Mon 07 June 2021 | 20:39

How will Czech Republic line up at UEFA Euro 2020?

As we are predicting the possible 11-man lineup in Euro 2020 for every team, it is the time for us to take a look at Czech Republic and the amazing players this national team has brought with it into this competition; we welcome you to our Czech Republic lineup prediction for Euro 2020.

The Czech Republic's first international competition after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia was the UEFA Euro 1996, when they finished second, and they have competed in every European Championship thereafter.

Pavel Vrba was named the team's new coach on January 1, 2014, just in time for Euro 2016 qualifying. Group A includes the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Turkey, Iceland, Latvia, and Kazakhstan.

The Czech squad started with a win, defeating the Netherlands, and then went on to win over Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Iceland, finishing first in the group with maximum points after four games. Despite a draw against Latvia at home, the Czech Republic remained in first place in the group and qualified for their sixth European Championship on September 6, 2015.

They only gained one point from a tie with Croatia, and they were defeated by Spain and Turkey.

On June 1, 2018, the Czech Republic suffered their worst defeat, losing 0–4 to Australia in a friendly match at Sankt Pölten, Austria. It was surpassed in their first Euro 2020 qualifier, when they were defeated 0–5 by England at Wembley Stadium.

Providing a brief history is a necessity for this article which aims to predict the 11 members of Czech Republic Euro 2020 which would set their foot as the starting eleven of the mentioned team.

How will Czech Republic line up at UEFA Euro 2020?

Czech Republic would most probably go for the 4-2-3-1 formation.

The 4-2-3-1 shape is possibly the most balanced and widely used in modern football. It gives teams the framework they need to defend well and transition forward swiftly which makes it a perfect suit for Czech Republic Euro 2020 team.

In the English Premier League, the 4-2-3-1 formation is most commonly employed. Two defensive midfielders provide support for their defenders, while three creative offensive midfielders can create chances for each other and the Striker, who is usually the primary goal scorer in this system.

Available pieces for the manager to fill out the empty spots in this formation are:

  • Goalkeepers:

    Tomas Vaclik, Jiri Pavlenka, Ales Mandous

  • Defenders:

    Vladimir Coufal, Jan Bori, Pavel Kaderabek, Tomas Kalas, Ondrej Celustka, David Zimal, Ales Mateju, Jakub Brabec

  • Forwards:

    Patrik Schick, Matej Vydra, Michael Krmencik, Tomas Pekhart

Midfielders:

Lukas Masopust, Petr Sevcik, Adam Hlozek, Vladimir Darida, Jakub Pesek, Tomas Soucek, Antonin Barak, Alex Kral,

Tomas Holes

, Jakub Jankto, Michal Sadilek

Who will the manager choose from the list above for the starting eleven of Czech Republic Euro 2020? Before we get to that let take a look at

Czech Republic

fixtures (All kick-off times are in Central European Time):

Monday 14 June (15:00):

Scotland vs Czech Republic

(Glasgow)

Friday 18 June (18:00):

Croatia vs Czech Republic

(Glasgow)

Tuesday 22 June (21:00):

the Czech Republic vs England

(London)

Now, let’s get to our prediction of the Czech Republic Euro 2020 squad.

GK: Tomas Vaclik

With his superior shot-stopping skills and reflexes, our first nominee for the Czech Republic euro 2020 squad is Tomas Vaclik.

Vaclik

joined Sevilla FC in Spain's La Liga on July 9, 2018. Vaclik stated on his Facebook page that he would depart Sevilla at the end of the season after three years.

Between 2005 and 2011, Vaclik represented his country at the young level, progressing from the under-16 team to the under-21 team.

Vaclik made his debut for the Czech Republic in 2011, when he was called up as a third goalkeeper for the squad's matches against Spain and Luxembourg, though he did not play. On November 14, 2012, he made his senior debut for the Czech Republic in a 3–0 friendly victory over Slovakia.

Let’s see who is our first nominee for the defensive post in the

Czech Republic squad for Euro 2021

.

CB: Jakub Brabec

Jakub Brabec

is a defensive player with stunning ball blocking and accurate tackling skills. These traits make him a perfect fit for our

Czech Republic Euro 2020 squad

selection.

Jakub has represented the Czech Republic at international youth competitions. In a March 2010 friendly encounter against Austria under-18s, he scored his first national goal on his third and final appearance for the Czech Republic under-18s. For the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, he was named captain of the Czech Republic's under-19s side.

In this tournament, he scored his first goal as an under-19 player. On July 23, 2011, he equalized 1–1 in a group game tournament match against the Republic of Ireland under-19s with a header; the Czechs went on to win 2–1. The Czech Republic finished third in the competition, falling to Spain in the final.

CB: Tomas Kalas

Tomas Kalas

is a perfect choice when it comes to ball interception and block. His performance earned him a spot in our Czech Republic squad for Euro 2021 selection.

Kalas joined Bristol City on a season-long loan on August 23, 2018, while still in the Championship, alongside fellow Chelsea loanee Jay Dasilva. With the club, he made 41 appearances in all competitions.

Following his impressive loan stay, Bristol City announced Kalas' permanent acquisition for a club-record cost of around £8 million on July 1, 2019. He agreed to a four-year contract that will run till 2024. On September 12, 2020, he scored his first goal for Bristol City in a 2-1 win over Coventry City. During the Euro 2016 qualifications, Kalas was part of the squad.

