Czech Republic have only qualified for one previous FIFA U-17 World Cup. In 1993, still competing under the name of Czechoslovakia, the Europeans drew with USA and defeated both Colombia, 3-1, and Qatar, 2-0, to finish top of their group before eventually losing 4-1 to Chile in the quarter-finals. The Czechs have enjoyed far greater success at continental level, reaching the final of the 2006 UEFA U-17 European Championship and winning the tournament's U-16 predecessor in 1990, not to mention a runners-up finish in 2000.
Josef Csaplar's side remained undefeated throughout the UEFA U-17 European Championship 2011, drawing each of their three group matches against Romania, Germany and the Netherlands to book their place at Mexico 2011. Though they failed to progress to the semi-finals in Serbia, the Czechs were more than satisfied with their performances, which included draws against each of the eventual finalists. "I'm delighted to be going to Mexico. That was our primary target and we managed it. It means a lot to Czech football to have come through three games against three very strong teams," said Csaplar.
Youth football in the Czech Republic has come on leaps and bounds over the past few years, as evidenced by their qualification for this year's FIFA U-17 World Cup. The country also reached the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, arguably their greatest success to date at youth level. "We've got a lot of work ahead with regard to further developing the players and helping them reach the next level," insisted a modest Csaplar ahead of this year's international showpiece.