Róbert Vittek

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Róbert Vittek
Robert Vittek 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Róbert Vittek
Date of birth (1982-04-01) 1 April 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Slovan Bratislava
Number 33
Youth career
Slovan Bratislava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Slovan Bratislava 101 (47)
2003–2008 1. FC Nürnberg[1] 124 (36)
2008–2010 Lille 38 (7)
2010 Ankaragücü (loan) 12 (5)
2010–2011 Ankaragücü 12 (1)
2011–2013 Trabzonspor 6 (2)
2013 İstanbul BBSK 0 (0)
2013– Slovan Bratislava 20 (12)
National team
2001– Slovakia 80 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2013

Róbert Vittek (born 1 April 1982) is a Slovak football player who currently plays for ŠK Slovan Bratislava.

With 23 goals in 80 matches since 2001, Vittek is the highest-scorer ever for the Slovakia national football team. He played for them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in which he scored four goals.

Club career[edit]

Slovan Bratislava[edit]

Vittek began his career with hometown club Slovan Bratislava in 1999 in the youth team before the 1999–2000 campaign, then he played in the first team of the club. As a youth player, he had a preliminary agreement with Real Madrid, the move to Spain fell through, however, due to an injury. He was 19 at the time scoring 19 goals. The next season he played only three games, making them two goals. Prior his move to Germany, Vittek once had a trial at Birmingham City[2] and impressed the club that they made a move for him.[3] However the move never materialized.

1. FC Nürnberg[edit]

He came to Nürnberg in 2003, while the club was still in the 2. Bundesliga, helping the team earn a promotion for the 2004–05 campaign. During the 2004–05 campaign at the first half of the season, Vittek signed a long term contract.[4]

Vittek scored five goals in the 2004–05 campaign and seemed to be slumping toward mediocrity in the first half of the 2005–06 season, as he failed to score in the first 17 matches before the winter break. Then without warning, he became one of the most thrilling players in the Bundesliga in the second half of the season, scoring 16 goals in the final 16 games. He made league history in Spieltag 24 and 25, becoming the first Bundesliga player to score a combined six goals in two consecutive games. In all, Vittek had five multi-goal games on the season, and his 16 goals were good for fifth place on the Bundesliga scoring charts. Vittek's rise was mirrored by his team as 1. FC Nürnberg rose from near-relegation to eighth place.

In the first half of the 2005–06 season, he was constantly on or replaced, and he managed a single goal. By changing to the new coach Hans Meyer then came his big break. With 16 goals in the second half he had a major role in ensuring that 1. FC Nürnberg climbed from the last to the eight place. Among the highlights here he scored a new record: he scored six goals in a row without an intervening goal of another player on the field in the last two games against MSV Duisburg and 1. FC Köln respectively. The next game he scored two more goals against SV Werder Bremen, he just missed the league record of Lothar Emmerich and Tomislav Marić with four braces. His sparkling 2005–06 performance made Vittek a sought after commodity in European football. Hamburger SV was the main Bundesliga club rumored to be courting Vittek.[5] Dynamo Kiev offered a €10 million transfer fee for Vittek in June 2006, but Nürnberg rejected the offer. Lokomotiv Moscow was also reported to have interest in Vittek's services.

The 2006–07 season was again a mixed season for Vittek as he just scored four goals in 24 games due to Markus Schroth and Ivan Saenko making the score sheet. He played only three game of the cup until the quarter finals of the DFB-Pokal and returned only in the final, but stayed only on the bench which on 26 May 2007, Nürnberg won the DFB-Pokal beating VfB Stuttgart 3–1. In December 2006, Vittek won the Slovak Footballer of the Year award. During the season in October, Vittek signed a contract extenstion, keeping him until 2010[6] and this season began the decline for Vittek at Nürnberg.

