Martin Jiránek

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Martin Jiránek
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Personal information
Full name Martin Jiránek[1]
Date of birth (1979-05-25) 25 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Tom Tomsk
Number 52
Youth career
1985–1994 Radotinský SK
1994–1997 Bohemians Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Bohemians Prague 55 (4)
1999 Tatran Poštorná (loan) 11 (0)
1999–2001 Slovan Liberec 32 (0)
2001–2004 Reggina 100 (3)
2004–2010 Spartak Moscow 136 (4)
2010–2011 Birmingham City 10 (0)
2011–2013 Terek Grozny 47 (1)
2013– Tom Tomsk 22 (0)
National team
2000–2002 Czech Republic U-21 20 (4)
2002–2007 Czech Republic 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Martin Jiránek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarcɪn ˈjɪraːnɛk]; born 25 May 1979 in Prague) is a Czech international footballer who plays for Russian Premier League club FC Tom Tomsk. A defender, Jiránek has played in the top division of several countries.

Jiránek played in a number of international tournaments for his country. In 2002 he was part of the Czech under 21 side which won the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Switzerland. He subsequently travelled with the senior international squad for the Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jiránek started his professional career in 1997 for Bohemians Prague, making 55 appearances, before leaving for Slovan Liberec in 1999. He made 32 appearances, and helped Slovan to win the Czech Cup in the 1999/2000 season.[3]

Reggina[edit]

In 2000, Jiranek moved to Italian Serie B side Reggina.[4] In his time at Reggina, Jiranek would make 100 league appearances,[3] helping Reggina gain promotion to Serie A in the 2001/02 season.[5]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

Spartak Moscow signed Jiránek in 2004 for €4.7m from Reggina.[3] Jiránek made his debut against FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Jiránek was a regular in the starting line-up for six years. Jiránek was the captain of the team in 2009–2010.[6]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 31 August 2010, he moved to English Premier League club Birmingham City, signing a one-year deal,[7] having rejected offers from a variety of clubs.[8] Jiránek made his debut in the starting eleven for the League Cup third-round match against MK Dons, and had a good chance to score as Birmingham won 3–1.[9] His second start came in a tidy performance as several first-team regulars were rested for the FA Cup third round tie against Millwall which Birmingham won 4–1.[10][11] After Scott Dann was injured in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against West Ham United, Jiránek became a regular starter, and he was in the starting eleven as Birmingham beat favourites Arsenal 2–1 in the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.[12] A toe injury that eventually required surgery disrupted the latter part of his season,[13] and following Birmingham's relegation from the Premier League, he rejected the option of another season with the club.[14]

Terek Grozny[edit]

In July 2011, Jiránek signed a two-year contract with Russian Premier League club Terek Grozny.[15] In his second season with the club he scored a goal from 45 yards in the League Cup.[16]

International career[edit]

Jiránek was part of the Czech side which won the UEFA U-21 Championships in 2002. He made his senior international debut against Poland in 2002. Jiránek's first major international tournament came at Euro 2004, where he made 4 appearances before being ruled out of the semi-final with a thigh injury.[17] He also was named in the Czech squad for the 2006 World Cup, but despite playing 5 qualifying matches, he did not make an appearance at the finals.[18] He appeared in 5 qualifying matches for Euro 2008, but was not named in the Czech squad due to an ankle injury.[19] His 31st (and as of February 2011, last) appearance was in March 2007, against Germany - after which, he was fined for his involvement in a controversial birthday party.[20]

Honours[edit]

Slovan Liberec

Birmingham City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists". Premier League. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jiranek Martin". Russian Football Premier League. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Martin Jiránek - biography, stats, rating, footballer’s profile | Football Top.com
  4. ^ Reggina Calcio 2000-01
  5. ^ ESPN.com - SOCCER - Empoli, Reggina promoted despite losses
  6. ^ Sport Express - Jiranek Voted Spartak Captain
  7. ^ "McLeish Bags Martin". Birmingham City F.C. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Jiranek Shunned Offers From Spain
  9. ^ "Birmingham City 3 Milton Keynes Dons 1: match report". Daily Telegraph. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Millwall 1, Birmingham City 4: Colin Tattum's big match verdict". Birmingham Mail. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  11. ^ "Millwall 1, Birmingham City 4: Colin Tattum's match stats and player ratings". Birmingham Mail. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  12. ^ McNulty, Philip (27 February 2011). "Arsenal 1–2 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  13. ^ Collins, Ben (31 March 2011). "Jiranek doubtful after toe op". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "James McFadden holds contract talks as Phillips, Bowyer and Parnaby leave". Birmingham Mail. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Мартин Йиранек перешел в "Терек"" [Martin Jiránek moved to Terek] (in Russian). FC Terek. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  16. ^ The Only Goal You Need to See This Weekend: Martin Jiranek Blasts a Bender | Bleacher Report
  17. ^ Thigh blow lays Jiránek low – UEFA.com
  18. ^ FIFA Player Statistics: Martin JIRANEK - FIFA.com
  19. ^ Jiránek op leaves Spartak short – UEFA.com
  20. ^ Czech Republic Players Celebrate Loss with Booze and Prostitutes - World Cup Blog

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