This Friday sees the much-awaited start of Euro 2016 in France. Twenty-four national teams will try and advance in the tournament and one, on July 10th, will be crowned European Champion. Tipped as possible favourites are the hosts but also Germany and the defending European champions Spain; that doesn’t mean there can’t be upsets - in the past, underdogs in the competition have also surprised.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague has issued recommendations for Czech football fans going to the European Championship in France, which begins on Friday. The ministry pointed out that security had been stepped up in the country following terrorist attacks in November and recommended that fans register with a database of Czech citizens travelling abroad. It said they should follow all instructions from local officials closely and arrive early for games. A team of Czech police officers will be in France for the tournament.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech has warned that Spain’s 1:0 loss in their last warm up game against Georgia will serve as a wake up call for the Czech team’s first opponents in the Euro 2016 competition. Čech said he would have preferred if the Spanish would have calmly won 5:0. The defeat means they will focus on any problems and be determined not to repeat them again, he said. The Arsenal goalkeeper pointed out though that Spain often had a stuttering start to big competitions with one draw and two defeats in the opening games in the last three major tournaments. The Czech Republic faces Spain on Monday. The Czech squad arrived at their French base outside the city of Tours on Wednesday afternoon and have already held their first training session.
Czech footballers this morning departed for France and the start of the Euro 2016 competition. They were due to land in the city of Tours, which they have chosen as their base, in the afternoon. Manager Pavel Vrba and his squad will be staying in a four star hotel converted from a 17th century castle. The Czechs’ first match is against Spain in Toulouse on Monday. Spain surprisingly lost 1:0 against Georgia in a warm up match on Tuesday night.
The Czech Republic’s footballers have lost their final warm-up game ahead of the European Championship in France, going down 2:1 to South Korea at Prague’s Eden stadium on Sunday afternoon. The visitors were 2:0 up by half-time before Czech defender Marek Suchý reduced the deficit with a deflected effort after the break. Pavel Vrba’s men will face Spain, Croatia and Turkey at Euro 2016 with their opening game against the defending champions in eight days’ time.
The domestic soccer first division is going to be sponsored by a Chinese company, the chairman of the Czech Football Association, Miroslav Pelta, said on Czech Television on Sunday. However, Mr. Pelta would not reveal the name of the firm, saying an official presentation would take place within two weeks. He said that thanks to President Miloš Zeman, who has cultivated ties with the world’s most populous state, companies from China have a great deal of goodwill towards the Czech Republic. The Chinese company CEFC owns Slavia Prague and is one of the biggest sponsors of the Czech national team.
In football, the Czech Republic beat Russia 2:1 in a friendly warm-up ahead of the Euro 2016 finals in France. The Czech team pulled back after conceding an early goal with captain Tomáš Rosický getting the equalizer. Tomáš Necid got a late equalizer in the 90th minute. The Czechs will now face South Korea in Prague for the last warm up match before heading off for France.
The Czech Republic’s footballers are preparing to take on Russia in their second-last warm-up game for the European Championship on Wednesday. Coach Pavel Vrba is expected to again field captain Tomáš Rosický, who on Friday made his first appearance for the national team after a prolonged absence through injury. Other players, such as full-back Michal Kadlec, are also available for selection after arriving at the Austrian training camp late due to club commitments. The Czechs will then face South Korea before playing Spain in their first game at Euro 2016 on June 13.
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