Defending champions Spain will hope their opening match goes according to form, with UEFA EURO 2016 Group D opponents Czech Republic yet to defeat La Roja since independence.
• Spain are unbeaten in four games against the Czech Republic since independence (W3 D1). They have won the sides’ last three meetings.
• Spain’s 12 encounters with Czechoslovakia ended W4 D1 L7 (W2 L3 in competitive games).
• Spain qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup at the Czechs’ expense. The only goal in their two qualifiers was a penalty converted by Fernando Hierro; Raúl González won the first of his 102 caps in Prague in October 1996.
• The teams also met in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. David Villa scored twice for Spain in a 2-1 win in Granada, with Juan Mata and Xabi Alonso on target in the Iberian nation’s 2-0 away victory.
• Jaroslav Plašil’s strike in that 2-1 loss is the Czech Republic’s lone post-independence goal against Spain.
EURO facts – Spain
• This is Spain’s sixth consecutive EURO. They are bidding to triumph for the third time in succession, having become the first side to win two in a row at UEFA EURO 2012.
• Spain and Germany/West Germany are the most successful EURO sides having won three editions each.
• Spain qualified with a W9 D0 L1 record. They come to the finals on an eight-game competitive winning streak, during which they have not conceded a goal.
EURO facts – Czech Republic
• The Czech Republic have qualified for every final tournament since independence.
• They won the competition as part of Czechoslovakia in 1976 and reached the final in their first appearance as the Czech Republic in 1996, losing to Germany.
• The Czech Republic qualified with a record of W7 D1 L2.
• The only Czech side to have previously played a UEFA game in Toulouse is Sparta Praha, who beat the home side 3-2 in a 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage fixture. Current internationals Michal Kadlec and David Limberský were on the winning side in that game.
Coach and player links
• The game is taking place the day after Spain midfielder Bruno Soriano’s 32nd birthday.
• Play together:
Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal (Spain) & Petr Čech and Tomás Rosický (Czech Republic) – Arsenal
• Have played together:
César Azpilicueta and Juanfran (Spain) & Jaroslav Plašil (Czech Republic) – Osasuna 2007–09
César Azpilicueta (Spain) and Petr Čech (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2012–15
César Azpilicueta and Juan Mata (Spain) & Tomáš Kalas (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2013–14
Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas (Spain) & Petr Čech (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2014–15
Juan Mata (Spain) and Petr Čech (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2011–14
UEFA EURO 2012
|07/10/11||QR (GS)||Czech Republic – Spain||0-2
||Prague||Juan Mata 7, Xabi Alonso 23|
|25/03/11||QR (GS)||Spain – Czech Republic||2-1
||Granada||Villa 69, 72 (P); Plašil 29|
FIFA World Cup
|08/06/97||QR (GS)||Spain – Czech Republic||1-0
|09/10/96||QR (GS)||Czech Republic – Spain||0-0||Prague|
|13/11/91||PR (GS)||Spain – Czechoslovakia||2-1
||Seville||Abelardo 10, Míchel 78 (P); Němeček 60|
|14/11/90||PR (GS)||Czechoslovakia – Spain||3-2
||Prague||Danek 16, 67, Moravcik 77; Roberto 30, Muñoz 54|
1968 UEFA European Championship
|22/10/67||PR (GS)||Spain – Czechoslovakia||2-1
||Madrid||Pirri 32, Gárate 61; Kuna 75|
|01/10/67||PR (GS)||Czechoslovakia – Spain||1-0
FIFA World Cup
|31/05/62||GS-FT||Czechoslovakia – Spain||1-0
||Vina Del Mar||Stibrányi 80|