Daniel Pudil

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Daniel Pudil
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Pudil
Date of birth (1985-09-27) 27 September 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back / Left winger
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
(on loan from Watford)
Number 36
Youth career
1991–2003 Sparta Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 FK Chmel Blšany 11 (2)
2004–2008 FC Slovan Liberec 70 (6)
2007–2008 SK Slavia Praha (loan) 21 (6)
2008–2011 Genk 121 (4)
2012–2013 Granada 0 (0)
2012 Cesena (loan) 7 (1)
2012–2013 Watford (loan) 37 (1)
2013– Watford 60 (2)
2015– Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 25 (2)
National team
2004 Czech Republic U-19 8 (0)
2004–2007 Czech Republic U-21 16 (1)
2007– Czech Republic 29 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13th February 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

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

Daniel Pudil (born 27 September 1985) is a Czech footballer who currently plays for Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Watford. He has represented his country at under-19, under-21 and full international levels.[1]


Czech Republic[edit]

Pudil started his youth career in the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague. He left the club at age of eighteen and joined FK Chmel Blšany. At Chmel Blšany Pudil used to play left back in defence and scored two goals in eleven appearances. After six months Pudil joined FC Slovan Liberec. Though making twelve appearance in his first season, Pudil soon became a member of the first team which would win its second league title with Pudil making 29 appearances and scoring three goals. During the season, Pudil scored the first goal of his career in a 2-2 draw against Příbram on 7 November 2005. Throughout the season, Pudil would establish himself in the starting eleven at the club.

In 2007, he had a trial with English side Watford, but manager Aidy Boothroyd decided not to sign Pudil on a permanent contract.[2][3]

In the 2007–08 season in which he played three games for Slovan Liberec, Pudil leave Příbram to join SK Slavia Praha a loan for a season and made his debut on 15 September 2007, in a 0-0 draw against Baník Ostrava; Four days later, he made his Champions League in a 2-1 win over Romanian side Steaua București. On 29 September 2007, Pudil then scored his first goal in a 7-1 win over Fastav Zlín; followed four days later when he scored his first goal in a 2-1 loss against Sevilla and his second league goal came in a 2-0 win over Sparta Prague six days later. In the UEFA Champions League third match in the Group Stage, Pudil was in the squad when Arsenal thrashed Slavia 7-0.[4] Six days later after the 7-0 loss, Pudil played against his former club in a 1-1 draw; but the next meeting soon happened again six months later, when Pudil set up a goal for Zdeněk Šenkeřík, to score the only goal in the game. Following Slavia Praha Champions league elimination to UEFA Cup, Pudil set up a goal for Matej Krajčík to make it 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg. However, Slavia Praha lost 3-1 on aggregate, having lost against them in the first leg. On the final game of the season, Pudil scored in a 2-2 draw against Baumit Jablonec. At the end of the season, Slavia Praha won the league title. Due to his flamboyance and controversial lifestyle, Slavia Praha had decided against signing Pudil.


Pudil signed for Belgian club KRC Genk from FC Slovan Liberec on 1 July 2008, for worth 1.5 million euros.[5] Pudil was linked with Italian sides Reggina and Lecce but Genk managed to win the race. On the opening game of the season on 17 August 2008, Pudil made his debut for the club in a 1-1 draw against Beerschot; then two appearance later, Pudil scored his first goal in a 3-1 win over Zulte Waregem on 14 September 2008. However the next game, Pudil received a red card after a second bookable offence in a 1-0 loss against Club Brugge. In his first season, Pudil scored four goals in twenty nine appearance. At Genk, Pudil had established himself in the first team during his three seasons at Genk. The next season with Pudil made 27 appearance. However, in the Europa League fourth round second leg against Lille, having loss 2-1 in the first leg, Pudil set up a goal for Elyaniv Barda but received a red card after a second bookable offence. The next season, Pudil was involved in the squad with Genk that won the title for the second time.

He spent three seasons with the Belgian side before joining Granada on a five-and-a-half-year contract in January 2012.[6]


After joining Granada, Pudil was immediantly loaned out to Cesena for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[7] On 1 February 2012, Pudil made his debut, playing in defensive midfield, in a 0-0 draw against Napoli. Eighteen days later after making his debut, Pudil scored his first goal in a 3-1 loss against A.C. Milan. On 7 March 2012, the match didn't turn well for him when he received a red card after a second bookable offence, just one minute after receiving a yellow in a 0-0 draw against Catania. At the end of the season, Pudil couldn't help Cesena retain their Serie A status as the club was relegated to Serie B.


Pudil then joined Watford on a season-long loan for the 2012–13 season, joining Czech team-mate Matěj Vydra.[8] In pre-season, Pudil played his first match in a friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in Lloyd Doyley’s testimonial match but after playing five minutes, he came off with a suspected hamstring injury.[9] This turned out to be a minor injury.[10] Pudil made his Watford debut, in the second game of the season, a 1-0 loss against Ipswich Town.

Having played as a left back for six games, Pudil was slotted into the left midfield role and assisted several goals. On 23 October 2012, Pudil received a straight red card in a 2-1 loss against Cardiff City after violent conduct against Craig Noone. After the game, Watford appealed the decision, with support from Cardiff City and Noone himself.[11] His three-game suspension was thus reduced to one by the FA.[12] In the first match of 2013, Pudil scored his first goal for Watford in a 4-3 loss against Charlton Athletic.[13] Later in the 2012-13 season, Pudil would go on to make forty appearance in all competitions, and at the end of the season, Pudil would return to Granada, as his loan spell with Watford came to an end.[14]

On 4 July 2013, Pudil announced via Twitter that he had joined Watford permanently from Granada, signing a four-year contract.[15] Pudil's first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came after coming on for Ikechi Anya in the 75th minutes, in the opening game of the season, in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City, while his first goal would come in a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic on 14 September 2013.[16]

Sheffield Wednesday (loan)[edit]

On 29 August 2015, Pudil signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan deal. He scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-1 win over Preston North End on 3 October 2015.[17]


  1. ^ "Mini-biographies of Watford's seven new signings". Watford Observer. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Smith, Frank (14 September 2012). "Former trialist happy to finally make Hornets move". Watford Observer. p. 62.
  3. ^ "Hornets decide against Czech signing". Watford Observer. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal 7-0 Slavia Prague". BBC. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Genk werft Tsjechische international aan , jupilerleague.be, 1 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Pudil agrees Granada switch". Sky Sports. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pudil is a player of Cesena" [Pudil è un giocatore del Cesena] (in Italian). AC Cesena Official Homepage. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Official: Hornets delighted with a magnificent seven signings". Watford Football Club. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Spurs beat Watford 1-0 in Doyley's testimonial". Watford Observer. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Watford boss confirms new signings missed Tottenham Hotspur clash due to fitness concerns". Watford Observer. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cardiff City and winger Craig Noone helping Watford defender Daniel Pudil appeal against red card". Watford Observer. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "FA reduce suspension of Watford defender Daniel Pudil after support of Cardiff City". Watford Observer. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Football - Charlton comeback stuns Hornets". Yahoo! Eurosport. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Pudil returns after transfer" [Pudil vuelve tras cesión.] (in Spanish). Marca.com. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Watford: Daniel Pudil and Cristian Battocchi signs full contracts". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 5 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Birmingham City 0 – 1 Watford". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sheff Wed 3-1 Preston North End". BBC Sport. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 

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