Frank Simek

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Frank Simek
Personal information
Full name Franklin Michael Simek[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-13) October 13, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1996–2003 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Arsenal 0 (0)
2004Queens Park Rangers (loan) 5 (0)
2005Bournemouth (loan) 8 (0)
2005–2010 Sheffield Wednesday 119 (2)
2010–2013 Carlisle United 109 (0)
Total 241 (2)
National team
2002–2003 United States U20 3 (1)
2007 United States 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Franklin Michael "Frank" Simek (born October 13, 1984) is an American former soccer player.

Playing career[edit]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Simek played soccer as a child in the United States but did not think of the game as a career until his family moved to London after his father was assigned to a position at the English office of Anheuser-Busch when Frank was 12.[2] He was signed by Arsenal to a development contract, but decided to move back to St. Louis, where he played at Saint Louis University High School, as well as Metro F.C. with teammates (Chris Loftus, Nathan Sabich, Eric Joseph and Adam Lanter.), Then under the direction of Dave Fernandez and Dale Schilly. However, during this time Arsenal called him back to play on the youth team.[3][4]

While at Arsenal he rose to assume the captaincy of the reserve side, but had difficulty breaking into the first team; he found himself behind Lauren, Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Eboué and Justin Hoyte in the pecking order. He played a single match for Arsenal, in the League Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers on December 2, 2003.[5]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Simek joined the Owls on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2005[6] and made his Sheffield Wednesday debut on the opening day of the 2005–06 season away at Stoke City.[6] He went on to win a regular starting spot, ousting fan-favourite Lee Bullen from his preferred right-back position.[2] Simek scored his first goal in his first season at Wednesday away at Millwall. The goal gave the Owls a 1–0 win and helped them in their battle against relegation. Simek then managed to get his first home goal against Colchester in the 2006–2007. Simek had managed to gain a regular first team place at Hillsborough became a crowd favourite for his tough tackling and powerful running.[2][5]

Simek signed a new contract with Sheffield Wednesday on 26 July 2007. The contract will see him remain at Hillsborough until 2010.

Simek suffered a serious ankle injury playing against Crystal Palace in December 2007.[7] The injury kept him out of the Wednesday first team for over ten months. He made a slow return with a number of reserve team appearances[8] followed by an appearance on the substitutes bench against Birmingham City on 25 October 2008,[9] and then finally a return to first team football three days later when he came on as a substitute against Plymouth.[10]

Carlisle United[edit]

Simek signed for Carlisle United on a 2-year contract and joined the squad on 1 July 2010.[11] Since then he has been an ever-present in the United team, apart from the start of the 2011–12 season in which he suffered an injury that left him out of action for 5 months. Replacements such as James Tavernier and Christian Ribeiro filled the Right-Back position in Simek's absence but upon his recovery he instantly earned his place in the Carlisle team yet again. In July 2012, Simek signed a new one-year deal with Carlisle United, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2013.[12]


United States[edit]

Carlisle United[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Simek a transfer target for Premiership teams". ESPN FC. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Frank Simek". American Soccer Now. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Frank Simek – USMNT". US Soccer Players. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Frank Simek – The ex-Arsenal starlet aiming to embarrass Tottenham Hotspur". HITC Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Frank Simek". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Simek has no deadline for return". BBC Sport. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Simek set for Owls return". Vital Football. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Simek poised to return". No Short Corners. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Ex-Arsenal man who made debut on historic Fabregas moment on verge of deal in US". HITC Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Carlisle United swoop for defender Frank Simek". BBC Sport. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Frank Simek signs one-year Carlisle United deal". BBC Sport. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  13. ^ "2007 Gold Cup". Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Brentford 0 – 1 Carlisle". BBC Sport. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2014.

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