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Czechoslovakia 1920

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Czech international football had endured a 12 year hiatus following Bohemia's loss of international status in 1908.

The new Czechoslovakian team made their international bow at the 1920 Olympics, although the core of the squad had competed in the 1919 Inter Allied Games.
On 28th August 1920 Czechoslovakia made their international debut- beating Yugoslavia 7-0 ( scorers: Vanik (3), Janda (3) , Sedláček).
The following day Janda scored another hattrick as Norway were beaten 4-0.
In the semi final (31.08.20) France were beaten 4-1. On this occasion Otakar Škvajn  was the hattrick scorer.
The stage was set then, for Czechoslovakia to be effectively crowned World Champions in their 4th competitive international match.
Famously, of course, this was not to be the case.





The line up for the final was:

GK
Rudolf Klapka 
Viktoria Žižkov

FB
Antonin Hojer
Sparta

FB
Karel Steiner  
Viktoria Žižkov

HB
František Kolenatý 
Sparta

HB
Karel Pešek (C)
Sparta

HB
Emil Seifert 
Viktoria Žižkov

F
Josef Sedláček 
Sparta

F
Antonín Janda 
Sparta

F
Václav Pilát 
Sparta

F
Jan Vaník 
Slavia

F
Otakar Škvajn
Sparta



The 3 players who featured in the tournament but not in the final itself were : Miroslav Pospíšil, Antonín Perner (v Yugoslavia)Jan Plaček (v France). They were all Sparta Prague players.




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