While the Jaroslav Silhavy-coached side have made it to the Euro 1996 final round for the 7th consecutive time, their glory days were when it was Czechoslovakia.
With only a handful of players in Europe’s top-flight clubs, it has become difficult for the Czech Republic to push for knockout rounds against European heavyweights.
Since winning the 1976 European Championship, they have managed runners-up in 2000 and semifinal finish in 2004. Since then, apart from the quarterfinal finish in 2012, they haven’t done remarkably well.
This time, they qualified from Group A, finishing runners-up behind England with five wins and three losses.
However, it was their 2-1 win against England that will give them a lot of confidence going into the final round of Euro 2020. They are once again clubbed with England besides World Cup runners-up Croatia and Scotland.
Czech Republic in Group D of Euro 2020
Czech Republic is in Group D alongside England, Croatia, and Scotland.
While beating England in the qualifying round will be a confidence booster, in a tournament like Euro, it will be difficult to replicate that feat. Besides, Croatia, despite underperforming, are still a tough team to beat.
Their best hope will be to beat Scotland and a draw against either of Croatia and England to be in contention for a knockout berth being best third-placed teams.
Czech Republic Euro 2020 Schedule
- June 14: vs Scotland, 6:30 PM at Hampden Park, Glasgow
- June 18: vs Croatia, 9:30 PM at Hampden Park, Glasgow
- June 23: vs England, 12:30 AM at Wembley Stadium, London
Czech Republic squad, Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Tomáš Vaclík (Sevilla), Jiří Pavlenka (Werder Bremen), Aleš Mandous (Olomouc)
Defenders: Vladimír Coufal (West Ham), Pavel Kadeřábek (Hoffenheim), Ondřej Čelůstka (Sparta Praha), Tomáš Kalas (Bristol City), David Zima (Slavia Praha), Jan Bořil (Slavia Praha), Aleš Matějů (Brescia), Jakub Brabec (Viktoria Plzeň)
Midfielders: Lukáš Masopust (Slavia Praha), Vladimír Darida (Hertha Berlin), Tomáš Souček (West Ham), Antonín Barák (Verona), Alex Král (Spartak Moskva), Tomáš Holeš (Slavia Praha), Petr Ševčík (Slavia Praha), Jakub Jankto (Sampdoria), Adam Hložek (Sparta Praha), Jakub Pešek (Liberec), Michal Sadílek (Liberec)
Forwards: Patrik Schick (Leverkusen), Michael Krmenčík (PAOK), Matěj Vydra (Burnley), Tomáš Pekhart (Legia)
With two strong teams in England and Croatia in Group D, Czech Republic will be looking at an early exit if they cannot manage to beat Scotland.
A win against Scotland and a draw against either of Croatia and England could see them make it to the knockouts. The prediction will be for the Czech Republic to finish last in Group D.