Czech Republic Team

How They Qualified

The Czech Republic ended second in their qualifying group at the back World and European champ Spain, edging out Scotland through the last little furniture.

Things started badly with a defeat at home to Lithuania, but they bounced back quickly by beating a striker-less Scotland side before battling past Liechtenstein.

Star Players

Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky, recognizable names to Premier League admirer, will be the means men for the Czech Republic. Chelsea goalkeeper Cech will still be haunted by a blunder that led to the Czech’s exit from Euro 2008, but it would be harsh if the 29-year-old was remembered mainly for that mistake.

Cech has routinely come to the aid of club and country with fine saves and he will be keen to shine in what may be one of his final appearances on a major international stage.