David Limberský

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David Limberský
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Limberský with the Czech Republic at UEFA Euro 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-10-06) 6 October 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
FC Viktoria Plzeň
Number 8
Youth career
1989–1990 Tatran Třemošná
1990–2002 Viktoria Plzeň
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Viktoria Plzeň 56 (7)
2004 Modena (loan) 4 (0)
2005 Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2008 Sparta Prague 13 (0)
2008– Viktoria Plzeň 180 (11)
National team
2003 Czech Republic U-20 9 (4)
2004–2005 Czech Republic U-21 11 (1)
2009– Czech Republic 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2014

David Limberský (born 6 October 1983) is a Czech footballer who currently plays for Czech club FC Viktoria Plzeň. He has previously played for Modena F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and AC Sparta Prague. He is a member of the Czech Republic national football team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Plzeň, Limberský played for hometown team Viktoria Plzeň and spent time at Italian side Modena on loan in the 2003–04 season. He joined Tottenham Hotspur in December 2004 on a six-month loan.[1] Upon signing for Tottenham, Limberský was compared to Czech legend Pavel Nedvěd by Spurs coach Martin Jol.[2] Despite this, Limberský did not feature in any of Tottenham's matches during his time in England.

Limberský played in the final of the 2009–10 Czech Cup at left back or left wingback in a 2–1 over Jablonec.

He played in the final of the first Czech Republic Football Supercup against Sparta Prague in 2010. He started the final at left-back and played the entire game in which his opponents AC Sparta Prague triumphed 1–0.

In the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, Limberský scored a memorable goal from outside the box in the first leg against Besiktas in the 28th minute. Plzen went on to lose 4–1 on aggregate after a 1–1 draw in the first leg.

Limberský played in all of Plzeň's matches in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League. In the group stages of the following season's Europa League, he was headbutted by Diego Costa, an incident which brought the Atlético Madrid forward a four-match UEFA ban.[3][4]

International career[edit]

Limberský played for the Czech Republic at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He scored both of the Czech Republic's goals against Australia[5] and Brazil respectively.

On 5 June 2009, at the age of 25, Limberský made his debut for the Czech Republic national football team with a 1–0 victory against Malta in a friendly.

He was chosen as part of the Czech Republic's squad for the 2011 Kirin Cup.[6] However, Limberský did not feature in any of their games in the tournament.

In 2012, Limberský became a key member of his national team. As of the end of June, he had participated in all of their matches in 2012 except for the 4-1 loss against Russia in their opening game of Euro 2012.

Euro 2012[edit]

Limberský was called up for the Czech Republic for UEFA Euro 2012, despite not playing in any of the qualifiers for the tournament and having never previously played a competitive game for his national side. He was left out of the Czechs' first game against Russia, where his side were heavily beaten 4-1. Limberský was brought in for the Czech Republic's second game against Greece in his first ever competitive game for the national side, playing at left back. The Czech Republic won that game 2-1, with Limberský doing enough to be retained for the Czech Republic's must-win game against co-hosts Poland. His side defeated Poland 1-0 and ended up as group leaders, meaning that they would face Portugal in the quarter finals. Limberský again played left back for the game against Portugal where the Czech Republic were knocked out courtesy of a 1-0 loss.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 July 2014

Season Club League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2003–04 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2003–04 Serie A Modena 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2004–05 Czech 2. Liga Viktoria Plzeň 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 FA Premier League Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 23 3 0 0 0 0 23 3
2006–07 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 21 4 0 0 0 0 21 4
2007–08 Czech First League AC Sparta Praha 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 27 3 0 0 0 0 27 3
2009–10 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 26 1 0 0 0 0 26 1
2010–11 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 29 2 0 0 2 1 31 3
2011–12 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 29 1 0 0 13 0 42 1
2012–13 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 28 0 0 0 15 0 43 0
2013–14 Czech First League Viktoria Plzeň 27 1 0 0 12 0 27 1
Career Total 239 15 0 0 42 1 281 16

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Viktoria Plzeň

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tottenham clinch double transfer". BBC. 20 December 2004. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Limberský to join Spurs SportingLife.com
  3. ^ "La UEFA castiga con cuatro partidos a Diego Costa" [UEFA punishes Diego Costa with four games]. Marca (in Spanish). 19 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Plzeň pip Atlético to take top spot". UEFA.com. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Limbersky limbers up for Brazil with stunner". FIFA.com. 1 December 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Czechs to play Kirin Cup in Japan without Rosicky vcstar.com

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