Baroš with Antalyaspor in 2013
|Full name||Milan Baroš|
|Date of birth||28 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Valašské Meziříčí, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1991–1993||Rožnov p. Radhoštěm|
|2008||→ Portsmouth (loan)||12||(0)|
|1996–1997||Czech Republic U15||7||(3)|
|1997–1998||Czech Republic U16||5||(1)|
|1998||Czech Republic U17||4||(1)|
|1998–2000||Czech Republic U18||19||(5)|
|1999–2002||Czech Republic U21||19||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Baroš was the winner of the Golden Boot at UEFA Euro 2004, where he scored five goals. In 2005, he was a member of the Liverpool team which won the UEFA Champions League. In the 2008–09 season, Baroš scored 20 goals in the Turkish Süper Lig, becoming the season's top scorer. He has previously played for clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa, Lyon and Galatasaray.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Baroš was introduced to top-level football at FC Baník Ostrava. In 1998 he made his debut in the Gambrinus liga, the top division of Czech football, becoming a regular over the next few seasons. In 2000, he won the Talent of the Year award at the Czech Footballer of the Year awards.
Baroš joined Liverpool in 2002 in a transfer worth £3.2 million. He was given the number 5 shirt, making his debut in a Champions League tie away to Barcelona. It was his only appearance of the 2001–02 season. The following season, Baroš scored twice on his Premiership debut away to Bolton Wanderers and ended the season with 12 goals for the club. This included a brace in a 6–0 away win over relegated West Bromwich Albion on 26 April 2003.
For the 2003–04 season, Baroš was expected to feature more prominently but he broke his ankle in a September 2003 match against Blackburn Rovers. He did not play again for six months and scored just two goals all season. Baroš would later claim that had manager Gérard Houllier stayed at the club after the summer of 2004, he would have put in a transfer request. As it was, Houllier resigned and was replaced by Rafael Benítez. On returning from Euro 2004, where he had been the top goalscorer, Baroš hit his best form for his club early in the 2004–05 season. With Michael Owen and Emile Heskey now sold and new signing Djibril Cissé out with a long term injury, Baroš was now the club's senior striker. Despite being the club's joint top scorer with 13 goals, including a hat trick against Crystal Palace, Baroš was surprisingly dropped for the League Cup final defeat to Chelsea. However, he played an important role in Liverpool's run to the 2005 Champions League, playing virtually all the matches in the competition as a lone striker as the club clinched their fifth title. Baroš reportedly dropped the trophy during the team's celebration, leaving a dent, but Liverpool decided not to mend it because it "added to the character" of the trophy.
In June 2005, Baroš' future at Liverpool looked bleak, with the player seemingly poised to leave Liverpool to rejoin former manager Gérard Houllier at Olympique Lyonnais, who had expressed interest in bringing him to France. Baroš, however, rejected the move, saying that he wanted to prove himself at Liverpool. It was widely reported, however, that Liverpool would try to sell Baroš before the transfer window closed on 31 August. Adding fuel to these rumours was Liverpool's purchase of Peter Crouch from Southampton, along with the decision by manager Rafael Benítez not to play Baroš in any of Liverpool's Champions League qualifying-round ties. By not playing Baroš, Benítez assured that Baroš would not be cup-tied to Liverpool – cup-tied players are considerably less valuable – especially to teams that could reasonably afford the transfer fee that Liverpool would likely require for Baroš. Indeed, two clubs that had already qualified for the group phase, Lyon and Schalke 04, strongly pursued Baroš, but he expressed a desire to stay in the Premiership or to move to Spain.
He played as a substitute in the first two games of Liverpool's 2005–06 season, but they were his last for the club.
Baroš moved to Premiership side Aston Villa for a fee of £6.5 million in August 2005, signing a four-year contract. He was given the number 10 shirt. Just ten minutes into his Aston Villa début, he scored the only goal in his new team's victory over Blackburn Rovers. He finished the season with 8 goals in 25 appearances. He also scored three goals in as many games in the FA Cup that season, as well as one goal from two League Cup appearances, but he never really won over the fans due to his perceived lack of effort on the playing field.
The following season proved to be difficult for Baroš. He began the season as first-choice striker under Martin O'Neill and played alongside Juan Pablo Ángel, but he soon got injured and lost his place to Luke Moore and the emerging Gabriel Agbonlahor. Boss Martin O'Neill challenged Baroš to prove himself before the January transfer window. He subsequently opened his account for the season on 11 December with a close-range equaliser against Sheffield United in a 2–2 draw. This did not prove good enough and he was soon dropped from the squad altogether and was given few opportunities following that. Following his final goal for Aston Villa in a 2–1 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup, he left the club in the January transfer window having scored 14 goals from 51 appearances in all competitions. He was sold to Lyon in a part exchange deal for John Carew.
On 26 January 2007, Baroš signed with French side Olympique Lyonnais, reuniting with former manager Gérard Houllier from his time at Liverpool. The deal swapped Baroš with Lyon striker John Carew, who joined Aston Villa on a three-and-a-half-year deal. On 24 January 2007, he made his Lyon Ligue 1 debut against Bordeaux.
On 18 April 2007, during Lyon's match against Rennes, Baroš was accused of making a racist gesture towards his Cameroonian opponent, Stéphane Mbia. After having been fouled by Mbia several times, Baroš held his nose in front of Mbia and waved his hand as if to waft away an unpleasant smell. In the ensuing controversy, Baroš insisted that his gesture was not intended to be racist in any way, and he was only trying to tell Mbia to get out of his face and leave him alone. On 4 May, Baroš and Mbia were brought before an official disciplinary hearing of the LFP. The jury ruled that Baroš was innocent of racist behavior, but he was nevertheless suspended for the remainder of the season for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Following the departure of Houllier, Baroš played significantly less under new manager Alain Perrin in the 2007–08 season. On 1 November, Baroš was arrested in France while driving at 271 km/h (168 mph) in his black Ferrari F430, on a freeway limited to 130 km/h (81 mph). Stopped by French police between Lyon and Geneva in the region of Ain, the local authorities said the radar reading of 271 km/h was the fastest speed ever recorded in the region, beating the 248 km/h (154 mph) set by a motorcyclist in 2000. Allegedly, Baroš claimed to the police that the reason he was going so fast was that he "wanted to hear what a Ferrari sounded like at 200 km/h." As a result, Baroš had his car and licence confiscated and had to take a taxi back to Lyon.
Baroš joined Premier League side Portsmouth on loan from Lyon in January 2008 with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the loan. Baroš played a significant role in the club winning the 2008 FA Cup. He won Portsmouth's match-winning penalty kick in the quarter-final at Manchester United and assisted Nwankwo Kanu's deciding goal in the semi final match against West Bromwich Albion with a suspected handball that went unnoticed by both the referee and his assistant. The final match of Baroš' loan spell was the 2008 FA Cup Final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium, where he appeared as an 87th minute substitute for Kanu. By the end of the season, Baroš had played 16 matches for Portsmouth, including seven as a substitute, although he failed to score. At the end of the season, Pompey decided against making Baroš' signing permanent and he returned to Lyon.
In August 2008, Baroš joined Turkish champions Galatasaray from Olympique Lyonnais for a fee of €4.7million, linking up with former Liverpool team-mate Harry Kewell. He played his first match against Kayserispor, playing the last 15 minutes. Baroš scored his 19th goal and made his 21st appearance on 8 January 2009.
Baroš scored his first goals as a double in the UEFA Cup 1st round 1st Leg game against Bellinzona. Three days later, in his first league start, he once again scored two goals against Kocaelispor, with Galatasaray going on to win the match 4–1.
On 21 December 2008, 14 goals in total, Baroš became the top goalscorer in the Süper Lig, scoring a hat-trick in the thrilling derby encounter with Beşiktaş, converting two penalties and calmly finishing a one-two move with Lincoln, as Galatasaray won the match 4–2. He became top scorer in the Süper Lig in 2008–2009 season with 20 goals.
Baroš scored his first goal of the new campaign after three league games when he scored twice in a 4–1 win against Kayserispor. His next two goals came on 13 September where Galatasaray played rivals Beşiktaş. Galatasaray came out winner 3–0 with Baroš scoring his third and fourth goals of the season.
He broke his foot in two places after a tackle by Emre Belözoğlu in the Fenerbahçe–Galatasaray derby's first minute. He returned to action 4.5 months later on 14 March 2010 for a game against Ankaragucu, scoring a goal on his comeback. On 11 April 2010, he scored a hattrick at home against Diyarbakirspor. On 17 April 2010, he scored the second goal in a 1–2 win at Manisaspor. He has scored five goals in three games since returning from his prolonged injury.
On 7 August, a week before the start of the Super Lig he extended his contract with Galatasaray for two seasons, keeping him contracted to the club until the end of the 2012–13 season. Also this year Baroš suffered a number of significant injuries. He started the season well scoring 2 goals in the UEFA Europa League qualification match against Karpaty Lviv. He scored his first league goal of the season against Eskisehirspor, which Galatasaray won 3–1. 3 weeks later he scored a hattrick against Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor, but didn't complete the game due to an injury. He scored 2 more goals in his comeback match against Ankaragucu on 17 October, but was injured again. He returned 7 weeks later playing the last 10 minutes of the clash with Besiktas. However he got injured again in those 10 minutes closing the first half of the season. In the second half of the season, Baroš began recovering very fast and impressed with his strong gameplay on his comeback. By the end of the season Baroš appeared in 17 league games and scored 9 goals.
Baroš didn't start as strong as previous years. He started the first 2 league games with very poor performances. Due to this he lost his place in the starting 11 to Johan Elmander, who contributed a lot in the win against Samsunspor. After a few weeks on the bench, Baroš gained a second chance which he used greatly by getting a penalty for his team the moment he entered the pitch. He did this in the next game too, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute. He started the clash against Bursaspor on the bench, but made the winning goal after coming on in the 83rd minute. Due to his great performance, Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim changed the system to a 4–4–2, allowing Baroš to play together with Elmander. This system became very useful for these two players, providing a high form graphic. Baroš became man of the match in the game versus Orduspor while he scored a goal, gave 3 goal passes and made an incredible assist. He finished the season with 8 goals, and he was among the champion squad.
On 13 February 2013, Baroš' agent announced that he had left Galatasaray by mutual consent, having not made a single appearance for the club since the arrivals of Umut Bulut and Burak Yılmaz at the start of the season.
Return to Baník Ostrava
On 18 February 2013, Czech club Baník Ostrava announced that Baroš had rejoined the club where he started his career. He made his return debut on 23 February, coming on as a substitute in the 0–0 home draw with SK Dynamo České Budějovice. He scored a hat-trick in Ostrava's 3–0 league victory against Hradec Králové on 9 March 2013, his first hat-trick in the top flight of Czech football.
At UEFA Euro 2004, Baroš scored the first goal for the Czech Republic in their first game of the tournament, a come-from-behind 2–1 victory over Latvia. He went on to score goals in the Czechs' other two group matches. His second goal was an equalizer against the Netherlands; the Dutch team had a two-goal lead over the Czechs until the 22nd minute, when Jan Koller scored from a Baroš pass. The Czechs went on to win that game. The last was a game-winning goal against Germany. Baroš and Dutch star Ruud van Nistelrooy were the only two players in the tournament to score in all three of their group matches.
At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a persistent foot injury kept him out of games against the United States and Ghana. He did appear in the Czechs' final group game against Italy, but was considered unfit and was subsequently withdrawn after 65 minutes.
During UEFA Euro 2008, Baroš suffered the indignity of receiving a yellow card during stoppage time in the match against Turkey, even though he was neither playing in the match or even on the pitch at the time of his booking.
Baroš was banned indefinitely, in April 2009, from playing for his national side after a breach of discipline. However, Baroš was recalled to the national side after the appointment of Ivan Hašek as head coach and on 12 August 2009, he marked his return to international duty with a goal from the penalty spot in the 3–1 home win against Belgium in a friendly match.
On 9 September 2009, Baroš scored a career high of four goals against San Marino, in a game where the Czech Republic won 7–0 in World Cup qualifier. He was selected as part of the squad for Euro 2012. After the tournament, during which he failed to score, Baroš announced his retirement from international football, having scored a total of 41 international goals in 93 matches.
- As of 5 May 2013
European competition goals
|1.||25 September 2002||Basel||1–1||Draw||UEFA Cup|
|2.||11 March 2004||Olympique de Marseille||1–1||Draw||UEFA Cup|
|3.||15 September 2004||AS Monaco||2–0||Win||Champions League|
|4.||9 March 2005||Bayer Leverkusen||1–3||Win||Champions League|
|5.||18 September 2008||Bellinzona||3–4||Win||UEFA Cup|
|6.||18 September 2008||Bellinzona||3–4||Win||UEFA Cup|
|7.||2 October 2008||Bellinzona||2–1||Win||UEFA Cup|
|8.||3 December 2008||Hertha Berlin||0–1||Win||UEFA Cup|
|9.||19 March 2009||Hamburg||2–3||Loss||UEFA Cup|
|10.||16 July 2009||Tobol||1–1||Draw||Europa League|
|11.||30 July 2009||Maccabi Netanya||1–4||Win||Europa League|
|12.||20 August 2009||Levadia Tallinn||5–0||Win||Europa League|
|13.||17 September 2009||Panathinaikos||1–3||Win||Europa League|
|14.||1 October 2009||Sturm Graz||1–1||Draw||Europa League|
|15.||19 August 2010||Karpaty Lviv||2–2||Draw||Europa League|
|16.||19 August 2010||Karpaty Lviv||2–2||Draw||Europa League|
- As of 22 June 2012
|Czech Republic national team|
|1.||25 April 2001||Prague, Czech Republic||Belgium||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|2.||6 June 2001||Teplice, Czech Republic||Northern Ireland||3–1||Win||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||5 September 2001||Teplice, Czech Republic||Malta||3–2||Win||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||6 October 2001||Prague, Czech Republic||Bulgaria||6–0||Win||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||6 September 2002||Prague, Czech Republic||Yugoslavia||5–0||Win||Friendly|
|6.||6 September 2002||Prague, Czech Republic||Yugoslavia||5–0||Win||Friendly|
|7.||16 October 2002||Teplice, Czech Republic||Belarus||2–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|8.||20 November 2002||Teplice, Czech Republic||Sweden||3–3||Draw||Friendly|
|9.||12 February 2003||Saint-Denis, France||France||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|10.||30 April 2003||Teplice, Czech Republic||Turkey||4–0||Win||Friendly|
|11.||6 September 2003||Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||3–1||Win||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|12.||10 September 2003||Prague, Czech Republic||Netherlands||3–1||Win||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|13.||31 March 2004||Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||2–1||Loss||Friendly|
|14.||2 June 2004||Prague, Czech Republic||Bulgaria||3–1||Win||Friendly|
|15.||6 June 2004||Teplice, Czech Republic||Estonia||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|16.||6 June 2004||Teplice, Czech Republic||Estonia||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|17.||15 June 2004||Aveiro, Portugal||Latvia||2–1||Win||UEFA Euro 2004|
|18.||19 June 2004||Aveiro, Portugal||Netherlands||3–2||Win||UEFA Euro 2004|
|19.||23 June 2004||Lisbon, Portugal||Germany||2–1||Win||UEFA Euro 2004|
|20.||27 June 2004||Porto, Portugal||Denmark||3–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2004|
|21.||27 June 2004||Porto, Portugal||Denmark||3–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2004|
|22.||12 February 2005||Teplice, Czech Republic||Finland||4–3||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|23.||30 March 2005||Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Andorra||4–0||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24.||4 June 2005||Liberec, Czech Republic||Andorra||8–1||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|25.||8 June 2005||Teplice, Czech Republic||Macedonia||6–1||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26.||7 September 2005||Olomouc, Czech Republic||Armenia||4–1||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27.||26 May 2006||Innsbruck, Austria||Saudi Arabia||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|28.||7 October 2006||Liberec, Czech Republic||San Marino||7–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|29.||7 October 2006||Liberec, Czech Republic||San Marino||7–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|30.||15 November 2006||Prague, Czech Republic||Denmark||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|31.||24 March 2007||Prague, Czech Republic||Germany||2–1||Loss||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|32.||20 August 2008||London, England||England||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|33.||12 August 2009||Teplice, Czech Republic||Belgium||3–1||Win||Friendly|
|34.||5 September 2009||Bratislava, Slovakia||Slovakia||2–2||Draw||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|35.||9 September 2009||Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic||San Marino||7–0||Win||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|36.||9 September 2009||Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic||San Marino||7–0||Win||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|37.||9 September 2009||Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic||San Marino||7–0||Win||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|38.||9 September 2009||Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic||San Marino||7–0||Win||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|39.||29 March 2011||České Budějovice, Czech Republic||Liechtenstein||2–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|40.||29 February 2012||Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|41.||26 May 2012||Styria, Austria||Israel||2–1||Win||Friendly|
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