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Czech Republic national football team

Czech Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFootball Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJaroslav Šilhavý
CaptainVladimír Darida
Most capsPetr Čech (124)
Top scorerJan Koller (55)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeCZE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 45 Steady (11 June 2020)[1]
Highest2 (September 1999; January – May 2000; April – May 2005; January – May 2006)
Lowest67 (March 1994)
First international
 Hungary 2–1 Bohemia
(Budapest, Hungary; 5 April 1903)
As the Czech Republic
 Turkey 1–4 Czech Republic 
(Istanbul, Turkey; 23 February 1994)
Biggest win
 Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra 
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
Biggest defeat
 England 5–0 Czech Republic 
(London, England; 22 March 2019)
World Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1934)
Best resultRunners-up, 1934 and 1962 (as Czechoslovakia)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1960)
Best resultChampions, 1976 (as Czechoslovakia)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1997)
Best resultThird Place, 1997

The Czech national football team (Czech: Česká fotbalová reprezentace) represents the Czech Republic in international football, and are controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic, the governing body for football in the Czech Republic. Historically, the team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia and Czechoslovakia. The Czech team, as Czechoslovakia, finished as runners-up to hosts Italy at the second-ever FIFA World Cup in 1934 and again were runners-up to Pelé's Brazil at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. They won the European Championship in 1976 over West Germany.[3][4]

The national team was founded in 1901, existing under the previously mentioned names before the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993. Their first international competition as 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, however, they have only featured in one FIFA World Cup, the 2006 tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round of the competition.

History

Before World War I, the Kingdom of Bohemia, predecessor of the Czech Republic, was part of Austria–Hungary. Bohemia played seven matches between 1903 and 1908, six of them against Hungary and one against England. Bohemia also played a match against Yugoslavia, Ostmark and Germany in 1939 while being the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

When the Czech Republic was part of Czechoslovakia, the national team had runner-up finishes in World Cups (1934, 1962) and a European Championship win in 1976.

The 1990s

When Czechoslovakia split and reformed into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the Czech Republic national team was formed, and they played their first friendly match away to Turkey, winning 4–1, on 23 February 1994. The newly formed team played their first home game in Ostrava, against Lithuania, in which they registered their first home win, a 5–3 victory.

Their first competitive match was part of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying campaign, in which they defeated Malta 6–1 in Ostrava. During the campaign, the Czech Republic registered six wins, three draws, and an embarrassing defeat against Luxembourg, finishing their qualifying Group 5 in first place, above favourites the Netherlands. In the final tournament, hosted by England, the Czechs progressed from the group stage, despite a 2–0 opening game defeat to Germany. They continued their good form, and progressed to the UEFA Euro 1996 final, where they lost 2–1 to the Germans at Wembley Stadium.

Given their success at Euro 1996, the Czechs were expected to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. They finished third in their qualifying group, however, behind Spain and Yugoslavia, and subsequently missed the tournament.

The 2000s

The Czech Republic qualified for Euro 2000, winning all ten of their group games and conceding just five goals.[5] In the finals the team were drawn in Group D, alongside 1998 FIFA World Cup winners France, co-hosts the Netherlands and UEFA Euro 1992 winners Denmark. This was considered to be the most difficult group to advance from in the tournament.[6] The team were unlucky in the first match against the Netherlands as they hit the woodwork multiple times before losing 1–0 to a last-minute penalty.[7] The Czechs lost their second match against eventual champions France 2–1 which eliminated them from advancing to the knockout round. Czech Republic managed a 2–0 win against Denmark in their final game courtesy of two goals from Vladimír Šmicer.[7]

Once again, the Czech Republic failed to qualify for the World Cup, this time finishing second in their group, behind Denmark, and then being beaten 1–0 in both legs by Belgium in the UEFA play-offs for a place in the finals.

