The world is celebrating football. The 18th World Cup begins in Germany on 9th June. This is the first time that the Czech Republic will be in the finals since the split of Czechoslovakia. Prior to that Czechoslovakia qualified a total of eight times: in 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1982 and 1990. In 1934 they lost the final 1:2 against the host nation Italy in extra time and in 1962 they were beaten by Brazil 1:3. Oldrich Nejedly was the highest scorer in 1934 with a total of four goals.
Radio Prague broadcasts in six languages: Czech, English, German, French,
Russian and Spanish. These are all languages that we'll be hearing plenty
of during the World Cup, and not surprisingly our multi-national team here
at Radio Prague will be following the games closely. Our resident football
"experts" will be sharing some of their tips for the 48 games in
the World Cup finals.
All the tips will evaluated using a points system, and so it should not
take long before we begin to find out who are the real experts! If you
want to join in, why not send your own tips? Send in a full list for the
first round (16 games) by 12:00 on 9th June 2006, for the second round by
20:00 on 14th June and for the third round by 12:00 on 20th June. Send
your tips to
Petr Cech, photo: CTK
Pavel Nedved, photo: CTK
Karel Bruckner, photo: CTK
Of the 23 players picked out by the Czech national coach Karel Brückner,
two play at home in the Czech Republic and 21 play in other European
clubs. Five play in Germany's Bundesliga, four in Russia's Superliga,
three in France's Ligue 1 and in Italy's Serie A. The oldest player is
Karel Poborsky (34), the youngest Petr Cech (24). Poborsky also holds the
record for the number of games played for the national team, and Jan
Koller holds the record for the number of goals scored for the Czech
For those of you who enjoy statistics, here are a few numbers from the history of the World Cup. For the total number of countries that have taken part, we include this year's World Cup. Of course other statistics change according to results.