Petr Jiráček

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Petr Jiráček
Petr Jiráček 2012 VfL Wolfsburg.jpg
Jiráček with Wolfsburg in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Petr Jiráček
Date of birth (1986-03-02) 2 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Tuchořice, Czechoslovakia[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 19
Youth career
1991–1996 Sokol Tuchořice
1996–2006 Baník Sokolov
1998 → Buldoci Karlovy Vary (loan)
2001 Slavia Prague (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Baník Sokolov 40 (2)
2008–2011 Viktoria Plzeň 100 (11)
2012 VfL Wolfsburg 13 (2)
2012– Hamburger SV 34 (2)
National team
2011– Czech Republic 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2014

Petr Jiráček (born 2 March 1986) is a Czech footballer. A midfielder, he operates either as a box-to-box or more in an attacking role. He currently plays for German club Hamburger SV, where he has most recently been used as left back.

Career[edit]

Clubs[edit]

After starting out at Baník Sokolov, club where he had arrived at 10 years old, and spending two professional seasons there, Jiráček made a move to Viktoria Plzeň. With Viktoria, he made exactly 100 league appearances[2] and was a key part in the team that won the 2010–11 Czech championship, a feat never accomplished before in the history of the club. The title also gave them the opportunity to play the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, in which they reached the group stage, finishing third only behind giants F.C. Barcelona and A.C. Milan. Jiracek only failed to appear in one match at the European competition. He also won the 2009–10 Czech Cup and the 2011 Czech Supercup.

In December 2011, Jiráček signed a four-and-a-half year deal with German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg.[3] He immediately made an impression as he scored a brace in his fourth league game to secure a 3–2 win against SC Freiburg. He suffered an injury in the end of February, however, that led him to miss a number of matches and be on the bench a few times for the rest of the season.

On 26 August 2012, VfL Wolfsburg head coach Felix Magath confirmed that Jiráček would join Hamburger SV for an undisclosed fee after failing to impress during his stay in Wolfsburg.

National team[edit]

In September 2011, he made a national team debut in a match against Scotland and soon became first choice in the team managed by Michal Bílek.[4] He scored his first goal in a 1–0 win against Montenegro in the Euro 2012 qualifier play-offs.

He went on to play a crucial part in the team that reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2012, scoring two goals in the tournament, both opening goals against Greece and Poland in the group stage, being elected the man of the match in the latter match.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Czech Republic's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2011 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Montenegro 1–0 1–0 Euro 2012 qualifier play-offs
2. 12 June 2012 Municipal Stadium, Wrocław  Greece 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012
3. 16 June 2012 Municipal Stadium, Wrocław  Poland 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Czech Republic League Czech Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Baník Sokolov Czech 2. Liga 15 1 0 0 –– 15 1
2007–08 25 1 2 0 –– 27 1
Czech Republic League Czech Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Viktoria Plzeň Gambrinus liga 29 1 0 0 –– 29 1
2009–10 26 1 3 0 –– 29 1
2010–11 29 5 4 1 2 0 35 6
2011–12 16 4 0 0 11 0 27 4
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2011–12 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 13 2 0 0 0 0 13 2
2012–13 Hamburger SV 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total Czech Republic 140 13 14 0 13 0 162 14
Germany 18 2 0 0 0 0 18 2
Career total 158 15 14 0 13 0 180 16

Honours[edit]

Viktoria Plzen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jiráček, Petr". National Football Teams. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Petr Jiráček" (in Czech). iDNES.cz. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jiráček opouští Plzeň, na čtyři a půl roku se upsal Wolfsburgu" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scotland 2-2 Czech Republic". BBC Sport. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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