- Czech Republic participating of their fourth FIFA Futsal World Cup
- Captain Seidler: “Aiming for the knock-out phase”
- Coach Neumann: “Need to be stronger mentally”
In a nerve-wracking November penalty shoot-out, Czech Republic edged out Croatia to e book their ticket for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™. It was 24-yr-outdated Jiri Vokoun who transformed the eighth and ultimate penalty (taken from a distance of six metres in futsal) that noticed the Czechs qualify for his or her fourth World Cup after 2004, 2008 and 2012.
“I used to be nervous earlier than taking my penalty,” he stated of his golden aim. “I tried to not think too much about what was at stake. I just told myself to shut my eyes and hit it, and luckily it went in. When I saw the ball in the back of the net, I didn’t really know what to do, but then I realised that my team-mates were running over to me and I felt an incredible feeling of joy come over me.”
Should it come to penalties in Lithuania nonetheless, the versatile AC Sparta Prague participant is not going to essentially be entrance and centre, saying: “I can’t say for sure that I’ll definitely take one, but if I’m asked then I’ll step up.”
In their final World Cup look, in Thailand eight years in the past, the Czechs made it by way of to the final 16 earlier than bowing out to Russia – their greatest efficiency to date. “Since the World Cup in Chinese Taipei in 2004, we’ve only missed out once, in Columbia, but we’re delighted to be back again now,” stated coach Tomas Neumann.
This would be the third World Cup with Czech Republic for 50-yr-outdated Neumann, who has each confidence in his squad. “We have some exceptional players who have a real sense of team spirit, and that’s our main strength,” he explained. “To take it up a notch, we’ll have to work on our mental strength and that’s what we’re going to do. My players need to build up more confidence and carry that over when they go out and play.”
For captain Michael Seidler, confidence doesn’t appear to be briefly provide. “We’re all actually wanting ahead to the World Cup,” he stated. “We want to keep on playing our own style of futsal when we’re there and make it through to the knockout phase.”
Should they get that far, then the Czechs will possible come up in opposition to among the huge-hitters of futsal, each when it comes to gamers and nations, with Seidler choosing out among the high candidates. “I think that Brazil, Spain and Russia will be vying for the title,” he stated, whereas his private favorite participant seems for Portugal. “For me, Ricardinho is the best in the world.”
The Czechs at the moment should not have somebody with that form of particular person aptitude of their ranks, however for the 30-yr-outdated who performs on the wing for AC Sparta Prague, that shouldn’t be an issue. “Our team is very well balanced and we all know one another inside-out because we’ve been playing together for quite a while now. We’re not the type of team that anyone will feel comfortable playing and we’ll be a tough opponent for anyone we face.”
The World Cup in Lithuania will kick off on 12 September 2021, and it is going to be intriguing to see simply how nicely the Czechs will carry out.