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Coach: Pavel Vrba
UCL Team Value Ranking: 30th (€15 million 850 thousand)
Key Player: No. 26 Daniel Kolar (AMF, Czech Republic)
Other Important Players: No. 8 David Limbersky (LB, CZH), No. 11 Milan Ptrzela (RMF, CZH), No. 23 Marek Bakos (CF, SVK)
Against Barcelona: 19 October at Camp Nou, 1 November at Eden Stadium.
Probable Starting XI
Rajtoral Cisovsky Bystron Limbersky
Jiracek Horvath (c)
Petrzela Kolar Pilar
This might be the first time you hear about Czech team Plzen.
Who you might have heard of are the teams they eliminated in the Champions League's qualifying rounds and playoffs.
To start things off they pummeled Armenia's Pyunik 9-1 in the aggregate score on the second qualifying round. But no surprise there, really.
Then, Pavel Vrba's boys eliminated Norway's Rosenborg in the third qualifying round, beating them 0-1 away and then 3-2 at home to make it to the playoff round as underdogs.
There, they seemed more than overmatched against Denmark's FC Kobenhavn, who tied against Barcelona in last year's UCL and advanced to the round of sixteen.
However, Plzen powered through against the Danes with a 1-3 win away and a 2-1 win at home to clinch their Group Stage birth for 2011/12.
If you're keeping up, Plzen won ALL their games in the qualifying stages.
A major factor in these victories was their attacking midfielder Daniel Kolar, the player to watch for the Czechs, who scored 4 goals.
In short, what I'm trying to say is this: don't expect Plzen to be pushovers.
But I wouldn't expect Barcelona to have much trouble against them either.
Difficulty Grade: C- (Tough, but not a powerful team by any means, even for pot 4)