Lukas Hradecky

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Lukas Hradecky
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Personal information
Full name Lukáš Hrádecký
Date of birth (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Brøndby IF
Number 1
Youth career
2003–2008 TPS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Esbjerg fB 76 (0)
2013– Brøndby IF 65 (0)
National team
2006–2008 Finland U-19 9 (0)
2008–2009 Finland U-20 2 (0)
2009–2010 Finland U-21 10 (0)
2010– Finland 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 February 2015

Lukas Hradecky (Slovak: Lukáš Hrádecký, born 24 November 1989), is a Slovak-born Finnish football goalkeeper who plays for Danish Superliga side Brøndby IF and represents Finland national team.[1] Hradecky was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. He started his football career in TPS youth team before moving to Esbjerg fB.

Club career[edit]

TPS[edit]

Hradecky began his career in Finnish Club Turun Palloseura. In 2008 he played in the International Karel Stegeman U-19 Youth Tournament in Ruurlo, Netherlands where he won the prize for best goalkeeper.[2]

Esbjerg[edit]

On 10 January 2009, Hradecky transferred to Esbjerg fB and signed a four-year contract with the five-time Danish champions.[3] On 3 August 2010 it was announced that Hradecky had been called to be tested for a week by Manchester United to strengthen their goalkeeping department after the departure of Tom Heaton.[4] However, he chose to seek the chance to be the primary keeper in Esbjerg instead. After the 2012-13 Superliga season Hradecky's contract with Esbjerg fB expired, and an agreement to prolong the contract was not reached.[5]

Brøndby[edit]

June 12, 2013 he joined Danish Superliga rivals Brøndby IF on a four year contract on a free transfer. The deal caused some controversy as Hradecky had said before he would never play for another Danish club. He later admitted that it was a stupid thing to say.[6]

International career[edit]

Hradecky earned several caps for Finland on different junior levels. He made his junior level national team debut when he was 16 years old in 16. November 2006 in Athens in a match against Greece. He was a member of the Finland national under-20 football team and represented the team at the Valentin A. Granatkin Memorial Tournament.[7] Hradecky was selected to Finland national under-21 football team for 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship but he had to withdraw due to a knee injury.[8][9] He was the first choice keeper for Finland's under-21 side during the 2011 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifications.

In January 2010 Hradecky was called to the Finland national football team by Stuart Baxter to face South Korea in a friendly at Málaga, Spain. Hradecky was at the bench the whole match. He finally made his first team debut on 21 May 2010, when he played the second half in a 2–0 away loss against Estonia.[10] He played his first UEFA European Championship qualification game in 3 June 2011 when Mixu Paatelainen chose him to the starting line up against San Marino in Serravalle.[11] During summer 2011 he established himself as a regular in the Finland national team.

Personal life[edit]

Hradecky´s brothers Tomas Hradecky and Matej Hradecky are also footballers. Tomas plays for RoPS and Matej for TPS.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Esbjerg fB

Country[edit]

Finland national football team

Individual[edit]

  • 2007: Promising player of the year [12]
  • 2008: Best Goalkeeper Award at International Karel Stegeman U-19 Youth Tournament
  • 2010: Finland U21 Goalkeeper of the Year [13]
  • 2010: Finland U21 Player of the Year [14]
  • 2013: Danish Superliga Goalkeeper of the Year [15]
  • 2013: Danish Superliga best player of the spring season [16]
  • 2013: Esbjerg fB best player of season

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[17][18]

As of 21 February 2015
Club Season Division League Domestic Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Esbjerg fB
2009-10 Danish Superliga 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2010-11 Danish Superliga 13 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
2011-12 Danish 1st Division 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2012-13 Danish Superliga 33 0 5 0 0 0 38 0
Esbjerg Total 74 0 7 0 0 0 81 0
Brøndby
2013-14 Danish Superliga 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2014-15 Danish Superliga 17 0 1 0 2 0 20 0
Brøndby Total 50 0 1 0 2 0 53 0
Career Total 124 0 8 0 2 0 134 0

International[edit]

As of 21 February 2015
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 7 0
2012 4 0
2013 3 0
2014 4 0
2015 1 0
Total 20 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lukas Hradecky" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ International Karel Stegeman U-19
  3. ^ Finsk målmand til EfB
  4. ^ Pikkuhuuhkajien maalivahti ManU:n testattavaksi
  5. ^ Officielt: Esbjerg og Hradecky skilles
  6. ^ Lukas Hradecky skifter til Brøndby IF
  7. ^ Valentin A. Ganatkin
  8. ^ "Kanerva nimesi 22 pelaajaa, Eremenko ei mukana" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jälleen takaisku Pikkuhuuhkajien maalivahtiosastolle" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Viro nöyryytti Suomea Tallinnassa" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Forssell laukoi Suomelle nihkeän voiton" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hän on Suomen vuoden lupaava pelaaja" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.palloliitto.fi/viestinta/?num=176535
  14. ^ "Medo Vuoden liigapelaaja 2010" (in Finnish). Veikkausliiga. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.bold.dk/nyt/Hradecky-vandt-Det-Gyldne-Bur
  16. ^ "Huuhkajavahti Lukas Hradecky Brøndbyn lääkärintarkastuksessa" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/player/38283/Lukas_Hradecky.html
  18. ^ http://nr.soccerway.com/players/lucas-hradecky/8570/

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