Czech Republic national under-21 football team

The Czech Republic national under-21 football team is the national under-21 association football team of the Czech Republic and is controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.

Czech Republic Under-21
Nickname(s)Lvíčata (Little Lions)
AssociationFotbalová asociace
České republiky
(FAČR)
Head coachTBA
Most capsJan Polák (46)
Top scorerTomáš Pekhart (17)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Czech Republic 1–0 Malta 
(Opava, Czech Republic; 5 September 1994)
Biggest win
 Czech Republic 8–0 Bulgaria 
(Teplice, Czech Republic; 5 October 2001)
 Czech Republic 8–0 Liechtenstein 
(Prague, Czech Republic; 11 September 2007)
 Czech Republic 8–0 San Marino 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 9 June 2009)
 Czech Republic 8–0 Andorra 
(Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic; 10 August 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 4–0 Czech Republic 
(Burgos, Spain; 7 June 1997)
Records are for competitive
matches only
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best resultChampions, 2002

Although the breakup of Czechoslovakia occurred officially on 1 January 1993, the under-21 team continued until the end of the 1994 championship. After that, the Czech Republic and the Slovakia under-21s became separate footballing entities.

For both nations, first matches were played in September 1994 in qualification for the 1996 championship.

The Czech Republic under-21 team reached the quarter-finals in 1996, but failed to qualify for 1998. The team reached the final in both the 2000 and 2002 tournaments, winning the latter on penalties.

Subsequently, the team failed to qualify for the tournaments in 2004 and 2006. They qualified for the 2007 competition but finished last in the group stage. They once again failed to qualify for the 2009 competition. In the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, they placed fourth.

Competitive RecordEdit

Summer Olympics recordEdit

Summer Olympic record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Squad
  1992 Did Not Qualify
  1996
  2000 14th Group stage 3 0 2 1 5 6 Squad
  2004 Did Not Qualify
  2008
  2012
  2016
  2020
  2024 To be determined
  2028
  2032
Total 14th Group stage 3 0 2 1 5 6 -

UEFA European Under-21 Championship RecordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Quarter-finals 2 0 0 2 2 4 10 7 2 1 33 9
  1998 Did not qualify 8 3 0 5 13 13
  2000 Runners-up 4 2 1 1 9 7 12 9 1 2 20 6
  2002 Winners 5 2 2 1 5 5 12 9 2 1 29 6
  2004 Did not qualify 10 7 0 3 20 7
  2006 12 6 3 3 26 11
  2007 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 4 4 3 1 0 7 3
  2009 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 19 5
  2011 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 4 6 10 9 1 0 30 4
  2013 Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 26 7
  2015 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 3 Qualified as hosts
  2017 Group stage 3 1 0 2 5 7 10 7 2 1 29 10
   2019 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 14 15
   2021 Qualified 7 4 3 0 17 2
Total 7/12 25 8 5 12 32 36 116 75 18 23 266 96
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.

Individual awardsEdit

In addition to team victories, Czech players have won individual awards at the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Year Golden Player Golden Boot
  2002 Petr Čech
  2015 Jan Kliment

Results and fixtures 2013–2015Edit

2013 UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

Friendly matchesEdit

5 March 2014 Czech Republic   1 – 2   Norway FK Viktoria Stadion, Prague, Czech Republic
Hanousek   42' Report Berget   51'90'
14 May 2014 Slovakia   3 – 1   Czech Republic Senica, Slovakia
17:00 Škvarka   5'
Zreľák   48'82'
Report Trávník   52' Attendance: 925
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT)
9 October 2014 Ukraine   0 – 1   Czech Republic Bannikov Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine
Report Přikryl   88' Attendance: 100
14 November 2014 Czech Republic   2 – 2   Denmark Ďolíček, Prague, Czech Republic
18 November 2014 Czech Republic   1 – 1   Germany Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship matches against Italy, Slovenia and Spain on 24, 27 and 30 March 2021 respectively.[1]

