The Czech Republic handball team’s history begins in 1993, when the independent nation was founded. Since then, their best results have been sixth at the EHF EURO 1996 and eighth at the World Championship 1995. They have yet to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Czech Republic have qualified for six World Championships and nine EUROs since 1993, though they did not make it to the final tournament in 2016 in Poland. Prior to missing the most recent edition, Czech Republic qualified for four EURO events in a row, with the best result an eighth-place finish in 2010 in Austria.
The team also missed the World Championship 2017. Though they ranked a disappointing 17th at the 2015 edition in Qatar, they celebrated winning the President’s Cup after a penalty shoot-out against Belarus.
Currently, Czech Republic are led by coaching duo Jan Filip and Daniel Kubes, both of whom are former players in the national team.
Prior to independence in 1993, the Czechoslovakia national team qualified for every World Championship since 1954, and claimed five medals in a golden period between 1954 and 1967. The team also finished with the silver medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Centre back Ondrej Zdrahala is an important leader in Czech Republic’s attack. The 34-year-old currently plays for German Bundesliga club ASV Hamm-Westfalen, after starting his career with Frydek-Mistek.
In between, he played for numerous clubs: Banik Karvina, TV Grosswallstadt, Bodö HK, TM Tønder, DHC Rheinland, and MSK Povazska Bystrica.
Zdrahala has scored 220 goals in 80 matches for Czech Republic.
Sharing his role at centre back with Zdrahala, Tomas Babak is another crucial part of Czech Republic’s attacking line-up. Babak started his career with Ronal Jicin, where his father and uncle work as successful coaches.
Babak was named Czech Talent of the Year in 2012 and the most valuable player in the domestic league in 2013. Following these individual achievements, he moved to TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen, and has played for Bergischer HC since 2016.
24-year-old Babak made his senior national team debut against Israel in 2013, and has since tallied 48 starts and 131 goals in the Czech Republic jersey.
44-year-old Jan Filip leads the Czech Republic as co-coach after being one of the most important players for the national side during his days on court. Filip is historically the Czech squad’s best shooter, scoring 991 goals in 200 international matches.
Filip was also one of the most dangerous attackers in the Bundesliga at the beginning of the 21st century, tallying 1,792 goals in total while playing, among other clubs, for HSG Nordhorn in Germany’s top competition.
He started his coaching career in St. Gallen and became part of the Czech Republic national team staff in 2014.
The second coach of the national side, Daniel Kubes, is also a former Czech Republic representative. In 140 international matches, he scored 210 goals and was a crucial leader for the team in defence.
During his on-court career, Kubes played with Dukla Praha, Drott Halmstad, TuS N-Lübbecke, HSG Nordhorn, TBV Lemgo, THW Kiel and finally MT Melsungen. Now, he coaches club side TV Emsdetten in tandem with his Czech Republic team responsibilities, after accepting the role with the national side in 2014.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events