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Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews: Czechia

Our Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews continue with this look at the Czech Republic/Czechia.

Ivan Hasek’s side finished second in their qualifying group and will face Portugal, Turkey and Georgia at Euro 2024.

In these country-by-country guides, we’ll be looking at the best players from each nation, taking a stab at predicted line-ups, reviewing the road to Germany and more.

To do this, we’ll be calling on the help of correspondents from each country. Here, we enlist the services of Fantasy Football Scout user Bulara Darlington (aka Darlington Podolski on X).

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THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATION

PosTeamPWDLGFGADiffPts
1Albania8431124+815
2Czechia8431126+615
3Poland83231010011
4Moldova8242710-310
5Faroe Islands8026213-112

Despite losing only one of their qualifying group matches, Czechia finished runners-up in their group on goal difference to Albania. They sealed their short trip to Germany with a 3-0 win over 10-man Moldova thanks to David Doudera’s (€4.5m) opener, Tomas Chory’s debut strike (€4.5m) and a trademark last-minute goal by Tomas Soucek (€6.0m).

Manager Jaroslav Silhavy responded to that triumph by resigning from his post, citing the pressures of the job. He had to send three players home – West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal (€5.0m), fellow defender Jakub Brabec (€4.0m) and striker Jan Kuchta (€6.0m) – after they were caught out in a nightclub ahead of the Moldova match.

The pressure mounted on Silhavy after a patchy start to the campaign in which they won only two of their first five matches. Victories over Poland and Faroe Islands were undermined by a goalless draw with Moldova and only a point mustered from back-to-back encounters with Albania.

The 3-0 defeat in Tirana was the low point. The Czechs had striker Mojmir Chytil (€6.0m) sent off in the first half and found themselves behind Albania and Poland in third place. But Silhavy masterminded a recovery as his side put together four wins and a draw from their remaining five matches.

Czechia are often overlooked as a force to be reckoned with in major tournaments but their record is more than reasonable. The 1976 European Champions have reached at least the last eight in four of their last seven finals, making the semi-final stage once and the final of Euro ’96.

At the last Euros, they impressed thanks to the brilliance of Patrik Schick (€7.0m), who finished joint-top goalscorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (€10.0m), with the help of the Goal of the Tournament – an outrageous long-range goal against Scotland.


QUALIFICATION IN NUMBERS

  • Most starts: Tomas Soucek, Tomas Holes (8)
  • Most goals: Vaclav Cerny, Tomas Soucek (3)
  • Most assists: Tomas Chory, Mojmir Chytil, Vladimir Coufal, David Jurasek, Vaclav Jurecka, Alex Kral, Vasil Kusej, Tomas Soucek (1)
  • Clean sheets: 4 from 8
UNDERLYING STATS

RECORD SINCE QUALIFYING

DateCompetitionOppositionResultScoreGoalscorersAssists
22 MarchFriendlyNorway (a)W2-1Zima, BarakSouček, Lingr
26 MarchFriendlyArmenia (h)W2-1Krejci, ChoryBarák, Souček
7 JuneFriendlyMalta (n)W7-1Barák (pen), Chytil (x2), D Jurásek, Lingr, M Jurásek, ČernýCoufal x2, Šulc, M Jurásek

Since reaching the finals Czechia have all three of their friendly matches under Silhavy’s successor, the itinerant manager Ivan Hasek, for whom this is his second stint in charge.

They clinched 2-1 victories over Norway and Armenia in March, with David Zima (€4.0m) and Antonin Barak (€5.5m) on target in Oslo and Ladislav Krejci (€5.0m) and Tomas Chory scoring against Armenia.

The minnows of Malta were despatched in the first of the June friendlies. In terms of helpful preparation for a European Championship, it’s on a par with England hammering Aylesbury United before Euro ’88.

The Czechs have lost only once in the last two calendar years and will be confident of building on their last European Championship performance, when they came through a group containing England, Croatia and Scotland before beating the Netherlands in the round of 16.

