The Czech Republic national team — or previously known as Czechoslovakia before the country’s separation in 1992 — has had a successful track record on the international soccer stage. The Czechs won the European championship in 1976 and finished as runners-up at the World Cup two times. Its first major international competition as the Czech Republic came in 1996 when the national club reached the finals of the European Championship before losing to Germany.
Eight years later, the Czechs once again returned to the final of a European Championship, but finished as runners-up after being defeated by Greece in the gold medal match. The Czechs have had a successful stretch at the Euros ever since, qualifying for the tournament each year, including the 2016 campaign in France. The Czech Republic, which has a population of just over 10 million, enjoyed its highest FIFA world ranking when the national team sat No. 2 on four separate occasions — 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006. Aside from its World Cup and Euro success, the Czechs also placed third at the Confederations Cup in 1997.
Much of the Czech Republic’s success in international competition can be linked to star goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has played on the national side since 2002, and is closing in on an all-time leading 120th cap. The world-class goalkeeper, who played 11 years in Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2015, first represented his country in 1997 with the Czech Republic U15 team. Former Czech striker Jan Koller, who played for the national team from 1999 to 2009, remains at the top of the all-time scoring list with 55 goals.
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With a rich history on the international stage, the Czechs will remain competitive regardless if they're playing in a friendly match or in a major international tournament.
For instance, the Czechs defeated the Netherlands on two occasions during the Euro 2016 qualifying stages.
You can view the Czech Republic's complete schedule for the tournament along with odds for each match in the table provided below.
The Czechs are faced with a tough task straight out of the gate at Euro 2016 when they take on defending champions Spain on June 13. They will face Croatia in their second match of the tournament on June 21.
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It's imperative to keep track of where the Czech Republic sit in the standings before placing your bets regardless if it's during the qualifying stages of a major tournament or in the knockout rounds of either the World Cup or European Championship.
The Czechs cruised through Euro 2016 qualifying after winning its group to advance to the tournament. However, don't expect the same result when they championships begin, as the Czechs will be underdogs to win the group over both Spain and Croatia.
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Four straight victories to open Euro 2016 qualifying — which included an early win over the Netherlands — helped pave the way for the Czech Republic to finish first in its group ahead of Iceland. The Czechs advanced to the tournament after posting an impressive record with seven wins, one draw and two defeats.
The Czechs will have a tougher task when they open the tournament in Group D, along with defending champions Spain as well as Croatia and Turkey.
After questions surrounding midfielder Tomas Rosicky’s inclusion on the national team, manager Pavel Vrba officially named the injury-riddled veteran to the Czech Republic roster for Euro 2016. But don’t expect the 35-year-old, who missed half of the qualifying games due to a knee injury, to be an effective player despite having reached 100 international caps and scoring 22 goals for the Czechs.
Borek Dockal led the team with four goals during the qualifying stages and will be looking to repeat the same performance when the big tournament begins.
With a thin group of attacking forwards, it will be difficult for the Czechs to advance out of the group stage with Spain favoured to finish first and Croatia more than likely taking the No. 2 spot. In fact, Bet365.com has the Czechs at +12500 to win the tournament outright.
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