Friendly: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic (1 Viewer)


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Nov 15, 2003
++ [ originally posted by mikhail ] ++
Ireland take on the mightly Czech Republic tomorrow night in Lansdowne Road. The squads to date:

Czech Squad
Goalkeepers: Antonin Kinsky (Saturn Ramenskoye), 
Martin Vaniak (Sigma Olomouc), 
Peter Cech (Bordeaux) 

Defenders: Rene Bolf (Banik Ostrava), 
Zdenek Grygera (Ajax Amsterdam), 
Tomas Huebschman (Sparta Prague), 
Marek Jankulovski (Udinese), 
Martin Jiranek (Reggina), 
David Rozehnal (Club Bruges), 
Tomas Ujfalusi (Hamburg) 

Midfielders: Tomas Galasek (Ajax Amsterdam), 
Jiri Jarosik (CSKA Moscow), 
Pavel Nedved (Juventus), 
Jaroslav Plasil (Monaco), 
Karel Poborsky (Sparta Prague) 

Strikers: Milan Baros (Liverpool), 
Marek Heinz (Banik Ostrava), 
Jan Koller (Borussia Dortmund), 
Vratislav Lokvenc (Kaiserslautern), 
Jiri Stajner (Sparta Prague)
Porbosky,Jarosik and Huebschman is out.
replace by Sionko,Tyce and Vorisek :)

Buy on


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Jan 24, 2003
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  • Thread Starter #42
    Thank you. Where do they play for a living? What positions are they. Are they any good? :)


    Senior Member
    Jan 24, 2003
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    Kerr's announced a little more of his team now:

    Goals: Shay Given
    Back line: Steven Carr Gary Doherty Kenny Cunningham Ian Harte
    Midfield: TBA
    Forwards: Robbie Keane Clinton Morrisson


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    Nov 15, 2003
    ++ [ originally posted by mikhail ] ++
    Thank you. Where do they play for a living? What positions are they. Are they any good? :)
    Tyce plays for 1860 Munich in Germany while Vorisek plays for Sparta Prague :)
    Tyce has only scored 1 goal in about 17 international matches:)


    Senior Member
    Nov 15, 2003
    The Czech Republic can extend their unbeaten run to 21 matches in Dublin, but coach Karel BRÜCKNER's preparations have been disrupted by injuries, especially to midfield players. Captain Pavel Nedved told the press in Prague that he had considered withdrawing from the party because of a back problem that has meant taking pain-killing injections in order to play for Juventus in recent weeks. However, Nedved said he was grateful for the opportunity to "swap Juventus's problems for the winning spirit of the national team."

    His presence in the squad is a boost for Bruckner, who is already missing two other midfield regulars, Sparta Prague's Karel Poborský and Borussia Dortmund's Tomás Rosický, through injury. Vladimír Šmicer of Liverpool is only just back in training after suffering an Achilles injury and misses the Ireland game. His probable replacement at Lansdowne Road is Monaco's Jaroslav Plašil, described by Brückner as "a similar type of player for the left flank".

    Meanwhile another midfielder, Jirí Jarosík, withdrew from the squad to conentrate on winning a place in the starting line-up for his club, CSKA Moscow. "It's the first time in two years that a player has asked me to rest him because of club commitments," said Brückner, who was not happy about the request.

    Sparta's central defender Tomás Hübchman has broken an arm so Bruckner has had to draft in Petr Voríšek, but goalkeeper Petr Cech returns to the squad following an elbow injury. He will probably face Ireland's Damien Duff, who will become his Chelsea team-mate when Cech reports for duty at Stamford Bridge in the summer following his £9 million transfer from Rennes.
    Bruckner expects Cech to excel in the Premiership.

    For Ireland, playing resources are also stretched ahead of this game. After training on Monday, midfield player Stephen McPhail and defender Andy O'Brien were added to an injury list that already includes David Connolly, Richard Dunne, Steve Finnan and Nick Colgan. With Sunderland pair Jason McAteer and Gary Breen also absent, along with John O'Shea of Manchester United, because of involvement in the coming weekend's FA Cup semi-finals, Irish manager Brian Kerr finds his options limited.

    He has called up young defenders Stephen Kelly and John Thompson, with Tottenham's Gary Doherty likely to start alongside captain Kenny Cunningham, and Celtic's Old Trafford-bound forward Liam Miller in line for his debut.