After another warm-up match against North Macedonia, they cross the border to take on Portugal, Georgia and Turkey in Group F and will be disappointed not to reach the knockout stage.


MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS

22/03/2024 – Norway (a)

(4-2-3-1): Stanek; Doudera, Holes, Zima, Zeleny; Soucek, Krejci, Chytil, Provod, Sulc; Schick

26/03/2024 – Armenia (h)

(3-4-1-2): Kovar; Visek, Kranak, Krejci; Gabriel, Soucek, Sadilek, D Jurasek; Barak; Schick, Hlosek

07/06/2024 – Malta (n)

(3-4-1-2): Kovar; Vitik, Hranac, Zima; Coufal, Sadilek, Sulc, D Jurasek; Barak; Chory, Chytil


UPCOMING FIXTURES

DateCompetitionOpposition
10 JuneFriendlyNorth Macedonia (h)

GROUP FIXTURES

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58 Comments Post a Comment
  1. azz007
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 14 hours ago

    Found the template looks solid

    Pickford Lunin
    Faes Millsatd Dumfries Frimpong Theo
    Kdb Wirtz Jogingo Bruno Zinchenko
    Kane Mbappe Chiesa

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 13 hours ago

      Dunno, looks a bit heavy in midfield snd light at the back. I'd swop out KDB for Lukaku and upgrade Theo and Faes

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 12 Years
        16 days, 13 hours ago

        I hear Musialas the pick

      2. azz007
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 13 hours ago

        Theo is nailed on. Faes I hear most likely a starter so bargain. But I get your points. Wirtz is in form like frimpong.

    2. F4L
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 13 hours ago

      looks decent

      i really like Chiesa as well. honestly theres Chiesa, Dovbyk, Morata, Lukaku, Schick, Mitrovic etc, loads of decent striker options between 7-9. im surprised Mbappe and Kane are so popular with the need for a good 15 and 4/5 stabs at the captaincy per matchday in the groups

      1. The Mentaculus
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        • 2 Years
        16 days, 5 hours ago

        + Varga, Yilmaz at 6m. Tough to make 3 premiums up top work, but not sure where I'd spend the money if I had only one premium forward though

  2. Laserface
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    16 days, 14 hours ago

    Does anyone have a tool to scrape the Euro's Fantasy site for player listings, round points, etc?

  3. F4L
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 13 hours ago

    definitely like the look of having Schick for matchday 2 and 3.

    when do people think is the best time to use the WC? in the groups, between last 16/QF or QF/SF because of the chance of upsets?

    1. azz007
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 13 hours ago

      I think going gung ho in group could be key. Chips in md2 and 3 either way.

    2. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      16 days, 5 hours ago

      Group stage, or QF at the latest. Personally prefer the former to take max advantage of the weaker teams still being in the competition, and since the transfer allowance for KOs is quite generous

  4. fenixri
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 13 hours ago

    Is Pentz no1 gk for Austria?

    1. Men in green tights
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 13 hours ago

      Looked at last five games or so seems to be a lot of swapping with GK . The article for Austria have him in the fan choice starting eleven.

  5. sirmorbach
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 13 hours ago

    How's she looking?

    Pickford / Verbruggen
    Dimarco / Grimaldo / Frimpong / Mittelstadt / Faes
    Bruno / Saka / Gündo / Szoboszlai / Rodri
    Kane / Mbappé / Schick

    1. azz007
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 12 hours ago

      Decent enough but Schick md1 v Portugal not banking on much. Md2 and 3 fair enough

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 12 hours ago

      Looks good- not sure about Schick ( consider Scamacca or Havertz) and Szoboszlai may have picked up injury in game tonight

      1. The Mentaculus
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        • 2 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Szoboszlai said:

        "I’ll be fine. My legs were a little stiff, I didn't want to take any risks, that's why I came off."

        https://x.com/BenBocsak/status/1799505836038873450

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          But still, a "mediocre" performance (as described by his coach) and a stiff one in the last 2 warmups might not bode well...? Wonder if I should just go with Varga instead

    3. Bushman
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 2 hours ago

      I think pickford and verbruggen play on the same days...

