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Sverkos ready to score more for Czech Republic at Euro 2008

Sverkos ready to score more for Czech Republic at Euro 2008

It's been a dream season for Czech Republic striker Vaclav Sverkos, and it's not over yet.
The brightest moment of his career came Saturday when Sverkos scored his first international goal to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 win over co-host Switzerland on in the opening match of the European Championship.
Sverkos, making only his third appearance for the national team, scored from 16 meters (yards) with the outside of his right foot in the 71st minute, shortly after coming on as a substitute to replace Czech record scorer Jan Koller.
"If anybody told me that a year ago, I wouldn't believe that," Sverkos said Sunday after training at the Czech base in Seefeld.
He may be right.
Last July, the 24-year-old forward returned to his former club Banik Ostrava after four years with Borussia Moenchengladbach after he was rarely used recently. He also spent some time on loan at Hertha Berlin and then Austria Vienna and his career seemed to be on a decline. But the move served him well and Sverkos again found his scoring touch, becoming the Czech league's leading scorer this season with 15 goals.
"He's got form and confidence," Koller said about Sverkos.
Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner named Sverkos last month in his 23-man roster for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.
"I'm happy I was given the chance," he said. "I've scored a few goals but this one is the most important. I feel great."
Saturday's win gives the Czech Republic a great jump on advancing to the quarterfinals, and Sverkos hopes he can do it again.
"It boosts your confidence to win the opening match," he said.
Sverkos modestly acknowledged that Koller remained the No. 1 striker and he didn't aspire to move to his position, at least for a time being.
"I probably wouldn't be able to play the role of ... Koller. I'll be happy if it continues in this way and I could come on and score, that'd be nice," Sverkos said.
Chances are that Sverkos may not even have to wait for just a short spell in the other two Group A matches, against Portugal on Wednesday and Turkey on Sunday. Bruckner may opt to add another forward to his starting lineup in the games to boost his attack, which proved harmless against Switzerland but did well in a friendly against Lithuania.
Sverkos would be all for it.
"To play alongside ... Koller is a great advantage," he said. "I'm used to playing with two strikers."


Updated : 2021-04-22 20:19 GMT+08:00