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Their FIFA ranking should inspire confidence, however qualifying out of the group might be another story. The Czechs will be looking to their midfield tyros to provide the impetus as they look to prove their positive showing at Euro 2004 was no fluke.
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2006 13:51 GMT
Their FIFA ranking should inspire confidence, however qualifying out of the group might be another story. The Czechs will be looking to their midfield tyros to provide the impetus as they look to prove their positive showing at Euro 2004 was no fluke.

FIFA ranking: 2

Coach: Karel Bruckner

Key players: Pavel Nedved, Tomas Rosicky, Milan Baros

World Cup record: First appearance (eight as Czechoslovakia, including runners-up 1938, 1962)

Qualifying route: Defeated Norway in European playoffs

Key question: The Czechs impressed plenty of people at Euro 2004 and followed that up by being the highest scoring European team in qualifying. Can they score enough goals to make a big impact?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Petr Cech 1
Jaromir Blazek 16
Antonin Kinsky 23
Defenders
Zdenek Grygera 2
Pavel Mares 3
Marek Jankulovski 6
Martin Jiranek 13
Tomas Ujfalusi 21
David Rozehnal 22
Midfielders
Tomas Galasek 4
Radoslav Kovac 5
Vladimir Smicer 7
Karel Poborsky 8
Tomas Rosicky 10
Pavel Nedved 11
David Jarolim 14
Jiri Stajner 17
Jan Polak 19
Jaroslav Plasil 20
Forwards
Jan Koller 9
Vratislav Lokvenc 12
Milan Baros 15
Marek Heinz 18

Group matches:

v USA, 16:00 GMT, Monday 12th June - Gelsenkirchen

v Ghana, 16:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Cologne

v Italy, 14:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Hamburg

Source:
Aljazeera
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