In the Czech Republic: Euro 2016 team preview, we’ve compiled the team’s roster and schedule for this summer, as well as our prediction of how far they’ll advance the competition, and which players you should keep an eye on.
Czech Republic: Euro 2016 team preview:
Manager: Pavel Vrba
Captain: Petr Cech
Czech Republic: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Monday, June 13
Friday, June 17
Tuesday, June 21
Czech Republic: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec) and Tomas Vaclik (Basel)
Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik (Viktoria Plzen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor), Marek Suchy (Basel)
Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), David Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Jaroslav Plasil (Girondins Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion), Josef Sural (Sparta Prague)
Forwards: David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Tomas Necid (Bursaspor), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague)
Czech Republic: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
The Czech Republic have been a regular feature in the latter stages of the European Championships since they first made their appearance at the tournament as a new country in 1996, when they were surprise finalists.
Despite their run to the last eight four years ago, you sense it’s going to be difficult to replicate the success of that effort 20 years earlier, or the semi-final showing inspired by Milan Baros and Jan Koller in 2004. Vrba, however, will be confident in the credentials of this team after they finished top of a very testing group in qualifying.
Indeed, it was a group that contained the Netherlands, as well as Turkey and Iceland; the latter two have also qualified. The Czechs did the double over the Dutch and will be relying on a similar dose of unbending determination to get them out of another tough pool in the competition proper.
While days of Baros and Koller are long gone, there are a few familiar faces in this squad. Veteran goalkeeper and skipper Cech remains one of the best stoppers around, while his Arsenal team-mate, now 35, is also likely to assume an important role at the creative hub of the side.