After the disappointment of the play-off defeat to Belgium, however, the fortunes of the national team began to change significantly with a settled team of star players at top European clubs, such as Pavel Nedvěd, Jan Koller, Tomáš Rosický, Milan Baroš, Marek Jankulovski and Tomáš Galásek together with the emergence of highly rated young goalkeeper Petr Čech. The team were unbeaten in 2002 and 2003, scoring 53 goals in 19 games and easily qualifying for Euro 2004 in the process. The Czech Republic went on a 20-game unbeaten streak, finally ended in Dublin on 31 March 2004 in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland.[8] The Czechs entered the Euro finals in Group D, dubbed the tournament's Group of Death alongside the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia.[9] Despite going behind in all three group games, the team won them all. This included trailing 2–0 to the Netherlands in a classic 3–2 win and beating Germany in the final match with a much weakened team having already qualified.[10] The Czechs convincingly beat Denmark in the quarter-finals meaning a semi-final against Greece awaited them. The Czech Republic went into the semi-final against Greece as favourites and Tomáš Rosický hit the bar after just two minutes, Jan Koller had shots saved by the Greek goalkeeper and Pavel Nedvěd left the pitch injured in the end of the first half. It was not to be as the 90 minutes finished goalless and Greece won the game in the last minute of the first half of extra-time with a silver goal.[11] Greece would go on to win the tournament.

Czech Republic (red) v Ghana (white) at the 2006 World Cup.

The Czech Republic recorded their record win during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA), thrashing Andorra 8–1 in a qualification match in Liberec. In the same match, Jan Koller became the all-time top scorer for the national team with his 35th international goal.[12] At the end of the campaign, after finishing in second place in Group 1 then defeating Norway in a playoff, the Czechs qualified for their first FIFA World Cup.[13] The team was boosted prior to the play-off matches by the return of Pavel Nedvěd,[14] who had initially retired from international football after Euro 2004. The squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany included 18 of the Euro 2004 team which reached the semi-finals. With the team ranked second in the world,[15] the Czechs were expected to do well. They started the tournament in fine form with a 3–0 win over the United States. During the game, however, Jan Koller was forced to leave with a hamstring injury,[16] putting him out of the tournament. In the next game, with the absent Koller and Milan Baroš still recovering from injury, the team suffered a shock loss, having Tomáš Ujfaluši sent off and ultimately losing 2–0 to Ghana.[15] Baroš returned for the final game against Italy which the Czechs had to win to progress. Once again, however, the team were reduced to ten men as Jan Polák was dismissed before half-time for two bookable offences.[16] Italy went on to win 2–0. Pavel Nedvěd, Karel Poborský and Vratislav Lokvenc retired from the national team after this tournament.[17]

The disappointing World Cup campaign was followed by a successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2008, where they finished top of their group, above Germany on head-to-head records. The Czechs beat co-hosts Switzerland 1–0 in their opening game, before being beaten 3–1 by Portugal, this meant that they, and Turkey carried identical records going into the final group game. The Czechs took a 2–0 lead just past the hour mark and looked set to qualify. The Turks, however, scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to win the game 2–3,[18] and that signalled the end of another disappointing performance at a major tournament and the final match for coach Karel Brückner.

After the failure to impress at the European Championship, the Czechs faced World Cup qualification, being drawn in Group 3, under the guidance of coach Petr Rada. They started with a 0–0 away draw against Northern Ireland, which was followed by a poor performance against Poland, losing 2–1. A late goal from Libor Sionko won the next game 1–0 against Slovenia. This was followed by an unconvincing win against San Marino, and a goalless draw in Slovenia. In their following match, against neighbours Slovakia, a disastrous 2–1 defeat at home left the Czechs in a precarious qualifying position. Manager Petr Rada was dismissed and six players were suspended.[19] Ivan Hašek took temporary charge as manager,[20] gaining four points from his first two matches, as the team drew away to group leaders Slovakia and thrashed San Marino 7–0 in Uherské Hradiště. They subsequently beat Poland in Prague but followed this result with a goalless draw against Northern Ireland, finishing third in the group and failing to qualify for the World Cup. Hašek announced his immediate resignation.[21]

The 2010s

Czech Republic in 2014

A much changed team under new manager Michal Bílek entered the Euro 2012 qualifiers. The campaign began disastrously with a home loss to Lithuania. But an important win at home to Scotland was followed by wins against Liechtenstein. World champions Spain defeated the Czechs in between the Liechtenstein games, but the play-off spot was still in their hands. In the next game, a controversial last minute penalty from Michal Kadlec away to Scotland secured a 2–2 draw.[22] Despite Scotland winning their next two games and the Czechs again being defeated by Spain, the team could finish second if they could beat Lithuania away from home in the final game, assuming Spain would beat Scotland at home. Spain won 3–1 and the Czechs convincingly defeated Lithuania 4–1 to seal second spot and a place in the play-offs. The Czechs were drawn to face Montenegro in the two-legged play-off. A memorable goal from Václav Pilař and a last minute second from Tomáš Sivok helped the Czechs to a 2–0 first leg lead. In the second leg in Podgorica, a late goal from Petr Jiráček sealed a 1–0 win and the Czechs ran out 3–0 aggregate winners and qualified for Euro 2012.

