Karel Poborský

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Karel Poborský
Šmicer Poborský.JPG
Vladimír Šmicer and Karel Poborský
Personal information
Full name Karel Poborský
Date of birth (1972-03-30) 30 March 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1978–1984 TJ Třeboň
1984–1987 České Budějovice
1987–1988 Jiskra Třeboň
1988–1990 České Budějovice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 České Budějovice 82 (15)
1994–1995 Viktoria Žižkov 28 (10)
1995–1996 Slavia Prague 26 (11)
1996–1998 Manchester United 32 (5)
1998–2001 Benfica 61 (11)
2001–2002 Lazio 46 (5)
2002–2005 Sparta Prague 87 (26)
2005–2007 České Budějovice 26 (10)
Total 388 (93)
National team
1994–2006 Czech Republic 118 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Karel Poborský (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkarɛl ˈpoborskiː] ( )) (born 30 March 1972) is a Czech retired footballerwho played as a right winger. He was most noted for his technical ability.

He began and finished his club career at České Budějovice, also winning Gambrinus liga titles at the two largest clubs in Prague, Slavia and Sparta. Between these domestic triumphs, he won a Premier League title at Manchester United and also played for Benfica and Lazio.

Poborský is the all-time leader in appearances for the Czech national team, with 118 between 1994 and 2006, retiring from international football after playing at the country's first World Cup. He also played in three European Championships, being named in the Team of the Tournament at Euro 96 after helping the Czechs to the final.

Club career[edit]

Poborský began playing professionally with S.K. Dynamo České Budějovice, FK Viktoria Žižkov and SK Slavia Prague (the season Patrik Berger left for Borussia Dortmund).

Poborský was one of a number of the Czech squad at UEFA Euro 1996 who left the Czech Republic to play in another country after the tournament.[1] In July 1996 he signed with Manchester United but, due to David Beckham's rising stardom, Poborský would only manage one-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford. He did collect a Premier League title winner's medal in the 1996–97 season, however, playing in 22 out of 38 league games and scoring three goals, also helping United reach the Champions League semi-finals.[2]

In January 1998, he left for Portuguese Liga side Benfica, where he was at his best form, playing alongside João Pinto, and became an instant hit and a fan favourite.

After a string of impressive performances, Poborský moved sides in January 2001, joining Serie A's Lazio. In July 2002, he returned to his homeland, signing with Sparta Prague, where he became the highest-paid footballer playing the Czech Republic.[3] He subsequently returned to his first club, S.K. Dynamo České Budějovice, scoring two goals and setting up a third on the way to a 4–0 victory against Sigma Olomouc B in his first match.[4] He retired on 28 May 2007 after a match against another former side, Slavia Prague.

International career[edit]

Poborský's first international appearance, against Turkey on 23 February 1994, was also the first match for the Czech team after the partition of Czechoslovakia. He played for his country at Euro 96, where he was one of the most valuable players of Czech team and even the whole tournament, scoring there his well-known "Poborský lob", Euro 2000, and Euro 2004, and was also in the nation's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where his performances was far below, due to his age and contract with SK Dynamo České Budějovice, which played "only" Czech 2. Liga. After the 2006 FIFA World Cup Poborský retired from international competition.

Following his 2007 club retirement, Poborský started working as a technical leader for the national team.

The Poborský-lob[edit]

Poborský's name is often attached to his performance in Euro 96, where during the quarter-final match against Portugal, he chipped the ball and lobbed it over the advancing Vítor Baía. The goal became a trademark shot for Poborský, as that shooting style was soon attributed to him.

In 2008, it was voted the best individual goal in the Carlsberg goal of the day poll on Euro2008.com.[5] As a club player, Poborský scored a similar goal against Porto (again with Vítor Baía as the goalkeeper) while at Benfica.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Czechoslovakia League Cup League Cup Continental Total
1991–92 Dynamo České Budějovice Czechoslovak League 26 0
1992–93 29 7
Czech Republic League Czech Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Dynamo České Budějovice Czech League 27 8
1994–95 Viktoria Žižkov Czech League 27 10
1995–96 1 0
1995–96 Slavia Prague Czech League 26 11 2 0 11 2 39 13
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Manchester United Premier League 22 3
1997–98 10 2
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1998–99 Benfica Portuguese League 19 5
1999–2000 29 5
2000–01 13 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Lazio Italian League 19 1
2001–02 27 4
Czech Republic League Czech Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Sparta Prague Czech League 29 8
2003–04 28 11
2004–05 24 6
2005–06 6 1
2005–06 Dynamo České Budějovice Second Division 14 8
2006–07 Czech League 12 2
Total TCH 55 7
Czech Republic 194 65
England 32 5
Portugal 61 11
Italy 46 5
Career total 388 93

[9][10][11]

Czech Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 6 0
1995 5 0
1996 12 1
1997 9 0
1998 8 0
1999 11 1
2000 10 2
2001 11 0
2002 10 1
2003 8 2
2004 11 0
2005 10 0
2006 7 1
Total 118 8

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International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Czech Republic's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 June 1996 Villa Park, Birmingham  Portugal 1–0 1–0 Euro 1996
2. 8 September 1999 Na Stínadlech, Teplice  Bosnia-Herzegovina 3–0 3–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
3. 16 June 2000 Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges  France 1–1 1–2 Euro 2000
4. 2 September 2000 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria 1–0 1–0 2002 World Cup qualification
5. 16 October 2002 Na Stínadlech, Teplice  Belarus 1–0 2–0 Euro 2004 qualifying
6. 10 September 2003 Toyota Arena, Prague  Netherlands 2–0 3–1 Euro 2004 qualifying
7. 15 November 2003 Na Stínadlech, Teplice  Canada 3–0 5–1 Friendly
8. 1 March 2006 İzmir Atatürk Stadium, İzmir  Turkey 1–0 2–2 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turnbull, Simon (7 July 1996). "All aboard gravy train". The Independent. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sporting Heroes". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Poborský bude hrát za své Budějovice" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 23 September 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Poborský dal dva góly a třetí připravil" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 25 September 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Poborský voted best solo strike
  6. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1996". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  7. ^ lidovky.cz. "Fotbalista desetiletí – nezničitelný Nedvěd: ten, co okouzlil Itálii". Sportreport.lidovky.cz. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nedvěd se stal fotbalistou desetiletí". Mladá fronta DNES. Czech Republic. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "WorldSoccer stats". World-soccer.org. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "SK Slavia Prague stats – 1995". Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "SK Slavia Prague stats – 1996". Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Karel Poborský – Century of International Appearances". Rsssf.com. 23 July 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 

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