Czech Republic has been granted permission to bring in its own, and arguably better-funded, national team for the 2019 World Cup.
The Czech Republic’s national team, dubbed the Czechs, were announced this week and will play in its first World Cup qualifying game on Friday against Sweden.
The Czechs will be joined by Slovakia, Denmark, Hungary and Slovakia again.
The 2018 World Cup in France, which ended in defeat to Belgium, was the Czech Republic team’s first experience of playing internationals and the tournament has become a must-see for many Czechs.
The country’s federation, the CNC, has been given the right to purchase 20 percent of the squad from the NHL for a total of 1.5 million Czech crowns ($1.2 million).
The club is to play in all seven qualifying tournaments and will qualify for the World Cup through the final group stage in 2019.
In June, the Czech government announced it would spend around 10 million crowns on a national team of its own and that the Czech National Team will play an important role in helping the country reach its goal of hosting the 2019 FIFA World Cup and World Cup 2024.
Czech President Milos Zeman was a vocal supporter of the Czech national team and said he would be “very happy” if the team were to win the World Championship.
He also said he wanted to see a “better” national team in the World Championships, which are being held in Russia and Qatar.
“This is something we need to be proud of,” Zeman said.
“Our national team is something that is not only good but we have to be very proud of it.”
The Czechs have already won two World Cups, in 2010 and 2014, and Zeman has said he will take a keen interest in the Czech players that will be at the tournament.
“I want to see how they go,” he said.
“There are a lot of things that will happen at the World Cups that we haven’t seen before.”
Zeman, who is also the Czech president, has also hinted that the team will play against the United States in the final of the 2018 World Championship, and he has previously indicated that the federation may be willing to play a team in a team-less format.
Zeman, however, has yet to announce whether the team would play in a two-man group.
While the Czech team has the advantage of having the resources to buy its own players, the cost of having a team is high.
For the Czech Olympic Committee, the team’s cost of training will be around 10,000 Czech crowners ($5,500) per player, which is more than the total salary of the country’s 32 teams.
The team has already lost two players, Tomas Zador, who signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, and Karel Krupicka, who has signed a two year deal with Olympique Lyonnais.
Zervecka, a former Czech international, has the highest average salary in the country at 3,500 Czech crownos ($7,000) per month.
The highest-paid player in the league is Niklas Backstrom, who earns 6,200 ($2,500).
The Czech team will also face other challenges.
The team will have to play host to three games against the U.S. in the 2019 tournament, which means it will have three games to prepare for the game against Sweden on Friday.
It will also have to host a game against the Czech Union in 2020 and then a game in the second round of the 2020 Olympics.
“This will be a very difficult World Cup,” Czech national coach Michal Cech told reporters.
“It’s not the most important World Cup we’ve ever been part of, but it’s still important.
We’ll be very happy with the results.”
Zerkecki, a 20-year-old who signed with the Czech club Tkachev in July, has made his first appearance for the national team.
The young Czech forward scored a goal against Sweden in the 2018-19 World Championship to help the team earn a place in the semifinals of the World League.
The 20-goal scorer has also been called up to the Czech squad for the 2020 World Cup, but he did not score in the team opener against Sweden because he was sidelined with a broken foot.
Zevaric, who played his first game for the Czech hockey team in September 2018, was not part of the national squad for either tournament.