The Czech football team returned home to a lukewarm welcome after losing to Portugal in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. Their performance in the tournament was praised by the local press.
Czech fans warmly appreciated the effort of the unknown players — Petr Jiracek, Vaclav Pilar and Theo Gebre Sellassie. In a poll by website Hattrick, the three were chosen as best players of the team by more than 20 per cent of the thousand respondents. On the other hand, stars such as Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky and Milan Baros gained only four per cent of the votes.
The majority of fans were surprised by the first place of the Czech team in the group stage, Xinhua reported. Before the decisive match against Poland, more people expected a loss than win.