At the tournament, the Czechs lost their opening game 4–1 to Russia, with their only goal coming from midfielder Václav Pilař. In their second match, against Greece, the Czech Republic went 2–0 up within the first six minutes thanks to goals from Petr Jiráček and a second from Pilař. Following the half-time substitution of captain Tomáš Rosický, Greece scored a second-half goal following a mistake from Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech, although there were no more goals and the Czech Republic recorded their first win of the tournament.[23] Going into their third and final group match, the Czech Republic needed at least a draw against co-hosts Poland to advance to the knock-out stage of the tournament. A second-half strike by Jiráček proved the difference between the teams as the Czechs ran out 1–0 winners. Due to Greece beating Russia in the other group game, the Czech Republic subsequently finished top of Group A,[24] becoming the first team to ever win a group at the European Championships with a negative goal difference.[25] The Czech team faced Portugal in the quarter-finals. In a tense and cagey game of few chances, Portugal eventually made the breakthrough with 11 minutes remaining through a header from Cristiano Ronaldo to win the match 1–0 and eliminate the Czechs.

Due to the improved performance over Euro 2008 (as well as their previous World Cup qualification campaign), Bílek stayed on as coach, despite unrest amongst fans, and was tasked with qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.[26] The Czechs were drawn into UEFA Qualifying Group B along with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta. The beginning of the campaign was stuttering,[26] with two goalless draws with Denmark and Bulgaria, paired with a narrow win against Malta, capping off their first three games. The team then had a setback in their fourth game, losing 0–3 to Denmark at home. The team was able to win against Armenia and draw with group leaders Italy, but lost to both Armenia and Italy in the rematches, greatly dimming their qualification hopes.[26] Bílek resigned[26] after the loss and was replaced with assistant coach Josef Pešice.[27] In their last two games with their new coach, the Czechs recorded wins over Malta and Bulgaria but lost to Italy, leaving them in third place and ending their qualification hopes. Pešice resigned as coach following the conclusion of qualifying.

Pavel Vrba, the well known coach of Viktoria Plzeň, was appointed as the team's new coach on the first day of 2014, ahead of Euro 2016 qualifying.[28] The Czech team, which was much changed from their disappointing World Cup campaign, was drawn into a tough[29] group for qualifying, namely Group A, along with 2014 World Cup semifinalists Holland, Turkey, Iceland, Latvia and Kazakhstan. The Czech team began with a win, defeating group favourites Netherlands 2–1, and followed up with victories over Turkey, Kazakhstan and Iceland, leaving them as group leaders with maximum points after four matches. A draw at home against Latvia followed; nonetheless, the Czechs remained group leaders, and on 6 September 2015, the Czech Republic qualified for their sixth European Championship. However, they only managed to get one point from a draw with Croatia, losing to Spain and Turkey and suffering their worst performance in the European Championship. During a friendly match against Australia on 1 June 2018, the Czechs recorded their biggest defeat losing 0–4 in Sankt Pölten, Austria.[30] It was surpassed during their first qualifier for Euro 2020, as they were beaten 0–5 at Wembley Stadium by England.[31] Nonetheless, the Czechs were able to bound back and qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
as  Czechoslovakia as  Czechoslovakia
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 9 6 Squad 1 1 0 0 2 1
France 1938 Quarter-final 5th 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad 2 1 1 0 7 1
Brazil 1950 Did not enter Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 Group Stage 14th 2 0 0 2 0 7 Squad 4 3 1 0 5 1
Sweden 1958 Group Stage 9th 4 1 1 2 9 6 Squad 4 3 0 1 9 3
Chile 1962 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 7 Squad 5 4 0 1 20 7
England 1966 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 12 4
Mexico 1970 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad 7 5 1 1 16 7
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 9 3
Argentina 1978 4 2 0 2 4 6
Spain 1982 Group Stage 19th 3 0 2 1 2 4 Squad 8 4 2 2 15 6
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 11 12
Italy 1990 Quarter-final 6th 5 3 0 2 10 5 Squad 8 5 2 1 13 3
United States 1994 Did not qualify 10 4 5 1 21 9
as  Czech Republic as  Czech Republic
France 1998 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 16 6
South Korea Japan 2002 12 6 2 4 20 10
Germany 2006 Group stage 20th 3 1 0 2 3 4 Squad 14 11 0 3 37 12
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 17 6
Brazil 2014 10 4 3 3 13 9
Russia 2018 10 4 3 3 17 10
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Runners-up 9/21 33 12 5 16 47 49 137 74 29 34 264 116

