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Czech Republic

Czech Republic
Antonín Panenka kisses the Henri Delaunay trophy following Czechoslovakia's 1976 triumph ©Getty Images

Czech Republic

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: 28/01/14 15.21CET

Club 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: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 50
    Petr Čech (CZE)
  • Top scorers: 21
    Jan Koller (CZE)