The 2007–08 season was a negative season for Vittek as he scored once in 17 games due to injury and lack of fitness. On 24 July 2007, he scored two goals for Nürnberg in the DFB-Ligapokal, but his team lost 4–2 to Schalke 04. On 5 August 2007, Vittek scored his first hat-trick since two seasons ago in the first round of DFB-Pokal in a 6–0 thrashing against Victoria Hamburg. On 1 September 2007, Vittek received a red card for the first time in his Bundesliga career after a second bookable offense in a 1–1 draw against Energie Cottbus.[7] Despite his sending off a few days later, Vittek was injured after suffering pain on his knee, resulting him out of action throughout the rest of 2007 and expected to be available until January despite the operation was a success.[8] After the injury time, his return was delayed due to the flu.[9] The long forced break was also responsible for the fact that he was never used in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. On 1 March 2008, Vittek began to make his first appearance for the club since his injury, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 loss against Hannover 96 and 33 day later on 5 April, Vittek scored his first goal (and only goal) of the season in a 3–1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 2008–09 season was short-lived for Vittek before his move to Lille as he made two appearances and in his last match with a 2–1 loss against Kaiserslautern provided an assist for Isaac Boakye to score the only goal in the game.

OSC Lille[edit]

Struggling to get to previous form, he went to play to French club Lille for a reported €5.5 million in 2008, where he was awarded a contract until 2012. On 31 August 2008, Vittek made his debut for the club in a 2–1 win over Bordeaux and scored his first goal in a 3–0 win over Saint-Étienne three months later since making his debut. He went on to help the club finally with a total of five goals in 26 games for the fifth place, and thus to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

On 30 July 2009, he first played in the qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League against FK Sevojno and scored a goal. In the league start on 9 August he was in the starting lineup in a 2–1 loss against Lorient and two weeks later on 23 August 2009, Vittek scored his first goal in a 1–1 draw against Toulouse. After 17 games without scoring, Vittek scored in a 2–1 loss against Sochaux.

M.K.E. Ankaragücü[edit]

On 1 February 2010, Vittek left the French club and signed a half year loan deal with MKE Ankaragücü.[10] On 7 February 2010, Vittek made his debut for the club in a 0–0 draw against Bursaspor and scored his first goal in the next game with a 1–1 draw against İstanbul BB. Vittek scored a brace in a 3–0 win over Kayserispor on 21 March 2010.

After the World Cup campaign, Ankaragücü bought him from Lille permanently[11][12] despite interest from his former club Nürnberg.[13] Since signing permanently for Ankaragücü, Vittek never produced his form like last time when he was on loan as he just made 12 appearance and scored once against Bucaspor in a 5–3 win and also setting up a goal for Murat Duruer on 21 April 2010.

In the winter transfer break of 2010–11, FC Red Bull Salzburg were interested in signing Vittek. After the transfer arrangements with MKE Ankaragücü were cleared, the club officials of the Turkish claimed to have sent a confirmation fax on 31 January 2011, shortly before midnight to Salzburg. The fax was received in Salzburg one minute past midnight and the clock of the Transfer Matching System (TMS) of the FIFA registered it at 00:03 and therefore invalid. Ankaragücü made a faulty fax machine responsible for the incident. On 23 February 2011, it was ruled by the FIFA that Vittek was not join reigning Austrian champion.[14]

Trabzonspor[edit]

On 1 September 2011, Vittek signed a two-year contract for Turkish club Trabzonspor. The transfer fee was 600,000 €.[15]

On 14 September 2011, Vittek made his Champions League debut, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Inter Milan. On 17 September 2011, Vittek made his debut for the club but soon in the game, he suffered an injury on a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee to which sidelined him for about six months.[16] In April 2012, Vittek was again training with the squad and planned to return at the very end of the season.[17] By August, Vittek made his first appearance for the club since suffering an injury in a 1–1 draw against Kardemir Karabükspor.

İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi[edit]

In February 2013, he signed one and half year contract with İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi.[18][19] He didn't make any league appearances for the club, mainly due to injury problems.

