Czech-OUT!(Turkey 3 – 2 Czech Republic)
Summer’s over and so is EURO 2008 for the Czech Republic national team. It was too short to fully enjoy blogging because this blog has been proudly linked from BBC.co.uk and I wanted to post more frequently if my dominant hand hadn’t been wrecked so bad. That’s my only regret. Anyway, I’d like to thank EVERYONE who dropped by my cheesy blog and Daryl, who helped me out on any occasion.
The reasons of the Czechs’ self-elimination can’t be specified enough. No, it’s not the absence of Rosický, but for instance, their tactics changed like Baskin Robbins’ “flavor of the day,” unstable defense that is almost their tradition, dragging out “old” players just for their names, etc. If they needed someone experinced, they should’ve called Patrick Berger who’s always bragging that he’s ready, he’s prepared and blah, blah, blah all the time and test him to see how capable he is. With a 2-year contract with Sparta Prague that is in a better position than 1.FC Nuernberg, he could’ve performed alot better than those 2 players called up for warming the Czech bench.
People may take my post as “sour grape,” however, I’m not saddened at all. Transfer market will soon be open, and how many Czech players will be highly priced is my first interest. Then the qualifiers for the World Cup 2010 kick off in a few months(correct me if I’m wrong, my brain is screwed up as well as my biological clock because of damn tranquilizers). There’s no rest for the Czech Republic and the wicked, namely, me.
Upon Daryl’s approval, I will continue posting Czech Republic football-related topics(not only on the national squad but also on the Gambrinus Liga, the Czech domestic league) here while treating my hand.
Again, thanks a ton for taking your time to read thru my Czech Republic blog. If you’d like to contact me regarding the Czech Republic and Japan national teams and their domestic leagues, here’s my e-mail addy: Pani.Becherovkova[at]gmail.com
See you in Africa 2010, Czech-mates, otherwise, keep “czech”king out my blog! Na shledanou brzy!
very funny…hard luck any way!!
It was a crazy match without a doubt. Still, all the best to the Czechs from here on out. Maybe next time.
Posted from United States
I agree there are lots of reasons for the defeat, but I don’t think the frequent change of tactics you mention is one of them. For years, many people in the Czech Republic have complained that the tactic “vsechno na Kollera” (everything to Koller) is too one-dimensional. I am not sure if it is a fair complaint, Koller scored 55 goals in 90 games for the national side and assisted in many more, so clearly the tactic actually worked.
However, Bruckner reacted intelligently when the tactic wasn’t working (against Switzerland) and brought on Sverkos early on (57th minute), who won the game for us. Against Portugal, you also can’t say the tactic chosen (only Baros from the start, no Koller at all until the 74th minute) did not work: the Czechs played a great first half against a very good Portuguese team. In the second half, Koller’s presence did not help a lot.
Then Bruckner changed the tactic again, and it worked: Koller played very well against the Turks, and the game was practically won, until the Czechs collapsed. So why did they lose?
1. Cech’s mistake. Cech made the sort of mistake a goalie like him makes once every ten years. Sadly, he did it in the 87th minute when the Czechs were 2-1 up. He himself said that psychologically, it completely brought the team down and was responsible for the third goal (which likely was slightly off-side, but that is neither here nor there now). Of course you can’ty blame the keeper alone – the team as a whole should have killed the game off at 2-0 – but the fact remains that it is unlikely the Czechs would have lost, had Cech not made that mistake.
2. The Turks. They never gave up and just kept coming. Terim told them after the 2-0 to just go for it, because it does not matter if they lose 2-0 or 4-0. Often, a team doing this gets hit on the counter attack, but not this time. They kept going, kept believing and legitimately won the game.
3. Defense. Just as you say: the defense was all over the place, I was particularly disappointed with Jankulovski and Grygera, who are both great players on their day – but this was not their day.
4. Bad luck. You need luck in football, and had Polak’s shot at 2-0 up gone in, as opposed to against the post, that would have been the end of it. Plus the Czechs should have had a penalty towards the end. (This is not meant to be an excuse for the defeat – this does happen and bad decisions go both ways. For example, the Swiss should have had a penalty against the Czechs.)
I don’t think the older players were to blame. Koller played excellently against the Turks, and Galasek was OK as well in this tournament. A bit anonymous against the Turks, but excellent against Portugal, esp. in the first half. Ran like a 25-year old.
Where do we go from here? Koller, Galasek and possibly Jankulovski will stop playing for the national side. The first half against Portugal showed that we can play well against top opposition even without Koller (especially when Rosicky comes back). Galasek has been fading for the past two years or so and can also be replaced. Jankulovski would be a big loss (not the way he played against the Turks, but the way he is able to play). We’ll see. In any event, the glory years of Nedved & Co. are over.
Posted from Australia
One thing no body mentioned… if Zenit’s Radek Sirl were included in Czech’s squad.. they would play a lot better and at the very least he would not allow that comeback by Turkey. He is an awesome player and a work-horse. Why he was not in National team I will never know
Posted from United States
Whats wrong with a comeback by Turkey…it was phenomenal
@ stupid czech trainer
Before you go accusing Bruckner, get your facts straight: Sirl was in the sqaud, but was injured and that is why he was not part of the team (just like Pudil, who was also in and then missed out through injury).
Posted from Australia
so sorry irealy like czeck win the game but they gave the result to turkey!!! whate a pitty
turkey was very lucky..
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