Two Euro tournaments have so far been played in years ending with a ‘six’, and the Czechs made a mark at both.
In 1976, former Czechoslovakia won the title in a penalty drama in Belgrade following a 2−2 draw in the final against Germany (remember the penalty-kick by Antonin Panenka?). In 1996, the Czechs lost 2−1 to Germany in extra time at Wembley to take silver.
In 19 games under coach Pavel Vrba, the Czechs have not managed a single clean sheet, despite having the reliable Petr Cech in the goal most of the time. Vrba can choose two stable centre−backs: Basel’s Marek Suchy and Bursaspor’s Tomas Sivok.
What about Tomas Rosicky? Will he play or will he not? The 35−year−old Arsenal midfielder has managed just one league game since picking up an injury in a Euro qualifier in Iceland in June 2015. Coach Pavel Vrba has said seeing Rosicky play was the only condition he had before calling the stalwart up. “For Arsenal’s first team or academy, it doesn’t matter,” Vrba said. “There’s no point in discussing his qualities as a player.”
David Limbersky slammed his Bentley into a fence while drink driving last September and caused damage worth over 18,500 euros to his car, faced up to three years in prison. The court shelved the case in January after Limbersky had paid the damage and promised not to drive for a year.