|Nickname(s)||Lokomotiva (The Locomotive)|
|Association||Football Association of the Czech Republic (FA?R)|
|Head coach||Jaroslav ?ilhavý|
|Most caps||Petr ?ech (124)|
|Top scorer||Jan Koller (55)|
|Current||45 (17 September 2020)|
|Highest||2 (September 1999; January - May 2000; April - May 2005; January - May 2006)|
|Lowest||67 (March 1994)|
|Current||32 1 (16 September 2020)|
|Highest||1 (June 2004, June 2005)|
|Lowest||47 (4 September 2017)|
| Turkey 1-4 Czech Republic |
(Istanbul, Turkey; 23 February 1994)
| Czech Republic 8-1 Andorra |
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
| England 5-0 Czech Republic |
(London, England; 22 March 2019)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage (2006)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Runner-ups (1996)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Third place (1997)|
The Czech Republic national football team (Czech: ?eská fotbalová reprezentace) represents the Czech Republic in international association football. Historically, a team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia and Czechoslovakia.
Following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the first international competition of 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, they have featured in one FIFA World Cup, the 2006 tournament.
When Czechoslovakia split and reformed into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the Czech Republic team was formed, and played their first friendly match away to Turkey 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.
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 a 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 progressed to the UEFA Euro 1996 Final, whereby lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley Stadium.
The Czech Republic qualified for Euro 2000, winning all of their group games and conceding five goals. In the finals the team were drawn in Group D, alongside France, Netherlands and Denmark. The team lost to Netherlands to a last-minute penalty and lost the second match agaist France 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 ?micer.
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.
A team settled with Pavel Nedv?d, Jan Koller, Tomá? Rosický, Milan Baro?, Marek Jankulovski, Tomá? Galásek together with the emergence of goalkeeper Petr ?ech were unbeaten in 2002 and 2003, scoring 53 goals in 19 games and 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. The Czechs entered the Euro finals in Group D, alongside the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia. The team trailed 2-0 to the Netherlands in a 3-2 win and beat Germany in the final match. Czech Republic beat Denmark in the quarter-final, went into the semi-final against Greece and Tomá? Rosický hit the bar after just two minutes, Jan Koller had shots saved by the Greek goalkeeper and Pavel Nedv?d 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.
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. 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. The team was boosted prior to the play-off matches by the return of Pavel Nedv?d, 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, they started the tournament with a 3-0 win over the United States. During the game, however, Jan Koller was forced to leave with a hamstring injury, putting him out of the tournament. In the next game, with the absent Koller and Milan Baro? still recovering from injury, the team suffered a 2-0 loss to Ghana. Baro? returned for the final game against Italy which Czechs had to win to progress. The team were reduced to ten men as Jan Polák was dismissed before half-time for two bookable offences. Italy went on to win 2-0. Pavel Nedv?d, Karel Poborský and Vratislav Lokvenc retired from the national team after this tournament.
In the qualifying campaign for Euro 2008, they finished top of their group, above Germany on head-to-head records. Czech Republic 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. 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.
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 loss against Poland. A late goal from Libor Sionko won the next game 1-0 against Slovenia. This was followed by a win against San Marino, and a goalless draw in Slovenia. In their following match, against neighbours Slovakia, a 2-1 defeat at home left Czech Republic in a precarious qualifying position. Manager Petr Rada was dismissed and six players were suspended.Ivan Ha?ek took temporary charge as manager, 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 Hradi?t?. 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. Ha?ek announced his immediate resignation.
A changed team under Michal Bílek entered the Euro 2012 qualifiers and began with a home loss to Lithuania. But a win at home to Scotland was followed by wins against Liechtenstein. Spain defeated Czech Republic in between the Liechtenstein games, but the play-off spot was still in their hands. In the next game, a last minute penalty from Michal Kadlec away to Scotland secured a 2-2 draw. 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 Czech Republic defeated Lithuania 4-1 to seal second spot and a place in the play-offs. Czech Republic were drawn to face Montenegro in the two-legged play-off. A goal from Václav Pila? and a last minute second from Tomá? Sivok helped the Czechs to a 2-0 first leg lead. In the second leg in Podgorica, a late goal from Petr Jirá?ek 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 Václav Pila?. In their second match, against Greece, the Czech Republic went 2-0 up within the first six minutes thanks to goals from Petr Jirá?ek and a second from Pila?. Following the half-time substitution of captain Tomá? Rosický, Greece scored a second-half goal following a mistake from Czech goalkeeper Petr ?ech, although there were no more goals and the Czech Republic recorded their first win of the tournament. 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 Jirá?ek 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, becoming the first team to ever win a group at the European Championships with a negative goal difference. The Czech team faced Portugal in the quarter-finals. Portugal eventually made the breakthrough with 11 minutes remaining through a header from Cristiano Ronaldo to win the match 1-0 and eliminate Czech Republic.