    Cunningham believes the Republic face a tougher test against the Czech than they did in last month's 0-0 draw with Brazil. He said of this game against the country with the best record in Europe: "It does not have the same appeal but I think they will be a sterner test than the Brazilians. They are very strong with a physical edge to them and are well organised."

    Kerr has set three objectives for Ireland: "That I learn more about the players; we play well; and we get a good result. I would settle for those three.

    "This is not one for throwing caution to the wind and throwing people into the match.

    "We could approach it that way but when we are playing the best teams I think it is fair to the public that we try to put out as good a team as we possibly can."

    Rep of Ireland (all competitions - oldest results first): WDDLWD
    The only defeat in Ireland's recent record was the costly one in Switzerland (0-2) that confirmed they would not be participating at Euro 2004 in Portugal. Their five other most recent games included wins against Australia (2-1 h, friendly) and Canada (3-0 h, friendly), and three draws – against Russia (1-1 away, Euro qualifier), Turkey (2-2 home, friendly) and Brazil (0-0 home, friendly).

    Czech Republic (all competitions - oldest results first): WWWWWD
    The Czechs boast a superb record and go into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw with Italy that was preceded by five straight wins – against Moldova (5-0 h, Euro qualifier), Belarus (3-1 a, Euro), Netherlands (3-1 h, Euro), Austria (3-2 away, Euro), and Canada (5-1 h, friendly).


    Rep of Ireland: Given (Newcastle United), Carr (Tottenham Hotspur), Cunningham (Birmingham City), Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Harte (Leeds United), Reid (Nottingham Forest), Holland (Charlton Athletic), Kilbane (Everton), Duff (Chelsea), Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Morrison (Birmingham City).

    Czech Republic: Cezh (Rennes), Grygera (Ajax), Bolf (Banik Ostrava), Ujfalusi (Hamburg), Jankulovski (Udinese), Sionko (Sparta Prague), Galasek (Ajax), Nedved (Juventus), Stajner (Sparta Prague), Baros (Liverpool), Koller (Borussia Dortmund).


    Senior Member
    Nov 15, 2003
    03/31/2004. The Czech Republic, the team with the longest unbeaten record in European football - 20 games - visit Dublin as part of their build-up to Euro 2004. The Irish meanwhile are preparaing for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign in the Autumn. Brian Keer's side achieved a creditable goalless draw at home to World champions Brazil last month, while the Czechs earned a no less impressive 2-2 draw in Italy in another friendly. Coach Karel Bruckner's side will provide a stern test of Ireland's credentials, but the outcome could be another draw.

    Prediction: Ireland 2, Czech Republic 2


    Senior Member
    Jan 24, 2003
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    ++ [ originally posted by Qaterminator ] ++

    Rep of Ireland: Given (Newcastle United), Carr (Tottenham Hotspur), Cunningham (Birmingham City), Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Harte (Leeds United), Reid (Nottingham Forest), Holland (Charlton Athletic), Kilbane (Everton), Duff (Chelsea), Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Morrison (Birmingham City).
    Just to update that, apparently Alan Maybury may start in right-back in place of Carr. :( I wouldn't bet on Holland starting either - it looks like Kinsella might be given a run.


    Mar 30, 2003
    We played great 2night.
    Good to see Harte scoring again, Duff was awesome but its a real shame to see the Czech loosing their good winning streak.


    Senior Member
    Nov 15, 2003
    90 mins: Full-time. The longest unbeaten international run in Europe is over and the Republic of Ireland deserve the victory for a fine second-half performance.

    90 mins: Heinz spurns the chance to shoot six yards out and is then let down his control.

    90 mins: Kinsella clears from inside his own area as the visitors look for another late equaliser.

    90 mins: GOAL KEANE - Great hunger from the Spurs striker to firstly get to an underhit Lee cross and then fire a shot into the bottom corner.

    90 mins: There are to be five minutes of stoppage time.

    90 mins: Delap takes a long throw which evades everyone at the near post and bounces into the net. There was no touch and a free-kick is given to the Czech Republic.

    90 mins: Vaniak's clearance heads straight out of play as Duff is named man of the match. It is a popular decision.

    89 mins: Lee flashes a header narrowly wide after a route one ball into the visitors' area.

    88 mins: Cunningham takes a free-kick ten yards inside his own half.

    87 mins: Kenny throws an awful clearance and Tyce lifts a shot narrowly over the bar.

    87 mins: Harte has two chances to cross but both are cleared at the near post.

