Jan Suchopárek

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Jan Suchopárek
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-09-23) 23 September 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1974–1988 Poldi Kladno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Dukla Prague 66 (7)
1991–1996 Slavia Prague 132 (24)
1996–1999 RC Strasbourg 76 (1)
1999–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin 23 (1)
2000–2003 Slavia Prague 17 (0)
2003–2005 SK Kladno 51 (9)
National team
1991–1993[1] Czechoslovakia 13 (0)
1994–2000[1] Czech Republic 48 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jan Suchopárek (born 23 September 1969 in Kladno) is a Czech football coach and former defender, who is currently head coach of the Czech Republic national under-19 football team.

He played for Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic, playing a combined total of 61 international matches, scoring 4 goals. Suchopárek was a participant at UEFA Euro 1996, where the Czech Republic won the silver medal. He scored in the group stage against Russia and played in the UEFA Euro 1996 Final, where the Czech Republic lost to Germany.

At club level, Suchopárek played for Prague teams Dukla and Slavia before moving to France, where he played for RC Strasbourg. He finished his career in the Czech Second League, where he played for Kladno.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In his country, Suchopárek played for Dukla Prague before moving on to SK Slavia Prague, where he played from 1991 to 1996. In this time he captained the title-winning team in the 1995–96 Czech First League,[2] as well as being involved in Slavia's progression to the semi final stage of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup.

EURO 1996[edit]

Suchopárek played in the Czech Republic's opening game of the UEFA Euro 1996 tournament, a loss to Germany. He picked up a yellow card in the next group match against Italy, which the Czechs won against expectations, by a 2–1 scoreline.[3] Suchopárek scored with a header in the last group match against Russia, which finished 3–3 and meant that the Czech Republic advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament.[4]

Suchopárek was shown the yellow card in the first minute of the quarter final match against Portugal,[5] which the Czechs went on to win 1–0 thanks to a Karel Poborský strike. However, since he had received two yellow cards in the tournament, Suchopárek was one of four Czech players to miss the semi-final clash with France due to suspension.[6] He returned to the team for the final against Germany, although again the Germans prevailed, winning 2–1 thanks to a golden goal in extra time.

Time abroad[edit]

Suchopárek was one of players from the Czech squad at UEFA Euro 1996 who left the Czech Republic to play in another country after the tournament, signing for RC Strasbourg in July 1996.[7]

During his time playing club football abroad, Suchopárek continued to represent his national team, playing the complete 90 minutes of seven consecutive games in UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying.[8] However, despite the Czech Republic qualifying, Suchopárek missed the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament due to a knee injury.[9]

Following three years in France with Strasbourg and a further year in Germany at Tennis Borussia Berlin, Suchopárek returned to the Czech Republic to play for Slavia Prague again in 2000.[10]

Return to the Czech Republic[edit]

Suchopárek captained Slavia during his second spell.[11] He had surgery in March 2001 following a tear of meniscus, being the second knee operation he had within a year.[12] In 2001, following Slavia's exit from the 2001–02 UEFA Cup in the first round, Suchopárek was sent to the "B" team of Slavia due to inadequate performances.[13]

He later moved to SK Kladno to finish his playing career in the Czech 2. Liga.[14] While playing for Kladno in 2004, Suchopárek dislocated his shoulder attempting a bicycle kick.[15]

Suchopárek retired from professional football following the end of the 2004–05 Czech 2. Liga, in which Kladno finished fourth and missed promotion to the Czech First League on the last day of the season.[16]

Non-playing career[edit]

During his time at Kladno, Suchopárek started studying for the UEFA Pro Licence, which he completed after two years.[2]

Following his playing career, Suchopárek became a coach at SK Kladno, where he remained until 2010, when he moved to FK Dukla Prague to become assistant to Luboš Kozel.[17] He is also a coach for the Czech Republic national under-21 football team.[17][18] At the end of the 2015–16 season, Suchopárek left Dukla, along with Kozel, following the expiry of their contracts. He was named as the new head coach of the Czech Republic national under-19 football team, replacing Pavel Malura.[19]



Dukla Prague
Slavia Prague

Czech Republic[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jan Suchoparek - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  2. ^ a b Novák, Jaromír (14 July 2009). "Když je čas, pořád ještě hraju. Práce všeho druhu, usmívá se Suchopárek". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Hodgson, Guy (15 June 1996). "Italians left on the brink of disaster". The Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Phil (20 June 1996). "Smicer strike takes Czechs through". The Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Latvia 0–0 Germany". BBC Sport. 19 June 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Culley, Jon (24 June 1996). "Poborsky piques Portugal". The Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Turnbull, Simon (7 July 1996). "All aboard gravy train". The Independent. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Macho, Milan (14 June 1999). "Nejvíc se přičinili Suchopárek a Němec, nechyběli ani minutu". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Suchoparek admits defeat over injury". BBC Sport. 16 May 2000. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Novák, Jaromír (20 September 2001). "Suchopárkovi vadí, že zatím moc nehrál". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Suchopárek věří v úspěšnou odvetu". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. 15 February 2001. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kapitán fotbalistů Slavie je po operaci". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. 20 March 2001. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Suchopárek byl přeřazen do béčka". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. 5 October 2001. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Beránek, Jaroslav (25 May 2003). "Suchopárek končí, zahodil i kopačky". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Beránek, Jaroslav (20 May 2004). "Suchopárkovi se parádička vymstila". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Zázraky se nedějí. Kladno nepostupuje". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. 10 June 2005. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  17. ^ a b Valoušek, Richard (28 April 2010). "Suchopárek: Pivo si dneska dám častěji, ne jenom po zápase". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Některé výkony se musí zlepšit, říkal kouč Suchopárek po vysoké výhře". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). Czech Republic. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "V Dukle končí Kozel i Suchopárek, trenérem se stal Šilhavý" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 

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