Wales v Czechia


On 5 April 1903, while still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Český Footballový Svaz representing the Kingdom of Bohemia, played its first international; a 2–1 loss to Hungary in Budapest.

The two sides played each other a further four times before Bohemia played their final match on 13 June 1908, losing 4–0 at home to England after which FIFA, influenced by the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, suspended Bohemia's membership.

In 1918, at the end of the First World War, Czechoslovakia declared its independence from Austria-Hungary and the Čskoslovenská Asociace Fotbalová (ČSAF) was formed, becoming members of FIFA in 1919.

Their first match as Czechoslovakia was at the 1920 Summer Olympic Games tournament in Antwerp; a 7-0 victory over Yugoslavia who were also playing their first ever international match.

Following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia on 1 January 1993, the Fotbalová Asociace České Republiky; (FAČR) was recognised by FIFA and UEFA as the successor to the Czechoslovakian national team, however, the unified team was participating in UEFA qualifying Group 4 for the 1994 World Cup; it completed this campaign as the Reprezentace Čechů a Slováků (RCS).

The Fotbalová Asociace České Republiky (FAČR) played their first international as an independent state as part of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying campaign when they defeated Malta 6–1 in Ostrava.

Ryan Giggs won his 64th and final cap in the European Championship qualifying match against Czechia at the Millennium Stadium in 2007.

Wales record v Czechia

Head to Head v Czechoslovakia


Match details

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
21601/05/1957Wales 1-0 CzechoslovakiaVernonNinian Park, CardiffWCQ
21826/05/1957Czechoslovakia 2-0 Wales Stadion Československé Armády, Strahov, PragueWCQ
29321/04/1971Wales 1-3 CzechoslovakiaR Davies (pen)Vetch Field, SwanseaECQ
29927/10/1971Czechoslovakia 1-0 Wales Letenský Stadion, PragueECQ
33130/03/1977Wales 3-0 CzechoslovakiaL James (2), DeacyRacecourse Ground, WrexhamWCQ
33816/11/1977Czechoslovakia 1-0 Wales Letenský Stadion, PragueWCQ
35919/11/1980Wales 1-0 CzechoslovakiaGilesNinian Park, CardiffWCQ
36509/11/1981Czechoslovakia 2-0 Wales Stadion Evžena Rošického, PragueWCQ
40629/04/1987Wales 1-1 CzechoslovakiaRushRacecourse Ground, WrexhamECQ
40911/11/1987Czechoslovakia 2-0 Wales Letenský Stadion, PragueECQ

Head to Head v R.C.S.


Match details

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
44728/04/1993RCS 1-1 WalesM HughesStadion Bazaly, OstravaWCQ
44908/09/1993Wales 2-2 RCSGiggs, RushArms Park, CardiffWCQ

Head to Head v Czechia


Match details

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
50427/03/2002Wales 0-0 Czechia Millennium Stadium, CardiffFr
54002/09/2006Czechia 2-1 WalesogNa Stínadlech, TepliceECQ
54902/06/2007Wales 0-0 Czechia Millennium Stadium, CardiffECQ
67230/03/2021Wales 1-0 CzechiaJamesCardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
68208/10/2021Czechia 2-2 WalesRamsey, JamesSinobo Stadium, PragueWCQ

Czechia Honours

FIFA World Cup runners-up (2): 1934, 1962 (as Czechoslovakia)

UEFA European Championship winners (1): 1976 (as Czechoslovakia)

UEFA European Championship runners-up (1): 1996 (as Czechia)

Welsh players to made their debut against Czechoslovakia

Fourteen Welsh players have made their international debut against Czechoslovakia.

  • Colin Webster (1957)
  • Dai Thomas (1957)
  • Des Palmer (1957)
  • Leighton Phillips (1971)
  • Tom Walley (1971)
  • Arfon Griffiths (1971)
  • Mick Hill (1971)
  • Leighton James (1971)
  • Peter Sayer (1977)
  • Nick Deacy (1977)
  • Donato Nardiello (1977)
  • Kevin Ratcliffe (1980)
  • Jeremy Charles (1980)
  • Geraint Williams (1987)

Welsh players to have made their debut against Czechia

Three Welsh players have made their international debut against Czechia.

See also