Bílek stayed on as coach, despite unrest amongst fans, and was tasked with qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The Czechs were drawn into UEFA Qualifying Group B along with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta. The beginning of the campaign was  two goalless draws with Denmark and Bulgaria, paired with a narrow win against Malta, capping off their first three games. The team then lost 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. Bílek resigned after the loss and was replaced with assistant coach Josef Pe?ice. 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. Pe?ice resigned as coach following the conclusion of qualifying.
Pavel Vrba was appointed as the team's new coach on the first day of 2014, ahead of Euro 2016 qualifying. The Czech team was drawn intoGroup A, along with Holland, Turkey, Iceland, Latvia and Kazakhstan. The Czech team began with a win, defeating Netherlands, 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, Czech Republic remained group leader, and on 6 September 2015, qualified for their sixth European Championship. They only got one point from a draw with Croatia, losing to Spain and Turkey. During a friendly match against Australia on 1 June 2018, the Czechs recorded their biggest defeat losing 0-4 in Sankt Pölten, Austria. It was surpassed during their first qualifier for Euro 2020, as they were beaten 0-5 at Wembley Stadium by England.
Ten different cities hosted national team matches of the Czech Republic between 1994 and 2011. 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, Plze?.
Stadiums which have hosted Czech Republic international football 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||Andr?v 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, Plze?||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 St?elnice, Jablonec||3||0||0||4 September 1996||5 June 2009|
|3||M?stský stadion, Ostrava||2||1||0||26 March 1996||11 October 2016|
|3||M?stský stadion, Uherské Hradi?t?||1||0||2||16 August 2006||6 September 2018|
|2||Stadion Ev?ena Ro?ického, Prague||1||1||0||24 April 1996||18 August 2004|
|2||Sportovní areál, Drnovice||2||0||0||18 August 1999||15 August 2001|
|2||M?stský stadion, Mladá Boleslav||1||1||0||31 August 2016||15 November 2016|
|1||Stadion FC Bohemia Pod?brady, Pod?brady||1||0||0||26 February 1997|
|1||Stadion Za Lu?ánkami, Brno||1||0||0||8 March 1995|
|1||Stadion St?elecký ostrov, ?eské Bud?jovice||1||0||0||29 March 2011|
|1||M?stský stadion, Ústí nad Labem||1||0||0||22 March 2017|
|Head Coach||Jaroslav ?ilhavý|
|Assistant Coach||Tomá? Galásek|
|Assistant Coach||Ji?í Chytrý|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Milan Veselý|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Ond?ej Kolá?||17 October 1994||1||0||Slavia Prague|
|GK||Ji?í Pavlenka||14 April 1992||11||0||Werder Bremen|
|GK||Tomá? Vaclík||29 March 1989||30||0||Sevilla|
|DF||Jan Bo?il||11 January 1991||16||0||Slavia Prague|
|DF||Vladimír Coufal||22 August 1992||8||1||Slavia Prague|
|DF||Ond?ej ?el?stka||18 June 1989||19||2||Sparta Prague|
|DF||David Hovorka||7 August 1993||0||0||Slavia Prague|
|DF||Pavel Kade?ábek||25 April 1992||42||3||1899 Hoffenheim|
|DF||Ond?ej Kúdela||26 March 1987||3||0||Slavia Prague|
|DF||Filip Novák||26 June 1990||23||1||Fenerbahçe|
|DF||Tomá? Petrá?ek||2 March 1992||0||0||Raków Cz?stochowa|
|MF||Antonín Barák||3 December 1994||12||5||Hellas Verona|
|MF||Vladimír Darida (Captain)||8 August 1990||62||6||Hertha BSC|
|MF||Bo?ek Do?kal||30 September 1988||40||7||Sparta Prague|
|MF||Adam Hlo?ek||25 July 2002||1||0||Sparta Prague|
|MF||Jakub Jankto||19 January 1996||27||3||Sampdoria|
|MF||Jan Kopic||4 June 1990||19||3||Viktoria Plze?|
|MF||Alex Král||19 May 1998||10||2||Spartak Moscow|
|MF||Luká? Masopust||12 February 1993||12||1||Slavia Prague|
|MF||Tomá? Sou?ek||27 February 1995||25||3||West Ham United|
|FW||Michael Krmen?ík||15 March 1993||24||9||Club Brugge|
|FW||Patrik Schick||24 January 1996||22||9||RB Leipzig|
|FW||Mat?j Vydra||1 May 1992||26||5||Burnley|
