Michal Bílek

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Michal Bílek
Personal information
Full name Michal Bílek
Date of birth (1965-04-13) 13 April 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1973–1982 Sparta Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Sparta Prague 13 (0)
1984–1985 RH Cheb 50 (4)
1986–1990 Sparta Prague 135 (32)
1990–1992 Real Betis 59 (11)
1992–1993 Sparta Prague 28 (5)
1993–1996 Viktoria Žižkov 91 (20)
1996–1998 Sparta Prague 15 (1)
1998–2000 FK Teplice 76 (11)
Total 467 (84)
National team
1987–1992 Czechoslovakia 32 (11)
1992–1995 Czech Republic 3 (0)
Teams managed
2001 FK Teplice
2001–2002 Cartaginés
2002–2003 Czech Republic U19
2003–2006 Chmel Blšany
2006 Viktoria Plzeň
2006–2008 Sparta Prague
2008–2009 Ružomberok
2009–2013 Czech Republic
2014 Dinamo Tbilisi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michal Bílek (born 13 April 1965) is a football manager and former player. He led the Czech Republic national football team for four years between 2009 and 2013. As a player he represented Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic at international level. His playing position was right midfielder.

Club career[edit]

During his career, Bílek was mainly associated with Sparta Prague, which he represented on four separate occasions, starting with the first team aged only 17.

In 1990, he had his first and only abroad experience, in Spain with Real Betis, being relegated in his first season, and returning to Sparta after another year. He then played for FK Viktoria Žižkov and FK Teplice until 2000, appearing once again for his main club in between.

Immediately after retiring, Bílek began coaching, precisely with Teplice. After a brief stint in Costa Rica, he returned home, going on to manage FK Chmel Blšany, FC Viktoria Plzeň and MFK Ružomberok. In 2006 he took charge of Sparta, replacing Stanislav Griga.[1] He went on to win the Gambrinus liga in his first year and finish second in the following. He resigned from his position at Sparta in May 2008.[2]

International career[edit]

Bílek played for Czechoslovakia, and later briefly for the independent Czech Republic; for both he played a total of 35 matches and scored 11 goals, being an offensive mainstay for the former at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice for the quartefinalists.

In late October 2009, after having coached the nation's U19 team seven years earlier,[3] former assistant Bílek was named the new coach of the senior side, following Ivan Hašek's resignation after the failure to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.[4] He was replaced as the national team boss in September 2013 after nearly four years in the role by Josef Pešice.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Griga skončil, Spartu bude trénovat Bílek" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bílek ve Spartě skončil hned, nahradil ho Chovanec" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Hard work the key, says Bílek; UEFA.com, 20 July 2003
  4. ^ Hašek passes Czech mantle to Bílek; UEFA.com, 20 October 2009
  5. ^ "Místo Bílka bude reprezentaci dočasně trénovat Pešice. Nebude to sranda, míní Cipro". Hospodářské noviny. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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