Czech Republic and Iceland leads Group A

Czech Republic along with Iceland are the leaders of Group A of the 2016 Euro’s qualifications with both nations having collected a total of 9 points out of the opening 3 matches which has been played. However, according to the coach of the Czech Republic national football team it has been a difficult and rather lucky road for his squad.

On October 10 Czech Republic battled against Turkey in a match that appeared to be going in favor of Turkey as they took the early lead at the 8th minute and it was the Turkish team that was dominating the match from start until the end with the upper hand of possession.

UmutBulut managed to slip into the defence of Czech Republic unmarked and the player of Galatasaray connected with a cross before heading it into the net of PetrCech.

Tomas Sivok tied the match 1-1 at the 16th minute and Czech managed to take the lead for the first time in the entire game in the 2nd half when BorekDockal scored with a close range shot.

The scoreboard was not displaying what was going on in the pitch as Turkey was the team that was dominating the match with more shots on target and continuously pressuring their opponents but the Turkish side was not able to capitalize on their chances at goal but the efforts from Turkey were either just missed or saved by PetrCech who made a sublime performance in this match.

The coach of Czech Republic, PavelVrba is well aware that his team had a touch of luck in this game which helped them on securing the victory and when the match was over Vrba had a few things to say concerning their latest victory.

“Me and my team are so happy about the result. We were so lucky, especially in the first half, because we couldn’t get organized and Turkey had a lot of chances. We’re so lucky that we didn’t concede more than once. But in the second half we were better organized, we created more chances, and finally we scored’’PavelVbra said after the match ended.

Iceland and Czech Republic are the current leaders of Group A but Czech Republic’s PavelVbra stated that Netherlands are still favorites of reaching the top and things are far from over.

EURO 2016

Czech Republic national team boss Pavel Vrba has targeted Euro 2016 qualification after the nation missed out on reaching the World Cup 2014 party. Czech Republic were one of the favourites to qualify for this tournament, but they suffered badly in the qualifying stages. This led to the appointment of Vrba recently, and he has said that the national team will be playing in the same attacking sense that his team of FC Vikoria Plzeň have done before his exit in 2013. Vikoria Plzeň gained a reputation for their style of football, and Vrba wants to introduce this into the national team as well.

After their failure to reach the World Cup, Vrba has already begun work on qualifying for the European Championships. He says that the nation has witnessed a boom with regard to attacking and he wants to use this for the national team as well. Vrba will learn the opponents in the European Championship qualifying stages next week, as the draw is conducted for this by UEFA. Former manager Michal Bílek resigned in September, and Vrba was the overwhelming favourite to take over.

Vrba says that he has had the advantage of training players of almost every age. This may come in handy when dealing with stars like Petr Cech, who are at the top of the game.

“I want the national side to play as Plzeň did, to copy their successful attacking football in some way. The Czech league has seen a recent boom in attacking styles that prevail over defensive. I want to capitalise on this trend. That said, a successful coach is the one with successful results. My great advantage is that I have trained teams at all age categories: I started with the smallest footballers and gradually went up to senior level,” said Vrba.