Our football match prediction:
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Qatar and Czech Republic. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but they failed to qualify for the next year’s showpiece tournament in Russia. Felix Sanchez’s men experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their qualifying group and they finished the process as a rock-bottom side. Qatar face a difficult task in Saturday’s friendly against Czech Republic and seeing that Karel Jarolim’s men impressed in their last two qualifying games against Azerbaijan and San Marino, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. Michal Krmencik scored a brace in the 5-0 crushing of San Marino, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The two teams have never met before on the international stage and, taking everything into account, the Czechs are likely to emerge triumphant in the upcoming friendly.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Vaclik):
Tomas Vaclik is the Czech Republic international goalkeeper who has been with FC Basel since 2014. Having begun his professional career in Vitkovice, the 27-year-old shot stopper also played for Viktoria Zizkov and Sparta Prague before he moved to Switzerland. At the beginning of his career Tomas Vaclik draw plenty of attention from all across Europe and has even signed a deal with Dutch side De Graafschap in 2011, which was later rescinded after Vaclik failed his medical and was forced to return to Prague. During two seasons with the Swiss giants FC Basel, Tomas Vaclik has managed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper averaging 31 appearances per season. He played a massive role in his team’s back-to-back title challenges and has gone to extend his contract with Basel as a reward, a contract that will keep him with the Swiss club until 2021.
Highlighted Team (Czech Republic):
Czech Republic national team is the natural successor of the Czechoslovakia side that dominated world football during the 20th century, winning one European Championship trophy and coming second at 1934 and 1962 World Cups. After the separation of the country in 1992, Czech Republic continued the proud tradition by qualifying for each of the next six European Championship finals, losing to Germany in the final of the 1996 tournament. The Czechs also reached the last eight at the 2012 finals, but their World Cup record of late is pretty disappointing. Since separating from Slovakia, Czech Republic only qualified for one of five World Cup finals. The 1996 generation, featuring players like Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Patrik Berger, will forever remained etched in the fans’ memory, while the likes of Milan Baros, Jan Koller, Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky are some of the other notable footballers. Highly rated goalkeeper Petr Cech is the team’s most capped player, whereas towering forward Jan Koller tops the goalscoring charts with 55 strikes in 91 games.