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Czech Republic – Euro 2012 Half Term Report

June 19, 2012 by


With a few days rest before the quarter final game against Portugal, it’s an ideal time to see how the Czech Republic class of 2012 is faring. *performances based on 3 games so far, using the XI from last game Petr Cech The Champions League winner is a reliable as they come for dedication and […]

Michal Bílek – Lucky Lottery Winner or Shrewd Coach?

November 23, 2011 by


Michal Bílek has divided public opinion since his appointment as Czech Republic national team coach in October 2009. Bílek has had a strong band of critics over the previous two years, myself included. But the 43 year old was given the brief of qualifying for Euro 2012 and he has delivered, somehow. Bílek started his […]

High Stakes for Ireland and Trapattoni

November 10, 2011 by


Feeling nervous about the Czech Republic play off  clash with Montenegro? Well, Irish nerves are also jangling as they look to end their playoff misery, Richard Flynn previews their crucial clash with Estonia. The European Championships in West Germany in 1988 was the last to feature a Republic of Ireland side. The one nil win […]

Craig Levein blames referee as Czechs snatch 2-2 draw

September 4, 2011 by


Czech manager Michal Bilek breathed a sigh of relief as the Czechs put their 3-0 humping from Norway behind them and snatched a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park. The Czechs were good value for the draw despite their defence looking like a group of players who had just met. Scotland on the other hand were lacking […]

All Aboard Train England

March 23, 2011 by


I hate this time of the season, International week. I just don’t have the same enthusiasm for England as I do for my club side. England games just get in the way of the Premier League season. Even a qualification game against Wales doesn’t inspire me. In fact, I found myself more excited by the […]