Return to Slovan Bratislava[edit]

On 3 September 2013 he signed one-year deal with his hometown club ŠK Slovan Bratislava. Vittek was assigned the number 33 shirt. He made his official debut on 14 September, scoring a goal in the 4–2 away win over FK Dukla Banská Bystrica in a league match.

International career[edit]

Vittek in the jersey of the Slovakia national team in 2010.

Vittek has also been part of the Slovak national team since 2001. His tally of 80 caps makes him their second most-capped player after Miroslav Karhan. Vittek scored Slovakia's first ever goal at a World Cup, netting in the 1–1 draw with New Zealand on 15 June 2010.[20] Vittek also scored two goals against defending World Cup holders Italy on 24 June 2010 to knock them out of the competition and subsequently ensure Slovakia progress to the 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage.[21] On 28 June 2010, Slovakia lost 2–1 to the Netherlands in their first knockout stage match, in which Vittek converted a last-minute penalty to become Slovakia's top international scorer. With four goals in the competition, he also became the joint top scorer at the stage that Slovakia were knocked out.[22] He scored only one goal fewer than Germany's Thomas Müller, who won the Golden Boot.

International goals[23][edit]

Scores and results list Slovakia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 August 2001 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Iran
3–2
3–4
Friendly
2 12 February 2003 Larnaca, Cyprus  Romania
1–0
1–2
2003 Cyprus International Football Tournament
5 13 February 2003 Larnaca, Cyprus  Cyprus
2–1
3–1
2003 Cyprus International Football Tournament
6
3–1
5 11 October 2003 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
6
2–0
7 18 August 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Luxembourg
1–1
3–1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 04 September 2004 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Russia
1–1
1–1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 08 September 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Liechtenstein
1–0
7–0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
10
3–0
11
4–0
12 09 February 2005 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Romania
1–0
2–2
2005 Cyprus International Football Tournament
13 07 September 2005 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia
1–0
1–1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
14 07 October 2006 Millennium Stadium , Cardiff, United Kingdom  Wales
5–1
5–1
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
15 24 March 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
1–1
3–1
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
16 19 November 2008 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Liechtenstein
3–0
4–0
Friendly
17 10 February 2009 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Ukraine
1–1
2–3
2009 Cyprus International Football Tournament
18 12 August 2009 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland
1–0
1–1
Friendly
19 05 June 2010 Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava, Slovakia  Costa Rica
2–0
3–0
Friendly
20 15 June 2010 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa  New Zealand
1–0
1–1
2010 FIFA World Cup
21 24 June 2010 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Italy
1–0
3–2
2010 FIFA World Cup
22
2–0
23 28 June 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Netherlands
1–2
1–2
2010 FIFA World Cup

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Vittek handed Blues trial". Sky Sports. 9 January 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Blues make offer for Vittek". Sky Sports. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vittek commits to Nurnberg". Sky Sports. 9 August 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nurnberg reject Vittek bid". Sky Sports. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vittek signs new deal". Sky Sports. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Wolf rettet Punkt in der Lausitz" (in German). FCN. 1 September 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Robert Vittek: Längere Zwangspause" (in German). FCN. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Lille striker Vittek joins Ankaragucu on loan". USA Today. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ankaragucu bought testimonial of Vittek". CNN Türk. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
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  13. ^ "Vittek desires Nurnberg return". Sky Sports. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "FIFA blocks Robert Vittek's transfer to Salzburg". Ahram Online. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Trabzonspor squad announced through the stock market adds to the cost of Robert Vittek and Marek Sapara'nın". habermonitor.com. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Injured Trabzonspor Vittek Out of Action for Six Months". Prolog. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Vittek už naplno trénuje, možno stihne posledný zápas" (in Slovak). Sportsky. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  18. ^ Vittek prestúpil do Istanbulu BB 01.02.2013, profutbal.sk
  19. ^ Vittek hráčom tureckého klubu Istanbul Büyüksehir Belediyesi 01.02.2013, osporte.sk
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