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Estonia R. Sappinen (12), H. Anier (86)
A. Le Coq Arena2-6
Czech Republic P. Schick (18), A. Barák (27), T. Souček (32), T. Souček (43), T. Souček (48), J. Jankto (56)
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COVID restrictions limit Schick, Pavlenka, Darida, and Kaderabek to partial call up

By Peter Vice

The off-pitch organizational tricks and flicks continue ahead of next week's international break. One national team has apparently found a way around the Bundesrepublik's travel restrictions. 

Bundesliga Czech internationals Patrik Schick, Jiri Pavlenka, Vladmir Darida, and Pavel Kaderabek will evidently being headed to Estonia and back again via private jet. 

Patrik Schick.
Patrik Schick.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

News broke yesterday that Austria's national football team would have to do without three Bundesliga professionals for their upcoming World Cup qualifier in Scotland. The Czech Republic's national football team faces a similar situation ahead of a March 27th qualifier against Belgium in Prague and a March 30th fixture against Wales in Cardiff.


Both countries are classified by Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as areas where the prevalence of COVID variants requires a federally mandated 14-quarantine for travelers to and from. This restriction applies until the end of March.

By contrast, the same does not apply to Estonia, where the Czech national team squares off against their Baltic group foe on March 24th. The Czech FA has thus nominated striker Patrik Schick (Leverkusen), midfielder Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), midfielder Vladmir Darida (Hertha Berlin), and keeper Jiri Pavlenka (Werder Bremen) only for the first of the three qualifiers.

As an extra precaution, the country's football association has chartered a private jet to pick up the quartet at multiple stops across Germany, take them to the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, then fly them back to their respective teams in the Bundesrepublik well before the international break is over.


Estonia
(4-4-1-1)
1Mihkel Aksalu
6Ilja Antonov ↩74
16Henrik Pürg
3Maksim Paskotši
13Michael Lilander
19Rauno Alliku ↩73
20Markus Poom
23Bogdan Vaštšuk ↩82
11Karl Õigus
14Konstantin Vassiljev (C) ↩73
15Rauno Sappinen ↩88
Bench
12Karl Pechter
22Karl Vallner
8Henri Anier ↪73
9Robert Kirss ↪73
2Märten Subka
4Magnus Villota
5Marek Kaljumäe
18Martin Kase
7Sander Puri ↪74
10Andre Frolov ↪82
17Mark Roosnupp ↪88
21Pavel Dõmov
Czech Republic
(4-4-1-1)
23Jiří Pavlenka
2Pavel Kadeřábek
17Ondřej Kúdela
3Ondrej Celustka ↩85
18Jan Bořil
13Lukáš Provod ↩65
8Vladimír Darida (C)
15Tomáš Souček
14Jakub Jankto ↩65
7Antonín Barák ↩65
10Patrik Schick ↩79
Bench
1Tomáš Vaclík
16Aleš Mandous
11Michael Krmenčík
20Matěj Vydra ↪65
22Tomáš Pekhart ↪65
4David Zima ↪85
5Vladimír Coufal
6Aleš Matějů
21Tomáš Holeš ↪79
9David Pavelka
12Lukáš Masopust ↪65
19Jakub Pešek

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