Czech Republic

Euro 2012 Teams: Czech Republic
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  • Manager: Michal Bilek
  • Best Finish: Runners-up 1996
  • No of Appearances: 4

General Information

This summer’s finals in Ukraine/Poland will be the Czech Republic’s fifth consecutive European Championship and the Narodak have established a healthy reputation for themselves on the continent since finishing runners-up at Euro 1996.

 

That was their first major foray on the international stage – and although they haven’t quite managed to replicate such an achievement to date, they have nevertheless been highly consistent.

 

Famous players such as Pavel Nedved, Patrik Berger and Karel Poborsky may have fallen by the wayside, but the Czech’s still shape up as a competitive outfit despite having bypassed their ‘golden era’.

Chances

Euro 2008 was the only occasion in four previous European Championship appearances that the Czechs have failed to progress past the group stage.

 

And with Greece, Russia and co-hosts Poland to face this time around, Michal Bilek’s side will be confident of getting their impressive record back on track by qualifying for the quarters.

 

Their long term tournament credentials are fairly loose considering that Holland or Germany are likely to await in the last eight, but the Narodak should be exciting to watch nevertheless and a potential match up with the Dutch would do much to whet the appetite based on their recent head to head history.

Key Player: Petr Cech

The high profile Chelsea stopper is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the business and the Czech Republic will need him to be an effective last line of defence should they progress to the knockout stages.

TitanBet Prediction

Quarter-Finals - The Czech’s will play all of their group fixtures in Wroclaw and can make the Municipal Stadium a successful stamping ground.

 

Overall, Bilek’s charges appear to have the edge in a fairly weak looking Group A and can progress through in top spot ahead of the Russians.

 

It would be no surprise should the Czech’s come up against old rivals Holland again in the last eight but the Flying Dutchmen will be fancied to gain revenge this time around and the quarter-finals simply look as far as this nation can go in 2012.

Did You Know:

The giant Jan Koller is the Czech Republic’s all-time leading goalscorer with 55 goals. Current striker Milan Baros is next in the list with 40 international strikes to his name.