Jan Koller playing for Krylia Sovetov
|Date of birth||30 March 1973|
|Place of birth||Prague, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||2.02 m (6 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|1978–1989||TJ Smetanova Lhota|
|2008||1. FC Nürnberg||14||(2)|
|2008–2009||Krylia Sovetov Samara||46||(16)|
|1995–1996||Czech Republic U21||3||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
As an international player he played as a striker for the Czech Republic national team. He is the all-time leading goal scorer for his country, with 55 goals in 91 appearances. Standing 202 cm tall and weighing around 107 kg, Koller was noted for having an impressive physical presence and being a constant aerial threat to the opposition.
Koller started his football training as a goalkeeper, but was converted to striker by the time he started his professional career with Czech giants Sparta Prague. He made his début for Sparta in the spring of 1995 in a match against Benešov, coming on as a substitute with 20 minutes of the game remaining. In 1996, Koller caught the eye of Belgian football and signed with the club Lokeren for a fee equivalent to 102,000 Euros.
After a successful three-year stint, in which he managed to finish as Belgian First Division top-scorer in his last season at Lokeren, Koller was signed by Belgian giants Anderlecht. He quickly built up a successful partnership with Canadian striker Tomasz Radzinski, excelling in his debut season and earning him the Belgian Golden Shoe in 2000. At the end of the season, he was bought by German side Borussia Dortmund.
While Koller was at Dortmund, the club won the 2001–02 Bundesliga, thanks in part to Koller's 11 league goals. Besides the Bundesliga title his biggest success whilst at Dortmund was helping them to the 2002 UEFA Cup Final, where his goal could not prevent them losing 3–2 to Feyenoord.
His training as a goalkeeper saw some use in the 2002–03 season. In a Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich, Dortmund's goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was sent off in the second half for a second yellow card, and Dortmund had already used their three substitutions. Koller, who had already opened the scoring in the 8th minute, moved from striker to goalkeeper after 67 minutes of the match. He prevented any more goals for the rest of the match, despite Dortmund having been reduced to nine players due to the earlier expulsion of Torsten Frings. Koller was named by kicker as the Bundesliga's top goalkeeper of the week for his performance.
Monaco and Nürnberg
In a surprising move, Koller signed with French side AS Monaco in 2006 but a two-season disappointing campaign, despite a decent scoring record, forced him to move back to Germany to play with Nürnberg. Unfortunately for Koller, who wasn't the only Czech in the team as he was partnered with Tomáš Galásek and Jaromír Blazek, the Nürnberg-based club had performed poorly throughout the season and were relegated to 2. Bundesliga at the end of the 2007–08 season.
On 23 June 2008, Koller was transferred to Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara in a deal worth €1 million. On 5 December 2009, Koller returned to France, joining Championnat National team AS Cannes, with a contract until June 2011. Koller announced his retirement from football in August 2011 after a series of injuries.
His best performance in a major tournament was in Euro 2004, when his side reached the semi-finals and he scored two goals, forming a pivotal partnership with fellow striker Milan Baroš. He became the all-time leading scorer for the Czech Republic in 2005, following a match against Macedonia in which he scored four goals in just 11 minutes, taking his international total to 39. In the 2006 World Cup, Koller scored the opening goal against the United States, but later suffered a minor thigh injury. His injury was a major blow for the Czech Republic, which lost their next two matches without him and were eliminated.
Into his third month with Nürnberg, Koller announced that he would retire from the Czech national team after Euro 2008. He finished his international career with 55 goals, including a crucial headed goal in their deciding Euro 2008 Group A match against Turkey. However, his goal was not enough as the Czechs conceded three goals in the last 15 minutes, losing the match 3–2, and failing to progress to the knock-out stage, prompting Koller to announce his retirement from the national team.
In July 2009, he announced that he would rejoin the national team because of poor results in the 2010 World Cup qualification. He played in the match against Slovakia, but on 6 September 2009, he again announced his retirement from international football.
