Profile, Squad Selection, Star Players and Key Fixtures – Everything You Need to Know About Czech Republic Ahead of Euro 2020

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The Czech Republic qualified for Euro 2020 by coming second in England’s group. They fell to a 5-0 defeat at Wembley but turned things around to win 2-1 at home to Gareth Southgate’s side.

Czech Rep are third-favourite to win their group, behind England and Croatia, but ahead of Scotland.

Here at Last Word on Football, we’ve put together this profile so that you can have the complete rundown ahead of the competition kicking off in a few days.

Everything You Need to Know About Czech Republic Ahead of Euro 2020

Who is the Czech Republic National Team Coach?

Czech Rep coach Jaroslav Silhavy was born in the city of Plzen, less than 100km west of Prague.

He made over 400 appearances in the Czech leagues between 1979 and 1999. Silhavy also enjoyed a short-lived international playing career, playing four times for the Czech Rep between 1990 and 1991.

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Silhavy has been coaching since 2005 and took charge of his national team in 2018.

With 14 wins and ten defeats in the 25 games since his appointment with Czech Rep, Silhavy has got the job done without setting the international scene alight.

Who Has Been Selected in the Czech Republic Squad For Euro 2020?

Standout performers for the Czech Rep include West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek and right-back Vladimir Coufal. The top scorer in the qualifiers for the Czechs was Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrick Schick.

Burnley’s Matej Vydra is also in the squad along with Tomas Kalas from Bristol City and Sampdoria’s Jakub Jankto.

GKs: Tomas Vaclik (Sevilla), Jiri Pavlenka (Werder Bremen), Ales Mandous (Sigma Olomouc)

Defenders: Vladimir Coufal (West Ham United), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Ondrej Celustka (Sparta Prague), Tomas Kalas (Bristol City), David Zima (Slavia Prague), Jan Boril (Slavia Prague), Ales Mateju (Brescia), Jakub Brabec (Viktoria Plzen)

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Midfielders: Lukas Masopust (Slavia Prague), Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Tomas Soucek (West Ham United), Antonin Barak (Hellas Verona), Alex Kral (Spartak Moskva), Tomas Holes (Slavia Prague), Petr Sevcik (Slavia Prague), Jakub Jankto (Sampdoria), Adam Hlozek (Sparta Prague), Jakub Pesek (Slovan Liberec), Michal Sadilek (Liberec)

Forwards: Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen), Michael Krmencik (PAOK), Matej Vydra (Burnley), Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw)

Czechs Can Spring Some Surprises

Despite losing twice to Scotland in the Nations League, Czech Rep won their four other games to pip The Tartan Army to first in their group. That earned them promotion to Nations League A as a result.

Czech Rep are unlikely to wow many football fans with their style of football. However, they will certainly be no pushovers. Their workmanlike lineup, with Soucek marshalling from the midfield, can put it up to anyone on their day.

Group Stage Fixtures

Czech Rep are in Group D of the European Championship alongside Croatia, Scotland, and England.

They will start their tournament against Scotland at Hampden Park. Czech Rep will also play Croatia in Glasgow before finishing their group against England at Wembley.

Czech Rep v Scotland – June 14, 2pm BST

Czech Rep v Croatia – June 18, 5pm BST

Czech Rep v England – June 22, 8pm BST

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