David Lafata

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David Lafata
David Lafata - FK Jablonec (2).jpg
Personal information
Full name David Lafata
Date of birth (1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sparta Prague
Number 21
Youth career
1989–1992 JZD Olešník
1992–1999 České Budějovice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 České Budějovice 123 (34)
2002 Jihlava (loan) 5 (1)
2005–2006 Skoda Xanthi 9 (0)
2006–2007 Jablonec 31 (10)
2007–2008 Austria Wien 36 (6)
2008–2012 Jablonec 130 (78)
2013– Sparta Prague 127 (75)
National team
1996–1997 Czech Republic U15 9 (0)
1997 Czech Republic U16 3 (0)
1998–1999 Czech Republic U17 8 (2)
1999–2000 Czech Republic U18 13 (6)
2001–2002 Czech Republic U20 6 (0)
2002–2003 Czech Republic U21 13 (3)
2006–2016 Czech Republic 41 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2016

David Lafata (born 18 September 1981) is a Czech footballer currently playing for Sparta Prague.[1]

Club career[edit]

From 1992 until 2005 Lafata played for Czech team SK České Budějovice, with a brief spell at FC Vysočina Jihlava in 2002. The striker then moved to Greek club Skoda Xanthi in July 2005, but returned to the Czech Liga in January 2006. After one year at Jablonec, Lafata was transferred to FK Austria Vienna in January 2007 from where he came back to Jablonec in the spring of 2008. For Austria, he scored a goal in a domestic cup final.[2]

In the 2010–11 season, Lafata was top scorer of the Czech First League with 19 goals.[3]

He continued his good run of form into the 2011–12 season, scoring eleven goals in the first seven games, at the end of the autumn half, he scored eighteen goals in sixteen appearances.[4] In April 2012, Lafata broke the Czech First League season scoring record, notching his 23rd goal of the season.[5] He finished season with 25 goals, being top scorer and setting new record.[citation needed]

In the 2012–13 season, Lafata scored 13 goals in the first 16 games, being top scorer of the league before signing for AC Sparta Prague in the winter break.[6] In March 2014 Lafata scored his 134th goal in the Czech First League, surpassing Horst Siegl as its top all-time scorer.[7] In spring 2013, he scored a goal in the Round of 32 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

At the start of the 2014–15 season, Lafata scored five goals in a 7–0 Champions League qualifying round win over Levadia Tallinn in the home leg in Prague.[8] Continuing his fine form in the Champions League qualifying round, Lafata scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 comeback victory over Malmö FF at home in Prague.[9] In autumn 2015, Lafata was denied at hat-trick (by the Croatian referee) in Europa League match in Greece against Asteras Tripolis.[citation needed] He scored goal in both away and home match against Schalke 04, as Sparta progressed to the knockout stages.[citation needed]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2016.

Source: League matches[10] European club matches[11] League matches for Austria[citation needed]

Club Season League Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SK České Budějovice 2000-01 Czech First League 11 0 - - 11 0
2001-02 Czech 2. Liga ? ? - - ? ?
2002-03 Czech First League 26 8 - - 26 8
2003-04 Czech First League 29 14 - - 29 14
2004-05 Czech First League 25 5 - - 25 5
Total 91 27 0 0 91 27
Skoda Xanthi 2005-06 Superleague Greece 9 0 0 0 9 0
Total 9 0 0 0 9 0
FK Jablonec 2005-06 Czech First League 14 3 - - 14 3
2006-07 Czech First League 17 7 - - 17 7
Total 31 10 0 0 31 10
Austria Wien 2006-07 Austrian Bundesliga 13 1 0 0 13 1
2007-08 Austrian Bundesliga 22 5 7 0 29 5
Total 35 6 7 0 42 6
FK Jablonec 2008-09 Czech First League 30 10 - - 30 10
2009-10 Czech First League 27 11 - - 27 11
2010-11 Czech First League 29 19 2 0 31 19
2011-12 Czech First League 28 25 4 3 32 28
2012-13 Czech First League 16 13 - - 16 13
Total 130 78 6 3 136 81
Sparta Praha 2012-13 Czech First League 12 7 2 1 14 8
2013-14 Czech First League 30 16 2 2 32 18
2014-15 Czech First League 30 20 11 13 41 33
2015-16 Czech First League 26 20 11 5 37 25
Total 98 63 26 21 124 84
Career total 394 184 39 24 433 208

International career[edit]

He scored two goals on his debut for the Czech national team in a 2–1 win against Wales on 2 September 2006. He came on as a substitute after 75 mins and scored within a minute of coming on, the second coming in the 89th minute.

International goals[edit]

As of match played 27 May 2016. Czech Republic score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lafata goal.[12]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 September 2006 Na Stínadlech, Teplice, Czech Republic 1  Wales 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2 2–1
3 26 May 2012 UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria 17  Israel 2–1 2–1 Friendly
4 14 November 2012 Andrův stadion, Olomouc, Czech Republic 24  Slovakia 1–0 3–0 Friendly
5 2–0
6 6 February 2013 Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium, Manisa, Turkey 25  Turkey 2–0 2–0 Friendly
7 11 October 2013 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Mdina, Malta 28  Malta 2–0 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 13 October 2014 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan 33  Kazakhstan 2–0 4–2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9 27 May 2016 Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria 38  Malta 4–0 6–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Austria Wien
AC Sparta Praha

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats Centre: David Lafata Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ http://www.austria-archiv.at/spiel.php?Spiel_ID=16263&Runde_ID=3000&Bewerb_ID=245
  3. ^ "Lafata musí vyhrát, zněl příkaz. Díky, spoluhráči, řekl střelec ligy" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Jak že se ta paní jmenuje? Jo, Damková, zlobil se po prohře Lafata" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Příbram – Jablonec 4:3, Lafata má rekord, k bodům ale nepomohl" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sparta Prague signs Lafata". Miami Herald. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nejvíc gólů v historii ligy. Může Lafatův rekord ještě někdo překonat?". Lidové noviny (in Czech). 31 March 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lafata scores five for rampant Sparta". UEFA.com. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Sparta - Malmö 4:2, český mistr prohrával, pak začal opět řádit Lafata, iDNES.cz, Retrieved 26. 7. 2014 (in Czech)
  10. ^ "David Lafata league profile". www.idnes.cz. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "David Lafata UEFA profile". www.uefa.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  12. ^ David Lafata at Soccerway
  13. ^ http://www.synotliga.cz/statistiky.html?status=0&season=1&club=0&game_limit=0&nationality=&age=0&order_dir=0&list_number=0&unit=1&parameter=1&order=6
  14. ^ "Že mám rekord? Aha, divil se Lafata. Skóroval v osmém zápase za sebou" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Jistota. Lafata je nejlepším střelcem, na závěr dal rekordních pět gólů" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  16. ^ http://www.synotliga.cz/statistiky.html?unit=1&status=0&parameter=1&season=1&game_limit=0&nationality=&age=0&order=6&order_dir=0&list_number=0&club=4
  17. ^ http://www.synotliga.cz/statistiky.html?unit=1&status=0&parameter=1&season=1&game_limit=0&nationality=&age=0&order=6&order_dir=0&list_number=0&club=3
  18. ^ "Jsme tady proto, abychom postoupili, říká před odvetou Lafata" (in Czech). ceskatelevize.cz. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "Lafata's once-in-a-lifetime Sparta bonanza". uefa.com. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 

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