Czech Republic national football team
The Czech Republic national football team (Czech: Česká fotbalová reprezentace) represents the Czech Republic in international association football. Historically, a team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia and Czechoslovakia.
|Association||Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR)|
|Head coach||Jaroslav Šilhavý|
|Most caps||Petr Čech (124)|
|Top scorer||Jan Koller (55)|
|Current||40 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||2 (September 1999; January – May 2000; April – May 2005; January – May 2006)|
|Lowest||67 (March 1994)|
| Turkey 1–4 Czech Republic |
(Istanbul, Turkey; 23 February 1994)
| Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra |
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
| England 5–0 Czech Republic |
(London, England; 22 March 2019)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage (2006)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Runner-up (1996)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Third place (1997)|
Following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the first international competition of the Czech Republic was the UEFA Euro 1996 where they finished runners-up and they have taken part in every European Championship since. Following the separation, they have featured in one FIFA World Cup, the 2006 tournament.
Ten different cities have hosted national team matches of the Czech Republic between 1994 and 2011. The most commonly-used stadium is Generali Arena, the home stadium of AC Sparta Prague. As of 3 June 2014, the team has played 36 of 92 home matches there. Since 2012, competitive games have also been held Doosan Arena, Plzeň.
Stadiums which have hosted Czech Republic international football matches:
|Stadium||W||D||L||First international||Last international|
|44||Generali Arena, Prague||25||7||12||26 April 1995||14 October 2019|
|20||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||18||1||1||18 September 1996||11 September 2012|
|13||Sinobo Stadium, Prague||5||4||4||27 May 2008||27 March 2021|
|11||Andrův stadion, Olomouc||7||0||4||25 March 1998||7 September 2020|
|7||Doosan Arena, Plzeň||7||0||0||12 October 2012||18 November 2020|
|5||Bazaly, Ostrava||4||0||1||25 May 1994||16 August 2000|
|4||Stadion u Nisy, Liberec||4||0||0||4 June 2005||11 August 2010|
|3||Stadion Střelnice, Jablonec||3||0||0||4 September 1996||5 June 2009|
|3||Městský stadion, Ostrava||2||1||0||26 March 1996||11 October 2016|
|3||Městský stadion, Uherské Hradiště||1||0||2||16 August 2006||6 September 2018|
|2||Stadion Evžena Rošického, Prague||1||1||0||24 April 1996||18 August 2004|
|2||Sportovní areál, Drnovice||2||0||0||18 August 1999||15 August 2001|
|2||Městský stadion, Mladá Boleslav||1||1||0||31 August 2016||15 November 2016|
|1||Stadion FC Bohemia Poděbrady, Poděbrady||1||0||0||26 February 1997|
|1||Stadion Za Lužánkami, Brno||1||0||0||8 March 1995|
|1||Stadion Střelecký ostrov, České Budějovice||1||0||0||29 March 2011|
|1||Městský stadion, Ústí nad Labem||1||0||0||22 March 2017|
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Since 1994, the Czech Republic home kit has primarily been red shirts with either blue or red shorts. While their away kit has been white shirts with white shorts. The team wore blue shorts for a period between 2010 and 2011. In 2020 the team introduced a new alternate colour as the away kit for the first time.
|Head Coach||Jaroslav Šilhavý|
|Assistant Coach||Tomáš Galásek|
|Assistant Coach||Jiří Chytrý|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Milan Veselý|
On 25 May 2021, the following 25 players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020. The 26th player spot may be filled before the 1 June deadline, pending the appeal of Ondřej Kúdela's ten-match ban.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Tomáš Vaclík||29 March 1989||36||0||Sevilla|
|16||GK||Aleš Mandous||21 April 1992||1||0||Sigma Olomouc|
|23||GK||Jiří Pavlenka||14 April 1992||13||0||Werder Bremen|
|2||DF||Pavel Kadeřábek||25 April 1992||47||3||1899 Hoffenheim|
|3||DF||Ondřej Čelůstka||18 June 1989||24||2||Sparta Prague|
|4||DF||David Zima||8 November 2000||1||0||Slavia Prague|
|5||DF||Vladimír Coufal||22 August 1992||14||1||West Ham United|