      1. The Mentaculus
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        • 2 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Good point. This GK combo doesn't work

  6. dunas_dog
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    • 8 Years
    16 days, 12 hours ago

    Thoughts on this first draft? Plan is to use limitless chip in week 3 and WC in quarter finals so like Belgium Portugal Germany England for first 2 games. Trent may become Frimpong or Hernandez

    Verbruggen Bayindir
    Trent Cancelo Dimarco Middelstadt Faes
    Trossard Wirtz Bruno F Rodri Jorginho
    Kane Mbappe Lukaku

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 12 hours ago

      *Oops Mittelstadt

    2. Men in green tights
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 12 hours ago

      Ok for a first draft , guess you will do a lot of tinkering.
      I’ve had in my first draft 12 of them players and also been looking at some of the drafts on here are all similar.
      Currently I’ve gone away from the big three up front and gone for a differential pick and the same with mid and defence .

    3. Dubem_FC
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 6 hours ago

      At last, I'm not the only triple up Belgium on here.

    4. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      16 days, 56 mins ago

      Same comment as below re: Bayindir

  7. Apollo Sanchez
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    • 10 Years
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    A. Havertz and Faes
    B. Yamal and Kounde/Grimaldo

    1. NZREDS
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    2. Men in green tights
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      A also

    3. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      16 days, 5 hours ago

      A for MD1 I think. Like Yamal but don't want any of my attackers playing Croatia (in the group stage at least)

  8. Jonesfromthere
    • 12 Years
    16 days, 5 hours ago

    Costa | Strakosha
    Maehle | Mittelstadt | Dimarco | Guehi | Faes
    Fernandes | De Bruyne | Musiala | Shaqiri | Chakvetadze
    Mbappe | Lukaku | Ronaldo

    LL MD 3
    WC QF

    Captains
    1 Mittelstadt
    2 Shaqiri
    3 Maehle
    4 Mbappe/Lukaku
    5 Ronaldo

    I think I’m settled on this after a couple of weeks tinkering. No England attack could hurt me and probably wrong to be put off by one friendly, but you can’t have everyone. Maehle becomes Gvardiol in MD2, really liked the look of Croatia last night.

    Thoughts?

    1. Men in green tights
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 5 hours ago

      Looks good especially that you need it set up for 1 and 2 matchday . I've got no England players at all and too much bothered about . My plan is to Wc matchday 2 and LL matchday 3 but yours looks good .
      I'm still tinkering as somehow got 3 mil itb.

      1. Jonesfromthere
        • 12 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Thanks for the feedback

    2. fenixri
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 4 hours ago

      Same strategy, somewhat different than mine but I like it. Also went without England.

      Shaqiri, be careful I think his minutes will be managed. I would maybe C DiMarco that day.

      I was looking a lot at Chakvetadze, amazing player for 4.5 mil but what puts me off is that he is playing last day on both mds.

      Croatia was amazing last night and I put Gvardiol in my team from start. I think he will do good against Spain, plus easy sub if he fail which saves me transfer in md2 if some unexpected injury happens.

      Good team. Good luck!

      1. Jonesfromthere
        • 12 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        I think Shaqiri will get good mins, but thanks for the heads up.

        Croatia will definitely concede to this free flowing Spain, depends how much value you put into saving the transfer!

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 12 Years
          16 days, 1 hour ago

          Hips dont lie

          1. Jonesfromthere
            • 12 Years
            16 days, 1 hour ago

            Oh no

  9. MattB
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 4 hours ago

    Costa / Lunin
    Guehi / Middlestadt / Faes / Frimpong / Di Marco
    Saka / Musiala / Bruno / Shaqiri / Jorginho
    Kane / Lukaku / Ronaldo

    Captain options:
    Musiala
    Shaqiri
    Kane
    Lukaku
    Ronaldo

    Any areas to look to improve?

    1. fenixri
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 4 hours ago

      Costa/Lunin in my opinion one of the strongest gk pairs if you plan to LL3 and WC later, but it cost 9.5mil.

