František Rajtoral

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František Rajtoral
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-03-12)12 March 1986
Place of birth Příbram, Czechoslovakia
Date of death 23 April 2017 (2017-04-24) (aged 31)
Place of death Gaziantep, Turkey
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right winger / Right-back
Youth career
1992–1994 Kovohutě Příbram
1994–2004 Marila Příbram
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Marila Příbram 15 (1)
2005–2009 Baník Ostrava 100 (12)
2009–2016 Viktoria Plzeň 168 (19)
2014 Hannover 96 (loan) 7 (0)
2016–2017 Gaziantepspor 12 (0)
Total 302 (32)
National team
2004 Czech Republic U18 5 (0)
2004–2005 Czech Republic U19 10 (1)
2006–2008 Czech Republic U21 15 (1)
2012–2014 Czech Republic 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

František Rajtoral (12 March 1986 – 23 April 2017[1]) was a Czech football player. He last played for Turkish club Gaziantepspor, and was best known for his stint at Viktoria Plzeň. He was a member of the Czech Republic national football team.

He won the Czech Cup with FC Viktoria Plzeň in 2010. Further trophies he won with the club include the Gambrinus Liga twice and the Czech Supercup.

On 29 February 2012, Rajtoral earned his first cap for the senior team of his country in the 1–1 draw with Ireland in a friendly match.

Rajtoral was described as "one of the best attacking right-wingers in the Czech Republic" by journalist Mark Smith.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rajtoral played for Příbram for a season before joining Baník Ostrava, with whom he signed a three-year contract in 2005.[3][4] He made his debut in European competitions in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup while playing for Ostrava.[3]

Viktoria Plzeň[edit]

He joined Viktoria Plzeň from Ostrava in 2009 in a deal which involved the exchange of striker Adam Varadi in the other direction.[5]

Rajtoral played in the inaugural Czech Supercup in 2010 against Sparta Prague, being one of two players to be sent off as his team lost the match.[6] He scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in October 2010 against Mladá Boleslav, but his team lost the game 4–3.[7]

Rajtoral played the second half of the 2011 Czech Supercup, a match which Plzeň won on penalties against Mladá Boleslav. He replaced Marián Čišovský in the 46th minute, in a match which finished 1–1.[8]

Hannover[edit]

In January 2014 Rajtoral joined German Bundesliga club Hannover 96 on loan for the remainder of the season with an option to make the transfer permanent.[9] Hannover passed on that option though and Rajtoral returned to Plzeň for the start of the new season.

Gaziantepspor and death[edit]

Rajtoral joined Gaziantepspor in August 2016. He was found dead in his home in Gaziantep, Turkey, on 23 April 2017 after not showing up for a training session with his team in the morning. His neighbors contacted the local authorities in concern when they found his apartment door locked from the inside with no response. Upon investigation local authorities announced that Rajtoral had committed suicide by hanging.[10]

International career[edit]

Rajtoral took part in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He played in all three of his nation's matches at the tournament.[3]

He made his senior debut on 29 February 2012 in a friendly match against Ireland, a game which finished 1–1.[3] In May 2012 he was named in his country's 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

[12]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marila Příbram 2004–05 Gambrinus liga 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Baník Ostrava 2005–06 Gambrinus liga 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
2006–07 26 8 0 0 0 0 26 8
2007–08 25 3 0 0 0 0 25 3
2008–09 23 1 0 0 0 0 23 1
Total 100 12 0 0 0 0 100 12
Viktoria Plzeň 2009–10 Gambrinus liga 27 3 5 0 0 0 32 3
2010–11 27 3 5 0 2 0 34 3
2011–12 29 2 2 0 14 1 45 3
2012–13 28 3 2 0 16 3 46 6
2013–14 16 3 1 0 12 2 29 5
Total 127 14 15 0 44 6 186 20
Hannover 96 2013–14 Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Viktoria Plzeň 2014–15 Gambrinus liga /
Czech First League
16 4 4 1 0 0 20 4
2015–16 22 1 7 0 9 0 38 1
2016–17 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 41 5 11 1 9 0 61 6
Gaziantepspor 2016–17 Süper Lig 12 0 7 0 0 0 19 0
Career Total 302 32 33 1 53 6 388 39

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Viktoria Plzeň

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Příbram, where he made his professional breakthrough in Czech First League with Marila Příbram.[13] In 2008 he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and undergone treatment for several months. His disease recurred again in 2014.[13]

On 24 April 2017 he didn’t participate in training session in Gaziantepspor. He was found dead in his apartment by police after committing suicide on Sunday.[1][14] Breakup with his longtime girlfriend in 2016 and departure of his friend Daniel Kolář in February 2017 could worsen his psychological situation.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Former Czech Republic international Frantisek Rajtoral found dead after 'committing suicide'". The Telegraph. 
  2. ^ "Manchester City in Champions League: Viktoria Plzen profile". BBC Sport. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "František Rajtoral". UEFA. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nováčci zatím v Ostravě bloudí". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 14 July 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Vacek, Václav (29 June 2009). "Do Viktorie míří Rajtoral, do Baníku se vrací Varadi". Deník (in Czech). Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Superpohár měl dva vyloučené. Řepka s Rajtoralem za to budou pykat v lize" [Supercup had two excluded. Řepka with Rajtoral will pay for it in the league]. Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dostat čtyři góly? To je moc, věděl po prohře plzeňský obránce Rajtoral". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 24 October 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mistrovská Plzeň získala Superpohár, Boleslav zdolala po penaltách". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 22 July 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Football: Plzeň's Rajtoral sent to Hannover on loan". Radio Prague. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gaziantepspor's Czech striker Rajtoral commits suicide by hanging". DailySabah. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Euro 2012: Injured midfielder Tomas Rosicky in Czech squad". BBC Sport. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d "F. Rajtoral". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Profil hráče - František Rajtoral #27 - FC VIKTORIA Plzeň". www.fcviktoria.cz. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  14. ^ a b "Gaziantepsporlu Frantisek Rajtoral intihar etti". Fanatik. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 

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