|6||DF||Tomáš Kalas||15 May 1993||22||2||Bristol City|
|17||DF||Aleš Matějů||3 June 1996||4||0||Brescia|
|18||DF||Jan Bořil||11 January 1991||21||0||Slavia Prague|
|19||DF||Tomáš Holeš||31 March 1993||7||1||Slavia Prague|
|24||DF||Jakub Brabec||6 August 1992||20||1||Viktoria Plzeň|
|7||MF||Antonín Barák||3 December 1994||18||6||Hellas Verona|
|8||MF||Vladimír Darida (captain)||8 August 1990||70||8||Hertha BSC|
|12||MF||Lukáš Masopust||12 February 1993||20||1||Slavia Prague|
|13||MF||Petr Ševčík||4 May 1994||6||0||Slavia Prague|
|14||MF||Jakub Jankto||19 January 1996||33||4||Sampdoria|
|15||MF||Tomáš Souček||27 February 1995||33||7||West Ham United|
|21||MF||Alex Král||19 May 1998||16||2||Spartak Moscow|
|25||MF||Jakub Pešek||24 June 1993||1||1||Slovan Liberec|
|9||FW||Patrik Schick||24 January 1996||24||10||Bayer Leverkusen|
|10||FW||Tomáš Pekhart||26 May 1989||21||2||Legia Warsaw|
|11||FW||Michael Krmenčík||15 March 1993||28||9||PAOK|
|20||FW||Matěj Vydra||1 May 1992||35||6||Burnley|
|22||FW||Adam Hložek||25 July 2002||2||0||Sparta Prague|
The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Filip Nguyen||14 September 1992||0||0||Slovan Liberec||v. Wales, 30 March 2021|
|GK||Ondřej Kolář||17 October 1994||1||0||Slavia Prague||v. Estonia, 24 March 2021 INJ|
|GK||Tomáš Koubek||26 August 1992||11||0||FC Augsburg||v. Slovakia, 18 November 2020|
|GK||Jakub Markovič||13 July 2001||0||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Ondřej Kúdela||26 March 1987||8||0||Slavia Prague||UEFA Euro 2020 PRE|
|DF||Patrizio Stronati||17 November 1994||0||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Wales, 30 March 2021|
|DF||Václav Jemelka||23 June 1995||2||0||OH Leuven||v. Estonia, 24 March 2021 WD|
|DF||Filip Novák||26 June 1990||25||1||Fenerbahçe||v. Slovakia, 18 November 2020|
|DF||Roman Hubník||6 June 1984||30||3||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020 RET|
|DF||Jaroslav Zelený||20 August 1992||1||0||Jablonec||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Šimon Gabriel||28 May 2001||0||0||Mladá Boleslav||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Daniel Holzer||18 August 1995||0||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Jan Juroška||2 March 1993||0||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Ondřej Karafiát||1 December 1994||0||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||David Pavelka||18 May 1991||23||1||Sparta Prague||v. Wales, 30 March 2021|
|MF||Lukáš Provod||23 October 1996||7||1||Slavia Prague||v. Wales, 30 March 2021|
|MF||Tomáš Malínský||25 August 1991||1||0||Slavia Prague||v. Wales, 30 March 2021|
|MF||Bořek Dočkal||30 September 1988||43||7||Sparta Prague||v. Slovakia, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Jan Kopic||4 June 1990||22||3||Viktoria Plzeň||v. Slovakia, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Václav Černý||17 October 1997||2||0||Twente||v. Slovakia, 18 November 2020|
|MF||Radim Breite||10 August 1989||1||0||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Lukáš Budínský||27 March 1992||1||0||Mladá Boleslav||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Marek Havlík||8 July 1995||1||0||Slovácko||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Adam Jánoš||20 July 1992||1||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Roman Potočný||25 April 1991||1||0||Fastav Zlín||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Adam Karabec||2 July 2003||0||0||Sparta Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Jáchym Šíp||22 January 2003||0||0||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Tomáš Solil||1 February 2000||0||0||Pardubice||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Lukáš Kalvach||19 July 1995||1||0||Viktoria Plzeň||v. Slovakia, 4 September 2020|
|FW||Zdeněk Ondrášek||22 December 1988||7||2||Viktoria Plzeň||v. Slovakia, 18 November 2020|
|FW||Stanislav Tecl||1 September 1990||6||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|FW||Antonín Růsek||22 March 1999||1||0||Zbrojovka Brno||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
- INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE = Preliminary squad.
- RET = Retired from international football.
- WD = Withdrew due to non-injury related reasons.
