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A new era in Czech handball began in 2022 when Xavier Sabaté took over the national team; this is his first major tournament at the Czech helm. The Spaniard's tenure began with a narrow defeat in the double-header against North Macedonia for a place at the 2023 IHF Men's World Championship, but the Czechs have quickly bounced back and are looking towards their fourth consecutive European championship and their 12th appearance in total.

The 47-year-old led the national team to the EHF EURO 2024 final tournament in Germany by finishing second in group 3 of the qualifiers, just behind Iceland with whom the Czechs finished on equal points with only one loss.

Sabaté was tasked with conducting an inevitable generational change and in the past couple of years, the talented left back Matej Klima has established himself as one of the new forces in the squad with the 24-year-old being the top scorer during the EHF EURO 2024 qualifiers. However, the team is still supported by the experienced THW Kiel goalkeeper Tomas Mrkva and the likes of Jakub Hrstka as well as Tomas Babak.

The Czechs are placed in group F at the EHF EURO 2024 alongside world champions Denmark, the ambitious Portugal and debutants Greece. With the squad disappointed by the latest EHF EURO appearance in 2022 when they finished in 13th place, they are motivated to leave a much better impression under Sabaté.

The Spaniard has instilled confidence among the squad and is building a new national team to bring smiles to the Czech fans for years to come. The Czechs' best ranking at a single EHF EURO tournament remains the record sixth place in 2018.

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EHF competition history

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Key Players

Tomas Mrkva)
Tomas Mrkva

Goalkeeper Tomas Mrkva is set to play his fourth EHF EURO after 2018, 2020 and 2022. He was third in the goalkeeper rankings at EHF EURO 2022 by save efficiency with 34 per cent. With 117 international caps - and nine goals scored - the 34-year-old is one of the most experienced players for the Czech squad. Mrkva currently plays his club handball for THW Kiel, having joined the club from HC Bergischer in 2022, and is forming a goalkeeper duo for the Zebras with Frenchman Samir Bellahcene. 

Stanislav Kasparek)
Stanislav Kasparek
Right Back

Stanislav Kasparek was one of the national team's top scorers during qualification for the EHF EURO 2024 with 21 goals, having previously played a key role for Czechia in the past three final tournaments of the European championship. Kasparek moved abroad at the age of 19 from his home club Zubří, when he transferred to Hungarian side Balatonfüred; he joined Pick Szeged in 2018 and Meshkov Brest in 2021, before joining current club Dinamo Bucuresti in 2022. Kasparek is a classical shooter, who takes advantages of his height and his hammer shots.

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Head Coach

Xavier Sabate Caviedes)
Xavier Sabate Caviedes

Spaniard Xavier Sabate took over the helm of the Czech national team in 2022, succeeding Rastislav Trtik who had led the side for a year. Czechia is the second national team in Sabate’s coaching career after the 47-year-old led Hungary until 2017, with a best finish of seventh at the 2017 IHF Men's World Championship. Sabate is also head coach of Polish side Orlen Wisla Plock, where he coached the current president of the Czech Handball Federation and legendary player, Ondrej Zdrahala. Sabate has plenty of coaching experience at top level, having led the likes of Telekom Veszprém in the past.