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
as  Czechoslovakia as  Czechoslovakia
France 1960 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 2 3 Squad 6 4 1 1 16 5
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 3
Italy 1968 6 3 1 2 8 4
Belgium 1972 6 4 1 1 11 4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 5 3 Squad 8 5 2 1 19 7
Italy 1980 Third Place 3rd 4 1 2 1 5 4 Squad 6 5 0 1 17 4
France 1984 Did not qualify 8 3 4 1 15 7
West Germany 1988 6 2 3 1 7 5
Sweden 1992 8 5 0 3 12 9
as  Czech Republic as  Czech Republic
England 1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 7 8 Squad 10 6 3 1 21 6
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad 10 10 0 0 26 5
Portugal 2004 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 0 1 10 5 Squad 8 7 1 0 23 5
Austria Switzerland 2008 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad 12 9 2 1 27 5
Poland Ukraine 2012 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Squad 10 6 1 3 15 8
France 2016 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad 10 7 1 2 19 14
Europe 2020 Qualified 8 5 0 3 13 11
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 1 Title 10/16 32 13 6 13 42 43 124 81 21 22 251 102

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 B 1 2nd 4 2 0 2 4 4
2020–21 B To be determined
Total 4 2 0 2 4 4

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 10 7 Squad
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total Third place 1/10 5 2 1 2 10 7

Honours

Competition 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 0 2 0 2
European Championship 1 1 3 5
Confederations Cup 0 0 1 1
Total 1 3 4 8

Head-to-head record (since 1994)

As of 17 November 2019, after the match against Bulgaria.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2019

7 September 2019 (2019-09-07) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group AKosovo 2–1 Czech RepublicPristina, Kosovo
15:00 UTC+02:00 Muriqi Goal 20'
Vojvoda Goal 66'
Report Schick Goal 16' Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
10 September 2019 (2019-09-10) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group AMontenegro 0–3 Czech RepublicPodgorica, Montenegro
20:45 UTC+02:00 Report Souček Goal 54'
Masopust Goal 58'
Darida Goal 90+5' (pen.)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
11 October 2019 (2019-10-11) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group ACzech Republic 2–1 EnglandPrague, Czech Republic
20:45 UTC+02:00 Brabec Goal 9'
Ondrášek Goal 85'
Report Kane Goal 5' (pen.) Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
14 October 2019 FriendlyCzech Republic 2–3 Northern IrelandPrague, Czech Republic
20:00 Darida Goal 67'
Král Goal 68'
Report McNair Goal 9'40'
Evans Goal 23'
Stadium: Stadion Letná
Attendance: 9,139
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
14 November 2019 (2019-11-14) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group ACzech Republic 2–1 KosovoPlzeň, Czech Republic
20:45 UTC+01:00 Král Goal 71'
Čelůstka Goal 79'
Report Nuhiu Goal 50' Stadium: Doosan Arena
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

2020

TBD FriendlyCzech Republic v AustriaPrague, Czech Republic
18:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: TBD
7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Czech Republic v ScotlandCzech Republic
20:45 CEST
14 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Czech Republic v IsraelCzech Republic
15:00 CET
17 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Czech Republic v SlovakiaCzech Republic
20:45 CET

2021

Stadiums

Ten different cities hosted national team matches of the Czech Republic between 1994 and 2011.[32] 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:

Number of
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
12 Sinobo Stadium, Prague 5 3 4 27 May 2008 11 October 2019
10 Andrův stadion, Olomouc 7 0 3 25 March 1998 10 June 2019
5 Bazaly, Ostrava 4 0 1 25 May 1994 16 August 2000
5 Doosan Arena, Plzeň 5 0 0 12 October 2012 14 November 2019
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

Managers

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Czech Republic Jaroslav Šilhavý
Assistant Coach Czech Republic Tomáš Galásek
Assistant Coach Czech Republic Jiří Chytrý
Goalkeeping Coach Czech Republic Milan Veselý

