Former midfielder Ivan Hašek returns to coach the Czech Republic for the European Championship, replacing Jaroslav Šilhavý who resigned in 2024.
Ivan Hašek’s Appointment
Former Czech midfielder Ivan Hašek has been chosen as the new coach for the Czech Republic’s national football team for the European Championship. His contract extends to November 2025, with the possibility of further extension until the 2026 World Cup if the team qualifies.
Replacement of Jaroslav Šilhavý
Hašek, aged 60, will replace Jaroslav Šilhavý, who resigned after the final game in Euro 2024 qualifying, where the Czech team secured their eighth consecutive qualification for the Euros with a 3-0 victory over Moldova. Šilhavý had been under criticism for the team’s poor performances in qualifying.
Hašek’s Experience and Role
Ivan Hašek, who previously managed the team for five games in 2009-10, returns as the coach after having played 56 times for the Czechs from 1984–94. He brings with him a wealth of experience from coaching in France, Japan, and the Middle East, with his most recent job being the manager of Lebanon until 2022. According to Petr Fousek, the head of the Czech Football Association, Hašek’s extensive international coaching experience is seen as a valuable asset.
Euro 2024 Preparation
The Czech national team is set to open Euro 2024 in Germany on June 18, facing Portugal in Leipzig. This will be followed by matches against Turkey and a team from the playoffs. Despite the coaching transition, the team is gearing up for the upcoming tournament with high hopes.