Czech Republic

 

There was no doubt about the Euro place of the Czech team. They played some good matches at the 2007 World Championship and the team have established stars to count on. Filip Jicha was the top scorer of the team in Germany and the Lemgo player is among the most talented left backs in the World today. Other Bundesliga and French first division players, such as Jan Filip and Jan Sobol will also strengthen the team of Pavel Pauza. Slovenia, Poland and Croatia will be difficult to beat, but the qualification for the main round is an open question.

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The coach: Pavel Pauza

In comparison to other national trainers, Pavel Pauza has been coaching for a relatively short amount of time. The former player turned coach was on the court up until 1998 and has participated in a World and European Championship. It was in 1999 that he turned his attention to coaching on a full time basis. He is currently the head coach of Dukla Prague. When taking up this assignment; it was a case of returning to his roots as this is the club where he started his professional handball career. Here is what coach Pauza had to say about the upcoming challenge of Euro 2008: „The biggest problem is the short preparation time, but it´s a problem for all national teams, because there isn´t a lot of free time during the European season. Nevertheless, we expect a more successful championship than at our last appearance at a European Championship.”

Martin Galia - Goalkeeper

Martin Galia is a goalkeeper of reputation; known as the ”seven-meter-killer”, Galia was voted the best Czech Handball Player in 2006. Since his first professional appearance, he has personally improved as a keeper; the intense training that he undertakes on a weekly basis has sharpened his instincts. Martin Galia began his professional career with the famous Czech club HCB Karviná, before moving on to Redbergslid Göteborg IK in Sweden.  In 2004, he signed to Frisch auf Göppingen and in the past few years he has found that playing in the German Bundesliga he has realised his dream of playing in this outstanding league.

Filip Jícha - Left Back

Filip Jícha has had a fantastic start to his national team career. In just over 70 appearances Jícha has scored over 330 goals. The left back player has been playing professionally for just over 7 years. He began his career in 2000 with Dukla Prag, where he stayed until 2003 then he moved to Switzerland to play for St.Gallen, and he remained at the club for two seasons. In 2005 he signed to play in the German Bundesliga for TBV Lemgo and managed to secure the EHF Cup title win with them in 2006. In June 2007, Jícha made the move to THW Kiel.

Daniel Kubeš - Left Back

Daniel Kubeš began playing handball at the age of seven and since then he has devoted immeasurable hours to improving his natural talents, which along with his flexibility on the court accelerated his entry to the Czech Republic national team. The first teams that he played for were the local clubs Slavia Prag and Dukla Prag where Kubeš really got a feel for the game. Playing in the left back position Daniel, who speaks three languages, made his international début in 1996. Daniel is thrilled to be part of a European Championship once again and he has high hopes that their performance at this outing will bring the Czech national team their best result yet.

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Photos by Uros Hocevar

Czech Republic say goodbye to Euro 2008

The Czech Republic's defeat at the hands of Poland spells the end of their European Championship.

Photo by Uros Hocevar

Czech surprise?

The Czechs need a sensational victory to catch their last train.

Spotless Croatia go on

Though the Croatians were far from their top form, they gained the obligatory two points.

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