Czech Republic Team © Getty Images
Czech Republic Team © Getty Images

Czech Republic—successor of Czechoslovakia—made their first appearance in UEFA Euro Cup in 1996. They have been the runners-up in their first Euro Cup and since then have participated in every European Championship. Ever since the separation, Czech Republic have participated in FIFA World Cup only once in 2006 unfortunately being eliminated in the first round itself. The football team is controlled by Football Association of Czech Republic. Earlier, the nation participated as Bohemia, Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia in World Cups and European Championship during 1934 and 1962. They were also the winners of Euro Championship in 1976.

When Czechoslovakia split; reforming to Czech Republic and Slovakia, they played their first friendly match against Turkey winning it by 4-1 at 1994. The newly formed team Czech Republic played their first home game against Lithuania once again triumphing by 5-3. Czech Republic began their qualifying campaign for Euro Cup 1996 by playing their first competitive game against Malta by 6-1. During this campaign they achieved six win, three draws and a disastrous defeat against Luxembourg. Despite all this, they proved to be victorious in the qualifying stage and earned the top spot in their group, going ahead of the then favorites Netherlands. In the mega event hosted at England in 1996, Czech Republic progressed to the finals, despite their loss to Germany in the opening game by 2-0. In the finals, they met their opening opponent Germany and lost to them at Wimbley.

Czech Republic managed to qualify for Euro 2000 winning all the group games and were placed amongst tough competitors Germany, France and Denmark. Being the difficult group to advance for further stages, they were defeated by France and Germany, which shattered their hopes to progress to the knock out stage. Finding some respite amongst terrifying defeats, they managed to win against Denmark by 2-0. Czech Republic found some resurgence to their side with top players like Pavel Nedvěd, Jan Koller, Tomáš Rosický, Milan Baroš, Marek Jankulovski and Tomáš Galásek, that boosted their confidence and in turn helped them proceed to Euro 2004. They were placed amongst tough competitors Netherlands, Germany and Latvia. This time they progressed to quarter-finals facing Denmark. Continuing their winning streak, Czech Republic convincingly beat Denmark and proceeded to semi-finals against Greece. Unfortunately, they fail to reach the finishing line with Greece reaching the final spot.

Czech Republic were unable to carry forward the legacy and were once again knocked out in group stages in 2008 Euro Cup. They did manage to get hold of their form in 2012 once again reaching the quarter final against Portugal, although they were unable to make it to the final spot. Ahead of Euro 2016, Pavel Vrba the well known coach of Viktoria Plzeň was appointed as the new coach for Czech Republic following a disappointing campaign during World Cup. Fpr qualifying the Euro 2016, Czech Republic was drawn into Group consisting of Netherlands, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan. They proved to be victorious winning their first match against Netherlands by 2-1 followed with victories against Turkey, Iceland and Kazakhstan leaving them to be the group leaders with maximum points. As for Latvia, the match was drawn. Despite that draw, they emerged as winners and were given the nod to participate in Euro 2016—their sixth European Championship— on September 2015.

Schedule:

DATE TIME MATCH
June 1 19:40 Czech Republic vs South Korea
June 5 19:30 Spain vs Czech Republic
June 13 22:30 Czech Republic vs Croatia
June 17 01:30 Czech Republic vs Turkey

Squads:

GK: Petr Čech, Tomáš Koubek, Tomáš Vaclík

DEF: Theodor Gebre Selassle, Roman Hubnik, Pavel Kadeřábek, Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky, Tomáš Sivok, Marek Suchý

MID: Vladimir Darlda, Bořek Dočkal, Daniel Kolář, Ladislav Krejčí, David Pavelka, Jaroslav Plašil, Daniel Pudil, Tomáš Rosický, Jiří Skalák, Josef Šural

FWD: David Lafata, Tomáš Necid, Milan Škoda  

Manager: Pavel Vrba

(Shruti Hariharan is a Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)