During the Euro 2016 qualifications, Kalas was part of the squad. He came off the bench to replace Josef Sural on October 13, 2015, as the Czech Republic hung on for a 3–2 victory, winning the group.

LB: Jan Boril

Here comes a relatively new name for our

Czech Republic Euro 2020

selection, Jan Boril. This player had a nice season and has scored 3 goals and assisted 4 times. Boril’s offensive skills are good but his defensive traits are even better.

On May 9, 2018, he was a part of Slavia Prague's 2017–18 Czech Cup final victory over Jablonec. In a World Cup qualifier against Germany on September 1, 2017, he made his debut for the Czech Republic national team.

RB: Vladimir Coufal

Vladimir Coufal is a right-back who has been a standout for Slavia Prague in recent seasons and is currently the Czech Republic national team's first choice.

Coufal conducts a lot of work in a fast-paced environment. He harasses opponents, pushes without being overly aggressive, is quick, and encourages one-twos. These abilities make him a great choice for the Czech Republic squad for Euro 2021

In 2020, he transferred to West Ham United in England for a fee of 6 million Euros.

Vladimir Coufal represented the Czech U21 national team in two matches in 2014.

On November 11, 2017, he made his A-team debut in a friendly match against Qatar's national team in Doha, under coach Karel Jarolim (win 1: 0).

DM: Alex Kral

Alex Kral can handle one on one situations with ease. His dribbling and ball-stopping skills make him an unstoppable offensive force and an unpassable defensive wall.

He got to the semifinals of the European Under-19 Football Championship 2017 with the Czech national football team, where he was named to the tournament's all-star squad. On March 26, 2019, he made his senior national team debut in a friendly match against the Brazilian national team in Prague, which the Czechs lost 1: 3.

He was nominated for the match that kicked off the World Cup 2022 qualification process in March 2021. Ekaterinburg dropped out of the nomination due to injuries sustained in a Russian league match against the Urals.

Let us see who’s next on the

Czech Republic Euro 2020

list.

CM: Tomas Soucek

Next on the list for the Czech Republic Euro 2020 squad is Tomas Soucek.

Soucek has established himself as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder who can play both defensively and offensively. His 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) frame is also noted for his powerful physical presence. José Mourinho compared him to Marouane Fellaini because of his set-piece heading skill.

Soucek made his senior team debut on November 15, 2016, in a friendly match against Denmark, after representing the Czech Republic in many youth levels.

On June 10, 2017, he made his competitive debut in the Czech Republic's 1–1 away tie with Norway in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. In the 2017 UEFA Under-21 Championship, Soucek played in all three of the Czech Republic's under-21 matches.

Soucek scored a hat-trick in a 6–2 World Cup qualifying triumph over Estonia on March 24, 2021.

AM: Vladimir Darida

Vladimir is very strong in the buildup, enjoys running the game, and has a fantastic kicking style. All in all, he is a great choice for the

Czech Republic Euro 2020

selection.

On May 28, 2012, it was confirmed that Darida would be named to the Czech Republic's Euro 2012 team. He came in to replace Daniel Pudil, who was injured.

He won his second cap, his first in an official tournament, in the quarter-final match against Portugal (Euro 2012), starting in place of the injured Tomás Rosicky. After 61 minutes, he was replaced by Jan Rezek, and the Czech Republic lost 1–0.

LW: Jakub Jankto

Our left wing nominee for Czech Republic Euro 2020 is Jakub Jankto.

Jankto is a central midfielder by profession, but he can also play on the left side of the midfield four and as an advanced No.10.

The 21-year-old, who stands just over 6 feet tall, is physically strong and knows how to utilize his body to shield the ball from his opponents. Jankto, who looks a lot like Santi Cazorla, may not be a good passer but he has the ability to create and score goals from central midfield.

The youngster is technically very powerful and has a strong drive to run forward into the attacking third at every opportunity. He is also a good set-piece taker.

Jakub Jankto represented the Czech Republic in the youth teams U17, U18, U19, U20, and U21.

With the Czech "twenty-one", he rejoiced in advancing to the 2017 European Championships in October 2016. Coach Vítězslav Lavička took him to the European Championship in Poland in June 2017. The Czech team took 4th place in basic group C with three points.

RW: Lukas Masopust

Lukas has great potential. His skills are exceptional and he is a great runner and finisher. Thus, he has a high chance to be in the Czech Republic Euro 2020 lineup.

Coach Jakub Dovalil nominated him for European Under-21 Championship 2015 held in Prague, Olomouc and Uherské Hradiště.

On March 26, 2018, he premiered in the national A-team in a preparatory match against China. Almost a year later, he appeared in the qualifying match against England on March 22, 2019, and four days later, on March 26, 2019, he started in the starting line-up in a preparatory match in Prague's Eden against Brazil.

ST: Patrik Schick

Schick is our last nominee for the Czech Republic Euro 2020 lineup.

Patrik, a tall and physically strong yet elegant left-footed forward with an eye for goal, is regarded as a promising young player by the media. He normally plays as the main striker in the center of the field, although he can also play as a second striker or a right-winger.

This athlete is known for his ability to use his physique to hold up the ball with his back to goal, but he also has excellent technique and dribbling skills, as well as good link-up play, which allows him to play the ball first time, participate in the build-up of attacking plays, and provide assists for teammates.

He's very skilled in the air and can score goals with his head. All of these resulted in him being nominated for our Czech Republic Euro 2020 selection.

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