Michal Bilek (Since October 2009) – Guided Sparta to the league in 2007 before becoming national coach in 2009 following the teams failure to qualify for the 2010 world cup.
Tomas Rosicky – The Arsenal man, has of late found his form at Arsenal and would be looking forward to leading his side to another memorable finish after heartbreaks in2000, 2008 and the agonizing miss in South Africa where his country failed to qualify.
Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky, Milan Baros
The longest penalty shootout in Final’s history came in the 1980 play-off between hosts Italy and Czechoslovakia, in Naples on 21stJune. The Czech’s won 9-8, following a 1-1 draw after extra time. At the 9thpenalty, Czech goalkeeper saved Fulvio Collovati’s kick while his countryman Jozef Barmos, scored to clinch the game.
I’m sad for the Czech’s fans, Pavel Nedved is not here. He’s retired. I’m sad.
Straight to the team:
Seriously, this is one of the oldest teams in this year’s competition. With maybe only two players under the age of 25, much may not be done in the future, unless the youngsters prove themselves realy fast before the next Euro’s.
Chelsea keeper, Petr Cech should start in goal no doubt. The Champions League performance should be a big plus for him heading into this tournament and with Thomas Rosicky finding his form in that Wenger midfield; he should pretty run things round in this Czech midfield when called upon to do so.
Needless to say is that Czech has very funny goal scorers. Not the strikers as you expect. After Tomas Rosicky, the team’s next leading goalscorer is left-back Michal Kadlec, who has seven goals. Barios the team’s striker should thus need to step up and bring in a lot of goals for this team. Baros has had a decent season with Galatasaray, contributing eight goals and nine assists in 27 matches. At age 30, he too might just be playing his last few matches for the country.
Bilek played 4-4-2 at his two previous club stops and initially with the Czech team, but has converted to a 4-2-3-1 since losing 3-0 to Norway in August. They have lost just once in seven matches since and that was against Spain.
As you have noted, the Czech squad, rely so much on the jellying together of the squad than individual talent. For sure right now, they are lacking in quality. The defense looks vulnerable, whilst the midfield and attack lacks depth and quality.
How it ends for them, I don’t want to say it. But let’s watch.
It’s not impossible for the Czech Republic to make it out of their group, but I don’t see them doing it with the cast they’ll be bringing to Poland and Ukraine. (Just as I said earlier, it’s the year of the Underdogs)
If things go from bad to worse, they could even find themselves at the bottom of their group after three games.
I feel for this country though, they need to get a young team real quick. Their league is pretty decent; why not get some youngsters real soon? Should they also get out of this group, Holland or Germany might come knocking.
Away from the pitch, their fans are so colorful. Blue, Red and White all over the stadium? Rodger that.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since their independence, Czech Republic have never failed to qualify for the European Football Championships, with their best finish being second place in the 1996 edition of the tournament (which was also their first), since then they have advanced from the first round on only one occasion, in 2004