Theodor Gebre Selassie

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Theodor Gebre Selassie
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Gebre Selassie in 2012
Personal information
Full name Theodor Gebre Selassie
Date of birth (1986-12-24) 24 December 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 23
Youth career
1992–1998 Velké Meziříčí
1998–2005 Vysočina Jihlava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Vysočina Jihlava 18 (2)
2005–2006 Velké Meziříčí (loan) 8 (0)
2007–2008 Slavia Prague 11 (0)
2008–2012 Slovan Liberec 97 (8)
2012– Werder Bremen 48 (2)
National team
2007–2008 Czech Republic U-21 6 (0)
2011– Czech Republic 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2013

Theodor Gebre Selassie (born 24 December 1986) is a Czech football defender who plays for the Bundesliga team Werder Bremen. He signed a four-year contract with the club in June 2012, joining from the Gambrinus liga side Slovan Liberec.[1]

He plays for the Czech Republic national football team, becoming the first player of African descent to do so when making his debut in 2011, and was selected in their squad for UEFA Euro 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Gebre Selassie was born in 1986 in Třebíč in the former Czechoslovakia.

His father, Chamola, is Ethiopian and arrived in the country as a doctor during the communist period. His mother, Jana, is Czech and a schoolteacher.[1][2]

Gebre Selassie has a younger sister named Anna, who plays for the Czech Republic women's national handball team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Gebre Selassie began his football career in 1992, developing within the Czech youth system. For the next six years, he was a member of the Velké Meziříčí junior squad. He subsequently moved to Vysočina Jihlava, where he played for the club's youth team between 1998 and 2005.

As his family placed great importance on education, Gebre Selassie later almost abandoned football altogether to concentrate on a university degree. However, he eventually opted to join Velké Meziříčí's senior side in 2005.[2]

Gebre Selassie subsequently had a brief stint with Slavia Prague in the 2007–08 season, during which he won the Gambrinus liga title. He then played for Slovan Liberec, where he again won the league title in the 2011–12 season.[1]

After playing all four of the Czech Republic's matches at UEFA Euro 2012, Gebre Selassie was signed on 22 June by Werder Bremen of the German Bundesliga on a four-year deal.[1] On 24 August 2012, Gebre Selassie scored a goal in his first league match for Bremen – a 1–2 away loss against reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.

International career[edit]

In May 2011, Gebre Selassie received his first call-up to the Czech national football team. The same year, he became the first player of African descent to play for the Czech Republic,[4] making his international debut on 4 June that year in an exhibition match against Peru. The match ended in a 0–0 draw.

Gebre Selassie was later given the number 2 shirt in the Czech squad for UEFA Euro 2012. He was allegedly the target of racist chanting from Russia fans during the Czech Republic's match against Russia, which ended in a 4–1 victory for Russia.[5] During the tournament, he received attention from some of Europe's most successful clubs.[6] He started all four of the Czechs' games, as the side won its group before eventually losing to Portugal in the quarter-finals.[1] He scored his first senior international goal on 12 October 2012 in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malta.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

[8]

Czech Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 7 0
2012 12 1
2013 4 0
Total 23 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Czech Republic's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2012 Stadion města Plzně, Plzeň  Malta 1–0 3–1 2014 World Cup qualifier

Honours[edit]

Slavia Prague
Slovan Liberec

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Palmer, Justin (22 June 2012). "Czech defender Gebre Selassie joins Bremen". Reuters. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Kennedy, Paul (21 June 2012). "Gebre Selassie: 'I am glad I am different'". Soccer America Daily. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Petrák, Michal. "Euro 2012: Czech Republic profile - Theodor Gebre Selassie". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gebre Selassie close to Bremen move". ESPNSTAR. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Watchdog says Russia fans abused Czech Selassie". The Times. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Petrák, Michal (29 May 2012). "Euro 2012: Czech Republic profile – Theodor Gebre Selassie". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Volynsky, Masha (15 October 2012). "Czechs beat Malta in World Cup qualifier". Radio Prague. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Theodor Gebre Selassie". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 

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