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Russia Euro 2012: Predicting the Match Against the Czech Republic

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IMay 19, 2012

Russia Euro 2012: Predicting the Match Against the Czech Republic

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    The Euro 2012 Tournament is expected to begin on June 8, 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine. The first match for Russia will be against the Czech Republic.

    Russia and the Czech Republic belong to Group A in the Euro 2012 along with Poland and Greece. The match between the two countries is expected to set the pace for the two country's future in the tournament.

    The following slideshow will review the two countries and what may transpire in this maiden match. An invitation is extended for the readers to sit back, relax and enjoy.

Russia

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    History

    According to the UEFA website, Russia won once in the year 1960 and the rest were in finals, semifinals, group stages and quarterfinals. The worst defeat suffered by Russia was before Spain in Euro 2008.

    The greatest victory was against San Marino in the year 1995. Russia has appeared five times in the Euro tournament as the Soviet Union and Russia.

    The previous encounters and matches between Russia and the Czech Republic will be discussed in the next slide.

    What can transpire

    Andrey Arshavin is the captain of the Russian National football team. Dick Advocaat, the manager, can organize a 4-3-3 formation relying on younger players such as Artem Dzyuba, Magomed Ozodev and Alan Dzagoev.

    Igor Denisov as a midfielder may be called upon to start the match with Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko providing the force. The younger players such as Dzyuba, Dzagoev and Ozodev will be providing the electricity secondary to their discipline, tenacity and agility that comes with being in the late teens and early 20s.

    The goalkeeper will probably be Igor Akinfeev who is an expert at deflecting attempts by opponents to score. Akinfeev was once placed (according to RT) in the Top 100 best goalkeepers by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

Czech Republic

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    Since I was unable to obtain a symbol of the Czech Republic National Football team, a decision was made to use the photo of a child holding a Sparta Praha Banner.

    History

    The Czech Republic competed in the UEFA Euro tournament as itself and as Czechoslovakia. According to the UEFA webpage, the Czech Republic won the tournament once in 1996.

    The biggest victory of the Czech Republic was against San Marino in 2006. The biggest defeat was against Portugal in the year 2008. 

    The two teams met in 1960, 1976 and 1996 with mixed results. In 1960, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) lost to the Soviet Union (USSR) (now Russia).

    In 1976, the two countries faced each other in the quarterfinals tournament. The first leg resulted in a victory for the Czechs. The second leg resulted in a draw for Czechoslovakia and the USSR.

     In 1996, the Czech Republic and Russia faced each other with the result being a 3-3 draw.

    What can transpire

    Michal Bilek, manager of the Czech Republic National Football team, has a mixture of the old and new generations.

    Bilek can use the 4-3-3 formation as well or the 4-3-2-1 for help in attack and defense mode. The goalkeeper could be Petr Cech who is an expert at deflecting goal attempts.

    The formation could be composed of Frantisek Ratjoral, Michal Kadlec, Marek Suchy and Tomas Sivok as defenders. The remainder would include Tomas Rosicky, Tomas Hubschman, Jan Rezek, Milan Baros and David Lafata in the midfield as well as forwards.

Prediction

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    It is not expected to be an easy match for Russia and the Czech Republic. According to Goal.com, Russia won three and had two draws in its last five matches.

    The Czech Republic had three victories, two draws and one loss as reported by Goal. If there is any indicator, the younger players of Russia may be the determining factors in this match because of their agility in the field.

    The result will be the following after the a heavy, protracted and exciting match.

    Russia 2-1 Czech Republic.

    The predictions are based on a personal opinion and the match can go in any direction. My thanks to the readers of B/R for their time in looking at the slideshow. Until next time.

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