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Kosovo and Bulgaria on 14 and 17 November 2019, respectively.[33][34]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tomáš Vaclík (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 31) 29 0 Spain Sevilla
23 1GK Jiří Pavlenka (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 28) 11 0 Germany Werder Bremen
16 1GK Ondřej Kolář (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague

2 2DF Pavel Kadeřábek (1992-04-25) 25 April 1992 (age 28) 42 3 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
22 2DF Filip Novák (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 30) 23 1 Turkey Trabzonspor
6 2DF Tomáš Kalas (1993-05-22) 22 May 1993 (age 27) 19 2 England Bristol City
3 2DF Ondřej Čelůstka (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 31) 18 2 Turkey Antalyaspor
4 2DF Jakub Brabec (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 27) 17 1 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
18 2DF Jan Bořil (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 29) 15 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
5 2DF Vladimír Coufal (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 27) 7 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
17 2DF Ondřej Kúdela (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 33) 3 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague

8 3MF Vladimír Darida (Captain) (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 29) 61 6 Germany Hertha BSC
7 3MF Ladislav Krejčí (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 28) 41 5 Italy Bologna
14 3MF Jakub Jankto (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 24) 26 3 Italy Sampdoria
15 3MF Tomáš Souček (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 25) 25 3 England West Ham United
10 3MF Josef Hušbauer (1990-03-16) 16 March 1990 (age 30) 21 1 Germany Dynamo Dresden
12 3MF Lukáš Masopust (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 27) 11 1 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
21 3MF Alex Král (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 22) 9 2 Russia Spartak Moscow

11 4FW Michael Krmenčík (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 27) 23 8 Belgium Club Brugge
9 4FW Zdeněk Ondrášek (1988-12-22) 22 December 1988 (age 31) 4 1 United States FC Dallas

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Czech Republic squad within the last twelve months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tomáš Koubek (1992-08-26) 26 August 1992 (age 27) 9 0 Germany FC Augsburg v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2019

DF Radim Řezník (1989-01-20) 20 January 1989 (age 31) 3 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019
DF Stefan Simić (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019
DF David Hovorka (1993-08-07) 7 August 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  England, 11 October 2019 INJ
DF Marek Suchý (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 32) 44 1 Germany FC Augsburg v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2019

MF Jan Kopic (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 30) 19 3 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019
MF Jaromír Zmrhal (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 26) 15 1 Italy Brescia v.  Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019
MF Lukáš Kalvach (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019
MF David Pavelka (1991-05-18) 18 May 1991 (age 29) 22 1 Turkey Kasımpaşa v.  England, 11 October 2019 INJ

FW Patrik Schick (1996-01-24) 24 January 1996 (age 24) 22 9 Germany RB Leipzig v.  Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019
FW Martin Doležal (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 30) 4 0 Czech Republic Jablonec v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2019
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • RET = Retired from international football
  • WD = Withdrew due to non-injury related reasons.

Previous squads

Records

Player records are accurate as of 20 November 2018.
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Most capped players

Petr Cech is the most capped player in the history of Czech Republic with 124 caps
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Petr Čech 2002–2016 124 0
2 Karel Poborský 1994–2006 118 8
3 Tomáš Rosický 2000–2016 105 23
4 Jaroslav Plašil 2004–2016 103 7
5 Milan Baroš 2001–2012 93 41
6 Jan Koller 1999–2009 91 55
Pavel Nedvěd 1994–2006 91 18
8 Vladimír Šmicer 1993–2005 81 27
9 Tomáš Ujfaluši 2001–2009 78 2
10 Marek Jankulovski 2000–2009 77 11

Top goalscorers

Jan Koller is the top scorer in the history of Czech Republic with 55 goals
# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Jan Koller (list) 1999–2009 55 91
2 Milan Baroš (list) 2001–2012 41 93
3 Vladimír Šmicer 1993–2005 27 81
4 Tomáš Rosický 2000–2016 23 105
5 Pavel Kuka 1994–2001 22 63
6 Patrik Berger 1994–2001 18 44
Pavel Nedvěd 1994–2006 18 91
8 Vratislav Lokvenc 1995–2006 14 74
9 Tomáš Necid 2008–present 12 44
10 Marek Jankulovski 2000–2009 11 77

(Above information in both tables taken from individual player pages, based on players from the list of Czech Republic international footballers)

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