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Czechs warm up for Portugal clash
Posted Thursday, June 21, 2012 by SNTV


The Czech Republic trained in Wroclaw on Wednesday (June 20th) - a day ahead of their quarter-final meeting with Portugal at Euro 2012.


The Czech Republic will hope to turn back the clock to 1996 on Thursday when they take on Portugal in the first Euro 2012 quarter-final in Warsaw.

Sixteen years ago, the Czechs overcame Portugal 1-0 at this stage, en route to the final of Euro '96 in England.

The Czech Republic have faced Portugal twice in the final tournament.

It was a very different story in Euro 2008 as Portugal triumphed 3-1 on matchday two.

The Czechs are playing their third quarter-final of a Euros tournament and have yet to lose one after victories in 1996 against Portugal and 2004, when they beat Denmark 3-0.

As for the Portuguese, this is their fifth successive quarter-final, with victories in 2000 and 2004 and defeats in 1996 and 2008.

They were due to train at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Wednesday - but it was rescheduled due to worries about the state of the pitch ahead of Thursday's quarter-final.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia