Pavlína Ščasná

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Pavlína Ščasná
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Personal information
Full name Pavlína Ščasná
Date of birth (1982-04-03) 3 April 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Roudnice nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Sparta Prague
2001–2002 Bayern Munich (14)
2003 Philadelphia Charge 7 (1)
2004–2006 Bayern Munich (17)
2006–2007 KIF Örebro
2008–2010 LdB Malmö 56 (18)
National team
1998–2001 Czech Republic U-19 16 (9)
1998–2008 Czech Republic 50 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pavlína Ščasná (born 3 April 1982) is a Czech former football striker who last played for Swedish champion LdB Malmö.[1]

She played four years in Sparta Prague before earning Bayern Munich attention. In her first season at Bayern she was the team's top scorer with 14 goals. At the age of 20 she moved to WUSA's Philadelphia Charge, becoming the first Czech player of women's football in the United States.[2] The WUSA folded in September 2003,[3] so Ščasná returned to Bayern. She played a few more seasons in the Bundesliga before moving to Damallsvenskan in 2006.[4] She spent two years in KIF Örebro and then signed for LdB Malmö, with which she won the 2010 league, her first national title since she left the Czech league.[5] She was drafted by Atlanta Beat in the 2010 WPS Dispersal Draft, but she decided to remain in Malmö. After knee injury in March 2011 she ended with football.[6]

She was an international player for a decade, scoring 24 goals in 50 games for the Czech national team. She retired from international football in Autumn 2008.[7] She was named Czech Footballer of the Year (women) five times, in 1998, 2004,[8] 2006,[9] 2007 [10] and 2008.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ščasná is the daughter of manager and former international player Zdeněk Ščasný.[2] She began playing football in the junior teams of his father's last two teams as a player, Anagennisi Dherynia in Cyprus and SK Roudnice nad Labem. Her brother Michal is also a professional footballer.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile Soccerway.com
  2. ^ a b c Willoughby, Ian (19 February 2003). "Move to US professional league dream come true for Czech woman footballer". Czech Radio. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Confident, yes, but can new league survive?". sportsbusinessdaily.com. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Profile Weltfussball.de
  5. ^ "Ščasná má titul: Byly jsme jak princezny". sport.cz (in Czech). 27 October 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ščasná: Hrála přes bolest. Teď ale řekla Konec!". sport.cz (in Czech). 27 March 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Pavlína Ščasná international stats at the Football Association of the Czech Republic website (Czech)
  8. ^ "Nejlepším českým futsalistou je Kamenický, fotbalistkou Ščasná". sportovni.net (in Czech). 6 January 2005. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Exsparťanka Ščasná je královnou českého fotbalu pro rok 2006". fotbalpraha.cz (in Czech) (Prague Football Association). 8 January 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fotbalistkou roku 2007 je Ščasná, dorostencem Zeman ze Sparty". sport.cz (in Czech). 6 January 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ščasná vyhrála popáté anketu o nejlepší českou fotbalistku". sport.cz (in Czech). 12 January 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2012.