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||Ale? Mandous||21 April 1992||1||0||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|GK||Jakub Markovi?||13 July 2001||0||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|GK||Filip Nguyen||14 September 1992||0||0||Slovan Liberec||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||?imon Gabriel||28 May 2001||0||0||Mladá Boleslav||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Tomá? Hole?||31 March 1993||1||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Daniel Holzer||18 August 1995||0||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Roman Hubník||6 June 1984||30||3||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020RET|
|DF||Václav Jemelka||23 June 1995||1||0||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Jan Juro?ka||2 March 1993||0||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Ond?ej Karafiát||1 December 1994||0||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Jaroslav Zelený||20 August 1992||1||0||Jablonec||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Tomá? Kalas||22 May 1993||20||2||Bristol City||v. Slovakia, 4 September 2020|
|DF||Jakub Brabec||6 August 1992||17||1||Viktoria Plze?||v. Slovakia, 4 September 2020|
|DF||Ale? Mat?j?||3 June 1996||0||0||Brescia||v. Slovakia, 4 September 2020|
|MF||Radim Breite||10 August 1989||1||0||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Luká? Budínský||27 March 1992||1||0||Mladá Boleslav||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Marek Havlík||8 July 1995||1||0||Slovácko||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Adam Jáno?||20 July 1992||1||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Adam Karabec||2 July 2003||0||0||Sparta Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Tomá? Malínský||25 August 1991||1||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Jakub Pe?ek||24 June 1993||1||1||Slovan Liberec||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Roman Poto?ný||25 April 1991||1||0||Baník Ostrava||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Tomá? Solil||1 February 2000||0||0||Pardubice||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Jáchym ?íp||22 January 2003||0||0||Sigma Olomouc||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|MF||Petr ?ev?ík||2 May 1994||3||0||Slavia Prague||v. Slovakia, 4 September 2020|
|MF||Luká? Kalvach||19 July 1995||1||0||Viktoria Plze?||v. Slovakia, 4 September 2020|
|MF||Luká? Provod||23 October 1996||1||0||Slavia Prague||v. Slovakia, 4 September 2020|
|MF||Ladislav Krej?í||5 July 1992||41||5||Sparta Prague||v. Bulgaria, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Josef Hu?bauer||16 March 1990||21||1||Anorthosis Famagusta||v. Bulgaria, 17 November 2019|
|FW||Stanislav Tecl||1 September 1990||6||0||Slavia Prague||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|FW||Antonín R?sek||22 March 1999||1||0||Zbrojovka Brno||v. Scotland, 7 September 2020|
|FW||Martin Dole?al||3 May 1990||5||0||Jablonec||v. Bulgaria, 17 November 2019|
|FW||Zden?k Ondrá?ek||22 December 1988||4||1||FC Dallas||v. Bulgaria, 17 November 2019|
|FIFA World Cup|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||5||1||4||16||6|
|2010||Did not qualify||10||4||4||2||17||6|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship|
|UEFA Nations League|
|2020-21||B||To be determined|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|1995||Did not qualify|
|1999 to 2017||Did not qualify|
As of 17 November 2019, after the match against Bulgaria.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5|
|Republic of Ireland||8||4||2||2||13||9||+4|
|Serbia and Montenegro||3||1||0||2||6||3||+3|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3|
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||1||0||6||1||+5|
Player records are accurate as of 20 November 2018.
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
|#||Most capped players||Career||Caps||Goals|
|1||Jan Koller (list)||1999-2009||55||91|
|2||Milan Baro? (list)||2001-2012||41||93|
(Above information in both tables taken from individual player pages, based on players from the list of Czech Republic international footballers)