Ľubomír Moravčík

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Ľubomír Moravčík
Personal information
Full name Ľubomír Moravčík
Date of birth (1965-06-22) 22 June 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Nitra, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Nitra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1990 Nitra 119 (30)
1990–1996 Saint-Etienne 197 (31)
1996–1998 Bastia 33 (8)
1998 Duisburg 5 (0)
1998–2002 Celtic 94 (29)
2002 JEF United Chiba 2 (0)
2003–2004 Nitra
Total 432 (98)
National team
1987–1993 Czechoslovakia 42 (7)
1994–2000 Slovakia 38 (6)
Teams managed
2004–2005 MFK Ružomberok
2005–2008 Slovakia U-16
2008 Zlaté Moravce
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ľubomír "Lubo" Moravčík (born 22 June 1965) is a football manager and former footballer from Slovakia who played internationally for Czechoslovakia (42 caps, seven goals) and Slovakia (38 caps, six goals). He was a member of the Czechoslovak team at Italia 90, where he was sent off against Germany in the quarter-final in Milan.

Career[edit]

He was a creative midfield player, reminiscent of the old-fashioned inside forward. Renowned for his technical ability, Moravčík was capable of unleashing powerful, accurate shots, and pinpoint crosses with both feet.

The 1990s saw him moving to Western Europe to play for Saint-Étienne, Bastia and MSV Duisburg before moving to Scottish side Celtic in November 1998. Signed by fellow Slovak Dr Jozef Vengloš for a fee of just £300,000, he became a hero in the eyes of the Parkhead faithful, forming an outstanding partnership with Henrik Larsson.

Moravčík's first two goals for Celtic came against their arch-rivals Rangers on 21 November 1998, in what turned out to be a memorable 5–1 victory in the midst of a very poor season. He stayed at Celtic Park for a total of four seasons, winning two SPL championships, one Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups. Former team-mates Chris Sutton and Stiliyan Petrov have both highlighted his two-footedness, his ability with both feet.[1][2]

Moravčík is one of his country's most capped player, with a total of 79 appearances for Czechoslovakia and Slovakia. He played for Czechoslovakia at the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals in Italy.[3]

He started a career in coaching as a manager of Slovak national U-17 team. 'Ľubo' was later coaching FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce, the team from highest Slovak league – Corgoň Liga.

Club 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 Czechoslovak Cup League Cup Europe Total
1983–84 Plastika Nitra First League 9 0 9 0
1984–85 0 0 0 0
1985–86 0 0 0 0
1986–87 First League 27 7 27 7
1987–88 24 3 24 3
1988–89 30 6 30 6
1989–90 29 14 29 14
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1990–91 Saint-Étienne Division 1 37 7 37 7
1991–92 32 4 32 4
1992–93 34 5 34 5
1993–94 33 4 33 4
1994–95 27 4 27 4
1995–96 34 7 34 7
1996–97 Bastia Division 1 21 6 21 6
1997–98 12 2 12 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
1998–99 Duisburg Bundesliga 5 0 5 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Celtic Premier League 14 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 17 6
1999–00 30 8 1 0 4 1 4 0 39 9
2000–01 27 9 5 1 3 1 5 3 40 14
2001–02 23 6 1 0 3 0 6 0 33 6
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2002 JEF United Ichihara J. League 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 - 3 0
Country Czechoslovakia 119 30 119 30
France 230 39 230 39
Germany 5 0 5 0
Scotland 94 29 10 1 10 2 15 3 129 35
Japan 2 0 0 0 1 0 - 3 0
Total 450 98 10 1 11 2 15 3 486 104

International career statistics[edit]

[4]

Czechoslovakia national team
Year Apps Goals
1987 1 0
1988 3 0
1989 8 1
1990 12 1
1991 6 2
1992 6 1
1993 6 1
Total 42 6
Slovakia national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 6 2
1995 8 0
1996 5 1
1997 3 0
1998 10 3
1999 0 0
2000 6 0
Total 38 6

Honours[edit]

Bastia
Celtic

Individual[edit]

  • Czechoslovak Player of the Year: 1992
  • Slovak Player of the Year: 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "One2Eleven - Chris Sutton". SKY Sports. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "One2Eleven - Stiliyan Petrov". SKY Sports. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Ľubomír MoravčíkFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (14 November 2003). "Lubomir Moravcik - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 

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