      Guehi I think there are much better 4.5mil options than him. Serbia wont be cakewalk and I can see Denmark upset, also how sure everyone is that he is 100% nailed?

      Frimpong really need to monitor tomorrow friendly, high risk high reward. I would rather try to find 0.5 extra and get VVD, he will get +3 pts easily with ball recoveries.

      Saka didnt get many minutes in friendlies, and I am questioning his fitness/injury condition, something to be careful of. Both Musiala/Saka picks are 50/50 picks when both teams are stacked at attack and they will share attacking returns with teammates (Foden/Bellingham/Kane - Wirtz/Havertz/Gundo/Sane)

      Shaqiri - really not sure how Switz will lineup in attack, I guess he will start against Hungary, but his minutes will be managed.

      Going without Mbappe is bold, I would rather go without Kane since you have Saka cover.

      1. MattB
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Think you are right, Mbappe over Kane is something I’ll probably do!

        Guehi will be nailed and normally our defence is pretty solid at these tournaments as Gareth has no idea how to get some of the best attacking talent in the world firing, so focused on not conceding

    2. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 2 hours ago

      Fair play. First team I've seen with Costa. Nice balance there. Not sure Musiala is such an attacking threat for Germany that he is for Bayern.

  10. Who let Udogie out?
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 3 hours ago

    Lunin Verbruggen
    Tah Mittelstadter Dumfries Cancelo Faes
    Gundogan Saka Szoboslai Fernandes Chakvetadze
    Lukaku Mbappe Kane

    1. sankalparora07
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        I would rather go Frimpong instead of Dumfries

      • Jonesfromthere
        • 12 Years
        16 days, 1 hour ago

        Dumfries is not nailed but great otherwise

    2. KujaliaFC
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 3 hours ago

      Xhaka or Shaqiri, milords?

      Currently, I have Xhaka with 0.5 in the bank.

      1. fenixri
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Xhaka - ball recoveries, 90 minutes, 0.5 itb
        Shaqiri - attacking threat, managed minutes, penalties(?)

        Really depends on chip strategy and if money no issue I would go with Alpine Messi.

      2. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Shaqiri or neither.

    3. sankalparora07
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Pickford Bayinder
        Frimpong Gvardiol Theo Mittelstadt Faes
        Bellingham Bruno Hojbjerg Jorginho Gundogan
        Kane Mbappe Lukaku

        Any suggested changes to this?

        1. Jonesfromthere
          • 12 Years
          16 days, 1 hour ago

          Don’t like Jude pick he’s just not good value. Would ditch him and upgrade the budget mids.

        2. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          16 days, 57 mins ago

          Not sure if Bayindir is nailed. Turkey preview here has Çakir as the expected starter; FanTeam game has Günok

      • Silva Bilva Tilva Pilva
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 1 hour ago

        Is Faes nailed?

        1. Jonesfromthere
          • 12 Years
          16 days, 1 hour ago

          Yes

        2. fenixri
          • 8 Years
          16 days, 1 hour ago

          Played 3/4 halfs in friendlies and played 8/8 games in qualifiers. With Vertonghen injury I think he is 100% nailed.

      • Who let Udogie out?
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 47 mins ago

        A)KDB and Xhaka
        B)Saka and Gundogan

        1. bugraozmen
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 29 mins ago

          B

      • Bacon3339
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 18 mins ago

        Who are we all eating as the best bargain buys in midfield? 4.5/5 mil?

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          15 days, 23 hours ago

          No one below 6.5m in midfield for me, but Jorginho is popular. Think Mittelstadt & a 6m fwd are all the budget options I need for a balanced squad

        2. BUZZBOMB
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Stanciu a great enabler

      • ElderViktor
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Spot on analysis! The Czechs, for many years now, have been a decent team. Transitioning from the tier 2 level of European teams, however, has proved difficult as they seem not to be a side capable of punching above their weight. So yeah, I except them to make it out of the group stages and that's that.