1) and Turkey (0-2) sandwiched a 2-2 draw against Croatia in which the Czechs had rallied from two goals down. That was the only time they have avoided defeat – or found the net – in their last four EURO finals games.
• Jaroslav Šilhavý's charges qualified for UEFA EURO 2020 as Group A runners-up behind England, who they beat 2-1 in Prague having gone down 5-0 at Wembley in their opening fixture. That was one of three defeats the Czechs suffered in qualifying, although five wins ensured they finished with 15 points, four above third-placed Kosovo.
• The Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia have played six previous games at Hampden Park (D1 L5). That 2-2 draw away to Scotland in September 2011 is the only time they have avoided defeat.
• The Czechs also won 2-1 at Celtic Park in a UEFA EURO 2000 qualifier, their sole success in Scotland. Czechoslovakia went down 5-0 at Ibrox in a 1937 friendly, making their overall record in Glasgow – and Scotland – as Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic W1 D1 L6.
Links and trivia
• Substitute Ladislav Krejčí scored Sparta Praha's final goal in a 4-1 win away to Celtic in Glasgow in the UEFA Europa League group stage on 5 November 2020, Leigh Griffiths with the home side's sole response. Adam Karabec and replacement Bořek Dočkal also featured for Sparta, with Ondřej Čelůstka an unused substitute; Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie started for Celtic, with Greg Taylor an unused replacement.
• Sparta were also victorious in the reverse fixture, running out 4-1 winners again in Prague on 26 November with the uncapped Lukáš Juliš scoring twice to add to his hat-trick at Celtic Park. Krejčí and Dočkal both started for Sparta, McGregor and Christie doing likewise for Celtic with Taylor again remaining on the bench.
• Robert Snodgrass was a West Ham team-mate of Tomas Souček from January 2020 to January 2021, Vladimír Coufal joining the pair at the English club in October.
• Libor Sionko, the general manager of the Czech Republic national team, scored three goals in 18 league appearances for Rangers in 2006/07.
UEFA European Championship records: Scotland
2016 – did not qualify
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – group stage
1992 – group stage
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not participate
1960 – did not participate
Final tournament win
3-0: Scotland v CIS, 18/06/92
Final tournament defeat
0-2 twice, most recently Scotland v England, 15/06/96
6-0 three times, most recently Scotland v San Marino, 13/10/17
6-0: Netherlands v Scotland, 19/11/03
Final tournament appearances
6: Andy Goram
6: Gary McAllister
6: Stuart McCall
5: Gordon Durie
5: Ally McCoist
5: Stewart McKimmie
Final tournament goals
1: Gary McAllister
1: Brian McClair
1: Ally McCoist
1: Paul McStay
28: David Weir
25: Darren Fletcher
24: Tom Boyd
22: Barry Ferguson
22: Jim Leighton
21: John Collins
21: Kenny Dalglish
21: Gary McAllister
20: Ally McCoist
20: Steven Naismith
8: Ally McCoist
7: Kenny Dalglish
7: John McGinn
7: Kenny Miller
7: Steven Fletcher
6: John Collins
6: James McFadden
6: Shaun Maloney
6: Steven Naismith
UEFA European Championship records: Czech Republic
2016 – group stage
2012 – quarter-finals
2008 – group stage
2004 – semi-finals
2000 – group stage
1996 – runners-up
1992 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1988 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1984 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1980 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)
1976 – winners (as Czechoslovakia)
1972 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1968 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1964 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1960 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)
Final tournament win
3-0: Czech Republic v Denmark, 27/06/04
7-0: Czech Republic v San Marino, 07/10/06
5-0: England v Czech Republic, 22/03/19
Final tournament appearances
14: Karel Poborský
14: Petr Čech
12: Pavel Nedvěd
11: Vladimír Šmicer
11: Jaroslav Plašil
10: Jan Koller
10: Milan Baroš
10: Tomáš Rosický
Final tournament goals
5: Milan Baroš
4: Vladimír Šmicer
3: Jan Koller
3: Zdeněk Nehoda
50: Petr Čech
41: Tomáš Rosický
37: Jaroslav Plašil
35: Jan Koller
34: Karel Poborský
31: Milan Baroš
31: Pavel Nedvěd
31: Jiří Němec
30: Pavel Kuka
25: Patrik Berger
25: Tomáš Galásek
25: Marek Jankulovski
25: Vladimír Šmicer
21: Jan Koller
12: Patrik Berger
12: Milan Baroš
9: Vladimír Šmicer
9: Zdeněk Nehoda (for Czechoslovakia)
7: Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)
7: Antonín Panenka (for Czechoslovakia)
7: Ladislav Vízek (for Czechoslovakia)
:: Previous meetings
Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw
:: Squad list
Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)
:: Team facts
EURO finals: The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).
From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.
Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.