    86 mins: Lee's tenacity is rewarded with a corner.

    85 mins: Harte finds Miller at the far post. He heads back across goal and the visitors scramble clear as Lee looks to turn the ball home from two yards out.

    84 mins: Another chance from the visitors, Baros is withdrawn with Petr Vorisek on.

    83 mins: Lee wins a free-kick in a promising position.

    82 mins: Given is withdrawn with Paddy Kenny on.

    81 mins: GOAL BAROS - The ball is knocked forward and the Liverpool striker beats Given to poke home from six yards.

    81 mins: A booking for Lee for using his arms in an aerial challenge.

    80 mins: Lee is the latest victim of the linesman and his offside flag.

    79 mins: Lokvenz has struggled to make an impact as a second-half substitute and he is easily dispossessed by Delap.

    78 mins: Keane drags a shot wide from 18 yards.

    77 mins: Alan Lee and Mark Kinsella are on for the last 15 minutes or so, Morrison and Duff leaving the field.

    76 mins: Tyce plays a testing ball into the area and Given is relieved to see it go behind.

    76 mins: Plasil clears a Duff cross at the far post.

    75 mins: Baros should have levelled. Jankulovski crosses from the left and the Liverpool striker only has to hit the target from eight yards. Instead he balloons his effort over.

    74 mins: Keane is through on goal only for the linesman's flag to bring him back towards halfway.

    73 mins: Stajner goes for goal but his effort is well wide of the target.

    72 mins: Baros is brought down on the edge of the home area by Maybury.

    71 mins: Given has to hurridly clear under pressure from Baros.

    70 mins: Liam Miller is on to a great reception from the home crowd.

    70 mins: Sad sight as Doherty is stretchered from the field. He fell awkwardly.

    69 mins: Jaroslav Plasil is on for his first cap while Doherty is struggling with an injury. Jiranek is withdrawn by the visitors.

    68 mins: Delap does well with his first touch before becoming overenthusiastic and conceding a free-kick inside the visitors' area.

    68 mins: Baros feels he has won a corner - the officials disagree. Goal-kick.

    67 mins: Keane chases a lost cause and Vaniak is relieved to see the ball run behind for a goal-kick.

    66 mins: Kilbane swipes clear and the hosts seize the moment to bring Delap on, Reid the player replaced.

    65 mins: Harte concedes a corner after beating Jiranek to a cross.

    64 mins: Maybury cannot pick his pass with Reid racing clear ahead of him.

    63 mins: Rory Delap is set to enter the fray.

    62 mins: Ujfalusi clears at the near post and Baros almosts turns defence into attack.

    62 mins: Rozehnal brings down Duff adjacent to the visitors' area.

    62 mins: Keane attempts to steer the ball through to Reid but it is intercepted.

    61 mins: Duff plays Keane in with a fine pass but Jankulovski is across to clear.

    60 mins: Baros is frustrated again by the offside flag.

    59 mins: Doherty clears Jankulovski's punt forward.

    58 mins: Given is forced to turn a deflected Marek Heinz cross over his own bar. Bolf is withdrawn with David Rozehnal on for his second international cap.

    57 mins: Morrison's attempted backheel to Duff is ambitious to say the least and is easily cleared.

    56 mins: Given is forced to save from his own defender Maybury as a dangerous cross comes in from the left. Harte is then in the right place to clear on the line as Tyce hammers the rebound goalwards.

    56 mins: For the second corner in succession the Republic take it short and again the move soon breaks down.

    56 mins: Bolf concedes a corner because of Keane's persitence.

    55 mins: Kilbane is fouled by Galasek. Free-kick.

    54 mins: Duff drives to the byline before being crowded out while Maybury tries to follow Harte's example but his drive is high, wide and handsome.

    53 mins: The atmosphere is lifted inside Lansdowne Road and Harte finds Kilbane with a fine pass.

    52 mins: GOAL HARTE - A curling free-kick low into the corner of the net. His first international goal for over two years.

    52 mins: Morrison is pulled back on the edge of the area by Bolf. A free-kick in a promising position for the hosts.

    51 mins: Keane and Duff try to work a one-two on the edge of the area but the move soon breaks down as the rain begins to fall in Dublin.

    50 mins: Reid chests the ball down and attempts a first time volley from 25 yards which is deflected behind for a corner.

    49 mins: Doherty hits the post with a fine header and Morrison is offside as he attempts to turn home the rebound.

