The Czech national football squad knew coming into their opening match at Euro 2016 they were facing a powerhouse and an uphill battle: Spain, two-time defending champions and one of the best sides in Europe. The pressure was intense throughout; even so the Czechs remained in it until the dying minutes.
In football, the Czech Republic lost 1:O to Spain in the opening match of the Euro 2016 competition. The goal was scored by Pique in the 87th minute after intense pressure. The Czechs had a chance to equalize in the closing minutes with a shot from Vladimír Darida. Czech manager Pavel Vrba had named the Czech team he is seeking to field against Spain in the Euro 2016 group match on Monday afternoon. The names contain few surprises apart from the fact that Tomáš Necid is preferred as striker to start the game in preference to David Lafata. Necid performed well in the second half of the pre-tournament warm up game against Russia, setting up one goal for Tomáš Rosický and scoring himself in the closing minutes.
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.
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