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Three months after training with the union’s out-of-contract players, Lukas Droppa made his debut for the Czech national team against World Champions Germany.

The 27-year old came on as a substitute during the World Cup qualifier, which Germany won 3-0. Four days later Droppa was in the starting eleven for the home game against Azerbaijan, which ended 0-0.


Droppa’s inclusion in the line-up highlighted a memorable week for Droppa, who had joined the national team on Tuesday October 5th.

During summer, when the Czech national team competed in the European championship in France, Droppa found himself without a club. He had just left Romanian premier league side Pandurii, which had gone bankrupt. He asked the Czech players’ union CAFH whether he could join their training camp for out-of-contract players.

There, Droppa convinced Russian premier league side Tom Tomsk to sign him. “The CAFH training camp was very important for me”, Droppa said. “It helped me being prepared and fit for the matches. When I arrived in Russia, I could immediately join in.”

Tom Tomsk is ninth in the standings, and Droppa managed to impress national team manager Karel Jarolim with his performances for the Russian club.

Case against Pandurii

In the meantime, Droppa is still trying to obtain the money he is owed by Pandurii. The club, last season’s number 3 in Romania, had not paid him and his teammates for three months. His case is at the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Droppa praised the help of CAFH president Marketa Haindlova and manager Dominik Rodinger, who helped him leave the Romanian club and obtain a provisional international transfer certificate.

“Without Marketa and Dominik I would never have had enough courage to leave the club”, Droppa said.