Igor Bališ

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Igor Bališ
Personal information
Full name Igor Bališ
Date of birth (1970-01-05) 5 January 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Križovany nad Dudváhom, Slovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back / Right winger
Youth career
Spartak Trnava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1999 Spartak Trnava 242 (11)
1999–2000 Slovan Bratislava 15 (0)
2000–2003 West Bromwich Albion 69 (4)
Total 326 (15)
National team
1995–2001 Slovakia 41 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Igor Bališ (born 5 January 1970) is a former Slovakian footballer. Bališ played for West Bromwich Albion in England. He has also appeared for Spartak Trnava and Slovan Bratislava, as well as the Slovakia national team.

Bališ joined Albion in November 2000 for £150,00. He made his Albion debut on 23 December 2000, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–0 win against Nottingham Forest. Despite being a penalty specialist in international football he failed to convey this when arriving at West Brom and it was only later discovered that he was the international penalty taker for Slovakia. This came in useful when he converted a dramatic stoppage time penalty against Bradford City in the penultimate game of the 2001–02 season, which put Albion on the brink of promotion to the Premier League.[1][2] After completing a season in the Premiership with Albion, Bališ quit the club and returned home to Slovakia, after suffering a recurrence of tinnitus.[3] Balis is widely regarded as a cult hero at the Hawthorns, and is arguably their best right back of all time.

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  1. ^ "Bradford 0–1 West Brom". BBC Sport. 13 April 2002. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "Megson urges caution". BBC Sport. 14 April 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Balis ends Baggies career". BBC Sport. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2007.