FIFA World Cup finals history
Czech Republic arrived in Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as many experts’ outside bet for success, but their performances fell way short of expectations. It all started promisingly with an opening 3-0 win over USA, but consecutive 2-0 defeats to Ghana and Italy meant the team packed for home after the group phase. Czechoslovakia twice finished runners-up at the tournament, losing the 1934 final 2-1 after extra time to hosts Italy, and falling 3-1 to Brazil in the final at Chile 1962.
The current crop
The Czechs are regrouping at present, determined to emerge from a below-par period by rebuilding team spirit and focusing their energies on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. National coach Michal Bilek is likely to lean heavily on the best of the team which finished second at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007 in Canada. However, the new crop will require time to mature, before potentially going on to emulate the star ensemble which came a very close second at UEFA EURO 1996 in England.
The key players
The standout player in the current Czech national team is world-class goalkeeper Petr Cech. A heavy burden of responsibility also rests on the shoulders of playmaker Tomas Rosicky, equipped with the skill and vision to make the difference in a tight game. Up front, Milan Baros is a proven goalscorer at every level, with a wealth of experience to match.
Coach: Josef Pesice (interim)
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Italy 1934, Chile 1962 (Runners-up), FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 (Runners-up), FIFA Confederations Cup Saudi Arabia 1997 (Third place), Men's Olympic Football Tournament Moscow 1980 (Winners)
Former stars: Josef Masopust, Karel Poborsky, Pavel Nedved
|2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™||3||1||0||2||3||4||1.0||1.3|
|1990 FIFA World Cup Italy ™||5||3||0||2||10||5||2.0||1.0|
|1982 FIFA World Cup Spain ™||3||0||2||1||2||4||0.7||1.3|
|1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™||3||0||0||3||2||7||0.7||2.3|
|1962 FIFA World Cup Chile ™||6||3||1||2||7||7||1.2||1.2|
|1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden ™||4||1||1||2||9||6||2.3||1.5|
|1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland ™||2||0||0||2||0||7||0.0||3.5|
|1938 FIFA World Cup France ™||3||1||1||1||5||3||1.7||1.0|
|1934 FIFA World Cup Italy ™||4||3||0||1||9||6||2.3||1.5|