Vladimír Šmicer and Karel Poborský
|Full name||Karel Poborský|
|Date of birth||30 March 1972|
|Place of birth||Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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 UEFA Euro 1996 after helping the Czechs to the final.
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. 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.
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. He subsequently returned to his first club, 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. He retired on 28 May 2007 after a match against another former side, Slavia Prague.
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 national 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 World Cup, where his performances was far below, due to his age and contract with České Budějovice, which played "only" Czech 2. Liga. After the 2006 World Cup, Poborský retired from international competition.
Following his 2007 club retirement, Poborský started working as a technical leader for the national team.
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. As a club player, Poborský scored a similar goal against Porto (again with Vítor Baía as the goalkeeper) while at Benfica.
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- Manchester United
- Slavia Prague
- Sparta Prague
- Czech Republic
- UEFA European Championship: Runner-up 1996
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Third place 1997
- All-time leader in appearances for Czech national team (118)
- Czech Footballer of the Year: 1996 (shared with Patrik Berger)
- UEFA Team of the Tournament: UEFA Euro 1996
- Ballon d'Or 10th place in 1996 (the highest ranking for Czech player until Pavel Nedvěd won Ballon d´Or in 2003)
- Czech First League Best eleven of the season: 1995–96, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05
- Czech Footballer of the Year personality of the Czech First League: 2003, 2004, 2005
- All stars team of Sparta Prague between the period 1980–2010
- 4th best Czech footballer of the decade (2000–10) by the readers of Czech journal Lidové noviny
- 6th best Czech footballer of the decade (1993–03) by the readers of Czech journal Mladá fronta DNES
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|1991–92||Dynamo České Budějovice||Czechoslovak League||26||0||–||–|
|Czech Republic||League||Czech Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1993–94||České Budějovice||Czech League||27||8||–||–|
|1994–95||Viktoria Žižkov||Czech League||27||10||–||–|
|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|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Taça da Liga||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Czech Republic||League||Czech Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2002–03||Sparta Prague||Czech League||29||8||–||–|
|2005–06||Dynamo České Budějovice||Second Division||14||8||–||–|
|Czech Republic national team|
- Scores and results list Czech Republic's goal tally first.
|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|
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- Poborský voted best solo strike
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