    49 mins: Keane forces a good save from replacement goalkeeper Martin Vaniak with a thumping 25 yard drive.

    48 mins: Holland picks up a loose pass in midfield but Maybury is forced to turn the ball back to Given.

    47 mins: A big cheer greets Morrison's return to the field of play.

    47 mins: An early touch for Given after a wayward long ball.

    46 mins: Morrison has been struck in the groin by the first clearance of the second period and needs time to catch his breath.

    46 mins: Despite concerns about the ball from Baros, the action is under way.

    46 mins: Nedved is amogn those who have not reappeared, along with Cech, Koller and Sionko.

    46 mins: No changes so far from the home side but the visitors have made four alterations.

    45 mins: Half-time. An entertaining 45 minutes but clear-cut chances have been at a premium.

    45 mins: Nedved clips the ball over the top but the Republic's offside trap has worked to perfection. There is to be one minute of added time.

    44 mins: Keane should have scored. More wizadry from Duff gives Kilbane the space to cross. Keane is unmarked at the far post but he cannot time his volley which returns to Duff by the corner flag.

    43 mins: Maybury calmly heads back to Given on the edge of his own area.

    42 mins: Harte cuts inside but his drive, on the weaker right foot, bounces through to Cech.

    41 mins: Harte pushes the ball forward to Morrison but the ball returns to the Leeds defender via Duff and Holland.

    40 mins: Given has to be cool as Baros charges down a weak back pass.

    39 mins: The hosts attempt a quick free-kick but when Reid eventually centres, the ball sails harmlessly out of play.

    39 mins: Sionko is booked for hauling down Duff.

    38 mins: Nedved again aims for Bolf but Harte heads clear.

    37 mins: Harte again concedes a corner with a good challenge.

    36 mins: Koller tries to keep tabs with Kilbane who bursts forward but while the striker loses out, an attempted pass to Duff is wayward.

    36 mins: Maybury has time to cross but the home side lack numbers in the middle and Cech makes a comfortable catch.

    36 mins: Keane is given a lecture by referee Erik Fisker for a running arguement he is having with the official.

    35 mins: Duff crosses from the left but Marek Jankulovski heads clear.

    34 mins: Keane is back on and refusing to allow the Czech Republic defenders time on the ball.

    33 mins: Maybury clears from his own line after a powerful Bolf header from a good Nedved cross.

    32 mins: Harte makes a timely tackle but again at the cost of a corner.

    32 mins: Keane is heading to the sidelines as there is blood trickling from a cut to his head.

    31 mins: The ball is out of play as Keane requires treatment after a strong challenge from Bolf.

    30 mins: Morrison is dismayed to be penalised for a foul after a lofted ball forward.

    29 mins: Another chance for the visitors but after Nedved finds Koller inside the area, Tyce can only lift his shot over the bar.

    28 mins: Koller is played in by Nedved and while Given parries clear, Harte turns the ball behind for a corner.

    27 mins: Chance of the game so far. Duff does well to beat his man and cross from the left. Kilbane gets up well at the far post but cannot keep his header below the bar.

    26 mins: Good patient build-up from the Republic ends with a Harte pass thumped out of play by Bolf.

    25 mins: A simple catch for Cech from a Kilbane cross.

    25 mins: Nedved picks up the ball from Harte but then returns the favour by finding Cunningham with his attempted pass.

    24 mins: Koller is offside as the visitors resort to a long ball.

    23 mins: Nedved has the space to shoot from 30 yards but the ball is soon among the Lansdowne Road faithful.

    22 mins: Super run from Keane but Morrison fails to react quickly enough as a cross is whipped in early.

    22 mins: Tyce goes to goal from 25 yards but his effort is weak and dribbles through to Given.

    21 mins: Martin Jiranek tries to burst into the Irish area but loses control and the ball is through to Given.

    20 mins: Morrison goes to ground but again the referee waves play on.

    19 mins: Baros cannot find Sionko who is in acres of space on the edge of the home area.

    19 mins: Cech is again unconvincing as he punches clear under pressure from Kilbane.

    18 mins: Reid delivers and Cech is at full stretch to take the ball from the head of Doherty at the expense of a corner.

    17 mins: Andy Reid wins a free-kick in a promising position for the hosts. It was an awful challenge from Rene Bolf.

    17 mins: Morrison steers the ball back to Keane but the move breaks down 25 yards from goal.

