The Czech Republic head into their 10th appearance at the EHF EURO hoping to build on their sixth place finish in 2018, which equalled their best result back in 1996.

The class of 2020 are led by joint coaches Jan Filip and Daniel Kubeš, both former valuable players for the Czech national team. The duo, who took over in 2014 will be hoping to build on their EHF EURO performance in Croatia two years ago.

Before the Czech Republic became independent in 1993, the Czechoslovakia national team won five World Championship medals between 1954 and 1967 and won silver at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Since independence, the national team has appeared in nine EHF EUROs and six times at the World Championships. Their best result at international level came in 2015 when the Czechs President’s Cup at the World Championships in Qatar.

Their ticket to EHF EURO 2020 was rubber-stamped thanks to a solid performance in qualification that saw them top Group 5, winning four of their six matches.

The Czechs will be aiming to continue that form throughout EHF EURO 2020 as they aim to better their previous effort two years ago.

Upcoming Matches

Czech Republic
:
Austria
10.01.2020
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18:15
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Vienna
(AUT)
Czech Republic
:
North Macedonia
12.01.2020
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16:00
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Vienna
(AUT)
Ukraine
:
Czech Republic
14.01.2020
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20:30
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Vienna
(AUT)

MARTIN GALIA

Gornik Zabrze goalkeeper Martin is one of the most experienced members of the Czech side having made 200 appearances for the national side. Galia previously played for TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen and played at the 2015 World Championships and was one of the stars of the Czech team that impressed at the EHF EURO 2018. Last year he was awarded the best player of the Czech Republic.

TOMAS BABAK

Central back player Tomas made his international debut in 2013 and has since gone on to hit over 200 goals in 60 starts for the national team. Currently plays for Bergischer HC but started his career with Ronal Jicin, where his father and uncle were successful coaches. Was named Czech Talent of the Year in 2012 and MVP in 2013.

Management duo Jan and Daniel took over of the Czech national team in 2014. Jan, who scored almost 1,000 goals when playing for the national team, was one of the highest scorers in the Bundesliga. Daniel, meanwhile, is a former director of defensive coaching for the national team and enjoyed a playing career which spans spells at Dukla Praha, Drott Halmstad, TuS N-Lübbecke, HSG NordHorn, TBV Lemgo, THW Kiel and last time in MT Melsungen. .

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event Host Place/Medal
1996 Spain 5th place
1998 Italy 10th place
2002 Sweden 8th place
2004 Slovenia 11th place
2008 Norway 14th place
2010 Austria 8th place
2012 Serbia 14th place
2014 Denmark 15th place
2018 Croatia 6th place