Filip Šebo

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Filip Šebo
Personal information
Full name Filip Šebo
Date of birth (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Inter Bratislava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 1. FC Köln II 50 (25)
2003–2004 Inter Bratislava 30 (8)
2004–2005 Petržalka 33 (22)
2005–2006 Austria Vienna 32 (6)
2006–2007 Rangers 24 (2)
2007–2010 Valenciennes 62 (6)
2010–2012 Slovan Bratislava 53 (29)
National team
2006–2012 Slovakia 15 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Filip Šebo (born 24 February 1984) is a Slovak former football forward, without club since December 2012.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Šebo started his professional career with German team FC Köln but did not make a first team appearance, playing his games for reserve side Köln II. He moved to Slovakian side Inter Bratislava in 2003 after being released from Köln. Eight goals in twenty-five appearances earned him a transfer to Artmedia Bratislava – known for their run in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League.

In the summer of 2005, after 22 goals in 29 games and the award for the league's top-scorer, he was bought by Austrian side Austria Vienna who paid approximately £400,000 for him. Šebo played 32 times, scoring 5 goals for the Austrian side, helping them to achieve an Austrian Bundesliga and Cup double.

Rangers[edit]

Rangers manager Paul Le Guen made Šebo his ninth signing on 3 August 2006 after Austria Vienna and Rangers agreed a fee of £1.85m.[1] Le Guen gave him his first starting appearance for Rangers on 17 September, against Hibernian in an SPL match and he scored.[2] His first home goal came on 1 October scoring a late winner in a 1–0 victory over Aberdeen at Ibrox.[3] Šebo played his first European match for Rangers on 28 September, playing the last 15 minutes of a UEFA Cup first-round second-leg tie against Molde FK. Rangers won 2–0 to qualify for the group stage.[4] Despite his lack of goals, he became something of a cult figure for Rangers, due to both his tremendous workrate and his distinctive broad, stocky build and shaven head.

In a friendly against Airdrie United on 31 January 2007, Šebo scored in a 3–0 win, his first goal in 3 months for the club. In another friendly, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 defeat of Gretna. In July 2007, Šebo scored Rangers second goal in a 2–0 pre-season friendly win over Chelsea, it was his first goal at Ibrox in almost 10 months.

'Šebo' is often chanted in a humorous manner by football fans in Scotland when an opposition player hits a wayward shot. This is due to Filip's perceived lack of prowess in front of goal during his time at Rangers.

Valenciennes[edit]

On 22 August 2007, Šebo joined French Ligue 1 side Valenciennes on a year long loan deal.[5] He scored his first goal for Valenciennes in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Sochaux on 27 September 2007. He netted his first and second league goals on 11 November against Caen.

He completed a permanent switch to France on 29 May 2008, with Valenciennes paying a fee of around one million pounds.[6]

Slovan Bratislava[edit]

On 15 September 2010 Šebo joined Slovan Bratislava. The striker become free agent from the French club of Valenciennes and signed a deal until December 2012 with the Slovak side.[7]

International career[edit]

On 15 August 2006, Šebo made his debut for the Slovakia national team in a friendly against Malta. He marked the occasion by scoring a hat-trick.[8] He scored another two goals in his second international match against Cyprus.

Honours[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Slovakia U20
Slovakia U19

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Sebo Clinches Gers Deal', Sporting Life, 3 August 2006
  2. ^ "Hibernian 2–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 17 September 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rangers 1–0 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 1 October 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rangers 2–0 Molde (agg: 2–0)", BBC Sport, 28 September 2006
  5. ^ "Sebo offloaded to Valenciennes". BBC Sport. 22 August 2007. 
  6. ^ Striker Sebo completes Ibrox exit BBC Sport, 29 May 2008
  7. ^ Slovan Bratislava sign Sebo WorldFootball.net, 15 September 2010
  8. ^ "Sebo nets Slovakia debut hat-trick", CNN, 15 August 2006

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