    16 mins: Gary Doherty flicks on at the near post and the ball eventually falls to Holland who volleys straight at Cech.

    16 mins: Duff cuts the ball back from the byline. It falls behind Keane but Kilbane forces a corner.

    15 mins: Duff drifts infield and finds Maybury who pushes forward.

    14 mins: Baros feels he should have a free-kick on the edge of the home area but none is forthcoming.

    13 mins: Koller wins a free-kick for a clumsy Cunningham challenge but Holland clears.

    13 mins: Maybury cannot reach an ambitous Kilbane pass at the corner flag.

    13 mins: The ball falls to Tomas Galasek 30 yards from goal but his well struck, first time drive is wide of the goal.

    12 mins: Harte does well to head behind for a corner after a good run and shot from Nedved.

    11 mins: Nedved tries to spread the ball wide but only succeeds in finding Given.

    10 mins: Great vision from Keane but his flick just beats Duff to the touchline.

    9 mins: Tomas Ujfalusi heads clear at the near post after good work from Ian Hate while Pavel Nedved wins a free-kick after picking up the loose ball.

    8 mins: Great run from Duff releases Morrison but his attempted cross is deflected into the grateful arms of Cech.

    7 mins: Duff clears from the edge of his own area and Keane retains possession on halfway.

    6 mins: Koller wins his header but Given is quickly off his line to collect on the penalty spot.

    5 mins: Kenny Cunningham cooly finds Shay Given as he is sold short by a crossfield pass.

    4 mins: The offside flag again halts Baros in his tracks after good work from Jan Koller.

    3 mins: The ball almost falls to Matt Holland after a Kevin Kilbane flick on but the visitors scramble it clear.

    3 mins: Damiem Duff and Robbie Keane combine well to win the Republic of Ireland's first corner.

    2 mins: Baros races clear but he is called back by a marginal offside decision.

    2 mins: Gary Doherty wins the ball from Milan Baros but the visitors clear on the edge of their own area.

    1 min: The action is under way and Clinton Morrison forces Peter Cech to race from his line to collect an early throughball.


    Senior Member
    Jan 24, 2003
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  • Thread Starter #56
    ++ [ originally posted by Stevie11 ] ++
    ...its a real shame to see the Czech loosing their good winning streak.
    :devil: No it's not.

    Ireland played well, but not exceptionally. We started with the team much as expected.

    Given was barely tested, and spent most of the night doing Barthez-style clearances, ie. nearly nutmegging the onrushing striker.

    Maybury was winning only his third cap, and he was solid defensively, but his passing was predictable and innacurate and his crossing was abismal.

    Harte was crap. I spent the first half about thirty yards behind him, and he didn't press, he hardly bothered with that defending thingy, and his passing, while good, wasn't exceptional. His only redeaming feature was the goal he scored from the free-kick. :mad: Bloody Harte.

    Doherty struggled a bit with Koller, as would anyone, but he did well, and his performance can only help his chances to make the first team, even though there are about six defenders ahead of him!

    Cunningham was amazing. He helped Maybury on the rare occasions he needed it, kept Baros quiet, and effectively played left-back at the same time, to ward off the problems Harte's 'defending' would otherwise have caused. He should have been man of the match by a mile.

    Holland and Kilbane can almost be rated together. neither played particularly well, but they pressed and harried enough to force the majority of play onto the wings. Nedved hardly got a touch, and was poor when he did - I think he shot at me, not the goal. :)

    Andy Reid was winning his third cap too, and was playing out of position on the right, but he interchanged a bit with Duff, and made some good runs. He has the makings of an excellent winger, but he's not there yet.

    Duff was on scintillating form, making fools of the defenders marking him, and losing them altogether any time he drifted onto the right. He was named man of the match, and he certainly deserved second place in that (behind the superb Cunningham). Almost impossible to mark, he combined well with Kevin "Zinedine" Kilbane, who's naturally a left winger too.

    Robbie Keane was fairly quiet all night, helping out in buildup play, but not really threatening. His only real chance was a poor volly across the goal early in the game, until a loose ball caught his attention late on. He hopped on it, turned on a penny and finished past two helpless defenders.

    Morrisson showed again why he keeps winning praise but not scoring goals. When he drops wide to pick up the ball, he is very dangerous, but in the box he never looked like scoring.


    The Head Physio
    Feb 25, 2004
    i wanted czech to win .... they were great in most of their matches ... its a shame that they got beaten by the Irish

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