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Czech Republic Euro 2008 Squad



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The Czech Republic pipped Germany to top spot in Group D thanks largely to a stunning 3-0 victory in Munich. Having suffered a home defeat to the Germans earlier in the qualifying campaign, Karel Brückner’s side produced a sensational performance at the Allianz Arena with Libor Sionko, Marek Matejovsky and Jaroslav Plasil scoring the goals. That result was the highlight of a campaign which also included the 7-0 thrashing of San Marino, in addition to comfortable victories over neighbours Slovakia.

This European Championship is the country’s fourth consecutive tournament, while they regularly qualified and enjoyed success as Czechoslovakia. In 1976, Antonin Panenka fired home the winning penalty in a dramatic shoot-out as they defeated West Germany in the final after the match had ended in a 2-2 draw. But the Germans would have their revenge 20 years later as Oliver Bierhoff’s golden goal inflicted a painful 2-1 defeat on the Czechs at Wembley, allowing Germany to clinch Euro ’96 in dramatic fashion.

With an exciting and talented squad, the Czech Republic will be hoping to make a major impact at this summer’s finals, especially after losing out in the semi-finals four years ago. On that occasion, Greece prevailed thanks to a ‘silver goal’ which left Bruckner’s side with little time to respond. This time, the likes of Petr Cech and Jan Koller will be looking to build on their impressive qualification campaign. Cech is one of the world’s leading goalkeepers and was voted into the Euro 2004 all-star team after helping his country reach the semi-finals. He has again struggled with injuries this season, missing key games in Chelsea’s pursuit of the title and the Champions League, but he returned to action in April against Wigan and will be a key man for the Czechs this summer.

Ahead of him stands the giant figure of Koller, a nightmare for defenders and one of the most experienced target men in European football. With six goals in the qualification campaign, the Nürnberg forward will provide the main goal threat for his side and will be hoping to continue his promising partnership with Euro 2004 Golden Boot winner Milan BaroÅ¡.

Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Euro 08 Squad

Head coach: Karel Brückner

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Petr ÄŒech 20 May 1982 (26) 56 0 Flag of England Chelsea
2 DF Zdeněk Grygera 14 May 1980 (28) 50 1 Flag of Italy Juventus
3 MF Jan Polák 14 March 1981 (27) 33 6 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht
4 MF TomáÅ¡ Galásek 15 January 1973 (35) 57 1 Flag of Germany Nuremberg
5 DF Radoslav Kováč 27 November 1979 (28) 19 1 Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow
6 DF Marek Jankulovski 9 May 1977 (31) 62 10 Flag of Italy Milan
7 MF Libor Sionko 1 February 1977 (31) 28 4 Flag of Denmark Copenhagen
8 FW Martin Fenin 16 April 1987 (21) 5 0 Flag of Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
9 FW Jan Koller 30 March 1973 (35) 85 52 Flag of Germany Nuremberg
10 FW Václav SvÄ›rkoÅ¡ 1 November 1983 (24) 0 0 Flag of the Czech Republic Baník Ostrava
11 FW Stanislav Vlček 26 February 1976 (32) 8 0 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht
12 DF Zdeněk Pospěch 14 December 1978 (29) 6 0 Flag of Denmark Copenhagen
13 DF Michal Kadlec 13 December 1984 (23) 4 0 Flag of the Czech Republic Sparta Prague
14 MF David Jarolím 17 May 1979 (29) 13 1 Flag of Germany Hamburg
15 FW Milan Baroš 28 October 1981 (26) 59 31 Flag of England Portsmouth
16 GK Jaromír Blažek 29 December 1972 (35) 12 0 Flag of Germany Nuremberg
17 MF Marek Matějovský 20 December 1981 (26) 6 1 Flag of England Reading
18 MF TomáÅ¡ Sivok 15 September 1983 (24) 2 0 Flag of the Czech Republic Sparta Prague
19 MF Rudolf Skácel 17 July 1979 (28) 3 1 Flag of England Southampton
20 MF Jaroslav Plašil 5 January 1982 (26) 31 2 Flag of Spain Osasuna
21 DF TomáÅ¡ UjfaluÅ¡i 24 March 1978 (30) 64 2 Flag of Italy Fiorentina
22 DF David Rozehnal 5 July 1980 (27) 40 0 Flag of England Newcastle United
23 GK Daniel Zítka 20 June 1975 (32) 1 0 Flag of Belgium Anderlecht

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