Illustrative photo – Rematch of the play-off qualification for the U21 European Championship: CR – Iceland, September 27, 2022 in České Budějovice. From left, Czech coach Jan Suchopárek and Matěj Valenta from the Czech Republic.
Prague – The Football Association of the Czech Republic extended the contract with Jan Suchopárek, coach of the under-21 national team, who advanced with the team to the European Championship in June. After today's meeting, the representatives of the executive committee informed about it. The new contract is valid until the end of the next qualification cycle.
Suchopárek has been leading the twenty-first since the summer before last year, when he replaced Karel Krejčí. With the youngsters, he made it through the playoffs to the European Championship, where he and his team will face Germany, England and Israel in the group in Georgia.
The 53-year-old former national team defender originally had a contract until the end of the last qualifying cycle with an automatic option in the event of advancement to the final tournament. The management of the FAČR has extended his contract with him even before the start of the championship.
“We are happy that we have extended the contract with a successful implementation team that leads the under-21 national team. Getting to the final tournament was not easy at all,” he said at the press conference, FAČR chairman Petr Fousek.
Suchopárek also coached the national 18 and 19 teams in the past. He previously worked as an assistant with the under-21 team and before being appointed to the position the year before last year, he also led the team in several matches as head coach.
The new coach of the national team is the executive committee on the proposal of FAČR technical director Zdeňko Psotka and the recommendation of the sports council appointed Pavel Šustra. Daniel Šmejkal will lead the women's under-17 team. In addition to Suchopárek, the association also extended the contracts of under-15 team coach Karel Havlíček, sixteenth-team coach Petr Havlíček and Aleš Křeček, who leads the under-18 team.