|4 September 2020 Nations League||Slovakia||1–3||Czech Republic||Bratislava, Slovakia|
||Stadium: Tehelné pole|
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|7 September 2020 Nations League||Czech Republic||1–2||Scotland||Olomouc, Czech Republic|
||Stadium: Andrův stadion|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|7 October 2020 Friendly||Cyprus||1–2||Czech Republic||Larnaca, Cyprus|
||Stadium: AEK Arena|
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
|11 October 2020 Nations League||Israel||1–2||Czech Republic||Haifa, Israel|
||Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium|
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
|14 October 2020 Nations League||Scotland||1–0||Czech Republic||Glasgow, Scotland|
||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
|11 November 2020 Friendly||Germany||1–0||Czech Republic||Leipzig, Germany|
||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|15 November 2020 Nations League||Czech Republic||1–0||Israel||Plzeň, Czech Republic|
||Report||Stadium: Doosan Arena|
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
|18 November 2020 Nations League||Czech Republic||2–0||Slovakia||Plzeň, Czech Republic|
||Report||Stadium: Doosan Arena|
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
|24 March 2021 World Cup qualification||Estonia||2–6||Czech Republic||Lublin, Poland|
||Stadium: Arena Lublin|
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
|27 March 2021 World Cup qualification||Czech Republic||1–1||Belgium||Prague, Czech Republic|
||Stadium: Sinobo Stadium|
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
|30 March 2021 World Cup qualification||Wales||1–0||Czech Republic||Cardiff, Wales|
||Report||Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium|
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)
|4 June 2021 Friendly||Italy||v||Czech Republic||Bologna, Italy|
|20:45 UTC+2||Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara|
|Note: The match was originally scheduled for 4 June 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.|
|8 June 2021 Friendly||Czech Republic||v||Albania||Zlín, Czech Republic|
|20:15 UTC+2||Stadium: Stadion Letná|
|14 June 2021 Euro final||Scotland||v||Czech Republic||Glasgow, Scotland|
|14:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
|18 June 2021 Euro final||Croatia||v||Czech Republic||Glasgow, Scotland|
|17:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
|22 June 2021 Euro final||Czech Republic||v||England||London, England|
|20:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
The Czech Republic first competitive match was part of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying campaign where they finished their group in first place. In the final tournament, the Czechs progressed to the Final wherein lost to Germany. Czechs finished third in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying group and subsequently missed the tournament. In the next World Cup qualification, they again failed to qualify, this time being beaten in both legs by Belgium in the UEFA play-offs.
A team settled with either Pavel Nedvěd, Jan Koller, Tomáš Rosický, Milan Baroš, Marek Jankulovski, Tomáš Galásek or Petr Čech were unbeaten in 2002 and 2003 scoring 53 goals in 19 games and qualifying for Euro 2004 in the process. The Czech Republic went on a 20-game unbeaten streak finally ended on 31 March 2004 in a friendly against the Ireland in Dublin. Czech Republic encountered Netherlands, German, Latvia and Denmark before going into the semi-final meeting up with Greece who won the game in the extra-time with a silver goal.
In the Czech Republic's record win during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification against Andorra, Jan Koller became the all-time top scorer for the national team with his 35th international goal. After finishing in second place in Group 1 then defeating Norway in a play-off, the Czechs qualified for their first FIFA World Cup. The team was boosted prior to the play-off matches by the return of Pavel Nedvěd who had initially retired from international football after Euro 2004. The squad for the 2006 World Cup included 18 of the Euro 2004 team which reached the semi-finals. The team won the openning game over the United States but payed the price of losing Jan Koller due to injury and then lost to Ghana and Italy in the following games. Pavel Nedvěd, Karel Poborský and Vratislav Lokvenc retired from the national team after this tournament.
Czechs faced 2010 World Cup qualification and failed to qualify under the guidance of coach Petr Rada who was dismissed mid-campaign and six players were suspended after a 2–1 defeat at home against neighbours Slovakia.
Following Euro 2012 where it was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Portugal, Czech Republic is the first team to win a group at the European Championships with a negative goal difference. After this, Bílek stayed on as coach, despite unrest amongst fans and was tasked with qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, which subsequently failed. Pavel Vrba was appointed as the new coach on the first day of 2014 and lead the team in qualifying to Euro 2016.
During a friendly match against Australia on 1 June 2018, the Czechs recorded their biggest defeat losing 0–4 in Sankt Pölten. It was surpassed during their first qualifier for Euro 2020 as they were beaten 0–5 at Wembley Stadium by England.
|FIFA World Cup|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||5||1||4||16||6||1998|
|2010||Did not qualify||10||4||4||2||17||6||2010|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined||2022|
|UEFA European Championship|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined||2024|
|UEFA Nations League|
|2022–23||A||To be determined|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|1995||Did not qualify|
|1999||Did not qualify|
As of 30 March 2021 after the match against Wales.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5|
|Republic of Ireland||8||4||2||2||13||9||+4|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3|
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||1||0||6||1||+5|
- Includes matches against Serbia and Montenegro.
- As of 18 November 2020
- Players in bold are still active with Czech Republic.
- This list does not include players that won caps for Czechoslovakia.
|Rank||Most capped players||Caps||Goals||Career|
|1||Jan Koller (list)||55||91||0.6||1999–2009|
|2||Milan Baroš (list)||41||93||0.44||2001–2012|
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- Czech Republic national under-18 football team
- Czech Republic national under-17 football team
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