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07-05-2012, 11:43 PM
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Czechoslovakia

For a player that was born in Czechoslovakia, How do they determine if they play for the Czech Republic or Slovakia? Is it by choice?

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07-06-2012, 01:27 AM
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In the majority of cases, the players played/play for Czech republic because they were born and grew up in Bohemia/Moravia and they were well aware of being Czech since their birth. Same with Slovaks born in Slovakia. It wasn´t like Czechoslovakia was a country with one single identity who just happened to build a border one day, throughout history its citizens were well aware of the distinction between Czechs and Slovaks. (even if foreigners were not).

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They speak different languages for starters, and nationalism in that part of the world was always high, as the above poster said it is geography as well. The Czechoslovak state was formed after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the two regions were working together to try to get independence and they decided to form a state together. The people there have been aware of their nationalism since the 19th century.

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