Caps and goals updated as of 22 March 2021.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Martin Jedlička (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 23) 8 0   Dunajská Streda
1GK Matěj Kovář (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Manchester United
1GK Matouš Trmal (1998-10-02) 2 October 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Vitória
1GK Vítězslav Jaroš (2001-07-23) 23 July 2001 (age 20) 0 0   St Patrick's Athletic

2DF Matěj Chaluš (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 23) 7 0   Liberec
2DF Michal Fukala (2000-10-22) 22 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Liberec
2DF Denis Granečný (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 23) 9 0   Emmen
2DF Libor Holík (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 23) 8 1   Jablonec
2DF Ladislav Krejčí (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 22) 7 5   Sparta Prague
2DF Dominik Plechatý (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 23) 7 0   Sparta Prague
2DF Martin Vitík (2003-01-21) 21 January 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Sparta Prague

3MF Pavel Bucha (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 23) 9 2   Plzeň
3MF Filip Havelka (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 23) 8 0   České Budějovice
3MF Dominik Janošek (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 23) 9 2   Fastav Zlín
3MF Adam Karabec (2003-07-02) 2 July 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Sparta Prague
3MF Michal Kohút (2000-06-04) 4 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Slovácko
3MF Tomáš Ostrák (2000-02-05) 5 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Karviná
3MF Michal Sadílek (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 23) 9 0   Liberec
3MF Pavel Šulc (2000-12-29) 29 December 2000 (age 20) 3 1   Plzeň
3MF Antonín Vaníček (1998-04-22) 22 April 1998 (age 23) 12 1   Bohemians 1905
3MF Patrik Žitný (1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 (age 22) 5 0   Teplice

4FW Václav Drchal (1999-07-25) 25 July 1999 (age 22) 5 3   Mladá Boleslav
4FW Ondřej Lingr (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 23) 3 0   Slavia Prague
4FW Ondřej Šašinka (1998-03-21) 21 March 1998 (age 23) 7 2   Baník Ostrava

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Czech Republic under-21 squad and remain eligible:

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Hugo Jan Bačkovský (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Vlašim

4FW Adam Hložek (2002-07-25) 25 July 2002 (age 19) 8 3   Sparta Prague

Previous squadsEdit

Leading AppearancesEdit

 
Czech U21 in 2007
Rank Player U-21 Caps
1 Jan Polák 46
2 David Kobylík 32
3 Bořek Dočkal 28
Josef Kaufman 28
5 Jan Lecjaks 27
Michal Papadopulos 27
7 Lukáš Došek 26
Michal Kadlec 26
Ondřej Mazuch 26
Tomáš Pekhart 26
Roman Týce 26
Tomáš Ujfaluši 26

Note: Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment. Statistics up to and including Czech Republic vs Germany, 18 November 2014.

Leading GoalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Goals
1 Tomáš Pekhart Tottenham Hotspur, Baumit Jablonec 17
2 Jan Chramosta Mladá Boleslav 12
3 Milan Baroš Baník Ostrava, Liverpool 9
Tomáš Došek Viktoria Plzeň, Slavia Prague 9
5 Bořek Dočkal Slavia Prague, Slovan Liberec 8
Pavel Novotný Slavia Prague 8
Václav Svěrkoš Baník Ostrava, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC 8
8 David Kobylík Sigma Olomouc, Strasbourg 7
Vratislav Lokvenc Hradec Králové, Sparta Prague 7
Libor Sionko Baník Ostrava, Sparta Prague 7
Štěpán Vachoušek SC Xaverov, Chmel Blšany, Teplice, Slavia Prague 7

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment. Statistics up to and including Czech Republic vs Andorra, 5 June 2012.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U21: do Slovinska míří kompletní tým" (in Czech). Fotbalová asociace České republiky. Retrieved 22 March 2021.

External linksEdit