Style of play
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Czech Republic||League||Czech Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1994–95||Sparta Prague||Gambrinus liga||6||1||—||—||6||1|
|Belgium||League||Belgian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|Russia||League||Russian Cup||Premier League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2008||Krylia Sovetov Samara||Russian Premier League||18||7||—||—||18||7|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|Czech Republic national team|
- Scores and results list Czech Republic's goal tally first.
|1.||9 February 1999||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels||Belgium||1–0||Win||Friendly|
|2.||5 June 1999||Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn||Estonia||2–0||Win||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|3.||9 June 1999||Letna Stadium, Prague||Scotland||3–2||Win||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|4.||18 August 1999||Spotovni Areal, Drnovice||Switzerland||3–0||Win||Friendly|
|5.||4 September 1999||Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius||Lithuania||4–0||Win||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|7.||8 September 1999||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3–0||Win||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|8.||9 October 1999||Letná Stadium, Prague||Faroe Islands||3–0||Win||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|9.||13 November 1999||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven||Netherlands||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|10.||23 February 2000||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||Republic of Ireland||2–3||Loss||Friendly|
|12.||29 March 2000||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Australia||3–1||Win||Friendly|
|13.||26 April 2000||Letná Stadium, Prague||Israel||4–1||Win||Friendly|
|14.||7 October 2000||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Iceland||4–0||Win||2002 World Cup qualification|
|16.||12 February 2002||Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca||Hungary||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|17.||13 February 2002||GSP Stadium, Nicosia||Cyprus||4–3||Win||Friendly|
|19.||21 August 2002||Andrův stadion, Olomouc||Slovakia||4–1||Win||Friendly|
|21.||29 March 2003||De Kuip, Rotterdam||Netherlands||1–1||Draw||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|22.||2 April 2003||Letná Stadium, Prague||Austria||4–0||Win||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|24.||30 April 2003||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Turkey||4–0||Win||Friendly|
|25.||11 June 2003||Andrův stadion, Olomouc||Andorra||5–0||Win||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|26.||10 September 2003||Letná Stadium, Prague||Netherlands||3–1||Win||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|27.||11 October 2003||Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna||Austria||3–2||Win||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|28.||19 June 2004||Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro||Netherlands||3–2||Win||Euro 2004|
|29.||27 June 2004||Estádio do Dragão, Porto||Denmark||3–0||Win||Euro 2004|
|30.||9 October 2004||Letná Stadium, Prague||Romania||1–0||Win||2006 World Cup qualification|
|31.||13 October 2004||Republican Stadium, Yerevan||Armenia||3–0||Win||2006 World Cup qualification|
|33.||17 November 2004||Skopje City Stadium, Skopje||Macedonia||2–0||Win||2006 World Cup qualification|
|34.||9 February 2005||Arena Petrol, Celje||Slovenia||3–0||Win||Friendly|
|35.||4 June 2005||Stadion u Nisy, Liberec||Andorra||8–1||Win||2006 World Cup qualification|
|36.||8 June 2005||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Macedonia||6–1||Win||2006 World Cup qualification|
|40.||17 August 2005||Ullevi, Gothenburg||Sweden||1–2||Loss||Friendly|
|41.||3 June 2006||Letná Stadium, Prague||Trinidad and Tobago||3–0||Win||Friendly|
|43.||12 June 2006||FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen||United States||3–0||Win||2006 World Cup|
|44.||8 September 2006||Tehelné pole, Bratislava||Slovakia||3–0||Win||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|45.||7 October 2006||Stadion u Nisy, Liberec||San Marino||7–0||Win||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|47.||11 October 2006||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||Republic of Ireland||1–1||Draw||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|48.||7 February 2007||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels||Belgium||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|49.||22 August 2007||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna||Austria||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|50.||8 September 2007||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle||San Marino||3–0||Win||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|51.||21 November 2007||GSP Stadium, Nicosia||Cyprus||2–0||Win||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|52.||26 March 2008||SAS Arena, Herning||Denmark||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|53.||27 May 2008||Stadion Eden, Prague||Lithuania||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|55.||15 June 2008||Stade de Genève, Geneva||Turkey||2–3||Loss||Euro 2008|
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- "Czech lose two towers". UEFA.com. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Rosicky fires veterans to easy victory". FT.com. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Jan Koller – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jan Koller.|
- Official website (Czech) (English)
- Jan Koller international stats at the Football Association of the Czech Republic website (Czech)