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Czech Republic National Football Team

National Team Information

General Info

Nároďák (The National Team), Lokomotiva (The Locomotive)

World Cup Participation

1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1990, 2006


1976 UEFA European Championship

Czech Republic National Football Team History

Czech players played for the Czechoslovakian national team between 1920 and 1993. Czechoslovakia were runners-up at the 1934 and 1962 World Cups and won the 1976 European Championship. Some legendary Czech players from the era include Frantisek Planicka, Josef Masopust, Ivo Viktor, Jaroslav Burgr and Svatopluk Puskal. 

Upon the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic formed a national team soon after. They played their first match in 1994 and defeated Turkey in Istanbul, 4-1. In their first-ever international tournament as an independent nation, the Czech Republic were runners-up at the 1996 Euro.

They qualified for the European Championship again in 2000 but failed to qualify for the World Cup in both 1998 and 2002. A new generation of Czech footballers emerged, and they quickly became one of the best teams in the world. Czech Republic soccer betting was often highly profitable in the 2000s, especially from 2002 to 2004. Pavel Nedved, Tomas Rosicky, Jan Koller, and Petr Cech all played big roles in a 20-match unbeaten run during those years.

The Czech Republic qualified for their third consecutive Euro in 2004. They reached the semifinals but fell to eventual shock champions Greece. Finally, they qualified for their first World Cup in 2006 and came into the tournament ranked second in the world. Injury problems plagued the squad, and they crashed out in the group stage. Euro 2008 didn’t go much better. The Czech Republic led Turkey 2-0 in the final group game and would have advanced if not for Turkey scoring three goals in the final 15 minutes.

They made the quarterfinals of both Euro 2012 and Euro 2020 but haven’t returned to a World Cup since 2006. Recently, Czech Republic also got relegated from the UEFA Nations League A. They won just one of their seven competitive matches in 2022 and lost in a World Cup-qualifying semifinal playoff to Sweden.

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Czech Republic Soccer

Czech Republic Soccer Leagues & Clubs:

There are a lot of tiers in the Czech Republic football pyramid. The top-tier Czech Republic soccer league is called the Czech First League, or Fortuna Liga. The league was founded in 1993 and features 16 clubs. The season runs from August to May and initially follows a double-round robin format. Then, the league breaks into three groups, a championship group, a playoff group and a relegation group. 

Points carry over in the championship and relegation groups, and a winner is crowned from the championship group after five additional matches. The bottom team in the relegation group after 35 games is demoted to the Czech National Football League. The 14th and 15th place teams contest promotion/relegation playoffs against the second and third place teams from the second tier.

Czech First League Clubs 2022-23
Bohemians 1905
FC Zbrojovka Brno
SK Dynamo České Budějovice
FC Hradec Králové
FK Jablonec
FC Slovan Liberec
FK Mladá Boleslav
SK Sigma Olomouc
FC Baník Ostrava
FC Viktoria Plzeň
SK Slavia Prague
FC Slovácko
AC Sparta Prague
FK Teplice
FC Trinity Zlín
FK Pardubice

The Czech National Football League is the second division in Czech Republic soccer. The format is much simpler than the Czech First League. Each of the sixteen teams play each other both home and away. At the end of the season, the winner is promoted to the Czech First League. The bottom two teams are relegated to the third tier. Meanwhile, second and third place qualify for the promotion playoffs.

Czech National Football League Clubs 2022-23
SK Prostějov
AC Sparta Prague B
FC Sellier & Bellot Vlašim
FC Silon Táborsko
FC Vysočina Jihlava
FK Dukla Prague
FK Fotbal Třinec
FK Varnsdorf
FK Viagem Příbram
MFK Chrudim
MFK Karviná
MFK Vyškov
SFC Opava
SK Líšeň
SK Sigma Olomouc B
SK Slavia Prague B

Czech Republic Cups & Tournaments

Czech Republic Soccer Betting Information

Betting on the Czech Republic

The Czech First League is a popular league to bet on in the Czech Republic. UEFA’s club coefficients rate the level of play as similar to the Swiss, Norwegian, and Ukrainian leagues. A handful of Czech teams have done well in European competitions. Slavia Prague, Viktoria Plzeň, Sparta Prague and Slovan Liberec regularly appear in the group stage of UEFA tournaments.

Those interested in Czech Republic soccer betting should note that only five clubs have won league titles. They are Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague, Viktoria Plzeň, Slovan Liberec, and Banik Ostrava. Viktoria Plzeň were champions in 2022, and they -plus the two big Prague clubs- have won 25 of a possible 29 league titles between them. 

Home teams nearly won half of their matches in 2021-22, with a 47 percent win percentage. Draws were relatively common, as 26 percent finished all square. Meanwhile, road teams won just 27 percent of their matches. Totals betting is quite difficult given the vig, as 53 percent of matches finished with over 2½ goals. In 2021-22, both teams scored in 54 percent of matches.

Czech Republic National Team Betting Tips & Odds

UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers also start in 2023 and Czech Republic are certainly expected to qualify.

The Czech Republic national team has punched above their weight at various points. They’ve also suffered some disappointments, like missing out on four consecutive World Cups. They also haven’t made it past the quarterfinals of the Euros since 2004. So, betting tips don’t usually recommend taking them to go very far in major tournaments. 

In 2022, Czech Republic disappointed, but they did face stiff competition. With Portugal, Spain and Switzerland in their UEFA Nations League group, the Czech Republic won just one match. With a 1-4-1 record and a four-match losing streak to close out the Nations League, Czech Republic got relegated to the Nations League B. In two previous appearances in the Nations League B, they finished in the top two places in their group. Thus, they will be a team to watch for the 2024-25 Nations League. 

UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers also start in 2023 and Czech Republic are certainly expected to qualify. The other teams in their group are Poland, Albania, Faroe Islands and Moldova. With the top-two teams securing direct qualification to the Euros, it’d be a massive disappointment if they failed to qualify. Even a first-place group finish isn’t remotely out of the question. So, it could be an interesting few years ahead for the Czech Republic.


The Czech First League is a mid-tier European league that is often difficult to bet on without solid knowledge. Czech teams are most commonly bet on, or against, in European competitions like the Champions League and Europa League. 

The Czech champions Viktoria Plzeň struggled mightily in the 2022-23 Champions League group stage in a group with Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich. They were eliminated from knockout stage contention after just four of their six matches. That doesn’t mean Czech teams are always out of their element. Slavia Prague reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League in 2020-21. 

Czech Republic soccer betting, especially on the national team, could be something to look at over the next few years. The national team seems to be in an awkward place between being too strong for teams in the Nations League B but unable to compete in the Nations League A. So, they could be a popular pick in their upcoming Nations League campaign. 

With a favorable group in Euro qualifiers, they could be another popular pick there as well. The most prominent current Czech players are West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek and Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick.

Czech Republic FAQS

Is Sports Betting Legal in Czech Republic?

Yes, all kinds of gambling are legal in the Czech Republic.

Is In-Play Betting Allowed in Czech Republic?

Yes, in-play betting is allowed in the Czech Republic.

Who Is the Czech First League’s Top Scorer?

With 198 goals, Czech striker David Lafata is the top all-time goalscorer in the Czech First League.

Which Czech Club Has Won the Most Championships?

Sparta Prague have won the Czech First League 12 times as of 2022, more than any other club.

What Is Football Called in the Czech Republic?

Fotbal is the term used in the Czech Republic for football but you may also hear kopana.

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