Bohemian Like Who? Charting The Decline Of Czech Football (Written July 2013)

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Pavel Nedved. Karel Poborsky. Jan Koller. Petr Cech. The big names in Czech football’s recent history have been recognisable the world over. Representing some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, and playing in some of the biggest matches in world football, Czech footballers have undoubtedly made an impact on world football. In reaching the final of Euro 96, just 7 years after shrugging off Communist rule through the protests of the Velvet Revolution, a new nation with its own identity was competing for one of the biggest trophies in football. In turn, the Gambrinus Liga, the Czech Republic’s top divison, was in rude health, with Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague battling for supremacy, while representing their nation strongly on the European stage. But as we enter the 2013-14 season, Czech domestic football is in danger of falling off the European road map of the continent’s biggest clubs.

As recently as the…

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