The Czech Republic have a long and proud tradition in World Football. According to UEFA.com Czech Republic analyst Ondřej Zlámal, the last day of May marked the anniversary of the nation's historic run to the 1962 World Cup final.
This coming week will see the nation once again enter competition in the UEFA European championships. As an independent state, and previously as part of Czechoslovakia, the Czechs have never failed to qualify for Europe's highest-profile international competition.
The nation's best finishes came in 2004, when they finished third in Portugal, and as runners-up during the England-hosted 1996 competition, where they were defeated by Germany.
With the opening day of the tournament set to see Group A start the action, the Czechs face Russia for the first big test of their group on Friday, June 8th, 2012.