Marek Krejčí

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Marek Krejčí
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-11-20)20 November 1980
Place of birth Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
Date of death 26 May 2007(2007-05-26) (aged 26)
Place of death near Maitenbeth, Bavaria, Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Inter Bratislava
2000–2001 Spartak Trnava
2001–2003 Győri ETO
2003–2004 Artmedia Bratislava 34 (15)
2004–2005 Wacker Burghausen (loan) 27 (5)
2005–2007 Wacker Burghausen 60 (21)
National team
2004–2007 Slovakia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marek Krejčí (20 November 1980 – 26 May 2007) was a Slovak footballer who played as a striker.

Career[edit]

Born in Bratislava, he started his career with local club Inter Bratislava, moving to Spartak Trnava in November 2000. He went on to move to Hungarian side Győri ETO in September 2001, eventually returning to Slovakia in the summer of 2003, when he signed a contract with one of the country's top clubs Artmedia Bratislava. He only spent one season with the team, winning the Slovak Cup in 2004 and making two UEFA Cup appearances in the autumn of 2003, scoring two goals. He was also the second best goalscorer of the Slovak League for the 2003–04 season, scoring 15 goals. On 31 March 2004, he played his first and only game for the Slovak national team, playing the first half of their friendly match against Austria which ended in a 1–1 draw.

In the summer of 2004, he joined German 2. Bundesliga side Wacker Burghausen on a one-season loan from Artmedia Bratislava, but the deal was made permanent upon the end of the 2004–05 season. He made his debut for the club on 3 October 2004 in a 4–2 win over 1860 München in which he also scored one goal. In three seasons of playing for Wacker Burghausen, he made 87 appearances and scored 26 goals in the 2nd Bundesliga. He had a contract until 2008 with the club and was thinking of staying with them for another season despite their relegation to the third division in 2007. Towards the end of the 2005–06 season, he was rumoured with a move to the Bundesliga after scoring 14 goals in the 2. Bundesliga and sharing the position of the league's second best goalscorer with Karlsruhe's Giovanni Federico.[1]

Death[edit]

He died in a road accident near Maitenbeth in Bavaria in the early morning of 26 May 2007, around 5:40 CEST. He was driving his Audi S3 on the road B12 in direction Mühldorf, being on his way back to Burghausen from Munich, when he lost control over the car in a left turn. The car subsequently swung off the road and continued to spin for about 50 metres before its roof hit a tree in the adjacent forest. Krejčí was left trapped inside the vehicle and the fire brigade were unable to save him. No other cars were involved in the accident, but the road was closed for about three hours. Probable cause of the accident was suspected to have been excessive speeding.[2] He left behind his wife and 10-year-old daughter. On 29 May 2007, Wacker Burghausen decided to retire his shirt number 11.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marek Krejci verlängert seinen Lauf" (in German). kicker.de. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Zweitliga-Spieler Marek Krejci tödlich verunglückt" (in German). Passauer Neue Presse. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Krejci zu Ehren: Wacker vergibt Nr. 11 nie mehr" (in German). Passauer Neue Presse. [dead link]

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