Brief History at the Euros
Until the 1996 European Championship Czech Republic was part of Czechslovakia.
Czechslovakia have qualified to the inaugural European Championship in 1960. They lost in the semi-final against the Soviet Union but they won the third place beating the host nation France 2–0.
They didn't qualify for the next three editions, but they returned in 1976 when the championship was held in Yugoslavia. In the semi-final they won against Netherlands 3-1 after extra time and they reached the final for the first time. The final was against West Germany and Czechslovakia led 2-0 but despite that the game was decided by penalties after the germans equalized. Czechslovakia won on penalties 5-3, their first European Championship.
Czechslovakia Euro 1976 winner
Czechslovakia qualified for the Euro 1980 held in Italy and the format of the competition was changed, there were two groups 4 teams each and the first team from each group went directly to the final, so there were no semi-finals. Czechslovakia finished second behind West Germany in the first group so they played for the third place against the home side. The game finished 1-1 and finally after penalties Czechslovakia won 9-8.
This was the last European Championship at which Czechslovakia participated.
After 1992 Czech Republic participated at tournaments as independent country. In 1996 their first final tournament, they were placed in a group with Germany, Italy and Russia. They advanced to the knockout stage after finishin second place in the group. In the quarter-final they faced Portugal and they won 1-0.
In the semi-final they played against France, the game finished 0-0 and penalty shoot-out was needed to decide who will advance to the final, Czech Republic won 6-5. In the final they faced Germany, against whom they already lost in the group stage and the germans won again 2-1, winning the European Championship.
In 2000 the Czech Republic was eliminated in the group stage, finishin third in a group with France, Netherlands and Denmark, they lost to Netherlands 0-1, also to France 1-2 and won against Denmark 2-0.
In 2004 they were placed in a though group with Germany, Netherlands and Latvia, obviously the first two teams being the favourites. But Czechs won all three games in the group stage and advanced to the knockout stage. In the quarter-final they faced Danemark and won confortably 3-0, advancing to the semi-final.
In the semi-final they faced Greece, and they lost to the eventual Euro winners 0-1.
In 2008 Czech Republic were again eliminated in the group stage of the competition, finishing third placed in a group with Portugal, Turkey and Switzerland.
In 2012 the Czechs finished first in their group with Greece, Russia and Poland. In the quarter-final they faced Portugal and they lost 0-1.
Czech Republic road to Euro 2016
Czech Republic was part of group A along with Iceland, Turkey, Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Latvia. They finished first place two points ahead of second placed Iceland. They accumulated 22 points winning seven games, drawing one and losing two in their group.
The complete table:
The results obtained by Czech Republic:
||2 - 1||Netherlands
||1 - 2||Czech Rep.
||2 - 4||Czech Rep.
||2 - 1||Iceland
||1 - 1||Latvia
||2 - 1||Czech Rep.
||2 - 1||Kazakhstan
||1 - 2||Czech Rep.
||0 - 2||Turkey
||2 - 3||Czech Rep.
The first place meant that Czech Republic qualified automatically to the final tournament held in France.
Czech Republic Euro 2016 squad and group
(Confirmed 23-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Vaclik (FC Basel), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec)
Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik (Viktoria Pilsen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), David Limbersky (Viktoria Pilsen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday), Marek Suchy (FC Basel), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor)
Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Pilsen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), David Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jiri Skalek (Brighton), Josef Sural (Sparta Prague)
Forwards: David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Tomas Necid (Burkaspor), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague)
Czech Republic will play against Spain in the first round, the last times the two teams met were in the 2011 in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and Spain won both games 1-2 and 0-2.
The second game will be against Croatia. The last time the two teams met was in 2011 in an international friendly the game finished 4-2 for Croatia.
Their third game will be with Turkey, the two teams were in the same qualification group, the first game was won by Czech Republic 2-1 and the second one by Turkey 2-0.
Czech Republic All Time Records
The top 5 players with the most appearances:
The top 5 players with the most goals: