The Czech national women’s handball team is on the rise. Coach Jan Basny is the longest-serving national coach at EHF EURO, having led the Czech women since 2010, and has overseen a consistent improvement in performance since he took over.
The Czech Republic featured at the EHF EURO in 2012, 2016 and 2018 as well as the World Championship in 2013 and 2017. They finished eighth at EHF EURO 2002, and reached this height again at the World Championship 2017 when they defeated Romania in the round of 16 and finished eighth overall.
A focus on youth programmes which has included hosting younger age category EHF EURO and World Championship events has led to several players looking to boost their careers abroad, mainly in Germany, Hungary and France.
Among the Czechs to watch in Denmark are rising stars Marketa Jerabkova, the seventh best scorer of the World Championship 2017 in Germany, and wings Veronika Mala and Jana Knedlikova.
Recent Team News
Left back Markéta Jeřábková is a talent with dynamite in her hands. She started her handball career in Pilsen. In 2014 Jeřábková was awarded as Czech handball talent of the year and since 2017 she played for Erdi VSE in Hungary. Now, for the season ahead, she has transferred to Thüringer HC where she shines again. Her first call-up for the senior handball national team came in 2014 and she made her European debut at the EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden. But her great performance came one year later in Germany 2017, where she was the seventh-best scorer.
The right wing of the Czech handball national team started with handball with teams in Prague, before her top career started in Slavia Prague. As a child Knedlíková also tried ballet and figure skating but handball won. With Slavia she twice won the title for winner of Women Handball International League and in 2014 she went to Hungary. In Mosonmagyróvár she became a key pillar of the side quickly and after half a year top European club Györ bought this swift-footed wing to their squad. With Györ she had her first experience of the EHF FINAL4 in 2016, and she was three times part of the winning team in 2017, 2018 and 2019. For this season she transferred to Vipers Kristiansand. Knedlíková has been part of the Czech national handball team since 2008. During this time, she has played 107 matches and scored more than 225 times.
Brno-born Basný’s handball origins lie in Zlin, the famous Moravian handball city well known also for Bata shoe factories. In Zlin, Basný played in the second handball men's league in the Czech Republic. When he was 18 years old, he played for Slavia Praha, and in Prague he also studied coaching at Charles University. In 1990 Basný went to Ajaccio on the French island of Corsica. There he started as a player before going on to coach the men's team. In 2004 he got an offer from Istres OPH where he worked for two years. Between 2007 and 2009 he coached at ES Becançon. Since 2014 Basný has been head coach of Nantes Loire Atlantique Handball, and has led the Czech national women’s team since 2010. Under his leadership the team reached 12th place at EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, 15th place at World Championship 2013 in Serbia, 10th place at EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden and eighth place at the World Championship 2017 in Germany.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events