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Football: Ivan Hasek named coach of the Czech Republic, with the Euro in his sights

Former Strasbourg and Saint-Etienne coach Ivan Hasek has been named coach of the Czech Republic and will be on the bench for Euro-2024 in Germany (June 14-July 14), the Czech federation (FACR) announced on Thursday.

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Football: Ivan Hasek named coach of the Czech Republic, with the Euro in his sights

Former Strasbourg and Saint-Etienne coach Ivan Hasek has been named coach of the Czech Republic and will be on the bench for Euro-2024 in Germany (June 14-July 14), the Czech federation (FACR) announced on Thursday. .

The Czech Republic will play the Euro in Group F, with Portugal, Turkey and another qualified team from Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Luxembourg. Hasek, 60, replaces Jaroslav Silhavy, who left his post in November after qualifying for the Euro, achieved thanks to a second place in Group E behind Albania. His contract currently runs until the end of the qualifying phase for the 2026 World Cup, in November 2025.

His coaching record is limited to two national titles with Sparta Prague in 2000 and 2001, but he then coached several other clubs, including Strasbourg (2001-2003, with the return to D1 in 2002) and Saint-Etienne ( 2006-2007). In 2009, he served as interim head of the Czech national team for five matches.

As a player, Hasek played at Sparta Prague, then at Strasbourg (1990-1994) before ending his career in Japan at Hiroshima and Ichihara. He was also an international 56 times for Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic, after the partition of the country in 1992.

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